Release Date: 12th November 2021
London producer extraordinaire Yosh pulls up with five ruff ‘n’ ready cuts of breaksy garage designed to get lairy to. It’s been a meteoric rise for the artist whose work rate never seems to falter; from bass-driven breakbeat to bubblegum 2-step and raw, ravey cuts - Yosh brings a certain quality to every production; a distinctive flavour within a bubbling scene.
In many ways, Breaks ‘N’ Pieces is the perfect platform for Yosh to show what he can do. We kick off with ‘A Moment’; a jungle-inspired cut of 140 steps, echoing dubs and vocal samples creating a sense of urgency and darkness as sweat drips from the roof. The stripped-back approach remains as we meander into ‘Take A Walk With Me’. Less like a walk and more like a run, this twisting cut of breakbeat is a vibe-builder; the perfect accompaniment from midnight to morning.
‘10 Tiger Strike’ features old Wu-Tang samples and typically minimal production; bringing a certain essence to the subtlety and precision of each break, before ‘Cold Steps’ ventures back into UKG territory with a production that sounds exactly like it’s titled. Imagine 2-stepping in a winter wonderland and you’re there.
Rounding off the release is ‘What On Earth’; a psychedelic trip through M1 Korg-inspired garage that’s as playful as it is devastating, bringing Yosh further into the scope of the garage revival’s finest.
A1. A Moment
A2. Take A Walk With Me
B1. 10 Tiger Strike
B2. Cold Steps
B3. What On Earth
Release Date: 22nd October 2021
Council Work founders Tom Frankel and Dayne Harper have been bubbling up through London's underground circuit with their unique take and varied influences; all the way from UKG to house, jungle and hip-hop. Over the last few years the pairing have been prolific, releasing records on Oldivibes, Fraise LDN and a string of free downloads and EPs on their own forward-thinking imprint; never becoming solidified with any one sound, yet carving a distinct and audible palette. Now the London duo drop some not so obvious garage in one of their most dynamic releases yet.
A1. Tortilla Flex
A2. Hydraulic Temperature
B1. Under Pressure
Release Date: September 2021
Pépé Elle, a young producer from Paris has been making some serious waves of late, both through his work as label boss at Aurore 404, it’s sub-label 3 Feet Deep Records and his own hard to pigeonhole productions, influenced from various corners of the world. Now the French DJ & producer further dissects the outer reaches of UKG, loaded with dutty rhythms, playful leads and atmospheric backdrops on Cheeky Music Group.
Opening track ‘Hype Dope’ is a skippy exploration of colourful leads and sleekly-pressed rhythms; lyrics ‘break the turntable and flip’ embody a smile before gun-fingers reach for the air. The low-slung and weighty vibe of ‘Unexcusable’ and the acidic tinged ‘CMS We Meet Again’ show Pépé’s ability to connect various sounds while maintaining a continuity across his deep sonic palette.
On the flip ‘Thump’ is a minimal garage gem; the type of track that would work perfectly when warming up a crowd or as a bridge between murkier UK sounds. ‘Long Swelling Wave’ is a straight up dance-floor destroyer, combining heavyweight bass and itchy beats, forming a sea of frenetic energy as day turns to night.
A serious EP from one of Europe's leading underground garage producers.
A1. Hype Dope
A3. CMS We Meet Again
B2. Long Swelling Wave
Release Date: September 2021
Shetlands raised, Malmö based producer Bolam has been building quite the reputation for himself with his exciting blend of future-facing UK techno, breakbeat, jungle and electro. Following a release on London’s Control Freak Recordings, Breaks ‘N’ Pieces welcomes the emerging artist to the roster with the Thunderclap EP.
The title track ‘Thunderclap’ is a left-field leaning blend of experimental electronics, pace-building techno and large breaks, all tied together under an umbrella of hair-raising atmospherics designed to excite and alarm. ‘Hype Shifter’ makes playful use of grimey textures and tones as this subby cut of breakbeat ventures deep into the underground with elements of Baltimore club.
‘Indecipherable’ is self-descriptive; a mutated electro cut that lends from a large pool of sub-genre to create something totally unique. Wait for the vocals after the halfway point, here Bolam has crafted one of the most exciting crossover tracks of the year. Closing out the EP is TRULE bossman and man of the hour Al Wootton. The artist formerly known as Deadboy turns in a typically bassy, stripped back breaks remix of ‘Hype Shifter’ - one that should be going straight in any UK sound heads cart.
A2. Hype Shifter
B2. Hype Shifter (Al Wootton Remix)
Release Date: September 2021
Breaks ‘N’ Pieces turns in its fourteenth volume of killer breakbeat laced cuts, and this one is an absolute doozy from Roadkill co-founder and Manchester based producer 4TGang.
Following the releases of Sunset From The Garage, Needs and a killer remix of Subjoi, the emerging producer serves up six distinctive cuts that blend his liquid drum & bass influence with stripped back UKG tendencies and melodic textures.
The garage re-rise is well and truly on, and 4TGang is at its forefront with his minimal, stripped back approach. ‘From Another Garage’ makes use of ragga samples, bright synths and precise percussion for an afternoon groover. ‘All Just’ ventures into darker territory, it’s murky presence giving off rainy, Burial vibes.
‘Piano Vibes’ is set up to dominate every outside situated soundsystem with a cut of early evening, loungey 2-step, before ‘Unpopular’ slowly pushes down on the accelerator as the moon shows its face and breakbeats sound across the sky.
The jazz-focused, rolling breaks of ‘Where This Takes Me’ sounds like something you might hear being live performed in low-lit club in Peckham, before ‘Always Wanted More’ completely switches up the energy with pulsating, colourful cut of garage-house.
A1. From Another Garage
A2. All Just
A3. Piano Vibes
B2. Where This Takes Me
Release Date: August 2021
Harrison BDP services up four variations of 2-step on a release that highlights the producer's knack for crafting colourful dreamscapes whilst having his finger on the pulse of contemporary dance music.
‘Shuto Expressway’ channels the visual stimulation of driving through the Japanese expressways of Tokyo from which the track is named; dubby basslines, well placed vocal samples and a genuine feeling of serenity makes for a sunny stepper.
‘Anti Lag’ is an electro-garage mutation; screw-face wubs, grimey strings and melodic pads creating the perfect accompaniment as day turns to night, while the familiar vocal samples and garage-skank energy of ‘Rhythm Is Key’ deepens the groove.
Wriggling acid lines and subdued textures show us the door on ‘Bad Habits’, floating back towards electro-step territory with that signature BDP otherworldliness.
A1. Shuto Expressway
B1. Rhythm Is Key
B2. Bad Habits
Release Date: 20th August 2021
Rotterdam based producer DJ Crisps follows up releases on Riz La Teef’s ‘South London Pressing’ and Bristol UKG label Time Is Now with three original dubs that blur the lines between garage, hardcore and breakbeat.
Crisps has a knack for breaks (see Freedom with Ell Murphy). Luvin You walks the tightrope of rough and smooth; it’s chipmunk vocals, ethereal atmospherics and nostalgic samples creating a plethora of heads down and hug-in-the-rave moments.
It’s A Dark Day is a tale of anxiety. Beginning with soft, uplifting chords it begins optimistically before bassy swells of darkness surface amongst spooked-out vocals and huge wubs. Music Is My Life sees Crisps return to garage territory with a soulful stepper that evolves into a dutty, no phones allowed affair.
Rounding off the record is a remix of Music Is My Life from standout producer Mani Festo following a wicked release on Sneaker Social Club. He delivers a typically transportative, perception-altering cut of emotionally-stirring breaks that showcases the artist's infatuation with the tension between futurism and tradition.
A1. Luvin U
A2. It's A Dark Day
B1. Music Is My Life
B2. Music Is My Life (Mani Festo Remix)
Release Date: 20th August 2021
Since 2014 Stones Taro has been delivering his own take on the UK sound, heavily influenced by rave, jungle, garage and breakbeat. Now the Kyoto, Japan based artist makes his Cheeky Music Group debut with four intricately laced cuts on August 20th, continuing to break the mould and recontextualize his own sonic palette.
‘Again’ opens proceedings with deep wobbling bass that finds its way from your ears and down to your toes, coupled with dub style chords and vibey vocal loops, to help keep the steppers moving to the early hours. ‘Come Over Me’ picks up where ‘Again’ left off with glossy lipped vocals and oscillating snare drums, resulting in a track perfect for warming up the dance floor.
Glistening synths sparkle just above choppy breaks and spacious bass in ‘Yakusugi’ - as it’s ethereal sensibility adds a different dynamic altogether to Stones Taro’s ever evolving sonic armour. Every sound in closing track ‘Rare’ is carefully placed and nuanced; as one tone reflects off the next in auditory delight - suited for those late-night dwellers.
A2. Come Over Me
Release Date: 26th February 2021
Nicolas Duque is a producer whose playful take on UK Garage, House & UK rave sounds is attracting ears far beyond his native Colombia. After an appearance on the Breaks 'N' Pieces Vol.2 VA, the Bogota producer makes his full release debut on the label.
The release opens with UK To G, an unpredictable but alluring tribute to the spectrum of sounds across the hardcore continuum. If Just The Way is a sweet UKG song for the lovers on the edge of the dancefloor, then Moshpit Rave is it’s breakbeat-lined alternative for the couples in the middle of the rave. This romantic thread is amplified on the B-side with 2You, a sugary-sweet R&B flip. Bristol Love, with its whompy bassline & tightly-chopped breaks are an ode to the soundsystem city & Holloway’s remix ramps up the dread with a menacing reese bassline.
a1. UK To G
a2. Just The Way
a3. Moshpit Rave
b2. Bristol Love
b3. Bristol Love (Holloway Remix)
Available: 22nd January 2021
Breaks 'N' Pieces returns with its debut full length EP with six weighty slices of UKG & bass driven goodness from Skeleton King . This one for the early morning ravers.
Scene newcomer Skeleton King gets his much deserved debut full length vinyl release via
mysterious bass label Breaks 'N' Pieces , after first appearing on the Breaks 'N' Pieces Vol.1 various artist release back in September. This killer cut delves deep into all things bass driven, exploring the sounds of UKG, 2-Step and breaks.
a1. Lockdown Eases… (Freedom)
a2. I'll Be There
b1. Water Tap Metal Bowl
b2. Kept It Raw
b3. Waiting For It To Be Over
Release Date: 29th January 2021
Breaks 'N' Pieces returns with another cut of bass driven dance music from rising producer DJ Sunroof.
Australian DJ / producer DJ Sunroof has had a killer year with notable dance discs on imprints such as Nerang, 3 Feet Deep and contributing to the recent Breaks 'N' Pieces Vol.3 various artists release to top . His debut full vinyl EP via rising UK label Breaks 'N' Pieces hits the stop, weighty breaks meet chest rattling bass on this 2-step laden cut.
a1. Let It Roll
a3. Boxed In
b1. Fresh & Low
Release Date: 22nd January 2021
Breaks 'N' Pieces returns with a monstrous disc from rising producer Warwick, backed witha killer remix from Peaky Beats. Cardiff based producer Warwick has had a massive year with a string of high calibre records on labels such as Lobster Theremin , E2CA , Dansu Discs & HAWS , amongst others. His latest outing sees him serve up 5 bass driven, weighty jams via mysterious label Breaks 'N' Pieces, whilst also recruiting the help of Peaky Beats on remix duties.
a1. On The Riddim
a3. Get Down
b1. Nash To Monk
b2. Seasonal Approach
b3. Get Down (Peaky Beats Remix)
Available: 15th December 2020
Breaks 'N' Pieces is back with another cut of UKG, breakbeat & bass filled goodness. Watch your bass bins.
a1. Highrise - Summertime Breeze
a2. DJ Sunroof - Intercom
a3. Bartholomew Kind - Manhattan
b1. Nicolas Duque - If I Were
b2. Reynes - Spike's First Flight
b3. DJMC - Morning