Breakage aka James Boyle has always been regarded as one of the most prodigious talents in the fast-moving world of British dance music. Over the last decade he’s consistently challenged perceptions, caused chaos across internet forums & constantly blurred the boundaries between genres, from drum & bass to dubstep to his current more progressive sound.
Boyle’s last ventures into the market place, saw him drop his sophomore LP Foundation in mid-2010 featuring Skream, Burial, Roots Manuva, David Rodigan, Newham Generals + more, spawning the massive singles “Hard” & “Run Em Out” to specialist & mainstream acclaim. As well as the afore-mentioned game-changing rework of Clare Maguire, James also stamped his trademark melodic yet minimal sound on remixes for Florence & The Machine, Massive Attack, Underworld & Plan B.
From Foundation, he moved the goal-posts again with his next offering. Hinting at what was to come, “Fighting Fire” with Jess Mills, broke the top 40, became one of the most rotated records of the year & gave a heavy indication of his future workings. Part trance, part progressive house, part dub-step, it’s a track that defies categorization while remaining resolutely Breakage in sound.
18 months later & Boyle resurfaces again with The Promise EP, & surprise, surprise… he’s shifted the direction again slightly, whilst maintaining his ethos of space, simplicity & his signature heavyweight bottom end bass-lines.
Progressive in nature, with a nod to both the Balearic Island & the basements of inner-city London, this 3-tracker is a taster of what is to come as Boyle readies his 3rd long-player, set for a 2013 release. Featuring co-production talents of label mate Dismantle on “Ass Up”, this EP has already gained support from the likes of Claude Von Stroke, Rich Hawtin, Chase & Status, Example, Skream, James Zabiela, Busy P, Basement Jaxx, Maceo Plex, Person Sound, Nic Fanciulli, Crookers, Roska + many more.
Download The Promise EP now for free at Breakage’s official site.
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