For their second 45 on Kept Records, Brooklyn’s Breakdown Brass just set the bar higher. While not on tour with bands like Antibalas, Sharon Jones & the Dap‐Kings,Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, Monophonics, Ikebe Shakedown, Slavic Soul Party, and many others, the members of this horncentric clique are making very dope records. To me, this is what a brass band needs to sound like. They’re exploring new territories while satying true to many of the school and pro marching bands that keep it funky. The twist is they’re doing their own thing. Spread love it’s the Brooklyn way, right? We’re always excited when something new comes out of this camp, because it’s a bastion of funky creativity that is always good for the ears as well as the soul.
I just got done listening to this record and I need to go wash my self. I feel so dirty, I mean the record is D-I-R-T-Y. From the first drop of the needle I could feel the filth all over. Heavy drums and horns come in like some Red Light District brass loving “friend” for the night and proceed to get right down to the nitty gritty. It’s horn and drum heavy, with a solid bass line that holds you down. And like any good track, the drum break/ horn solo freak out mellows a bit before driving into a frenzy of horns that perk up your ears and keep your head bobbing incessantly. The flip, “Nautilus (Hijacked), will take you back to truck jewelry, extensions, and Golden Age hip hop rhythms that never go out of style. Fusing the often sampled Bob James’ “Nautilus” with Enoch Light’s “Hijacked”, Breakdown Brass pick up and school youngsters even further than they did on their last lesson Dre Dre’s “The Next Episode”. This is the track that will get people out of their seats and going nuts. Well done once again
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