Video: Breakage – Revelation Feat. Liam Bailey
In autumn last year Breakage aka James Boyle announced he was back with a single ‘Treading Water’ and the news of his third album ‘When The Night Comes’ coming out May 2015. It’s the return of a UK system great, a heavyweight when it comes to sub bass self-expression, so skilled that Root’s Manuva once said his music talks to ‘the squids’ and other suboceanic lifeforms.
Kicking off 2015, James offers a free grat of a totally new song ‘Revelation’ featuring the soulful voice of Liam Bailey. It’s futuristic British soul, dubby and reflective. This comes before the arrival of first single ‘Future’ dropping very soon.
When Shy FX created his Digital Soundboy label, the name could have been a blueprint for Breakage, a 21st century sound boy who has carved out his own hi-tech vision from the UK’s hardcore materials. His journey began on the drum and bass scene with his remix of Nasty Habits ‘Here Come The Drums’, famed for bringing jungle urgency back to drum and bass. All his unclassifiable work since then, whether people have called it dub step, grime or drum & bass has had his trademark sound engineering brilliance, his unique sense of space and combination of dub and emotional pressure, creating a sleek, refractive jet-black world. He collaborated with Burial on ‘Vial’. He made a grime classic without trying (when a 2009 instrumental called ‘Together’ ft. David Rodigan got change to the Newham General’s ‘Hard’) as well as re-wired chart conventions with Jess Mills’ 2011’s ‘Fighting Fire’. He is one of the few producers kindred spirits Massive Attack have asked to remix their songs.
Fans of their songs with Horace Andy will hear the lineage in ‘Revelation’, as Breakage combines with Liam Bailey’s voice, the atmosphere reflecting the drum & bass club, Jamaican sounds and Britain’s dark streets. Next single ‘Future’ to follow.