Support for this comes from DJ Format, Brighton resident, top bloke and phenomenal collector of 45’s so we’re in good hands in terms of soul, funk and danceable grooves before the main event. Check out his music featuring MC’s Abdominal and D-Sisive as well as the analogue soundscapes he’s been creating as part of The Simonsound. All good stuff.
L.A. based Breakestra are the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and producer “Music Man” Miles Tackett, and have been touring and laying down their hip hop inspired funky love show for a good few years now. His dad is Freddie Tackett, a member of influential genre-hopping band Little Feat so there’s a bit of a musical tradition there.
His band have always have a fluctuating line-up and today there’s drums, bass, lead guitar, keyboards, baritone sax/flute and a trumpet. Tackett himself plays different instruments on different tracks, easily switching between bass, lead guitar and cello. There’s a gutsy, raw and powerful singer called Afro-dite who takes lead on some of the songs and backing vocals to Tackett’s lead on others.
It’s a funk-fuelled party-time jam from the off. They effortlessly re-created the favourite riffs from those dusty 45’s that Hip Hop has sampled to death over the last 30 years, and they do a fantastic version of Jimmy Castor’s “It’s just begun”. Chali 2na bounds onto the stage to add a whole new level of showmanship to the proceedings, leading us through the classic Jurassic 5 party joints as well as lending his instantly recognisable baritone to Breakestra’s own songs. He’s a first class MC and his freestyles and party time lyrical skills and a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
Impossible to fault a show like this. It lends a nod to the James Brown soul revue, Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Motown, Jimmy Smith and so many others. Great songs, great musicians, great showmanship. everything a gig show be.