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After a four-year break from the studio, L.A.’s finest practitioners of gritty soul/jazz, party funk & breaks, BREAKESTRA, return to the fray with a brand new studio album on Strut this September, ‘DUSK ‘TIL DAWN’.

The brainchild of producer, engineer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist “Music Man” Miles Tackett, Breakestra was formed from a love ... Read more in Amazon's Breakestra Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ubiquity
  • ASIN: B000AZ9BUK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stand Up!
2. Gotta Let Me Know
3. Hiding
4. Burgundy Blues
5. You Don't Need To Dance
6. The Gettin' To It
7. At The End Of The Day
8. Recognize
9. Keep On Playin'
10. See Sawing
11. Family Rap
12. How Do You Really Feel?
13. Show & Prove
14. Hit Tha Flo!

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While their debut album and legendary live shows predominantly paid homage to old school breaks n' beats gone by, Hit The Floor goes a step further as Breakstra create an album featuring all-original compositions and songs. From the call-out party vibe of the break-driven intro track 'Stand Up' to the catchy blues-tinged 'Hiding' and 'Recognize', to the 60's vibe of the title track, 'Hit The Floor' is a more varied and accomplished outing than the debut. For fans of Antibalas, Sharon Jones, Quantic Soul Orchestra. Main man Miles Tackett and company perform regularly to capacity crowds along side such hip-hop luminaries as Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, Black Eyed Peas, Freestyle Fellowship, Company Flow, Cut Chemist, Nu-Mark, and DJ Shadow. Ubiquity. 2005.

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Led by DJ/bassist Miles Tackett, L.A.'s Breakestra got their start about ten years back replaying famous funk and jazz samples used on hip-hop records. It was an entertaining concert but rather creatively limited. Over time, the band has grown and broadened into a fully fledged funk outfit, composing their own songs and drawing on 30 years of musical tradition to make new creations and fusions, similar to other contemporary groups with that retro soul sound like Sharon Jones or the Poets of Rhythm. James Brown is only the most obvious influence, but you can find everything from Eddie Bo to the Meters to Fela Kuti to George Benson to countless more obscure acolytes of raw soul/funk. The group's vocalist, Mixmaster Wolf, doesn't have as rich a vocal tone or range as, say, a Syl Johnson or Joe Tex, but he definitely has his chops down in riding the group's raucous rhythms. On the hip-hop tip, Jurassic 5's Chali2na joins up on "Family Rap" for a strong rap/funk crossover. It's a very uptempo affair overall: great for the party, though the album could have benefited from including a few more ballads; the closest they come is on one of the best songs, the mid-tempo groover "Recognize." --Oliver Wang

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Will J. on October 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Combine the wonderful rhythms of funk, horns of jazz and some soul singing and what do you get. The positively glorious Breakestra! This album is just a bunch of fun. The lead man, Miles, has a great voice for what they are doing and the backing band can just jam! This project was spawned out of their performances at the root down in LA and if this is what they can do on an album I would be scarred to see them live. Not because they are bad but because they are so damn good! These guys are not looking to do anything but kick it and make some people party. The combination of Jazz, Blues, and Funk & Hip Hop is definitely proof positive that genre's are meant to be destroyed. While there are a few tracks that are laid back this album is basically a party starter. On top of that it is full of old school breaks that those beat diggers will know automatically. Breakestra is just a wonderful album that needs to be heard by all! No hype, no BS just good tunes and a fun time, put it on and enjoy yourself!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Caliari on November 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Hit the Floor is funky. If you like music you can just groove to, you'll dig this album. It sounds like it's right out of the funky late 60's to early 70's. Each track makes you want to shake your butt. You can't help but move when you're listening to this album. Buy it, you won't be sorry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Hall on January 25, 2008
Format: Vinyl
No one is going to mistake Breakestra for Sly Stone or Bootsy Collins, and that's alright. The L.A.-based outfit is looking to create its own legacy with a contemporary take on funk music. First heard covering classic breaks and beats in 2001, when Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw label released The Live Mix Pt. 2, Breakestra has spent the intervening years honing their own material.

The result is a quality, if distinctly contemporary, funk record that sometimes wanders off into Latin and hip-hop detours. The tempo is fast and the grooves are deep. Songs like "Don't Need a Dance" with its anthem-type feel, gracefully update the funky precedents of the past.

But Breakestra isn't simply a funk band. These guys have spent the past six years playing next to a who's who of the West Coast underground hip-hop community at L.A.'s weekly Rootdown party. "Family Rap" reveals that pedigree with Breakestra providing the backing for a song that could fit comfortably inside an `80s-era hip-hop set. Chali 2na and Soup of Jurassic 5 join People Under the Stairs' Double K as the band plays the back to overall great effect.

The biggest problem with comparing this record to its funk ancestors is the notable difference in the playing styles of the old and new. The greatest parts of classic funk music were its rough edges that translated as grunts, groans, dirty instrumentalism, and a million other spontaneous imperfections. Breakestra eschews that spontaneity in favor of smoother vocals and cleaner instrumentation; in short a much more structured sound. It's impressive, but funk aficionados will notice the difference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Snyder VINE VOICE on November 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Breakestra's "Hit The Floor" does indeed sound straight out of 1972. This is highly recommended to fans of funk, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and anyone who likes good music.

The songs lyrically are just alright themselves; they're not exactly blazing the lyrical trail here. However, the music, especially the drumming, is fantastic.

"Hit the Floor" is in the same vein of Medeski Martin & Wood, Stanton Moore/Galactic, Charlie Hunter, and Grant Green's funkier stuff. It also features Jurassic 5 in a song, which was my favorite song on the album. I would love to see Breakestra do an entire album as Jurassic 5's backing band.

Good stuff. Recommended! (I imagine these guys are an incredibly good time live.)
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By C. W. Hall on January 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
No one is going to mistake Breakestra for Sly Stone or Bootsy Collins, and that's alright. The L.A.-based outfit is looking to create its own legacy with a contemporary take on funk music. First heard covering classic breaks and beats in 2001, when Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw label released The Live Mix Pt. 2, Breakestra has spent the intervening years honing their own material.

The result is a quality, if distinctly contemporary, funk record that sometimes wanders off into Latin and hip-hop detours. The tempo is fast and the grooves are deep. Songs like "Don't Need a Dance" with its anthem-type feel, gracefully update the funky precedents of the past.

But Breakestra isn't simply a funk band. These guys have spent the past six years playing next to a who's who of the West Coast underground hip-hop community at L.A.'s weekly Rootdown party. "Family Rap" reveals that pedigree with Breakestra providing the backing for a song that could fit comfortably inside an `80s-era hip-hop set. Chali 2na and Soup of Jurassic 5 join People Under the Stairs' Double K as the band plays the back to overall great effect.

The biggest problem with comparing this record to its funk ancestors is the notable difference in the playing styles of the old and new. The greatest parts of classic funk music were its rough edges that translated as grunts, groans, dirty instrumentalism, and a million other spontaneous imperfections. Breakestra eschews that spontaneity in favor of smoother vocals and cleaner instrumentation; in short a much more structured sound. It's impressive, but funk aficionados will notice the difference.
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