Daniel Savio – Breakage LP

25,00 (Outside EU: 20,00)

Electro from Daniel Savio via Flora & Fauna (audio sampler from digital source, 1 min from each song)


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Artist: Daniel Savio
Title: Breakage
Format: 12″ vinyl

Label: Flora & Fauna
Cat nr: FFLP48
Genre: Electro

A1 Breakage
A2 Earth Is Hell
A3 Heavy Metal
A4 Out II Bomb
B1 Rolling Thunder
B2 Drones
B3 Jade
B4 End Theme

Mastering: Tomas Bodén

Breakage is a tribute to and continuation of the era when rap music conquered the world, one boy room at a time, by means of the drum machine and sampler.

The choice beat anvils of the old school – The Oberheim DMX, Linn Drum et cetera – got pushed to the side by the Roland TR-808, E-mu SP-1200 and the AKAI MPC, and upped the ante in the hands of rhythmic wizards like Ced Gee, Marley Marl and The Bomb Squad. Rap music got heavier, denser, more crushing.

If Savio’s albums Hip Hop and Phase II were sonic letters of love to Davy DMX, Arabian Prince and Pretty Tony, Breakage is a call and response to hip hop lovers that never stopped fiending for the adrenaline rush of tunes commanding you to dance. A younger sibling of that hip hop that didn’t get sucked into the vortex of radio friendly edits for airtime slots and prime time video, i.e., that hip hop that was most at home at block parties, jams, and dancefloors.

In comparison with its two predecessors, Breakage comes out even harder and more condensed, like the set of a headlining DJ following two majestic warm-up sessions. Put in another way, we’re treated to a trip down a path along one of the least explored alleys of rap music since the ushering in of the golden era.

In 1988 hip hop culture was at the crossroads, but the fork in the road was invisible since it was the richest year in musical history. We got served everything and its opposite on a platter, dope beats and flimsy samples, conscious lyrics, and party raps. It was no less so with the beats, so how could we possibly have been missing out on something?

When rap music started to colonize the airwaves step by step, it lost sight of the dancefloor to a certain extent. Savio never forgets the fact that the dancefloor was the incubator of hip hop, and that sort of is the message.

Leaning more towards the stripped down core of electro made possible by new technology than to the gluttony of late eighties sampladelia made from the same technology, the message comes across ridiculously effortlessly.

The very name of the album and the eponymous tune recalls the centrality of b-boying in eighties’ hip hop, something some hip hop producers lost sight of as the eighties turned to nineties.

It’s somehow akin to how fond Breakage is of graffiti; the dark banger “Out To Bomb” is a call to leave the sketchbook to go up on trains, and by the sound of it, aims to go all city. Taking no prisoners, taking no shorts, Breakage goes straight for the jugular, watch it, peep it, listen to it, don’t sleep on it.

Nathan “Nasty Nate” Hamelberg, hip hop custodian

Weight 0,25 kg
Dimensions 32 × 32 × 0,3 cm

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