On this week’s Unsung Heroes, we take a look at the enigmatic genre of Breaks and how it has been rapidly evolving in synchronicity with the increasing popularity of Psy Trance in today’s scene. The genre of Breaks has always been a fan favorite in the underground scene, always amassing a large fan following with each successful artist. But what exactly is Breaks? Not surprisingly, this particular genre is not broadcasted throughout the popularity of the EDM scene today, and one must actively begin hunting outside of their comfort zones in order to discover it. Breaks’s biggest strength comes from its colossal percussion section, opting to go towards smashing snare hits on beats two and four, emphasis on hi-hats and unusual, back petal bass kicks instead of the standard four-to-the-floor characteristic that is seen everywhere in EDM. It is essentially a hybridization between true Rock sensibilities and the ferocious underground sounds of Electronic music. What is more intriguing is the fact that Psy Trance, another unusual genre, has combined with Breaks overtime in order to give us a brand new sound and direction for the genre. Now, we have the savage, relentless percussion of Breaks alongside with the liquid, psychedelic sounds of Psy Trance that completely blows the lid on all creative liberties in both genres.
With Psy Trance beginning to seep into the faster areas of Trance, it seems that this new genre of ‘Psy Breaks’ has found a home with pioneering Trance artists such as Simon Patterson and John Askew. Certain artists that are now dominating the Breaks scene include Blazer, Beatman & Ludmilla and Eshericks. Eshericks hails from the Eastern city of Tokyo, Japan and has already proven his worth to Your EDM with his gigantic remix to Brian Cameron‘s Serotonin Syndrome last year on Perfecto Fluoro Recordings. Amid his Original productions and Remixes, he is also akin to creating ‘Re-rubs’, in which he takes an existing track and places a hard hitting Breaks percussion element into the mix, completely changing the entire stature of the piece while cranking the energy to a breaking point. Wanting to create a modern mix to an all time classic, he took inspiration from a legendary duo who’s old school electronic sounds of the 90’s helped fuel an entire generation of producers. With the stunning, innovative sounds of The Chemical Brothers in hand, Eshericks implements a brutal percussion section to completely change this piece into something that some people may call ‘the future’ or even ‘some next level sh*t’.
What is important to note is the key differences between regular Breaks and its twisted offspring of Psy Breaks. While Breaks focused on the Rock element of percussion, Psy Breaks accentuates that ten fold, propelling the energy to unimaginable heights. The original Underworld mix was a Breaks track itself, but Eshericks brings some modern computing power into the mix to not only amp the energy, but to perfectly transition this classic tune into the airwaves of the 21st century. Leave Home starts with an agitated bassline, upbeat hi-hats and a rising synth before storming drums bring forth the monstrous main section. As the word ‘Bass‘ is muttered, the listener is pulverized into full on Breaks as thunderous snares clash with off beat kicks and smashing cymbals. The entire piece feels almost futuristic in a sense as the bassline continues to chug along, giving an amazing foundation for the snares and kicks to work off of. The symbiosis of both instrumental elements propels itself beyond what it originally was and gives a proper body thrashing while keeping consistent with the meticulous, aggressive nature of The Chemical Brothers. As 90’s lasers, the phrase, ‘oh,no!‘ and a foreboding blanket of sound enters the fray, it only intensifies the primal nature of the track and completely shatters the energy and minds of listeners.
Eshericks has done quite a beautiful job of stuffing the track full of raw power and really does the track justice while keeping the honor and respect of the legends that is The Chemical Brothers in check. The Eshericks rerub of The Chemical Brothers‘s iconic single, Leave Home, is not available at this time, but make sure you check out the track above and tune in next week to Unsung Heroes!
Keep the music alive. -Q
Unsung Heroes is a weekly segment where we take a look back at an amazing production and bring it back into the light for older and newer fans alike. These tracks were often overlooked, overshadowed by a huge release or are just not that well known to the public here in America. Here, you can find all the hidden gems in many genres and find a new favorite track (or another tool/weapon for aspiring DJ’s).