Breakage aka James Boyle is never been one to be pigeonholed. Moving effortlessly through styles from drum and bass to dubstep, Breakage has proved himself to be one of the most versatile operators in either scene to date. A prodigious talent, he already has a number of classic releases under his belt but continues to develop his sound. Combining rich tones and a sense of spaciousness in the mix, Breakageʼs music is both subtle yet devastatingly effective. Never afraid to make an impact, he burst onto the d&b scene back in 2000, announcing his arrival with a raucous remix of a hardcore classic, Nasty Habitʼs ʻHere Come the Drumsʼ on Reinforced. Further releases came on labels including Critical & Scientific Wax, before his debut album release in 2006 ʻThis To Shall Passʼ gained wide spread critical acclaim and included some slower tempo material, hinting at what was to come.
James signed with Shy FXʼs mighty Digital Soundboy imprint in 2007, and soon turned heads with the haunting half-time beats of ʻClarendon b/w Shroud.ʼ It came as no surprise that he would make waves in the dubstep community with his next release, ʻCallahan b/w Untitled,ʼ after having remixed one of the sceneʼs biggest tracks to date, Benga & Cokiʼs ʻNight,ʼ alongside Shy FX as Digital Soundboy.
2009 has seen Breakage cemented himself as ʻone to watchʼ across the British dance music press and taste-making elite. Following on from the superb ʻTogetherʼ, Breakage released ‘Run Em Outʼ feat. Roots Manuva b/w ʻHigherʼ in October 2009 to massive critical acclaim. Then came ʻHardʼ feat. Newham Generals and David Rodigan in early Dec, which exploded across the clubs and national airwaves, becoming unquestionably one of the biggest underground releases of 2009.
Winning fans across Radio 1, 1Xtra, Galaxy and Kiss FM from the likes of Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Rob Da Bank, Giles Peterson, Ras Kwame, Toddla T, Mary Anne Hobbs, Mista Jam, Redlight, Sinden, DJ MK and many more, not to mention being named as Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’ on his Radio 1 show.
Now comes the highly anticipated sophomore LP ʻFoundationʼ on Digital Soundboy. Features on the record come courtesy of Burial, Roots Manuva, David Rodigan, Newham Generals, Kemo, Zarif, Erin and more. Expect bass heavy quality music with a broad appeal. The new single ‘Speechless’ featuring Donaeo has already been decribed as a ground-breaking record, marrying dubstep and indie with emotive R&B vocals. With a European tour under way, plus remix & production credits for
Massive Attack, Florence & The Machine, David Guetta, Virgin Records, Aswad, Sidney Sampson, and many more all forthcoming, Breakage has laid the foundation. Now he’s ready to blow...
“His command of sound and the sheer amount of music he can squeeze from so little is phenomenal. Breakage generates bags of deep meditational vibes and effortless forward movement in equal measure. Sometimes simple really is the best” IDJ Mag TOP TUNE OF THE MONTH 10/10
“Breakageʼs beats are packed with more beef than an Argentinean steakhouse” DJ Mag 4/5
“His half-step beats are pure catch your-breath tension. Intense” Mixmag 4/5
“Breakage is on fre! His beats just get harder!” Zane Lowe