Breakage: Sanctuary/Rick Flair Strut
Words by Mat Taylor
Breakage returns and evidently, he still knows how to make music so sonically perfect it could be weaponised. Sanctuary is the kind of track that could cave your chest in if you heard it on the right system. Dub influences mix with classic jungle and drum and bass to make this simple tune devastatingly effective. A lot of people are going to lose their shit over this, and rightly so. Since Breakage moved away from Drum and Bass, there’s been an empty space where slabs of dense, nose tingling sub bass like this should be. Whether this is a sign of things to come remains to be seen, but I’m sure I speak for a lot of people when I say we can live in hope.
The other track on this release is equally brilliant but totally different. Rick Flair Strut, aside from being one of the best names for a track ever conceived, is the kind of funk driven, rolling dnb that makes even the most joyless of purists start dancing. Watch their frowning, sneering faces break in to an uncontrollable grin as that rubbery bassline wraps itself around those drums. This reminds me of tracks like Zumbar, by the now sadly departed legend Marcus Intalex, and if the record buying public have any sense, it will be just as big.