Pioneers of Colorado’s electronic music explosion, Break Science soars ahead of the curve, with a decade-plus trendsetting the game. Steeped in filial traditions of East Coast hip hop, and futuristic soundwaves of the now, the Denver-based duo continues to scale creative mountains. Comprised of keyboardist/producer/jazz pianist Borahm Lee (Pretty Lights Live Band) and funk/hip-hop drummer extraordinaire Adam Deitch (Lettuce), Break Science traces roots to the embryonic seeds that flowered the electro-soul movement. The pair have consistently ascended the cutting edge of live dance music culture with an array of blistering live performances in any number of settings or configurations.
Borahm Lee’s masterful use of Ableton Live and prowess atop an assortment of analog synths, Fender Rhodes, and digital plug-ins propel Break Science’s towards the new frontier. Lee has worked with cultural icons like Kanye West and The Fugees, he is well versed in reggae/dub vibrations. Adam Deitch keeps it thorough with classic boom-bap, and inventive patterns that employ his rhythmic wizardry, be it electronic drum programming or a traditional trap-kit. Deitch has worked with hip-hop legends like Redman, Pharoahe Monch and members of the Wu-Tang Clan, he’s manned the drum seat for jazz luminaries like John Scofield (Uberjam). Both members of Break Science bring classic hip-hop, dub, drum n’ bass, dancehall, jazz, funk, and genre-defying elements to coalesce in modern electronic soundscapes.
The sum of these parts has evolved Break Science into an amalgam of styles authentic, and an artistic aesthetic wholly their own, heard in the highest of definition on their titanic 2018 full-length LP Grid of Souls. For ever-further explorations in sound, the duo will form like Voltron, combining with several members of Lettuce for the wildly-kinetic Break Science Live Band. Whether the essential dynamic duo or a full-fledged ensemble, they continue to break down the science & move the arena, one gridlocked soul at a time.
JAW GEMS, an electronic outfit from Portland, Maine, is a collective of experimental producers bringing beat-music – traditionally programmed and played on samplers – to a live band setting.
Combine legendary beat-makers like Tokimonsta, Flying Lotus, and Dilla, with the deep gritty grooves of Thundercat, and Toro y Moi’s chillwave synth-pop, and you begin to approach the sound Jaw Gems creates. Since their start in 2009, the band has been exploring sonic and rhythmic ideas that emphasize interlaced melodies and hard-hitting slaps. The result is a harmonic workout for both the subconscious and neck.
Electronic producer, Daedelus, says “Jaw Gems have done the magic trick of delivering thoroughly listenable instrumental [albums] that you can also sing along to.” Outfitted with vintage, analog synthesizers sampled through a modern Roland sp404, a live drummer, and an electric bassist, Jaw Gems’ employ a variety of beat-repeating, sample-warping technology to design a sound which is commonly made by a solo artist.
It’s this unique technique that caught the attention of acclaimed producer Daddy Kev, founder of Alpha Pup Records — home to many of the aforementioned artists. “I fell in love with Jaw Gems the first time I saw them perform,” says Kev. “I think they’re a perfect fit for the Alpha Pup label.”
Jaw Gems will unleash a sonic spark in the shadows with the release their fourth album, Dim Kingdom, on Alpha Pup this March — Following up their recent works Heatweaver and Heatweaver Remixes with a big, expanding sound, and an intimate, calming intensity. Inspired by the band’s mood regarding the current state of America during recording time, Dim Kingdom represents a shifting stance for the group.
“With this album, we searched to try and find some light in the darkness” explains keyboardist Tyler Quist. “Considering the events of the past two years, it’s not hard to detect a general feeling of low morale in the country. We made this music in the hopes that it could lift us and others during this time.”
Two years spent touring has also affected Jaw Gems’ musical style with optimism and a powerful lucidity, as they saw their performance environment change drastically from intimate settings to much bigger venues, including Red Rocks Amphitheater.
“Playing our music on these stages with increasingly larger sound systems enabled us to craft songs to fit that territory.” shares drummer Dj Moore. “With Dim Kingdom, we were motivated to explore that inspiration and apply it to our sonic palette.”
In addition to national tours and landing their dream record deal, other recent Jaw Gems’ highlights include shared stages with icons such as My Morning Jacket, Flying Lotus at L.A.’s legendary Low End Theory (FlyLo’s first appearance at the famed L.A. beat scene event in years), Pharoahe Monch, and many more.
Dim Kingdom is out now on Alpha Pup Records and available to stream worldwide.
Channing Day, best known as GOD.DAMN.CHAN., is a L.A.-based producer and DJ. Day describes his music as a bubbling fondue pot of hip-hop, trap, electronica, bass, and broken-beat. In Bandcamp Daily’s ears, he sounds like “punishing, face-frying trap,” yet XLR8R commends Day’s “delicate beats and psychedelic lullabies.” Perhaps it’s this intricate style of genre-bending that’s garnered GOD.DAMN.CHAN. loyal fans and attention in the beat community.
Having been majorly influenced by the likes of Flying Lotus, Daedeleus, and Jonwayne, GOD.DAMN.CHAN. set out from his home in Portland, ME to pursue acclaimed L.A. electronic label, Alpha Pup Records. Longtime Low End Theory resident, DJ Nobody, was one of the first to discover Day, and quickly put him on to the Alpha Pup crew. Flash forward—through a few beat invitationals and Low End Theory sets—to 2018, which brought us the release of GOD.DAMN.CHAN.’s debut album, Slush, via the aforementioned label.
On release day, Slush quickly climbed iTunes’ “Top 10 Electronic Albums” chart, landing at number 6; an impressive accomplishment for a debut project. Only weeks after, Day dropped VEIB, a hip-hop collaboration featuring rapper Shane Reison vocals over beats produced by GOD.DAMN.CHAN.
The two projects have since been featured on several of Spotify’s curated playlists including: Silk Sheets, Genre Glitch, Just Bounce, Jazz Vibes, and Fresh Finds. EDM Sauce dubbed Slush one of the “coolest records of the year,” alongside work from heavy-hitters like Alison Wonderland, Sango, and The Glitch Mob. Upon distributing his album in Japan, he’s even caught international attention, including from a major Japanese dance group who used one of his tracks in their viral video routine.
Armed with the ambition and talent GOD.DAMN.CHAN. has proven he possesses—and if the traction Day’s gained in only a short time is any indication of his trajectory—the producer is destined to make a lasting imprint on the beat scene.