Has the term “blip-hop” been coined yet? If not then I would like to formally ask for it to be added to Webster’s. Use it in a sentence? Sure. “Breton’s unique blend of hip-hop beats and electronics have created a unique sound that I have dubbed “blip-hop””.  That’s as good a definition as any, right? So here we are with Breton’s full-length debut Other People’s Problems, a debut unlike any other in style and originality. Each note and beat has been meticulously created and performed. Each song brings new flavors to the listeners aural palette. Each band member brings something different to Breton Labs.

Listening to Other People’s Problems is a cathartic and almost religious musical experience. Forget what you know about electronic, indie, hip-hop, or trip-hop when entering the world of Breton because one listen to OPP and the slate will be wiped clean. At times, they could easily tour with fellow Brit Tom Vek while at others, you could picture the band supplying back-up for Wu-Tang Clan. They’re that versatile.

“Pacemaker” will draw you in with a violin line straight out of a RZA joint and then the rest of the strings and blips take over and you’ll be owned. “Electrician” opens up the soundscapes and the feelings more while “Edward The Confessor” brings listeners back to the streets. Another highlight (let’s face it, though, all eleven tracks here are highlights…) is “Wood And Plastic” where the entire band is in full swing. The drums and bass mesh so well with the strings and subtle synths until the guitars come in and make Breton a real rocking entity. Then “Governing Correctly” invites the bass to lay down a solid groove underneath a breakdown that is so reminiscent of the “Knight Rider” theme that you’d half expect KITT to do a voiceover.

2012 is turning out to be a great year for new music and Breton is definitely one of the new ones that’s destined to float to the top. Other People’s Problems is out now. Buy a copy here if so inclined. You’ll thank us.

Grade: A



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