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We kicked off Breakin Bread in May 1998 thanks to a mate of mine, Pik, who was promoting clubs for Kiss FM. He didn’t know much about Hip Hop but had seen resurgence of Hip Hop at clubs like Scratch and Funkin Pussy where for the first time, hardcore hip hop heads like me started noticing girls coming to hip hop events. We were used to hip hop nights being sweaty dark affairs in empty clubs with almost 100% of the audience being male. Pik wanted to start a night with breakdancing which was also coming to the fore at the time. The UK B-boy championships had started a few years earlier and was now big enough to be held in Brixton Academy. I linked Pik’s b-boy idea with playing more funk, soul and breaks alongside hip hop. This music was missing at other hip hop nights and I knew from running previous events that b-boys preferred rockin to funk and disco than straight hip hop. An added bonus was that girls were more likely to dance to soul music if they weren’t already hip hop chicks. I called in Rob Life and Tufkut to DJ at our first night. They were both serious record collectors that I’d known for years and had been my guiding lights into the world of soul, funk and disco that gave birth to hip hop.
The first night was at The Brix (now Mass) and we were genuinely surprised with the turn out and the number of people getting off on the music. We invited some B-boys down, commissioned some graffiti wall hangings and finally all elements of hip hop were united in one night with the funk to the fore! After some venue problems we moved to Pacific Bar in Camberwell and then The Plug in Stockwell. This is where it really started taking off and we knew we were onto something when after running the night for less than 6 months we started getting queues round the block. The nights were so successful, we thought maybe people wanted to hear the music that some of our DJâ€™s were making themselves . Rob Life and Tufkut had been making their own music since their teens (go and search out the DJ Life/LTK white label they released in 1991) and it seemed right to release some of their new material on Breakin Bread.
DJ SKEG, JAZZ CAFÉ, 2008
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We also always had MCâ€™s hosting the night. Not hogging the night just letting people know what was going on and adding to the atmosphere. Our first host was TMO and we soon discovered Kashmere at one of our open mic sessions and he took over hosting.
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Some of the nights we held here were just amazing. Pure nights of mayhem! Our best ever New Years Eve party took place in December 03. This oneâ€™s particularly hazy but we have great memories of the P Brothers killing it and Kope rolling around on the floor in a pile of beer bottles. Quality!
As a label we were now starting to release artist albums. Both Ghost and Natural Self dropped their debut albums and they sold well and are still selling despite the impact of the digital music age. We also took our artwork up another level at this time. Ghosts album artwork was put together by Will Barras and Darren Groucutt who are well known in the street art scene. Ben Swift was working with Rob Life on his mix CD artwork and Mimic had also taken over our flyer artwork duties and come up with some dope concepts and a fresh look
Unfortunately the UK hip hop scene started to implode on itself as labels and artists realised the market wasnâ€™t as big as it seemed. The legendary hip hop emporium Mr. Bongo closed its doors and the scene no longer had a central focal point. At Breakin Bread we were also busy with other things and we didnâ€™t have the ideas, time or energy to re-invent ourselves as a night once again. We staggered to 8th birthday some nights making money, some nights losing it.
I thought that might be all over at this point but during the summer of 2006 we got a call from the Jazz CafĂŠ asking us to fill some of their late night sessions. We took the opportunity to keep our nights going and we were forced to make changes as we supported other artists playing live from 7pm and kicked in with our entertainment from 11pm. Luckily this format worked well and we launched a rotating line up of B-boy battles, live hip hop and live soul/funk.
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Now we are London’s longest running soul, funk and hip hop club. When we started nobody else was playing funk alongside hip hop. Now loads of clubs up and down the country are doing it. We’re being flown around Europe most months spreading the vibe and we’re bucking the trend of falling music sales.
D-BO, LA FAMILIA, JAZZ CAFE, 2008
To celebrate the 10th birthday we put on an exhibition celebrating 10 years of Breakin Bread artwork and memories with artists, photographers and designers we have worked with in the past and are currently putting together new projects with. Featured artists were: Will Barras, Darren Groucutt, mimic, Sri, Skyhigh, Deft One, Michael Antoniou, Spillage and Ben Swift.
WE’VE GOT RESID ENCIES AT THE JAZ Z CAFÉ MONTHLY (CHECK WWW.JAZ ZCAFELIVE.COM AND THE SOCIAL FOR DETAILS) THE FIRST FRIDA Y OF EVERY MONT H. KEEP UP TO DATE WI TH AL L OU R RUNNINGS AND CHECK OUR CATA LOGUE OF CDS, LP ’S, MP3’S AT BREAKIN 12”S, 7”S AND BREAD.ORG AND MYSPACE/BREA KINBREADLONDO N
Breakin Bread Discograpy: BNB001
OK We’re Rollin/Style Applications 7”
We Got Soul/Fresh Rhythm 7”
Here’s One I Made Earlier/ The Great Rhythm Caper 7”
Plug It In/ Power Pac 7”
Beats In Progress
Crumpet Chase/ Death of 1000 cuts 7”
The Limp Twins
Living well pts 1&2 7”
She Took My Love/ Swings And Roundabouts 7”
The Deadly 7” Sins LP/CD
Rob Life/ Focus On The Main Features/ Iguana Verses 12” Cappo/DPF/Kashmere
Keno 1 & The Hermit Heavy Heavy/The Hardest Rain 7”
Ghost/Kashmere/ Flip It/ Exactly/42/ Dedication 12” DPF/Verb T/Tommy Evans
Tom Caruana / Archco/DPF/DJ IQ
Splice of Life EP
The Sound/Foundation 7”
The Get Out EP
Let Em Know 12”
Batidas Latinas/Crabwalk 7”
The Ritual Mix CD
Natural Self ft Alice Russell
I Don’t Need This Trouble 12”
And loads of forthcoming TOM CARUANA/DR SYNTAX/DPF/ARCH CO/DJ IQ
TOM CARUANA/DR SYNTAX/DPF/ARCH CO/DJ IQ
THE SPLICE OF LIFE
SIDE B/ 1/CHOOSING THE RIGHT BIRD 2/IT'S ARCH/FEAT. ARCH CO (DIRTY) 3/IT'S ARCH (INST.) 4/I CREATED THIS STYLE (INST.) 5/STRAIGHT UP (INST.)
TOM CARUANA/DR SYNTAX/DPF/ARCH CO/DJ IQ
SIDE A/ 1/MAGNUS INTRODUCES US 2/IT'S ARCH/FEAT. ARCH CO (RADIO) 3/I CREATED THIS STYLE/FEAT. DPF & DJ IQ (RADIO) 4/STRAIGHT UP/FEAT. DR SYNTAX (RADIO) 5/THE KRAKEN
THE SPLICE OF LIFE BNB014
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NOTES/ALL TRACKS PRODUCED BY TOM CARUANA/ALL TRACKS MIXED BY TOM GREENWOOD/VOCALS: A2 RECORDED BY TOM CARUANA, A3 RECORDED BY TOM GREENWOOD AND A4 RECORDED BY IDO/A2) CUTS BY DJ CHORUS & A.S.P./A3) CUTS BY DJ IQ SHOUTS/BREAKIN BREAD STAFF (ROB LIFE, SKEG, TUFKUT AND RACHEL)/BOOMBOX DISTRIBUTION NETWORK/SUSPECT-PACKAGES.COM/DR SYNTAX/DPF/ARCH CO/DJ IQ/TOM GREENWOOD/SHADRIC/SON OF SAM (JOHN, JOE & DUTCH)/ELEMENTAL/NICK MAXWELL/LONGUSTO/ROBIN/TEEJ/WORDSMITH/GENESIS/SABRINA ROBERTS/RED MASTER/DRAMA/DEMARVELEST/ALEX BANKS/OLLY IDO/LEON DE BRETAGNE/TOM HINES/CLEV CLEVERLY/ENLISH/DOM & BRENDAN/ALISTAIR @ SON/CHRIS & NEIL @ FLUID OUNCE/ TOM WELLER/HANNA THOMAS/ROSE VILLOSO/PREM/PAUL & TIM HORAN/COLIN THE PHOTOMAN/KIRSTY & JAMES GRANT/ALEX C/ALL MY FAMILY - MUM, DAD, JOSIE, LAURA, SARAH, ROBERT & EDWARD/TO THOSE CREATING ANY FORM OF ART KEEP DOING IT AND GROWING © 2004 Breakin Bread Records Ltd /
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THE SPLICE OF LIFE
Gypsy Rock/The Grump 7”
Let Peace Be The Ruler CD/EP
Seldom Seen Often Heard CD/LP
Catchin Grooves Mix CD
Basic Instinct 12”
The Love Theme 12”
Dirtybeatbreakinfunkandhiphop Vol 1 EP
Dirtybeatbreakinfunkandhiphop Vol 2 EP
King Conga/ Funky Ghost Town 7”
Disque O Heights/ Pa Coco Solo 12”
Super Bad Mix CD
Plug It In CD
You Never Change/ For Dance 7”
It’s all love/ Ying Yang 7”
My Soul Looks Like This Mix CD
You Got What You Wanted/Jellyfish Popcorn 7”
It’s The Hornet/The Hideaway 7”
Party Keller Mix CD
stuff from Ghost, The Killer Meters, Para, Ill Boogs and more
Published on Apr 17, 2013