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18.06.2020, Words by Felicity Martin

Dummy Mix 589 | Breaka

Full of "personal faves from close friends", it's a full throttle, break-packed hour

During a pandemic, the concept of a DJ mix takes on a different meaning. Firstly, you know the listener is probably going to be sat at home, rather than at a pre-drinks or afterparty with a group of mates, and most likely on their own. On the other hand, music is one thing helping many through what is an anxiety-inducing time for all of us, and you could say that mixes are needed more than ever.

London-based producer Breaka knows what he’s doing when it comes to putting together a mix. A Reprezent Radio resident, the DJ and producer is – as his name might suggest – all about the breaks. As well as dropping releases on Scuffed Recordings, Mad Decent and Instinct, while recently featuring on R&S’s ‘In Order To Care’ compilation raising money for the NHS, Breaka recently started his own label, a destination for self-releases. The three-track ‘Breaka002’ is dropping tomorrow (listen to ‘Steeze Flex’ which we premiered recently), which finds Breaka sampling samba and Afro-Cuban beats among a shedload of breaks.

“It’s interesting thinking what a DJ mix really means these days, haha,” Breaka says of his Dummy Mix, “but with home/park listening in mind, I’ve made this mix in a bit of a melting pot of different sounds. Most tracks are personal faves from close friends who are moving in directions I’ve been trying to explore in my own production during lockdown.”

Necktr – Grow (Breaka Remix)
4hero – Hold it Down (Bita Remix)
Nuff Pedals – Heavily Invested
Holloway – Hold U Close
Safe & Sound – ??
Breaka – Liquid Gold
Frazer Ray – Call of The Siren
Gallegos – Oi To The Oi
Tom Blip – Kickdrums
Guava – Outerbody Innerspace
Frazer Ray – Throw Some Shade
Modeselektor ft. Flohio – Wealth (Yo Van Lenz Remix)
Sente – Amigos
Breaka – The Start Up
Breaka – Steeze Flex
Dubrunner – Destination Unknown
Scratcha DVA – End of The World pt. 2 ft. Kush Jones
SUCIA! – When the Lights Go Out
Phillip D Kick – Summer Moods
Breaka – Loose Subs
Mamilah – Speak Freedom (Breaka Remix)

Listen to the mix on Soundcloud.

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