Break Reform - The Japanese Connection
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Simon S is not only a member of Break Reform and a DJ for some 15 years, he is co-founder of independent record label Abstract Blue Recordings. In addition to Break Reform, the label has also released material by Low Budget Soul, D'nell, Aztec Productions featuring Julie Dexter (ex-Tomorrow's Warriors) and others.
Why the name Break Reform and how did you meet JJ & Nanar?
Gilles supported the first album Fractures and included 'Perfect Season' on his first Worldwide Compilation CD (2000). How did you feel about your song sitting alongside tracks by George Benson, Horace Silver and Sarah Vaughan? Was 'Perfect Season' your favourite track off the Fractures album?
The remix album, New Perspectives followed and your next release was called 'Ghosts'. This was a 12" which included 'What Do You Do', "a sublime piece of abstract soul only previously available on a Japanese import". Was this your first link up with Japan?
Just before Christmas, 'Waiting' came out on 12" with multi-DOMU remixes and you toured in Japan, what was the reaction like?
We're told Japan's the place to get your hard-to-get vinyl, did you find any rare gems?
How did you get on with the rest of Japanese experience?
Whilst you were out there, Solar Apple Quarktette brought out 'Do You Love Me Too' 12" and the Break Reform remix seemed to get the most support on radio and in the clubs.
Your new single 'And I' came out on the 14th February on Abstract Blue. Domu says the Yam Who mix is a SA-RA style whilst Tru Thoughts' Flevans said the Sidewinder Mix is outstanding. How do you see it?
And you're busy DJing in London to support it?
There's a Bonus track on 'And I' called 'Neptune'. I notice it's in your own Top Five. Why the all too early fade?
A Gilles Peterson Worldwide session is planned in the near future. Are there any plans for a live show, or a return trip to Japan?
It's not only Gilles that liked 'Perfect Season'. Top hip hop man on the West Coast Madlib sampled it. Get your hands on 'And I' and hear for yourself why it's not only Madlib wanting to get his hands on Break Reform beats. Keep tuned to Gilles, watch out for the Japanese & UK dates and be prepared to fall in love with Nanar's voice.
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