In an age where bass-heavy Timbaland beats get pumped through systems with 18 subwoofers at kidney-rupturing volumes, the Deck Brothers seem to have taken a risk by putting out a mixtape that is decidedly tilted towards the high frequencies.
At first listen, I thought that their first b-boy mix, Breaks Of Fury, sounded a bit tinny. But I also recognized the sound as one that undeniably comes from vinyl. When I do my amateur version of digging, this is the sound that comes through the headphones of my portable record player. You can hear the vinyl crackling under the music, and I soon realized that this mix didn’t need more bass–it needed more volume.
So I hooked the laptop up to my better stereo, cranked the volume, and hit play. It sounded great. I started to suspect that the reason I favored those bass-heavy songs on my iPod during sessions had more to do with our shitty stereo than anything else. At this volume the music didn’t just sound better–it was better. Whereas before I found it hard to stay interested in the songs on this mix, the energy and power of the drums began to push forward, making it increasingly harder to stay in front of my computer as I jotted down notes (like “uuuggghh!” and “woooooo!”).
Breaks Of Fury is split into three parts: a short intro, a track called “Training” and a track called “Attack”. Although one would assume “Attack” would be the hypest track on the CD, I actually found that “Training” was the one that I favored. The energy level of the breaks on “Training” are more varied, allowing you to experiment a bit more with them while dancing.
And it’s worth mentioning that when you buy Breaks Of Fury, you’ll get a real CD in a real case with real album art by Mayan Tamang. I can’t say enough how nice it is to have someone recognize how important the physical product is these days. I’m all about DJs cutting costs, but there’s something very underwhelming about a CD cover that has obviously been printed out on a home computer.
Just remember, crank that volume up before putting in this CD.