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Breakestra

Formed by breaks fanatic Miles Tackett, Breakestra is a constantly morphing hip-hop orchestra based in Los Angeles. The group came together in 1997-1997 around Tackett's DJ gigs at a coffeehouse. A multi-instrumentalist whose work on cello has appeared on recordings by B.B. King, Macy Gray, and Black Eyed Peas, Tackett was a funk fan who got into hip-hop during the late '80s -- courtesy of the Ultramagnetic classic Critical Beatdown -- when he realized it was keeping the funk flame alive.

A wish to play instrumental hip-hop in a band context brought the group together, with Tackett alongside drummer Josh "Wallet" Cohen, reed player Geoff "Double G" Gallegos, trumpeters Todd Simon and Paul Vargas, trombone player Dan Osterman, keyboard player Carlos Guaico, percussionist Davy Chegwidden, guitarist Dan Ubick, and vocalists Sol Sista DeMya and Mixmaster Wolf (aka Stones Throw honcho Peanut Butter Wolf). Their club night, Root Down, brought in crowds, along with the cream of the rap underground (Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, Company Flow, DJ Shadow, Freestyle Fellowship), and their first single, "Getcho Soul Togetha," appeared on Stones Throw in 1999.

That year also brought an intriguing demo called The Live Mix Tape -- including Breakestra covers of a host of deep funk classics -- but an official release (as The Live Mix, Pt. 1) waited until 2001 and only appeared in Japan. The second volume followed later that year, and was released on Stones Throw. In 2005 Breakestra recorded a single, Family Rap, featuring Chali 2na and Soup from Jurassic 5 and Double K from People Under the Stairs, and also released their third studio album, Hit the Floor, on Ubiquity Records, with a nearly entirely different lineup. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Hit The Floor

1. Stand Up!

2. Gotta Let Me Know

3. Hiding

4. Burgundy Blues

5. You Don't Need To Dance

6. The Gettin' To It

7. At The End Of The Day

8. Recognize

9. Keep On Playin'

10. See Sawing

11. Family Rap

12. How Do You Really Feel?

13. Show & Prove

14. Hit Tha Flo!

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Track List: The Live Mix Part 2

1. Eight Bar Segment Intro 1: Jagger The Dagger

2. Eight Bar Segment Intro 2: Summer In The City

3. Eight Bar Segment Intro 3: Bubble Gum

4. Eight Bar Segment Intro 4: Crosswind

5. Eight Bar Segment Intro 5: Kissed My Baby

6. Eight Bar Segment Intro 6: Getting Nasty

7. Eight Bar Segment Intro 7: Space

8. Eight Bar Segment Intro 8: It's The JB's Monaurail

9. Eight Bar Segment Intro 9: T.L.C.

10. Funky Drummer

11. Crumbs Off The Table

12. Sister Sanctified

13. Hook N' Sling

14. Sing A Simple Song

15. Sexy Popcorn Pot

16. I Got Love

17. Baby Don't Cry

18. Inner City Blues

19. Cramp Your Style

20. Champ

21. Hot Pants, I'm Comin'

22. Sad Chicken

23. Remember Who You Are

24. Humpty Dump

25. Burning Spear

26. Showbiz Interlude

27. Soul Power '74

28. Getcho Soul Togetha, Pt. 1

29. Getcho Soul Togetha, Pt. 2

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Track List: Dusk Till Dawn

1. Need A Little Love

2. Dark Clouds Rain Soul

3. Come On Over

4. Back At The Boathouse

5. Get It Right

6. Show You The Way

7. Me And Michelle

8. I Don't Wanna Wait

9. No Matter Where You Go

10. 'posed To Be

11. North-East To Nippon

12. Lowdown Stank

13. Joyful Noise

14. You'll Never Know

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Track List: Joyful Noise

1. Joyful Noise (12'' Edit)

2. Dark Clouds Rain Soul (Dub)

3. Posed To Be (Feat. Chali 2na, Mixmaster Wolf & DJ Dusk, R.I.P.) (12'')

4. Posed To Be (Instrumental)

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Breakestra hits all my sweat spots. Hit the floor is my current favorite album. They had me at Hiding. The more I've heard the more I like the whole album...the catalog is outstanding! Funkin excellence!
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nonservitus
funck my s**t up
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breakestra is too dope
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That dude just said sweet funky moses

:D
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yeeooww!! cramp my style baby
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coreyjaykram e r
How bout that beat!
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Awesome, found these Folks on soul jazz orchestra
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righteous groove with that gorgeous flute. ahhh.
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This kind of quality needs more airplay....t o o bad mainstream radio doesn't get it
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HOT SAUCE!
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f22reo
stinky stinky up in here!
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Make TOP and AWB proud!
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Not Bad! For a bunch of young white boys!
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Actually Mix Master Wolf is the singer. Peanut Butter Wolfe is an entirely different person. But it's a common mistake.
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I've seen these guys live at the Long beach Funk Festival and they can funk with the best!!!!
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So funky I think I need a shower...
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tight!
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Funk for days!
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japatzar
Sweet funky moses
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Peanut Butter Wolf is the man.
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needs their new record up here...
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Funkified!
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ear candy baby.....pur e ear candy
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Love the funk! Apparently it has made a bit of a comeback. Maybe if we share this stuff far and wide it will hopefully displace the pitiful rap, hip-hop and other real cheap imitations we get these days.
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fun-KAY
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word
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Hot damn, this is some real heat. Word up!
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ryankalani
sweet band! also really tight live..Its like my minds mixtape>>
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amystar33
Why is Miles Tackett not found in your library when I tried to create a station?

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