With the influx of Massive Attack influenced bands in the mid 90’s, there were a number of trip-hop imitators world wide, trying to perfect their own mix of lazy grooves and downbeat vocals.
Auckland duo Breaks Co-Op thankfully got the formula very right though with their stunning singular album Roofers.
An eclectic mix of found sounds, blissed-out synths and its own fair share of studio trickery, the album gracefully flows from groove to groove, unashamedly laid-back.
Comprised of former Urban Disturbance member / future MTV Europe host Zane Lowe and Hamish Clark with guest vocals from Dr. Kevorkian and the Suicide Machine vocalist Jordan Reyne, Breaks Co-Op hit the heights quickly, then disappeared without a trace.
In early 2005 murmur’s of the groups impending comeback began to surface. Finally after a long absence when the duo were both in London, Lowe and Clark had once again been back in the recording studio. This time with (new full-time member) Andy Lovegrove’s soul-styled vocals and new ventures into live instrumentation, ‘The Sound Inside’ finally arrived in march 2005.
- Zane Lowe (Production, 1997 – )
- Hamish Clark (Production, 1997 – )
- Manuel Bundy (Turntables, 1997)
- Jordan Reyne (Vocals, 1997)
- Nick Atkinson (1997)
- Andy Lovegrove (Vocals, 2005)
- Sound Advice CD Single (1997, Deepgrooves Entertainment, DG048)
- Roofers (1998, Deep Grooves)
- The Sound Inside (2005, EMI, 8733512)
- Settle Down (2005, EMI)
- The Otherside Single (2005, EMI)
- A Place For You Single (2005, EMI)
- Duet 12″ Single (2006, EMI)
- Sounds Familiar (2014, Warner Music Group)