LABELS // METHLAB - AD NOISEAM - NINJA TUNE - DIVISION
Since exploding onto the scene in 2008, Broken Note have followed a path of unrelenting sonic carnage across the globe and cemented their uniquely heavy sound as an iconic mark on electronic music today. Broken Note stand at the forefront of well-crafted heavy music: Folding cinematic sound design and towering bass around aggressive beats informed by heavy metal and dark Drum n Bass. Layered distorted leads and filtered reeses are immaculately placed between flurries of staggering rhythms, evoking auditory hallucinations and manifesting a deeply detailed sonic landscape. Their incredibly tight flow carries each weighty piece upon a platter of perfectly syncopated beats through beautifully decaying breakdowns with an underlying sense of dark nostalgia. Seamlessly shifting between tempos, they draw from the bleak sonic aesthetics of the Industrial landscape to deliver astonishing heaviness that’s as razor sharp at clubs and festivals as it is in the vast, dilapidated warehouses of the underground.
Following their debut LP release on Ad Noiseam, Broken Note dispatched their towering sound through notable labels including Boka, Prspct, Ninja Tune, Division Recordings, Par Excellence and Owsla. Collaborations with renowned artists across a wide scope of different genres demonstrate both the versatility and respect for the output from across multiple scenes; including released output from I Am Legion, Amon Tobin, Juno Reactor, Richard Devine, DJ Hidden and Current Value. Broken Note’s original tracks formed a regular and recurring element of Amon Tobin’s renowned ISAM AV tours, with Broken Note also being commissioned to remix ‘GoTo 10’ from the album itself. The next step in their genre-defining path releases came in the form of Broken Note's Black Mirror EP. Moving towards faster beats and new structures, this release delivered to followers the essential sound of the project - heavy, dense and cutting-edge. Both intoxicating and powerful, the Black Mirror EP demonstrated beyond a doubt that Broken Note has no equal in the realm of monstrous, sub driven sound innovation. It infiltrated deep into the US scene, with its component tracks getting played by some of the largest touring names. Following this, 2015 saw the release of the widely acclaimed 'Powerplay' remix of the supergroup 'I Am Legion', formed of Noisia and the Foreign Beggars, which became a heavy set-piece across multiple scenes.
The end of 2016 saw their re-emergence to the foreground of hard-hitting experimental, but dancefloor focussed electronic music with the release of Nightcrawler and Rust In Peace, which incorporated the results of new styles and techniques to devastating effect. These saw release on MethLab Recordings, a label which Broken Note co-founded and has gained the accolade of Drum&BassArena Awards best new label of 2016. Further blistering material is in progress, ready to annihilate raves in the coming year.
A highly sought-after musical force, Broken Note continue to follow a hectic schedule, regularly touring across North and South America, Australia, Scandinavia, Russia, Japan, and Europe. Live sets are currently based around Ableton Live, utilising various midi controllers and FX running with on the spot warping, cueing, and live key work. The content is a blend of cutting-edge original material and unique edits of tracks from those they draw inspiration.
Broken Note // The Underworld, London, United Kingdom
Broken Note, War // Volks, Brighton, United Kingdom
Broken Note , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Broken Note // De Helling, Utrecht, Netherlands
Broken Note, Barbarix // Pontins Southport, Southport, United Kingdom