The young South East London producer Ben Hauke, takes us on yet another epic sonic excursion - this time around, from the grim of Lewisham to American city lights. The brand new five track sampler Movin Broke is driven by crunchy MPC beats laced with obscure and dusty Puerto Rican breaks mashed with Brazilian, and Cuban crate digs. The EP delivers Ben’s distinctly raw and grimy London style, with music and vocals that glide effortlessly between bruk, afro, reggae, hip hop & future boogie soul.
Already turning heads with “Simple” featuring Jerome Thomas, we listen to a smooth almost-lovers type vocals simmering nicely over a Dilla-type sounding Broken beat groove. Title track “Movin Broke” is a deep, yet breezy, latin house bumper, dedicated to all those movin’ broke, with an uplifting and infectious groove which chugs along with sweeping melodies throughout. The moodier broken beats of “Why They Got The Light” with its fantastic sampled organ pads and outer-space sound effects, take dance floors on a much more rhythmic deeper workout. Altogether, Movin Broke is a different spin on the foundations of the Bruk sound, opening doors to styles that might not have been combined before. Totally unique.
Having collaborated with the likes of Nubya Garcia and Joe Armon Jones, Ben Hauke stands at the electronic end of London’s new jazz movement. Currently working on new releases with more of a focus on live instrumentation, Hauke’s productions have seen him likened to Theo Parrish and Madlib, with an altogether physical approach to sound.
Released today through Coop’s Cooperation Records, Movin Broke is an important EP that's definitely worth to praise. Heat on smooth dance floors while the grim of November darkens the alleways outside. Available in vinyl for the bruk cats out there.