London venue The Jazz Cafe will celebrate the 25th anniversary of seminal Main Source album Breaking Atoms on Saturday 19th August, hosting the legendary group for a rare UK performance. Still sounding as fresh today as it did a quarter of a century ago, the album will be given new life as its creators play out at the live music hotspot.
Breaking Atoms dropped in July 1991 on Wild Pitch Records, and near enough built the foundations for much of the genre’s best releases over the next ten years, with expert production and a sample-heavy approach to writing setting the standard for 90s hip hop producers. Featuring then unknown rapper Nas on the track “Live At The Barbeque” for his recorded debut, the album is known as one of the most significant hip hop records of all time. Distinctive in its use of jazz, funk and soul samples as a core part of its musical character, Breaking Atoms featured associate production from Pete Rock, but first and foremost emphasised Main Source as an extraordinary production outfit, with Large Professor also standing out for his vocal performance. Twenty five years on, the album still has a legacy that few hip hop releases have been able to match.
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