By Your Side, the acclaimed album by celebrated French DJ and multi-instrumentalist Breakbot, is released physically in the U.S. this week via Ed Banger/Because/Sire Records. Streaming in its entirety at AOL Spinner, the physical release features an exclusive bonus track “Peanuts” which Rolling Stone calls “radiant grooves that are ready-made for the spring. Manipulated vocal samples, a meaty bassline, funky guitar and laserlike zaps dig in and let loose for a tasty blend of sounds.”
Although the album was released digitally on iTunes on December 11, the physical version includes a download card that gives access to additional remixes in addition to the aforementioned exclusive bonus track. A digital deluxe version is also available and includes two additional tracks that were previously exclusive to Japan: “Shades of Black and “Make You Mine.” Click HERE to purchase the physical album on Amazon.
Breakbot just wrapped a long-awaited, 10-city North American tour that included packed shows at New York’s Webster Hall and Los Angeles’s Lure Patio, as well as stops at Winter Music Conference and SXSW.
Please watch & share Breakbot’s live performance of Baby I’m Yours (feat. Irfane):
By Your Side has garnered considerable acclaim since its release in Breakbot’s native France earlier this fall (via Because/Ed Banger Records). Brooklyn Vegan praises “a sound honed in on that short late ’70s period where soft rock and disco met,” while URB declares “Breakbot is paving the way for a new definition of electro-pop, using smooth tunes, retro vocals, catchy beats, and mixing them together to create a truly original sound.” Similarly, ELLE France proclaims it “a veritable invitation to happiness for the ears.”
The album features several guest vocalists including Irfane, Ruckazoid, and Bjorn Synneby from Pacific!, but otherwise, multi-instrumentalist Berland plays and records everything on his own. “I do everything myself except the vocals,” explains Berland. “Breakbot is a dude in a basement looking for melodies.”
BY YOUR SIDE tracklisting:
1. Break of Dawn
2. Fantasy (feat. Ruckazoid)
3. One Out of Two (feat. Irfane)
4. By Your Side, Pt. 1 (feat. Pacific!)
5. By Your Side, Pt. 2 (feat. Pacific!)
6. You Should Know (feat. Ruckazoid)
7. The Mayfly and the Light (feat. Irfane)
9. Easy Fraction
10. Baby I’m Yours (feat. Irfane)
11. Another Dawn (feat. Irfane)
12. Why (feat. Ruckazoid)
13. A Mile Away (feat. Irfane)
15. Peanuts (Bonus Track)
By Your Side is now available on CD in stores in the U.S. and on Amazon.
Be sure to visit Breakbot online: