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Album:

Bullitproof 12"

Band:

Breakbeat Era

  • Format: VINYL
  • Have: YES
  • Released: 2000
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The creation of bandmates Roni Size, Leonie Laws, and DJ Die, "Breakbeat Era", was a band I discovered while also rifling through records and CDs from other acts in the '90s such as Photek, Source Direct, as well as UNKLE, James Lavelle, Massive Attack, DJ Shadow, Leftfield, Future Sound of London, and more.

Besides this release, the band also released the full album in a limited edition with seven 12" platters. One song on each side. Insane. Tons of art, too. I have most of that release but am missing one of the seven vinyls.

The cast of the performing band was much larger than the three. Interestingly, Adrian Utley from the Bristol band Portishead also performed on track 7 of the full album.

I really didn't get into Roni Size music as much as I did this band, though. Breakbeat Era was a special collaboration, with incredible art direction, and drums that tapped my cortex in all the right ways.

record label with tracks
Record label with track listing for this 12" single

I just found an interview with Leonie about the band, as well as a live performance. Very interesting that the other two (Size
and Die) didn't tour with the band:

And the full album is on the tubes as well:

Cover Art

The album cover was by designer Alex Lloyd Jenkins from Cardiff, working with XLRecordings at the time.

I was the Art Director at XL-Recordings from 1995 to 2001, responsible for the entire design output for the record label including advertising, marketing and music packaging for bands such Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, Roni Size (Breakbeat Era), Jonny L, Empirion, The Locked On label and The Artful Dodger with Romina Johnson.

Here is more work from Alex for the full album release:

The tracklisting for the full album release
The tracklisting for the full album release
Sleeve for the full album release
Sleeve for the full album release
album cover art
Design elements created for the band's release

You can see more of Alex's work here:
https://www.creative-commission.com/users/alexjenkins

…as well as on his work account on https://www.instagram.com/designedforlife_studio/

Tracks:

  1. A1 Bullitproof (MJ Cole Remix) Remix, Producer [Additional] – MJ Cole
  2. A2 Bullitproof (UNKLE Remix) Bass [Additional] – Simon Jones Guitar [Additional] – Jamie McDonald Mixed By – Cameron Craig Programmed By [Pro Tools] – Damian Taylor Remix – J. Lavelle*, R. File* Remix, Producer [Additional] – UNKLE Productions*
  3. B1 Terrible Funk (Krust Remix) Remix, Producer [Additional] – Krust

Companies, etc.

Distributed By – Vital (2)
Phonographic Copyright (p) – XL Recordings Ltd.
Copyright (c) – XL Recordings Ltd.
Pressed By – Damont
Published By – Full Cycle Music
Published By – Bucks Music Group
Published By – Copyright Control
Lacquer Cut At – The Exchange

Credits

Art Direction, Design, Photography By – Alex Jenkins
Bass – Richard Glover
Guitar – Jeff Rose
Lacquer Cut By – Mike's™
Management – Heavyweight
, Simon Goffe
Producer, Mixed By – Roni Size & DJ Die, Scorpio
Vocals – Leonie Laws
Written-By – Die, Laws, Size*

Notes

Pressed at Damont Audio Limited.
Management for Heavyweight.
Published by Full Cycle/Bucks Music/Copyright Control.

℗ XL Recordings Ltd. 1999
© XL Recordings Ltd. 2000

Made in England.

Comes with inner sleeve.

(Notes from Discogs entry)

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