ACL Fest 2016: Break Science keeps the party going at the exhausted dance tent

New York City electronic duo Break Science sustained momentum Sunday at the Tito’s tent with a 45-minute set full of zoned-out youth. The weekend is winding down, but we have to keep dancing.

It’s a familiar, effective live setup: Drummer Adam Deitch becomes a human exclamation point, echoing beats with bangs and fills. The Bronx-raised Borahm Lee makes trip-hop-rooted beats flourished with jazzy sensibilities. Dude’s played for Kanye West and Lauryn Hill, and his long-standing chops make his work hypnotic and layered.

“We didn’t get much sleep last night,” Lee said onstage. Performing during the day’s hottest and brightest hour, Lee seemed oddly placed.

He’s the kind of Reagan-era kid who refers to songs as “joints” and whose musical landscape is rooted in Run DMC and Public Enemy, as he told Hyphen magazine. There is, however, a clunky, industrial, Linkin Park-like leaning to the churning production. It should kill at downtown spaces like Empire Control Room, where the band performs late Sunday.

After set-closing “Android Love,” the highest and most earnest compliment came from a washed-out EDM bro: “That was sick.” Sure, but think how much better it’ll be without all that pesky sunlight.

 


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