- Released: February 5, 2002
- Label: Stones Throw
- 1.Deuces up, Double Down Pt. One
- 2.Humpty Dump
- 3.Deuces up, Double Down Pt. Two
- 4.Funky Soul
- 5.16 Corners Medley - (live, Los Angeles September 2001)
Breakestra includes: Miles Tackett (guitar, bass, drums); Double G (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Paul "The Badger" Vargas (trumpet); Carlos Guaico (organ); Josh Cohen (drums); Dave Chegwidden (percussion).
Principally recorded at The Tilt, Topanga Canyon, California.
Personnel: Miles Om Tackett (vocals, guitar, cello, drums); Mixmaster Wolf, Sol Sista DeMya (vocals); Double G (baritone, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Dan Ubick (guitar); Amir Yaghmai (violin); Matt Demeritt (tenor saxophone); Paul "The Badger" Vargas (trumpet); Carlos Guaico (organ); Josh Cohen (drums); Dave Chegwidden (percussion).
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (09/2001); The Tilt, Topanga Canyon, CA (09/2001).
Editors: Gene Grimaldi; Dave Cooley.
The follow-up to their 2000 LP, the Deuces Up, Double Down EP expands upon Breakestra's old-school funk mastery. While their debut displayed the band's proficiency in performing the classic breaks of the genre, these extraordinarily funky five tracks, along with their discography of underground 45s, lay deep into their stark ability to contribute to the movement. Featuring the Miles Tackett (This Kid Named Miles) original single "Deuces Up, Double Down," a wild, old-school Hot Pie and Candy-sounding deep funk groove, the EP also presents great renditions of the "Humpty Dump" and a "Funky Soul"/"16 Corners" medley. With the corroboration of their Stones Throw brethren, the funk genre is as strong and popular as it has been in decades, and Breakestra is one of its finest pupils. ~ Nic Kincaid