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Christian Hoffmann – aka Toronto Is Broken – is a name that’ll be on many a Drum and Bass fans’ lips this summer. Hailing from the UK, the producer is quickly gaining attention in the bass music world for his unique sound and experimental edge; not to mention his ability to conjure up a seriously club-worthy hit. Since his debut EP ‘Move It’ made a big impact in 2012, Toronto Is Broken’s already impressive track record has seen him garner support from some of the industry’s biggest names.
This year will see the release of the producer’s second album, following the huge success of his ‘Section Nine’ LP in 2015. Now, off the back of more recent tracks ‘Voyager II’ and ‘No Gyal Tune’, Toronto Is Broken releases the very first single from his upcoming LP on Viper Recordings: ‘Make Me Feel / Trying To Find Home’.
First up, ‘Make Me Feel’ wastes no time in giving us a taste of what this artist is capable of, blending together his trademark power-fuelled drums with a murky, tech-infused bassline. Dark and dangerous, it’s clear that this track will be blowing plenty of speakers over coming months.
On the flip, ‘Trying To Find Home’ highlights a softer side of the producer’s capabilities, merging atmospheric vocals with a euphoric, reflective composition.
With his album ‘You Are (Not) Alone’ set to drop later this year, stay tuned for more unique beats and bass appeal from Toronto Is Broken in 2017 and beyond.
Toronto Is Broken
‘Make Me Feel / Trying To Find Home’
1. Make Me Feel
2. Trying To Find Home (feat. Jodie Carnall)
Label: Viper Recordings
Genre: Drum & Bass
Released: 2nd June 2017
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Everything you ever wanted to know about Toronto Is Broken
Christian Hoffmann’s initial venture into the world of music started out with a guitar whilst at school, and after various attempts attract bands with his passion, he went on a solo mission to produce electronic music after buying Enter Shikari’s first album “Take to the Skies”. After receiving a cracked copy of FL Studio 8 from his guitar teacher at the time, Christian went on to produce IDM, Glitch and Ambient music but had no actual knowledge about the genre apart from a minute handful of tracks. He decided to to do some research on Myspace into IDM artists which later led him to discover Spor, and his first ever D&B track: Spor’s remix of “Stompbox” by The Qemists. It was following this that Christian bought his first D&B album, “The Acts of Mad Men LP” on Viper Recordings which sowed the seeds for his passion of 174bpm.
Several years of work and perseverance later, Christian went on to be picked up by the UK bass label Sub Slayers, ran by former Kiss FM and Ram Records resident Jay Cunning. His first release “The Move It EP” received high praise throughout the scene which featured “Spirit Song 2012”, played by everyone from Paul Oakenfold to Sub Focus. “Spirit Song 2012” was also used as the main piece in the Arcadia Spectacular show at festivals all over the world. After several EP’s, remixes and singles on Sub Slayers, Christian went onto release his debut album, “Section Nine” that featured the tracks “A Place in Time, LV-426, Die for You and Field Of Poppies”. It was a concept record that tells the story of a civilisation that falls apart due to their dependence on technology and social networks. This opened many doors for him that led to releases on the prestigious Viper Recordings and Technique Recordings, as well as a wealth of DJ’s who continue to supporting his work in clubs and radio globally, especially his recent string of “post-Section Nine” singles “Original, Voyager II, No Gyal Tune, The Antidote & SXN”.
Following the success of “Section Nine” it wasn’t long until Futurebound snapped up Christian exclusively to join the already mighty artist roster on Viper Recordings and set Toronto Is Broken to work on his second album, and sequel to his first album entitled “You Are (Not) Alone”. “YA(N)A” tells the story of an individual’s personal struggle with depression and isolation, trying to find their place in a world that was collapsed in on itself after the events of “Section Nine”.
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