Breton, Other People’s Problems
A joyful rummage through the past 20 years of British electronic music
“Why are they trying to salvage what we’ll be leaving by the side of the road?” Breton vocalist Roman Rappak sings on “Electrician,” somewhat ironically. Formerly an art collective producing live soundtracks to their own films, the London group fittingly turn Other People’s Problems into a joyful rummage through the past 20 years of British electronic music: hip-hop, grime, U.K. bass and, of course, dubstep are integrated into this mongrel of a record, which maintains a melodic center akin to extroverts like Friendly Fires. Though hyperactive enough to be reflective of 2012, it’s easy to draw a line from Breton to early Massive Attack in its pursuit to create of-the-moment, dystopic pop that’s equal parts trash and treasure.