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Hear Breach’s Sultry New Dirtybird Single ‘Jack’

Ben Westbeech joins Claude VonStroke's flock of filthy feathered friends

picture-18685-1372868658Philip Sherburne // March 28, 2013

What’s in a name? If the name happens to be Jack, then it’s not just a name — it’s a verb, an invitation, maybe even a command. Breach’s new single for dirtybird, “Jack,” pays tribute to house music’s rubbery-limbed imperative to get low and get loose with plunging syn-toms and the seductive spoken-word mantra, “I want your body / Everybody wants your body / So let’s jack / Jack.” That might not look like much on the page, but the sing-songy repetition makes total sense on the floor, as it snakes through springy, stripped-down bass-and-drums interplay. It’s the perfect example of the dirtybird ethos: The proof is in the strutting.

Breach is the house-music alias of Ben Westbeech, an artist better known for soulful downtempo; after a run of singles on his own Naked Naked label, this is Breach’s first record for San Francisco’s dirtybird. (Judging from comment’s on Breach’s Facebook page, it has already met with rapturous receptions during Claude VonStroke’s recent Miami set and Maya Jane Coles’ Beyond Wonderland session.) “Jack” is out April 16, backed with the more uptempo “Let’s Get Hot” and a dub mix of the same. Listen to the A-side in full below.