Breakwater (band)

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Origin Philadelphia, United States
Genres Funk, soul, R&B
Years active 1971–1980, 2010 - Present
Labels Arista
Website Official website
Members Gene Robinson
James Gee Jones
Lincoln 'Zay' Gilmore
Steve Green
Vince Garnell
Greg Scott
John 'Dutch' Braddock
Kae Williams Jr.

Breakwater is a funk and soul American band from Philadelphia, formed in 1971. The original members of Breakwater consisted of Gene Robinson, James Gee Jones, Lincoln 'Zay' Gilmore, Steve Green, Vince Garnell, Greg Scott, John 'Dutch' Braddock, and Kae Williams, Jr.

The band released two albums: Breakwater in 1978, and Splashdown in 1980. The latter features the song "Release the Beast", which was sampled for the Murs track "Intro" in the album Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition. "Release the Beast" was later sampled by Daft Punk for the song "Robot Rock", which appeared on the album Human After All.


The sound of Breakwater's music is normally that of slow jams, but they have been known to incorporate rock music and funk styles into their songs, much like their song titled "You". "Release the Beast" is best known by non-funk music fans, and the band's sound can be closer compared to that of Con Funk Shun or Earth, Wind & Fire.[citation needed]


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