04/06/2019 Totally Wired Radio


Lee Bright
Monthly, Monday 12-2pm
Jazz, Funk, Soul, Afrobeat

Founded in 1996 by Pete Adarkwah and Ben Jolly, Barely Breaking Even (BBE Music) started life as a London club night, taking its name from the eponymous Disco record by the Universal Robot Band.

The label grew from the vibrant early 90’s club scene with its first release “Stop & Listen” compiled by Dr Bob Jones in 1996, opening the door to series’ such as “All Back To Mine” and “Late Nite Tales”.

A tonne of releases followed, ranging from Disco to Funk, Jazz to House. In the year 2000, the label celebrated Masters at Work’s 10th Anniversary with a mighty box set that featured near 80 tracks. A Year later we spawned the Beat Generation Series of artist albums, notably introducing J Dilla (Welcome to Detroit) and a young Will.I.Am’s first solo outing, alongside DJ Jazzy Jeff, Madlib and DJ Spinna, all of whom contributed to this seminal series.

More than 20 years and almost 500 titles later, having worked with Mark Ronson, Roy Ayers, Questlove, Hugh Masekela, DJ Premier, Dimitri from Paris, Joey Negro, Kon, RZA, Laurent Garnier, Black Coffee, DJ Shadow, David Rodigan and John Morales, among many others, BBE Music looks to the future, celebrating its rich heritage while continuing to release a bounty of new titles.

Upcoming projects include an expansive reissue series from Nigerian label Tabansi and a brand new version of ‘Barely Breaking Even’, the track that started it all, featuring Leroy Burgess, Patrick Adams and Louie Vega.