Stuart Patterson meets Pete Adarkwah
Tonight, Stuart Patterson will be welcoming Pete into the studio as his very special guest. Founded the BBE Records (Barely Breaking Even) back in 1993 with Ben Jolly and to date, have one of the finest most credit discographies for an indy label. The label covers all genres – from old scratchy Brazilian grooves, through 70’s funk, via jazz fusion, hip – hop and soul to a then, newer garage, disco and techno music.
The infamous ‘Shake It Loose’ was their first venture as club promoters. It was a resounding success, but unwittingly another promoter had already employed the name; therefore a change was necessary. Barely Breaking Even was born – taken from the seminal track by The Universal Robot Band, re -issued on Dimitri’s ‘Disco Forever’ album in Oct 2000 and again in 2016 with Leroy Burgess.
BBE Records began with releasing the acclaimed ‘Stop and Listen’ series late in 1996, a series that included compilers such as the legendary Masters At Work and since early 2000, Pete has continued to develop the label, taking it to new heights. BBE model’s itself on the motto of ‘real music for real people’ and this is seen by the fact that there are now over 180 compilations and artist albums released, profiling a variety of sounds and styles from funk and soul to disco and Latin as well as house and hip hop and beyond. Compilers from home and abroad have been brought in to add their expertise, and in turn, the label has aligned itself with many artists as well as genres of music.
This association with artists has been strongly built upon by the introduction of the Beat Generation; a series of beat based albums from some exceptional and pivotal hip -hop producers. The ethos behind this series was to allow these producers to create albums that drew from all their influences and all the sounds that had in some way contributed to the music they had made and continue to make. The series kicked off to a fantastic start with Jay Dee’s ‘Welcome to Detroit’ (shortlisted for the American Award for Artistic Achievement), and this was shortly followed by Pete Rock, Will.i.Am and Marley Marl. Each album is an individual experiment but also enabled the series to flourish in its aims and the music it exhibited.
The label boasts the likes of Roy Ayers, Paul Weller, 4Hero, Dj Spinna, Keb Darge, Mr Thing, DJ Shadow, Dimitri from Paris, Kon and Amir, Gilles Peterson, Al Kent and a whole host of others as part of their history.
Tune in from 7 pm tonight.