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BBE Records (Record label)
BBE Records is a Berlin-based record label, founded by Peter Adarkwah and Ben Jolly in London, UK, in 1995. The name of the label is taken from the Song Barely Breaking Even by The Universal Robot Band from 1982. While it started as a label for compilations only, BBE Records, especially through their series »Beat Generation«, managed to become a genuine record label over the years. »Beat Generation« gave hip hop producers the opportunity to show their skills and can be seen as a predecessor of the beat producer movement. It featured artists including J Dilla, Pete Rock, Marley Marl, DJ Spinna, Jazzy Jeff, King Britt and Madlib on nine records so far. In the last years BBE Records released albums as well (such as those of J-Live, TY, DJ Vadim, Pete Rock and Phantogram) without giving up their focus on compilations.
BBE Records in Features
Music Portrait | posted 10.06.2021
BBE Records
The influencer's influencer
Peter Adarkwah is the reason why some lives have been changed by J Dilla, why Roy Ayers experienced a second spring and why Japanese jazz albums are reviewed by Pitchfork. In other words: BBE Music turns 25 years this year.
Music Portrait | posted 25.06.2020
Roy Ayers
Warm vibrations with universal attraction
The American vibraphonist, singer, songwriter and arranger Roy Ayers is one of the most sampled contemporary musicians. With songs like »Everybody Loves The Sunshine«, the soul jazz legend, which celebrates it’s 80th birthday in September, became the main inspiration for Acid Jazz in the late 90s. His new album “Roy Ayers JID 002” on Jazz Is Dead with Adrian Younge and ex-ATCQ producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad continues his golden period of the Polydor years in the 70s seamlessly.
Music Column | posted 22.08.2018
Records Revisited
J Dilla – The Shining (2006)
»The Shining« was J Dilla’s first posthumous album. It was released on August 22, 2006 on BBE Records. J Dilla thought it was 75% finished. Others say that only the mastering was missing. Karriem Riggins finally finished it. You get soul, you get funk, you get the tricky stuff, and you can also get this raw rap shit. You get the infinite forms of expression that J Dilla mastered. It’s a true classic.
Music Interview | posted 19.08.2011
Electric Wire Hustle
That certain Vibe
Electric Wire Hustle is the latest export product from Wellington, New Zealand. The band found each other through their mutual love for Soul, Hip Hop and the Dilla beat production. Their song Perception traveled around the world and got radio peers by the likes of Gilles Peterson and Benji B. listening. Collaborations with Georgia Ann Muldrow and Steve Spacek added up to their music. HHV.de-Mag-author Valentin Menedetter met them.
BBE Records in Reviews
Music Review | posted 02.05.2021
Kohsuke Mine
First
»First«, the 1970 debut by Kohsuke Mine and his quartet, has now been reissued for the first time in BBE Records’ J Jazz Masterclass Series.
Music Review | posted 17.02.2020
Sasaki Hideto & Sekine Toshiyuki Quartet +1
Stop Over
Released in 1976 in a small edition, the great »Stop Over« by Sasaki Hideto & Sekine Toshiyuki Quartet +1 now gets a second chance.
Music Review | posted 13.07.2015
Bilal
In Another Life
Protest-music is an ambivalent thing. And yet, with »In Another Life«, Bilal has dedicated himself to this form of expression without having to hide from anyone.
Music Review | posted 12.12.2012
Newban
Newban & Newban 2
The re-release of these long-lost records by Newban proves how quality can brave the ­ravages of time, in order to sooner or later find its way to the light of day.
Music Review | posted 23.04.2011
Visioneers
Apache/Shaft in Africa
4Hero-member Marc Mac has blown the dust off two timeless classics and lets them shine in a funky B-Boy-manner just like in their old days.
Recent Articles
Music News | posted 02.09.2021
Niklas Wandt
Exclusive Edition: »Solar Müsli«
After various collaborations and band projects, Cologne-based Niklas Wandt releases his first solo album »Solar Müsli" on September 17, 2021. Exclusively at HHV Records there will be a Curacao Vinyl Edition.
Music News | posted 16.09.2021
Das Lunsentrio
Exclusive: »69 Arten Den Pubrock Zu Spielen«
The new album »69 Arten Den Pubrock Zu Spielen« by the Lunsentrio will be released on Tapete Records on October 22, 2021. Exclusively at HHV Records, the record will be available in a green vinyl edition.
Music Interview | posted 21.09.2021
José González
Taste Is Like Your Bum
In 2003, Jose Gonzalez covered the song “Heartbeat” by The Knife and instantly catapulted himself into the hearts and study rooms of so many. Now he has a new album, »Local Valley«, released. We had the opportunity to interview him.
Music Review | posted 18.09.2021
Hozan Yamamoto & Yu Imai
Akuma Ga Kitarite Fue Wo Fuku
The soundtrack to the 1979 film »Akuma Ga Kitarite Fue Wo Fuku« composed by Hozan Yamamoto and Yu Imai has now been re-released.
Music News | posted 06.09.2021
Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters
Exclusive Edition: »Destiny Waiving«
»Destiny Waiving«, the third collaboration between Ulrich Schnauss and Mark Peters, is scheduled for release on Bureau B on September 24. Exclusively on HHV Records the record will be available in a limited colored vinyl edition.