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Jay Dee aka J Dilla - Welcome 2 Detroit The 20th Anniversary Edition
Jay Dee aka J Dilla
Welcome 2 Detroit The 20th Anniversary Edition
12x7" | 2021 | UK | Original (BBE)
119,99 €*
Release:2021 / UK – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Preorder available from 05.02.2021
BBE Music announces a special 20th Anniversary edition of one of the most important records in the label’s history: J Dilla’s Welcome 2 Detroit, presented in a deluxe 7” vinyl box set boasting instrumentals, two brand new interpretations by Azymuth and Mu
Ambiance - Into A New Journey
Henrik Schwarz, Ame & Dixon - The grandfather paradox
Henrik Schwarz, Ame & Dixon
The grandfather paradox
CD | 2009 | EU | Original (BBE)
17,99 €*
Release:2009 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
feat. music from Steve Reich, Richie Hawtin, Moondog, Robert Hood, ...
Herbaliser, The - Bring Out The Sound
Herbaliser, The
Bring Out The Sound
2LP | 2018 | EU | Original (BBE)
25,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Hip Hop, Electronic / Dance
UK hip hop’s original and best live band are back
with brand new album ‘Bring Out The Sound’,
released in February 2018 on BBE Music. Founded
in the early 90s by Ollie Teeba and Jake Wherry,
The Herbaliser have earned every single accolade
they’ve received during almost 25 years of touring
and recording. Best known for delivering a series of
groundbreaking albums on Ninja Tune and
providing one of the all-time highlights of the
‘Fabric Live’ mix series, The Herbaliser’s most
recent LP ‘There Were Seven’ was issued on their
own ‘Department H’ imprint back in 2012. Having
worked with hip hop royalty such as Jazzy Jef and
Pete Rock over the years, not to mention releasing
J Dilla’s frst and last solo albums, BBE are
delighted to share in The Herbaliser’s musical
journey.
Inviting a carefully chosen group of guest vocalists
to join them in their London studio, ‘Bring Out The
Sound’ presents a diverse blend of soulful songs,
hip hop bangers and original instrumental funk
breaks, made all the more impressive by its
complete absence of sampling, an album from the
heat of The Herbaliser. Famous for his pop smash
‘Starz In Their Eyes’ (sadly as relevant now as it
ever was), Camden vocalist Just Jack lays down an
incredibly moving performance over lush horns
and strings on the instant classic ‘Seize The Day’.
The London Posse’s own Rodney P spits lyrical fre
alongside 28Luchi over the reggae-infused,
unmistakably British beats of ‘Like Shaft’. Former
Senseless Things member and Libertines
collaborator Mark Keds creates an almost
uncomfortably intimate, confessional atmosphere
on the intensely personal ’20 Years To The Day’.
Compared by Mark Ronson to a young Minnie
Ripperton, UK singer STAC’s voice cuts through
with a breathy kind of clarity on ‘Over and Over’.
But the Herbaliser band has always been so much
more than the sum of its collaborators. Languid,
powerful hip hop beats and uncompromising
production values underpin impressive
performances by all the band members, especially
the horn section who track after track, turn in
vintage performances. These guys make it all
sound so easy that by the time we reach
‘Takedown’, a track that sounds for all the world
like a forgotten b-boy anthem by The Incredible
Bongo Band.
Al Kent presents - The Men In The Glass Booth - Disco Eras Most Influential DJs - Part 2
Al Kent presents
The Men In The Glass Booth - Disco Eras Most Influential DJs - Part 2
5LP | 2017 | EU | Original (BBE)
54,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In May 1976 a record was released that would have an unforeseen and lasting impact on the music industry “Ten Percent” by Double Exposure was an early release on the New York independent label Salsoul Records. America was in the grip of a disco explosion with new clubs opening on a weekly basis; Salsoul saw what was happening and swiftly created a sound for their label, heavily influenced by the music then coming out of Philadelphia, aimed directly at New York’s dance-floors. Records like “Salsoul Hustle,” “Tangerine” and “You’re Just The Right Size” by The Salsoul Orchestra borrowed heavily from the beautifully orchestrated Philadelphia International Records but added a more percussive, bass heavy depth that New York’s DJs loved.

So what was so special about this particular single then? Double Exposure was, after all, just another band, “Ten Percent” just another song; one of many “disco” records released that week. First of all Salsoul became the first record label to make a twelve inch single available to Joe Public – the exotic format was previously only available to DJs as promotional items or bought under the counter at certain record stores. Not only that though, the extended version was created by Walter Gibbons, a DJ at New York’s Galaxy 21 who’d built his reputation making exclusive versions of tracks to play in his sets.

In 1976 it was unheard of for a DJ to set foot in a recording studio, being seen as little more than living jukeboxes by the serious music industry. Recording studios were strictly the domain of recording artists and producers so Walter found himself in a unique position, gaining access to a world no DJ had been granted before.

Or so we thought…

The Men In The Glass Booth compiled by Al Kent tells the full story. Featuring ground breaking re-edits and remixes by some of the Disco era’s most influential DJs including Walter Gibbons, Bobby DJ Guttadaro, Tom Savarese, Jellybean Benitez, Tee Scott and John Luongo.

Includes a vintage style poster.
Rim And Kasa / Rim And The Belivers - Too Tough / I'm Not Going To Let You Go
Rim And Kasa / Rim And The Belivers
Too Tough / I'm Not Going To Let You Go
2LP | 2015 | EU | Original (BBE)
26,99 €*
Release:2015 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following hot on the heels of our well-received reissue of his first album, Rim Arrives, we now present the two other key records that have made this a cult figure for lovers of both African music and ‘disco’ in its widest sense. Too Tough, a superb three track EP from 1982, on Sum-Sum Records, was credited to Rim and Kasa, whilst he issued the cracking 12” I’m Not Going To Let You Go as Rim And The Believers for Harmony Records the following year.
Too Tough kicks off with Shine The Ladies, an epic Afro-disco jam in call and response format, with the female lead vocals (Ms. Anita Berry) prompting a series of replies from the backing vocalists, setting the scene for a series of exciting solos set against a backdrop of punchy horns and swirling synths; tenor sax, guitar, drums (introduced with chants of ‘Play me some drums!’) and vibes all take a turn before the track fades out, clocking in just short of nine minutes. Next up is Love Me For Real, reminiscent of August Darnell with its girlie vocals and Latin flavour, ending with a mad swirl of synths and Rim’s own vocals. And lastly, I’m A Songwriter is cosmic Afro-reggae, bringing to mind Roy Ayers in his Fela phase, given a mad punk-funk twist … this one has to be heard to be believed!
The mood changes with I’m Not Going To Let You Go, which eschews the female chorus for an altogether mellower, instrumental ride, veering from out-there cosmic synth vibes to loungey jazz piano. It’s original flip, Peace of Mind, raw Afro-boogie track with a male vocal, is also included.
Those of you who had been searching in vain for Rim’s oeuvre for some years now having had it handed to you on a platter (well, two platters, actually), will be pleased to know that there is yet more material from the man Rim Kwaku Obeng to come from us at BBE …watch out for the digital-only release of four previously unreleased cuts from this legend of Afro-disco, taken from a long-lost acetate!
Shintaro Quintet - Evolution
Shintaro Quintet
Evolution
2LP | 2021 | UK | Original (BBE)
31,99 €*
Release:2021 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder available from 22.01.2021
Nkem Njoku & Ozzobia Brothers - Ozobia Special
Nkem Njoku & Ozzobia Brothers
Ozobia Special
LP | 2020 | UK | Original (BBE)
27,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder available from 27.11.2020
Nkem Njoku’s only album as leader, this LP epitomizes the feel-good, gospel-tinged party atmosphere of Igbo Highlife, with John Kante’s soukous guitar scales interweaving the sharp sax/ trumpet line-up, which includes the legendary Ray Stephen Oche, whose two scarce albums with his band Matumbo are big afro-jazz collectors’ items, reissued several times over the years. Percussion section includes the prolific Smart ‘Friday Pozo’ Thompson, whose session credits read like a ‘who’s who’ of contemporary West African music and include many gigs on Tabansi artists’ albums. The razor-sharp production sound, as so often on the best Tabansi Highlife and boogie sessions, is down to multi-keyboardist Jake Sollo. An early 80s Igbo Highlife masterpiece- the only album by Nkem Njoku & Ozzobia Brothers. Part of BBE's Tabansi Gold Series of rare African reissues. The first time this album has been issued anywhere outside Africa. Full global press and radio campaign: USA by Scorepress, France by H.I.M. Media.
Holmes Braxton & Calendar - Jamie 3:26 Presents A Taste Of Chicago
Carl Smith & The Natural Gas Company - Burnin'
Ihsan Al-Munzer - Belly Dance Disco
Young Ones Of Guyana, The - On Tour / Reunion
Young Ones Of Guyana, The - On Tour / Reunion
David Wertman & Sun Ensemble - Earthly Delights
David Wertman & Sun Ensemble
Earthly Delights
2LP | 1978 | EU | Reissue (BBE)
27,99 €*
Release:1978 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
‘Earthly Delights’ is a forgotten 1978 free-jazz masterpiece by bass player, composer and improviser David Wertman, alongside his Sun Ensemble.

Born in 1952 and raised in Queens NY, Wertman’s distinctive upright playing style was entirely self-taught. He cut his teeth in the notorious New York Jazz lofts, jamming for hours and hours with the likes of Billy Bang, Arthur Blythe, Marion Brown, Steve Reid, Dave Pike, William Parker, Brandon Ross and Charles Tyler to name but a few.

‘Earthly Delights’ is the first recording by the Sun Ensemble band and features the original line-up of Greg Wall (Baritone Saxophone), Jay Conway (Drums), John Sprague Jr. (Flute and Percussion), David Swerdlove (Soprano/Alto Saxophone), and John Zieman (Synthesizer). John Sprague Jr. financed and produced the album, releasing it on his own label Sweet Earth Records, a short-lived but bountiful imprint, perhaps best known for issuing Sun Ra And His Arkestra’s 1979 album “The Other Side Of The Sun”.

‘Earthly Delights’ is perhaps best described as loosely composed, or highly improvised, depending on where you stand on such subjective matters. Containing just 4 compositions, ‘Earthly Delights’ explores man’s relationship with nature; at times subtle and delicate, at times wide and sweeping in its gestures. The record’s spiritual message is conveyed by heartfelt, virtuoso performances from all six players, drifting together seamlessly from one sonic wave to the next.
Derrick Carter / George Alexander & Big John Whitfield - Bamboozle Presents House On 45: Squaredancing (Dc Nu-Vox Dub) / Promised Land (Joe Smooth)
Derrick Carter / George Alexander & Big John Whitfield
Bamboozle Presents House On 45: Squaredancing (Dc Nu-Vox Dub) / Promised Land (Joe Smooth)
7" | 2019 | EU | Original (BBE)
13,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
The first in a brand new 7" vinyl series from Soul Clap's Eli "Bamboozle" Goldstein.
Featuring the hard to find ‘DC Nu-Vox Dub’ version of Derrick Carter’s classic track
Squaredancing.. Better known to most of one half of Boston duo ‘Soul Clap’, Eli "Bamboozle" Goldstein
presents the first 7” vinyl release in his brand new ‘House On 45’ series for BBE Music.
Featuring the much sought-after ‘DC Nu-Vox Dub’ version of Derrick Carter’s Squaredancing
on the A-Side and George Alexander & Big John Whitfield's cover version of Joe Smooth's
'Promised Land' on the flip, this record is simply a must-have for house music connoisseurs
everywhere.
Says Eli: “I’ve been collecting 45s for about 10 years, but didn’t start playing them until our DJ
Kicks tour with Wolf+Lamb in 2011. Obviously I’m never going to have the deepest funk, soul,
or disco 45 crates (I’ll leave that to OG’s like Danny Krivit or Kenny Dope), so as I got more
serious about collecting and playing 7” records, I realised that I could have my own angle by
really focusing on collecting and playing House On 45.”
In contrast to DJ Spinna and Kai Alcé’s ‘Foundations’ 7” series on BBE, which focusses on
house classics previously unavailable on the format, the aim of Eli’s ‘House On 45’ is to shine
a light on modern house tracks that have only ever been released on 45. Some of tracks are
originals, some are covers and some are special mixes that have only been available on 7”
vinyl, many in such limited quantity as to render them impossible to find for all but the lucky
few.
Eli sums up: “45s are perfect for my DJ style. I get bored playing more than three minutes of
a track and with 45s you always have to keep it moving, know your records, and be ready
with the next one. You can cover so many styles in one record bag that you can throw over
your shoulder. There’s also tons of music only available on 45, usually limited pressings, so
when you find something special you feel like you’ve been let in on a secret.”
Kabasa - African Sunset
Kabasa
African Sunset
CD | 2019 | EU | Original (BBE)
12,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Back on vinyl, the third Kabasa album. Must have!
Roy Ayers - Silver Vibrations
Yan Tregger - Catchy
Yan Tregger
Catchy
LP | 1978 | EU | Reissue (BBE)
20,99 €*
Release:1978 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Yan Tregger remains one of the more cultish
names to emerge from the experimental French
disco scene of the 1970s. But to a growing number
of obsessive crate diggers, the two LPs recorded for
the Musical Touch Sound label in 1978/9 ‘Catchy’
and ‘Ducks & Drakes’ have become like the holy
grail of rare disco. Those diggers include Mark
Grusane of the late Mr Peabody record store in
Chicago. One of the deepest collectors of rare soul,
disco and boogie, he included an edit of the sleazy
disco bomb ‘Riff On’ from 'Catchy' on ‘The Real
Sound of Mark Grusane’, his recent collection of
hen’s teeth rarities for BBE. Now, thanks to the
careful curation of UK music hero Frankie
Valentine, BBE is delighted to dig deeper into the
Yan Tregger archives and reissue these two indemand
LPs. First up is the 1978 LP ‘Catchy’, a
heady collection of cosmic disco that should see
Tregger’s name ranked alongside those of Arpadys,
Cerrone and Space as one of the pioneers of French
dance music. Characterised by its energetic rhythm
sections, space-age synths and funky guitar riffs,
‘Catchy’ couldn’t be a more perfect title for this
classic collection of late 70’s grooves.
Alex Attias presents - Lilly Good Party!
Alex Attias presents
Lilly Good Party!
2LP | 2018 | EU | Original (BBE)
44,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
‘LillyGood Party!’ is the brand new BBE compilation from highly respected Swiss DJ Alex Attias. Taking its name from a party he runs in his native Lausanne, LillyGood has gradually evolved into a radio show and even a label, now on its 4th release. Reflecting the music he plays at the club-night, ‘LillyGood Party!’ is packed with funk, disco, deep house and boogie bullets from across the globe. “The idea is to present not only rare or difficult tracks to find, simply good grooves for people to play out, or listen to at home.”

From rare Japanese disco gems, through spiritual jazz, to genre defying sounds from broken-beat cohorts Kaidi Tatham and Dego, LillyGood Party! takes a unique trip inside the musical mind of one of dance music’s true nonconformists.

Alex Attias got his start in back in ’88 playing funk, house, jazz, and disco, as well as producing under various monikers such as Mustang, Freedom Soundz or Beatless. Moving to London in ’97 he started his ‘Visions’ label and found himself at the epicentre of the emerging West London ‘Broken Beat’ scene which grew around his studio at Goya. Releases on People, Planet E, Ubiquity, Neroli, Archive and Compost followed, as well as remixes for Incognito, 4Hero, Ennio Morricone, Sun RA, Art Blakey, Roni Size and Laurent Garnier among others.
Al Kent presents - The Men In the Glass Booth - Disco Eras Most Influential DJs - Part 1
Al Kent presents
The Men In the Glass Booth - Disco Eras Most Influential DJs - Part 1
5LP | 2017 | EU | Original (BBE)
54,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In May 1976 a record was released that would have an unforeseen and lasting impact on the music industry “Ten Percent” by Double Exposure was an early release on the New York independent label Salsoul Records. America was in the grip of a disco explosion with new clubs opening on a weekly basis; Salsoul saw what was happening and swiftly created a sound for their label, heavily influenced by the music then coming out of Philadelphia, aimed directly at New York’s dance-floors. Records like “Salsoul Hustle,” “Tangerine” and “You’re Just The Right Size” by The Salsoul Orchestra borrowed heavily from the beautifully orchestrated Philadelphia International Records but added a more percussive, bass heavy depth that New York’s DJs loved.

So what was so special about this particular single then? Double Exposure was, after all, just another band, “Ten Percent” just another song; one of many “disco” records released that week. First of all Salsoul became the first record label to make a twelve inch single available to Joe Public – the exotic format was previously only available to DJs as promotional items or bought under the counter at certain record stores. Not only that though, the extended version was created by Walter Gibbons, a DJ at New York’s Galaxy 21 who’d built his reputation making exclusive versions of tracks to play in his sets.

In 1976 it was unheard of for a DJ to set foot in a recording studio, being seen as little more than living jukeboxes by the serious music industry. Recording studios were strictly the domain of recording artists and producers so Walter found himself in a unique position, gaining access to a world no DJ had been granted before.

Or so we thought…

The Men In The Glass Booth compiled by Al Kent tells the full story. Featuring ground breaking re-edits and remixes by some of the Disco era’s most influential DJs including Walter Gibbons, Bobby DJ Guttadaro, Tom Savarese, Jellybean Benitez, Tee Scott and John Luongo.

Includes a 40 page booklet.
V.A. - Jay Strongman presents Popcorn Heartbreak 1958-1964
V.A.
Jay Strongman presents Popcorn Heartbreak 1958-1964
2LP | 2016 | EU | Original (BBE)
20,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
For teenagers listening to their radios, making out on the back seats of their fathers' cars or slow dancing at
High School hops and block parties, the late 1950s through to the early 1960s was a golden age of angst- driven songs and the blossoming of what would later
evolve into soul music. There were R&B/pop crossovers that sounded like pop and country/gospel fusions that sounded like soul. There were latin-tinged songs with
Doo-Wop vocals and pop songs that featured raw R&B vocals but the one thing all these songs shared was their subject matter. It didn't matter what the colour of the singer's skin was or if the instrumentation featured twangy guitar, wailing sax or Broadway-show-style
strings, all these two-and-a-half minute gems shared a common theme in their lyrics - the heartbreak of lost love.
But these tracks also had one other factor in common - they boasted a mid-tempo pacing that made them perfect for slow jive dancing - which was something that
didn't go un-noticed in the Belgium of the 1970s, where a whole scene grew up around clubs that spun these obscure tunes from ten and twenty years earlier as an
antidote to the frantic, mainstream disco tunes that were getting played in most European clubs at the time.
Called 'Popcorn' after the James Brown song of the same name, this Belgian club scene was similar to Britain's Northern Soul phenomenon with DJ's seeking
out rarer and rarer tunes to keep their dancers entertained. Although everything from ska to out-and-out pop got played as 'Popcorn', this compilation
concentrates on the more R&B infuenced songs of the period, making it perfect for late night dance foor moves or for soulful listening at home ...
Moods - Moods
Moods
Moods
LP | 1978 | EU | Reissue (BBE)
18,89 €* 20,99 € -10%
Release:1978 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Continuing our tradition of unearthing hidden treasure, we are excited to present another rare classic, pressed to heavyweight vinyl. 'Moods' was the self titled debut (and only) album from a local St. Louis vocal group headed up by band leader, musician and producer Melvin Turnage. The group met in high school and disbanded soon afterwards, although Turnage is still touring with his own band, performing alongside Harry Belafonte, Shalamar and Sammy Davis Jr. over the years. Originally released in 1978, 'Moods' is a fantastic example of the 'Modern Soul' sound which bridged the gap between Northern Soul and Disco, introducing synthesisers alongside incredibly tight vocal harmonies and lush instrumental arrangements. Only a tiny number of copies are still in existence, making this LP highly sought after by record collectors. With a track from the album featured on BBE's recent 'Private Wax Vol.2' compilation which garnered support from Gilles Peterson among others, it's surely time for this gem of a long player to be discovered by a new generation of crate diggers.
J Dilla aka Jay Dee - Welcome 2 Detroit
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