Each year we select an artist whose contributions to music and club culture resonates most harmoniously with our vision, philosophy and values. Osunlade hosting our honorary series this season is an ordained priest in the African religion of Ifa. “My religion has more to do with ancestry than just religion. It’s about connecting with the tradition and ancestors to seek guidance.” Easily one of the most gifted producers of soulful deep house, Osunlade graces everything he touches with spiritual, uplifting vibes.
The Barely Breaking Even movement began in 1993 when Peter Adarkwah and Ben Jolly were discussing music and discovered a shared interest in diverse, eclectic sounds covering all genres - from old scratchy Brazilian grooves, through 70's funk, via jazz fusion, hip - hop and soul to newer garage, disco and techno music. It truly began when BBE Music released the acclaimed 'Stop and Listen' series late in 1996, a series that included compilers such as the legendary Masters At Work. To date, there are 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.
Kyri has been running R2 Records since 1999 and in that time released music from some of the greatest names in dance music, including Louie Vega, (Masters At Work), Osunlade, (Yoruba Records), Karizma,, (Kohesive/Baltimore) & Ron Trent. R2 is also championing new talents like Floating Points, Kissey Asplund and Mahon. His style draws on twenty years experience and reflects a wide spectrum of soulful music from funk, boogie, disco, jazz through to deep tech via afro-latin house, embodying a belief in the relationship between all soulful music.
Most recently, Kyri started "Nu Position" a tribute night to Prince and the Minneapolis Funk sound, with guest DJs including Osunlade, Theo Parrish & Karizma.