Biography

CHRIS READ

Chris Read. A collector of hip hop, funk, soul, boogie and related beats and jazz based music since the late 80s, Chris came to prominence via his role as resident DJ and promoter of Music of Substance (one of the UK’s largest and longest running live hip hop events) and a two year spell as mix DJ on the BBC’s station for new black music, Radio 1Xtra.

In recent years Chris has acquired a cult following for his own unique brand of well thought out and deftly executed mixtape releases including 2008’s ‘The Diary’, downloaded tens of thousands of times and broadcast on national radio in 25 countries.

Chris is currently recording and performing with the BBC New Urban Music bursary award winning ‘Maylight’, a seven piece live act fusing jazz and electronics featuring the vocal talents of Lizzy Parks.

Discography

Celebrating 20 years of Barely Breaking even, independent UK record label presents a series of exclusive DJ mixes to mark the occasion. Available in both mixed and unmixed formats, the series includes a stellar lineup of DJs, selecting their personal…

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Celebrating 20 years of Barely Breaking even, independent UK record label presents a series of exclusive DJ mixes to mark the occasion. Available in both mixed and unmixed formats, the series includes a stellar lineup of DJs, selecting their personal…

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London based DJ and producer Chris Read has been a fixture here at BBE now for over five years, a period during which he has put his hand to no fewer than four BBE compilations, including his spectacular round-up of…

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In the closing months of 2012 BBE label artist Chris Read was enlisted by classic Los Angeles imprint Delicious Vinyl to produce a mixtape for Wax Poetics magazine celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the release of The Pharcyde’s seminal debut…

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Unlike many of the compilations to have emerged from the BBE stable, this release is less about unearthing rare or unheard music and more about shining a light on a sound that has been developing in its own small corner…

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BBE Records first released the acclaimed ‘Stop and Listen’ series late in 1996, a series that set the benchmark for latter day copies such as ‘Late Night Tales’ and included compilers such as the legendary Masters At Work. This journey…

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