Living up to their name, Barely Breaking Even have been an invaluable source in making rare and expensive records accessible thanks to a dizzying number of compilations, curated by some of the foremost diggers of our time. Al Kent, DJ Spinna, Kon & Amir, Sadar Bahar, Kev Beadle, John Morales, Lefto, Dimitri From Paris, 4Hero, John Morales, Gilles Peterson, Jazzy Jeff, David Rodigan, Joey Negro, ?uestlove, Osunlade and Masters At Work have all contributed over the last two decades and now, in their 20th year, a new name joins the family.
Enrico Crivellaro – also known as Volcov – digs deep on From The Archive to showcase a selection of funk, soul, disco, rare groove and jazz from his own collection. The Neroli boss and Rush Hour affiliate told Resident Advisor that the comp contains “stuff which sometimes has been overlooked, or music I’ve discovered that I thought would be interesting to share — it’s a mixed approach but hopefully it makes sense.” Three of the 14 tracks are his own edits, and we’re delighted to premiere our favourite. Taking on O’Donel Levy’s 1977 ‘Sophisticated Disco’ he bypasses the soulful first half and focusses his attention on the jazz-funk instrumental, allowing the walking bassline, delicate Spanish guitar finger-plucking and trumpet fanfares to interplay.
01. Are & Be -The Sound Of The Memory Of Many Living People
02. The Urban Cru – Go (Chez Damier Classic Mix)
03. Ondrea Duverney – You Know What It’s Like
04. Manfredo Fest – Arigo (Volcov Edit)
05. TGB feat. Patricia Shannon – Do The Right Thing
06. Oneness of Juju – Turning On To Me
07. Hot Quisine – Keep The Same Old Feeling
08. Shuya Okino feat. Navasha Daya – Still In Love
09. Shokazulu – Part 4
10. Chanan Hanspal – Footprints In The Sand (Shannon Harris Urbancity Reinterpretation)
11. Fanfair – Gotham Odyssey (Volcov Edit)
12. O’Donel Levy – Sophisticated Disco (Volcov Edit)
13. The Antilles – Simon’s Melody
14. Bembé Segue – Sun On My Back