Jim Carroll

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Tune of the Week – “Street Corner Music”

Forget food miles, let’s talk about music miles. The best compilation I’ve heard in Zero Nine comes from a mile down the road. It’s called “7 x 7 Beat” and it’s a collection of seven seven-inch singles released since March …

Thu, Jun 25, 2009, 08:33

   

Forget food miles, let’s talk about music miles.

The best compilation I’ve heard in Zero Nine comes from a mile down the road. It’s called “7 x 7 Beat” and it’s a collection of seven seven-inch singles released since March ’08 by All City Records, the label attached to the hip-hop emporium in Dublin’s Temple Bar.

For the last few months, I’ve been checking out some amazing grooves from a whole bunch of producers who are exploring that fertile Venn diagram where hip-hop and electronica come together. An obsession which began for me with Flying Lotus and Hudson Mohawke has now grown to include freaky lads and lasses from all over the shop. It’s a scene-with-no-name with reps in Paris (Onra), Vienna (Dorian Concept), London (Lukid), Dublin (Mike Slott) and several other points on the compass.

“7 X 7 Beat” does a bang-up job of providing a sense of what’s going on with this nascent scene. Many of the above players are represented on it and they turn out some wonky, fuzzy state of the nation addresses. I’ve picked “Street Corner Music” by Los Angeles-based producer Snowman because, well, it was the first release in the series, it’s the first track on the compilation and it’s a wonderful, wonderful blast of brassy fresh carnival air. Aside from digging the tune here, please shop local and buy the album there.