Friends of 64 bar will recognise the name Echo Park from his appearance on the sixth 64 bar challenge mix.
His track, All Told, is a bouncy upbeat little number that represents his LA sunshine sound roots, with a twist of his South American domicile.
Back to the matter of this blog post, and the track above is out on Disfigured Dubs. Its about as 80s as you can get, but in an impeccably cool way. He sang, played the keys and built the beats on the track. 64 bar have am exclusive interview with him this week, lookout for this
Echo Park is the brain child of Brian Gibbs. Los Angeles born and now living in Santiago, Chile, Brian is a true adventurer – musically and in life.
He cut his musical teeth in LA alongside the kind of artists who would later form the Brainfeeder / Low End Theory axis – but in 1999 got itchy feet and left for Tokyo, where he founded the notorious techno labels Deafmosaic and Gunjack Series.
Another relocation to Madrid, Spain saw him reconnecting with hip hop and funk roots but also, via Jaxx Records, experimenting the sort of dark sub-bass mutations that inadvertently prefigured dubstep. Moving again to Mexico City, he met his wife, a Chilean national from Santiago, and returned home with her – only to discover a fascinating and intricate experimental hip hop scene thriving underground despite much adversity in the Chilean capital.
The Fresh Start To The Meek show, presented by Bobby Corridor, on Mondays on Ustream has produced some gems of hip hop mixduggery. So, your man BosBos has kinda hosted them all in one place. It’s huge and will only get bigger as the weeks’ continue.
Bobby Corridor is one of the true hip hop historians/rap recounters. He found his way onto 64:1 with a brooding, and stealthy tune and then practically owned 64:2 with four tracks making the final mix.
But he is most widely known for his table skills. The melancholy flowers mixes soothed many a broken heart, but for the FSTTM project it was his aim to go back, way back… and dust off a stack of records from the late 80s/early 90s for your listening enjoyment. Some tunes from the FSTTM series you’ll recognise, others have been dug so deep they’ve practically been buried way below the streets of Brooklyn/Los Angeles for the past few decades. Time to hand it over to Bobby C… class is now in session.
BC: “In a vain attempt to get a few more listeners to my regular(ish) Monday night Ustream ish, I decided to “theme” them up a bit. Everyone loves a theme, put things in a box and it’s easier to follow than if you leave it all over the floor. And putting things in a box has been very enjoyable too. Not only have I been able to vaguely justify buying and storing old records, it’s also lead to some reflection on the past, the best what eva done it and so on (and on and on, to the break of dawn).”