Originally established in 2001 as a record store, Dublin-based All City Records also expanded into the role of a record label two short years later, in 2003. Since then they’ve had numerous releases from both up and coming, as well as established artists, receiving critical acclaim on more than one occasion. Not sticking to any one particular genre, their catalogue boasts of music from hip-hop circles to house influences to more experimental concepts and beyond. Releasing music from the likes of Folamour, Onra, Krystal Klear and Falty DL they are now preparing to welcome a newcomer to their roster.
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Fellow Cork-based Irishman Colm K (soundcloud) doesn’t have too many releases under his belt since his debut single with Elaine Dowling came out in 2011 on the always fresh Bastard Jazz Recordings. He penned another couple of singles for their offshoot BSTRD Boots, an EP for London-based R2 Records and a single for Seven Davis Jr.’s Future Society compilation on the same imprint. Now he’s back, this time bringing his perfectly complementing hip-hop, funk and soul laced, sample-laden tracks to All City with a four song EP — two of which are meant for the dancefloor and two for easy listening.
Our premiere today from the “Heights” EP, named after the place where he grew up, is the B2 track entitled Affinity. A slightly darker, late night number at its core, it actually starts off in a slightly jazzier direction. Then, combining some deep, dubby chords with scuttling percussion and hypnotizing vocal samples, it really turns into more of a tripped out groover, perfect for keeping those feet moving in the wee hours. This one, alongside the more peak time focused A1 track Seeing are both bound to cause some serious blisters on the dancefloor.