All City Records
7 Crow Street, Temple Bar
I started buying records when I was 14, 15, and I started in All City. I was doing graffiti at the time as well, and All City doubles as a spray-paint shop. They let me hang around the place, and eventually I ended up working there for a bit. It used to be more hip-hop, soul, jazz compilations, but in the last few years I think they’ve been really on it with the newest house and underground stuff. Their label is the most respected label in Ireland.
They get so many international artists coming through the label, which is impressive for being based in Dublin. Olan, the shop owner, had Hudson Mohawke early, and that really helped the label’s reputation. From there on he got into the LA beat scene when there was only really Stones Throw Record, and Brainfeeder I guess. Then Warp Records signed Flying Lotus from that scene, and Olan picked up some of the other guys who ended up getting bigger in Europe.
The first record I picked up in here today is from a local guy, Lumigraph. He did a remix of Chain Of Fools for me recently. He’s living over in New York now, and this EP was released on a New York label, Mister Saturday Night, who I hear throw some good parties. I picked up a Sun-Ra repress too. It’s some of his most famous tracks, like 'Space is the Place'. I’ll probably sample some of this stuff when I get back to the studio.
And this is the new All City compilation, I thought it’d be fitting to pick this up. It’s a mix of exclusives from people who have been released on the label before, but mostly people who haven’t. There’s some hip-hop, some house and some general electronic stuff on here, with pretty well-known guys like James Pants, Dorian Concept.