For the uninitiated, Around7 is a Parisian beatmaker with a difference. Composing mainly with an MPC in the old hip-hop fashion, he makes deep, jazz-soaked jams that sit somewhere between Guru, DJ Cam and Moodymann. This 19-minute 'LP' for Phil Weeks' Robsoul Jazz imprint is something of a surprise gem, flitting effortlessly between bossa-influenced 4/4 cuts (see "Broi"), sampladelic deep soul beats ("The 7th Sin"), stoned trip-hop (the Jazzamatazz flashback vibes of "Butter & Fly" and "I Love BBQ") and head-nodding nu-jazz ("Kick It"). The overall quality suggests that we could be hearing more from him in coming years.
Having made his intentions more than clear with his "Back To Basics" release earlier this year, Parisian beat craftsman Around7 goes deep with his debut LP. The result is a smoky fusion of deft sample mastery, jazz-flecked soul and nonchalant b-boy cheekiness. Ranging from the stuttering beats and sexy vocal samples of "Dirty" to the sleazy, slippery double bass and trembling strings of "Old Days", the instrumentality, unpredictability and strong sense of groove comes on strong like a fusion of Dilla and Kidkanevil. Jump on theses now as any day soon an MC is going to come along and buy the lot...