Santiago de Chile-dwelling Brian Gibbs aka ECHO PARK drops his debut LP on Skream’s Disfigured Dubz label, entitled Can’t Help It. Bittersweetly upbeat funk with a hip hop swagger, well worth your credits.
Two years in the making, with tunes recorded in 4 different countries, Can’t Help It aims to be a modern prototype for further directions in future r&b and soul music.
The brain-child of Los Angeles born globetrotter Brian Gibbs. Born in 1978 to a Motown-addicted single mother. Gibbs absorbed the music of Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke before he could even walk. Growing up in California led to a deep rooted and abiding love for Disco, P-funk and ultimately Hip Hop. On discovering bebop and then free-jazz, Brian swore to apply the improvisational techniques to modern technology.
Early works included eerie sonic predictions of things to come in the now globe conquering ‘west coast beat’ scene – including, on the infamous PCH label, a 13 minute opus that took us from latin jazz, to afro cuban funk and banging downtempo rhythms.
Later Gibbs would move to Tokyo, turn to techno influences, and begin to release 12″ vinyls at a frenzied pace! Since 1999 his projects have been diverse and undefinable, yet remained consistent and unmistakably original. June 2012 brings Echo Park’s ‘Cant Help It’ – the first ever full length album on Disfigured Dubz.
Currently relocating back to the United States from Chile, Brian himself describes the current Echo Park direction as ‘freaky bass driven hip hop and soul music with a touch of ‘Nintendo noir’.