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As the infamous start of year clear out continues, we've found some CD copies of this incredibly popular Theo Parrish album.

Originally released in 2000 and containing seminal tracks like "Serengeti Echoes", "Brain" and "Summertime Is Here"; it finds our lovable Detroiter on his deep, soulful and spiritual side. Turn-of-the-millenium Sound Signature was a great period for the label and it's demonstrated with style and aplomb across these nine tasty tracks.

Sealed and good as new, they've been criminally sat under a load of skwee mixtapes after a flurry of a reissue over a year ago.

Another one of those, every home needs one, type albums, especially for fans of deep house and Detroit. Bonus chance for anyone that's missed it until now! 

Theo Parrish coming correct just in time for festive season with the ultimate stocking filler for DJs and music lovers alike!

"This Is For You" is incredible! Landing somewhere between "Galaxy Pt.1", his work with Billy Love and "Summertime Is Here" it's painfully emotional and drizzled in languid organs and heart wrenching chords, I'm pretty much in tears just sat here listening to this..

No amount of superlatives is gonna do it justice, absolutely breathtaking, sublime and one of the most essential Sound Signature releases to date. A complete triumph you're gonna be gutted if you miss out on. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Fuckin' ell Theo Parrish cruising right back into my number 1 slot here with a crushingly beautiful track that's literally the best thing he's done in years! Awwwww shit!

Theo Parrish

What You Wanna Ask For - Ft. Lori, SilentJay, Simon Marvin, Perrin Moss & Paul Bender

Theo's back with a whole host of friends and a return to his slick, jazz-infected grooves . What we've heard of this new record sounds great, almost like he's revisiting "Summertime" era moods. With a lush and dreamy piano - organ combo, sumptuous strings and that iconic bass motif, we're in Theo Parrish dreamworld here!

Get those orders in as copies are always in high demand!


FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd 12" Info: **ONE COPY FOUND!!

Theo Parrish & Specter

Music Gallery Detroit Four

    Highly, highly limited live recording from Music Gallery Detroit Four. 





    CD Runtime: 80 Minutes

    Recorded in 1998 and becoming one of the most monumental and inspiring moments in deep house. It's often cited that only 30 people attended the Sex Pistols infamous Free Trade Hall gig but everyone who did started a band. Well, I reckon only 100 people bought “First Floor” first time round but everyone of them got an MPC and started making music! Incredibly, almost 20 years old it's still my favourite Theo Parrish record and was surely the catalyst to hoards of millennials digging deep into the crates of 2nd hand disco, soul and jazz records, turning their back on the beige and mass produced funky house that dominated the era. Part 2 includes the creeping, downbeat funk of "Electric Alleycat", one of the most synonymous sounds I associate with Theo (much the same way "I Can't Kick This Feeling" typifies the KDJ style). The James Brown sampling, leftfield anthem - "JB's Edit", sounding fresher than ever as we witness one of Theo's infamous DJ tools in all its unadulterated glory. The flanging squelch of "Dark Patterns" is up next, displaying Theo's early love of playful yet re-wired drum patterns, flipping much of what's expected of conventional dance music on its head. "Heal Yourself And Move" shows a producer totally confident in his approach as he deploys a nothing short of epic bleep-melody, completely unhurried as it builds in emotion and vigor, met with the spiritual vocal that slowly rises from the mix. Finally "Sky Walking" concludes with a basement house anthem, it's soft kicks and rounded bass sounds providing the inspiration for a thousand backrooms up and down the land; the soulful vox, clever Rhodes licks and jazz-inspired grooves pretty much epitomizing the sound of deep house for the next five years. 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Much needed repress of one of Theo's finest moments. A holy grail for me and my crew; part 2's got that killer JB DJ tool ("JB's Edit") and the creeping downbeat funk of "Electric Alleycat".

    Recorded in 1998 and becoming one of the most monumental and inspiring moments in deep house. It's often cited that only 30 people attended the Sex Pistols infamous Free Trade Hall gig but everyone who did started a band. Well, I reckon only 100 people bought “First Floor” first time round but everyone of them got an MPC and started making music! Incredibly, almost 20 years old it's still my favourite Theo Parrish record and was surely the catalyst to hoards of millennials digging deep into the crates of 2nd hand disco, soul and jazz records, turning their back on the beige and mass produced funky house that dominated the era. Part 1 opens with the blunted downbeat house roll of "First Floor Metaphor". Those pitched down kicks, gruff bass rumble and smoky jazz licks an early indication of TP's fearless experimentation. "Only The Beginning" sees discord and rhythm make serendipitous bedfellows as stuttered synth samples are met with rampant percussion lines and chopped vocal snips. "Sweet Sticky" is indeed the inspirational track Garth Be named his label after, such is the reverence this record carries amongst the 28 - 40 years olds of this country. Finally, "Paradise Architechts" and "Love Is War For Miles" display Theo's deft craft at building subtly intense epics, sprawling effortlessly over extended duration and delving deep and personally into every sample source used. The record plays like a full tutorial on how to get the most out of a few dusty old records and an MPC and threw two fingers up at the super expensive, highly polished studio music that was also produced at the time. Detroit always took creativity back to the bedrooms and run-down rehearsal spaces of the world, showing us how to make good with what we have and that the real musical power lies within. Essential.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Much needed repress of one of Theo's finest moments. I must confess, out of my price range for some time (I was only 13 years old when it first came out), it became somewhat of a holy grail amongst me and one Ste Spandex. Good things come to those who wait! :)


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