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Theo Parrish

Cornbread & Cowrie Shells For Bertha

Two years since esteemed Detroit third waver Theo Parrish dropped "Wuddaji", he's back with another clutch of new music. Released via his own, highly inventive Sound Signature label, it finds our widely adored producer and DJ - now in his 50s - conjuring up more magical. spontaneous, semi-organic jams as he melds sample-based production with jazz, soul and blues for his own very unique blend of Detroit beatdown.

Opening with the tribal-tinged, MPC-forged rumble and clatter of "Cleo's Theme" - a perfect example of the dizzy heights achievable when man and machine combine in perfect harmony - in this case our man in question and Akai's MPC1000. It's his instrument of choice throughout the LP (and much of his discography to be honest). The following track, the titular "Cornbread & Cowrie Shells" swings perc hits sideways, resulting in a skewiff groove only Theo could make work; before peppering minor key piano pokes and warped organ notes into the mix. A truly out there, oddball dance track synonymous with our man from the D.

Nice to see old friend Dumminue Deporres get involved on the woozy, organ and piano-led, opiated daydream that is "Real Deal". Another key TP trope is the juddery, squelchy funk of "Dance Alone" which recalls tracks like "Going Downstairs" or "Galactic Ancestors". "Stop Lite" sees him expand (or should I say reduce) his "Stop Bajon" edit into a mellow yet moody jazz affair which sounds perfect for the smokey jazz bar. Finally "Play Thru Moon" exudes that heavy, sloppy, thick fug, punctuated by genius moments of drum syncopation provided by that trusty MPC sampler once again.

Long term fans are gonna be mega buzzed about this I reckon. I think stylistically it harks back to classic 3 Chairs / "Parallel Dimensions" era. Highly percussive, Rhodes heavy; with thick mid afternoon haze throughout. Another triumph from the maverick Detroit producer and DJ.  

Limited copies. 


Matt says: New Theo Parrish LP and I think stylistically it harks back to classic 3 Chairs / "Parallel Dimensions" era. Highly percussive, Rhodes heavy; with thick mid afternoon haze throughout. Another triumph from the maverick Detroit producer and DJ.


A. Cleo’s Theme
B1. Cornbread & Cowrie Shells
B2. Real Deal Feat. Dumminue Deporres
C1. Dance Alone
D1. Stop Lite
D2. Play Thru Moon

Growing up in Chicago, later Detroit-based music producer, Theo Parrish is internationally well known for his own inimitable downtempo house music style. The approach Parrish took to compiling DJ-Kicks was very ambitious, inviting his Detroit peers to produce a collection of brand new material, and in turn creating the first ever all exclusive entry to the esteemed series.

"Detroit creates. But rarely imitates. Why? We hear and see many from other places do that with what we originate. No need to follow. Get it straight. In the Great Lakes there are always more under the surface than those that appear to penetrate the top layer of attention and recognition. What about them that defy tradition? Those that side step the inaccurate definitions often given from outside positions? This is that evidence. Enjoy."

• First official compilation by Theo Parrish
• All exclusive unreleased material
• Includes new music from Theo Parrish
• 19 tracks mixed across a two volume CD set
• Triple LP sampler containing 15 full length tracks


Matt says: Never afraid to veer away from the norm. The Detroit innovator instantly breaks convention by commissioning all-exclusive content from his Motor City broths and sisters. Not only does this add to the collectability of the compilations, it gives his community a platform and shines the spotlight on artist I haven't even heard of. A truly celebration of community spirit and also one of the most geo-centric DJ Kicks releases to date. A briliant, inventive and thoughtful concept incredibly well executed. And given Theo's dedicated craft at mixing records, the mixed CD version is just as essential as the vinyl compilation!


1. De'Sean Jones & Ideeyah - Pressure
2. Donald Lee Roland II - Simba's Theme
3. Meftah - When The Sun Falls
4. Theo Parrish & Duminie DePorres - The Real Deal
5. Specter - The Upper Room
6. Deon Jamar - North End Funk
7. Ian Fink - Moonlight (Duality/Detroit Live Version)
1. John C & Meftah - Full
2. MBtheLight - AGAIN (T’s Edit)
3. De'Sean Jones - Psalm 23
4. Raybone Jones - Green Funk
5. Jon Dixon - Wind Drifts (Instrumental)
6. Whodat & Sophiyah.e - Don’t Know
7. KESSWA - Chasing Delerium Feat. Nova Zai
8. Raj Mahal - Hudsons
9. De'Sean Jones - Flash Spain
10. Jason Hogans - Surrounded By Trees
11. Howard Thomas - Experiment 10
12. Sterling Toles - Janis

A1. De'Sean Jones & Ideeyah - Pressure
A2. Donald Lee Roland II - Simba's Theme
A3. Jason Hogans - Surrounded By Trees
B1. John C & Meftah - Full
B2. Meftah - When The Sun Falls
B3. De'Sean Jones - Psalm 23
C1. Ian Fink - Moonlight (Duality/Detroit Live Version)
C2. KESSWA - Chasing Delerium Feat. Nova Zai
D1. Specter - The Upper Room
D2. Raj Mahal - Hudsons
E1. Raybone Jones - Green Funk
E2. Whodat & Sophiyah.e - Don’t Know
F1. Howard Thomas - Experiment 10
F2. MBtheLight - AGAIN (T’s Edit)
F3. Sterling Toles - Janis 

Brand new Theo Parrish and it's a glorious return to the clickity, dusty, MPC jams we love from early Sound Signature!! Three tracks that find the Akai-sensei in moody Motor City mode; constructing those peppered drum sequences and drunkard pads to compliment a shadowy vocal track on "Weirdo" which comes in two mixes - one sans pads and with even more percussive goodness jammed in!

"Imaginary Thugfunk" sees our lovable Detroiter lay down on of his Sun Ra indebted, interstellar funk jams - with gently simmering MPC rhythms slowly thrusted into the heavens through a whole manner of jazzy meanderings and spiritual house atmospheres. A sound Theo singlehandedly invented himself, think "Sound Sculptures"-era and you'll be getting a twitchy for this frisky biscuit!

Limited copies, bound to fly out - you know what to do!


Matt says: Detroit's finest back on his own imprint and with a decidedly retroist outlook. This sounds like some of the earliest Sound Signature gems; deep, moody, beatdown soul synonymous with the D.


A1. Weirdo (Full Mix)
B1. Original Weirdo
B2. Imaginary Thugfunk

- New Theo Parrish LP! 
- Contains the beautiful and serene Detroit house masterpiece "This Is For You"

- Triple vinyl, gatefold sleeve

- Stupendously limited copies - pre-ordering ESSENTIAL!!


A1. Hambone Cappuccino
A2. Radar Detector
B. This Is For You With Maurissa Rose
C1. Wuddaji
C2. Hennyweed Buckdance
D. Angry Purple Birds
E1 Who Knew Kung Fu (Vinyl Exclusive)
E2. All Your Boys Are Biters
F. Knew Better Do Better

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!


A1. What You Wanna Ask For (Theo Mix)
B1. What You Wanna Ask For (Dego Mix)

Theo Parrish & Specter

Music Gallery Detroit Four

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

    CD Runtime: 80 Minutes

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