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Your Kiss Is Sour EP
HEK 028
16 Jun 17
Experimental/Electronic
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Your Kiss Is Sour - (4:44) 71 BPM
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Flowering In Threes - (3:45) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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My Beautiful Fantasy - (3:08) 64 BPM
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Review: After an uncompromising set of EPs for the justifiably hyped Ancient Monarchy label, which helped to take the imprint out of the deep underground and into the mainstream, Soundman Chronicles' DJ Parris lands on London's mighty Hemlock to deliver yet more of his impressionistic take on house and techno. What we love about this guy is that we never know what we're gonna get from him, and these three tunes are a perfect example of that: "Your Kiss Is Sour" is made up of rotating synth echoes that flutter in and out of heavy bass pulses whereas, on the flip, "Flowering In Threes" adds a little house sensitivity to a similarly aqueous range of atmospherics, while "My Beautiful Fantasy" offers the oddball of the lot, or rather, the one tune that will surely get the heads nodding their head up and down thanks to that dub-leaning bass riding in its underbelly. Yes, Parris. And yes to Ancient Monarchy for stepping into the digital zone.

The Parris Remixes
AM 006
30 Jun 17
Bass
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South East Of The Mountain (Sam Kidel remix) - (4:40) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Skeletal (O$VMV$M remix) - (3:26) 142 BPM
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Bloom (Helm remix) - (6:42) 128 BPM
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Review: Berceuse Heroique's Ancient Monarchy adds to the Parris story with three beautiful remixes that add and enhance the mysterious London artist's unique vibe all the more. Sam Kidel condenses the vast spacious valleys on "South Side Of The Mountain" with more of a rolling, hardened feel to the drums. Osvmvsm, meanwhile, pays respect to the kick-free "Skeletal" but turbo charges the glock melody with much more of a militant focus and energy. Finally Helm strips "Bloom" right back to its key atmosphere then rebuilds with an ambient, heavily textured and sensory experience.
Chemical
361497 1501717
25 Oct 16
Pop
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Chemical - (3:51) 107 BPM
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Can't Get Tired - (3:49) 90 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Assail - (3:30) 80 BPM
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Over & Done - (3:41) 90 BPM
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Skeletal
AM 004
17 Jun 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Bloom - (5:48) 62 BPM
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Skeletal - (5:27) 65 BPM
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South East Of The Mountain - (6:13) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: With the likes of Batu drawing so much attention for his new bend on techno, how about a little appreciation for what Parris is doing. For an idea of what Parris has done with a 808 bass drum check out his Idle Hands debut then revert back to this 12"s woofing "Skeletal". With some light percussion added over the top, this track demands a proper dub soundsystem. It's a similar situation on "Bloom" too, only the bass has been turned down to allow for something a little more subtle... a little. Meanwhile "South East Of The Mountain" provides an alternative rhythm track with atmospheric marimbas and other African percussion giving the production as much an exotic flavour as it does an urban touch.
Burr
IDLE 032
22 Jan 16
Techno
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Burr - (5:58) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Blue - (5:23) 121 BPM
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Review: Bristol label Idle Hands maintain the high standards set by last year's array of releases with a killer 12" from Soundman Chronicles boss Parris. It's fair to say that Parris was not a predictable reach for Idle Hands, although label boss Chris Farrell explains that their connection reaches back to when Soundman Chronicles first started, and Parris came into the shop with copies of J. Robinson's The Maasai / Misread 12" to sell. Any regular visitors to the label's bricks and mortar location will have undoubtedly found Farrell pumping grime mixtapes with a passionate intent at some point, and on the Burr / Blue single Parris has ably nailed the crossover between alien bass transmissions and low-end tilted 4/4 in a sparse and captivating way.
Disco Of Love EP
JAL 107
22 Nov 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Disco Of Love - (4:08) 116 BPM
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Georgia Moan - (5:05) 120 BPM
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I Like Whatcha Doin? - (4:56) 120 BPM
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Get Down On The Floor - (5:04) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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New Age Riddim
2 H 2390
22 Sep 17
Dancehall/Ragga
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StaySuh - "Enjoy Your Life" - (2:38) 140 BPM
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Blueprint - "One More Drink" - (2:46) 140 BPM
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Jonnah - "Live Your Life" - (2:57) 140 BPM
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Parris - "Try & Try" - (3:45) 140 BPM
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Payne - "What Kinda Friend" - (2:46) 140 BPM
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Caught
TEMPA 091D
23 Jun 14
Deep Dubstep
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Caught - (4:45) 126 BPM
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Collide - (5:40) 84 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: With Wen and Parris offering a consummate showcase of their studio chemistry on "Time" from the former's Keysound LP Signals, a further chance to indulge in their collaborative approach is presented via this full single for Tempa. The results are two crystalline dubstep pieces that ooze space and soul. "Caught" fluctuates with funk thanks to the clever use of a small vocal sample and a slim line breakbeat. "Collide", meanwhile, pumps a heavier rhythmic message while being smothered in pressurised pads and coated with a subtle but effective female vocal. Both are stunning. Don't get caught out.
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