Review: Theo Parrish's Rotating Assembly project has always been one of his more overlooked ventures, with the series of 12"s from 2004 that make up the content of this reissued album not even fetching the usual astronomical prices people would attach on Discogs. It's surprising when this comprises some of the most focused and satisfying Parrish music going, channelling his subversive house ethic through a band of singers, players, instruments and more. It's, as you might expect, very jazzy, but it carries the beat more often than not, whether it be a drunken thump as on "Take Me", or a broken beat shuffle a la "Split Me Open".
Theo Parrish - "Instant Insanity" - (12:11) 132 BPM
Theo Parrish - "Timeislafinacharunninout" - (10:32) 113 BPM
Review: Unless you're one of those who spent copious amounts of cash on the CD version of this second Theo Parrish production compendium, the appearance of Sound Signature Sounds Vol 2 on digital download should be a cause for celebration. Parrish is, of course, one of house music's true originals, and the quality of material on this eccentric trawl through his early 2000s work never drops below outstanding. Highlights are plentiful, but standouts include an unofficial Recloose remix ("I Can Take It", a thrillingly sparse chunk of percussive dancefloor soul), the previously unreleased hip-hop/downtempo nugget "Didn't Pay Dues" and the ultra-deep Marvin Gaye rework "Instant Insanity".