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Osunlade - "Touched My Soul" - (4:45) 107 BPM
   
Theo Parrish - "Lost Keys" - (6:29) 114 BPM
   
Rick Wilhite - "Ruby Nights" (Gilb'r Solo Flight) - (6:04) 115 BPM
   
Alice Smith - "Love Endeavour" (Maurice Fulton remix) - (6:07) 112 BPM
   
The Detroit Experiment - "Think Twice" - (6:18) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hunee - "Rare Silk" - (5:11) 121 BPM
   
Moodymann - "I Got Werk" - (3:28) 119 BPM
   
CARL CRAIG - "Sandstorms" (C2 2011 version) - (10:26) 80 BPM
   
Langenberg - "Times" (Manuel Tur's Ground Glass Reflex) - (7:32) 121 BPM
   
DJ Spen presents DJ Technic - "Gabryelle" (D-Malice Re-Fix) - (4:52) 126 BPM
   
Kingdom - "Stalker Ha" - (3:49) 85 BPM
   
Lil Silva - "Seasons" - (4:24) 86 BPM
   
Pearson Sound - "Stifle" - (5:56) 130 BPM
   
Mala - "Lean Forward" - (5:31) 140 BPM
   
Martyn - "Vancouver" - (5:14) 69 BPM
   
James Blake - "Love What Happened Here" - (5:34) 140 BPM
   
Dorian Concept - "The Fucking Formula" - (2:44) 105 BPM
   
00Genesis - "No Shoes Trampoline" - (2:16) 95 BPM
   
Baron Zen - "Burn Rubber" (Dam-Funk remix) - (4:57) 103 BPM
   
Waajeed - "Tron" - (2:50) 104 BPM
   
Flying Lotus - "Melt" - (1:45) 96 BPM
   
K. Frimpong - "Kyenkyen Bi Adi M'awu" - (4:23) 99 BPM
   
Azymuth - "Morning" - (3:48) 92 BPM
   
Jimmy Abney - "Come Go With Me" - (3:16) 81 BPM
   
Benji B - "Deviation Classics" (continuous mix) - (1:18:30) 120 BPM
Review: 14 years have passed since Benji B and Judah established their monthly Deviation parties in London. This fine compilation celebrates the club's legacy and sound, which famously touched on all manner of soul-fired musical styles whilst keeping one eye (and both feet) on the dancefloor, with Benj B selecting cuts that never failed to rock the party. Expect a mixture of skewed, bass-heavy beats (Dorian Concept, James Blake, 00Genesis), heady instrumental hip-hop (Waajeed, Damn Funk remixing Baron Zen), Afro-funk (K Fimpong), peak-time UK bass mutations (Pearson Sound, Martyn, Mala), high-grade deep house (Gilb'r remixing Rick Wilhite, Theo Parrish) and a smattering of genuine scene anthems (Detroit Experiment, Maurice Fulton's remix of Alice Smith, DJ SPen presents DJ Technic).
DEV 009D
16 Apr 21
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Smile - (12:28) 118 BPM
   
Lost Keys - (11:39) 114 BPM
   
Dreamer's Blues (feat Jerry The Cat) - (10:41) 116 BPM
   
Lost Angel - (9:32) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Theo Parrish continues to raid his vast back catalogue. This EP features sought-after cuts from two vinyl only EPs (released in 1997 and 2001 respectively) that have previously been unavailable digitally. Opener 'Smile' is arguably one of the Detroiter's most magnificent musical moments of all time: an epic slab of drowsy Motor City deep house built around idiosyncratic drum programming, ultra-deep chords, toasty bass and an effects-laden vocal snippet. 'Lost Keys' is a breezier and looser affair marked out by Latin style piano motifs, jazzy house beats and tactile bass, while 'Dreamer's Blues' is a languid, percussion-and-electric piano rich number that tends towards the hazy and jazzy. Finally, 'Lost Angel' is an ultra-deep affair whose spacey chords seem to stretch out to the farthest reaches of the galaxy.
SML 1
12 Mar 21
Deep House
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Theo Parrish & Maurissa Rose - "This Is For You" (Special version) - (12:21) 120 BPM
   
The Unit - "Ain't No Need" (edit - Theo Parrish, Myele Manzanza, Akwasi Mensah, Amp Fiddler, Duminie Deporres & Ideeyah) - (10:24) 108 BPM
   
Theo Parrish - "What You Wanna C" (Hambone) - (7:04) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: A trio of recent Theo Parrish productions get the remix treatment, though why these versions are any more or less "special" than others isn't made entirely clear! The laidback and heartfelt 'This Is For Your' (a Maurisse Rose collab first out as a single in 2019) will suit soulful floors, while 'Ain't No Need' by The Unit (something of a 'supergroup' consisting Parrish, Amp Fiddler and friends) leans more towards jazz and broken beat. The standout to these ears, though, is 'What You Wanna C', a deep, jazzy shuffle par excellence and one for the proverbial "heads" for sure!
SV 001
21 Dec 20
Deep House
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Hambone Cappuccino - (5:34) 110 BPM
   
Radar Detector - (6:17) 122 BPM
   
This Is For You (feat Maurissa Rose) - (10:26) 120 BPM
   
Wuddaji - (5:39) 111 BPM
   
Hennyweed Buckdance - (7:10) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Angry Purple Birds - (10:28) 119 BPM
   
All Your Boys Are Biters - (7:27) 115 BPM
   
Knew Better Do Better - (10:20) 113 BPM
Review: In his usual matter-or-fact, hype-free way, Theo Parrish announced the release of Wuddaji, his first album for six years, barely two weeks before it hit stores. It's unusual to see such a significant release - Parrish is one of electronic music's true originals - teased in such a way, but then the Detroit legend has never played by music industry rules. The album itself is predictably inspired, with Parrish sashaying between jazzy, hip-hop-influenced beatdown (woozy opener 'Hambone Cappuccino'), wild bruk-up business ('Radar Detector', the free-jazz-funk of 'Wuddaji'), epic slabs of deep, soulful house ('This is For You'), sleazy late night beat science ('Angry Purple Birds', 'All Your Boys are Biters'), and impossible-to-describe voyages into 21st century electronic jazz spiritualism ('Knew Better Do Better').
SS 079/80/ 81
02 Oct 20
Deep House
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This Is For You (feat Maurissa Rose) - (10:26) 120 BPM
   
This Is For You (instrumental) - (11:40) 120 BPM
Review: Back from Fancy Footwork the almighty Theo Parrish is still blazing a trail into instrumental house and live jazz workouts or be they listening sessions. Flipped up alongside the recent What You Gonna Ask For EP, This Is For Your projects the beauty of live elements at play within house music. Whether they be machines or human beings, everything is alive in these two tracks; snappy snare shine through on the instrumental version alongside free keys that shimmy on top analogue kicks done in Detroit. Maurissa Rose gives voice to a fuller mix on the original for something warmer over a charming instrumental workout.
SS 0078
15 Nov 19
Deep House
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What You Gonna Ask For (Theo's mix) - (9:42) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
What You Gonna Ask For (Dego) - (10:07) 120 BPM
Review: Sound Signature's latest release is an all-star crew affair, with an impressive cast list of vocalists, musicians and producers joining main man Theo Parrish in the studio to lat down the impeccable "What You Gonna Ask For". Parrish takes control on the first of two mixes. It's a jazzy affair where layered twinkling electric piano motifs, spacey chords, jazz-funk riffs and sumptuous deep house grooves combine on a fearlessly loose and organic dancefloor workout. Next up friend of the family and occasional Sound Signature artist Dego offers his interpretation, adding even more warmth and some tasty additional hand percussion parts whilst wisely utilizing most of the original version's intricate musical elements.
SS 077
16 Aug 19
Deep House
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Theo Parrish - "Leave The Funk To Us" (feat Amp Fiddler & Ideeyah) - (9:51) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Theo Parrish with Paul Randolph & Kathy Kosins - "Be Like Me" (SS Translation) - (6:33) 93 BPM
Review: Theo Parrish's "Gentrified Love" series hits its fourth instalment with two stunning extensions/takes. First up is a powerful expansion of "Leave The Funk To Us". First spotted on the second edition of the series, it's now full length with the golden touch of Amp Fiddler. "Be Like Me", meanwhile, takes Paul Randolph & Kathy Kosins' Brownswood Bubbler to a whole new cosmos with lavish twists and cleverly subverted layers. Yet another precision trip from Parrish.
SS 070
04 May 18
Deep House
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Preacher's Comin - (8:52) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gullah Geechee (feat Craig Huckaby, Carolyn Ferrari, Jovia Armstrong & Keith Beber) - (8:36) 120 BPM
   
Craig Huckaby - "Gullah Geechee" (feat Carolyn Ferrari, Jovia Armstrong & Keith Beber) - (2:44) 120 BPM
Review: It's a well-known fact that Theo Parrish can do no wrong, production-wise at least. Predictably, his first EP of 2018 is something of a delight, with "Preacher's Coming" delivering a typically eccentric, jazzy and soul-fired trip into sparse, gospel-fired deep house territory. This being Theo, though, it's unlike any gospel house cut you'll have ever heard before, with various gospel samples (handclaps, piano stabs, short vocal snippets) riding a darting synth bassline and sparse-but-heavy beats. Arguably even better is "Gullah Guchee", a formidadly bass-heavy, intoxicating house interpretation of a Craig Huckaby-helmed crew spoken word number that also features a hand-clapped rhythm and African style chanting. Happily, Parrish has also included Huckaby's sublime original version, too.
SS 071
01 Feb 18
Deep House
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Theo Parrish - "Preacher's Comin" - (8:52) 118 BPM
   
Theo Parrish - "Gullah Geechee" (feat Craig Huckaby) - (8:36) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Craig Huckaby - "Gullah Geechee" (feat Carolyn Ferrari) - (2:44) 120 BPM
Review: It's a well-known fact that Theo Parrish can do no wrong, production-wise at least. Predictably, his first EP of 2018 is something of a delight, with "Preacher's Coming" delivering a typically eccentric, jazzy and soul-fired trip into sparse, gospel-fired deep house territory. This being Theo, though, it's unlike any gospel house cut you'll have ever heard before, with various gospel samples (handclaps, piano stabs, short vocal snippets) riding a darting synth bassline and sparse-but-heavy beats. Arguably even better is "Gullah Guchee", a formidadly bass-heavy, intoxicating house interpretation of a Craig Huckaby-helmed crew spoken word number that also features a hand-clapped rhythm and African style chanting. Happily, Parrish has also included Huckaby's sublime original version, too.
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01 Feb 18
Deep House
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Grand Son Of Detroit Techno - (11:44) 120 BPM
AOS 008
11 Aug 17
Deep House
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Trust (SS Translation) - (9:49) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
My Soul - (11:09) 123 BPM
Review: Motor City veteran and longtime friend Amp Fiddler is the latest artist to join forces with Theo Parrish for the latter's ongoing Gentrified Love series of collaborative EPs. Virtual A-side "Trust (SS Translation)", which also features soul vocalist Ideeyah, offers a perfect fusion of the two producers' work; think dusty, organic modern soul underpinned by typically loose and wayward deep house beats. Arguably even better is near 12-minute virtual flipside "My Soul", a drowsy, woozy and stretched out trip through jaunty, broken house rhythms, Fiddler's impeccable keys work, and the kind of starry synthesizer motifs that were once the hallmark of Detroit techno.
SS 066
19 May 17
Deep House
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So Now What - (9:27) 100 BPM
   
Anansies Dance - (8:22) 119 BPM
   
Serengeti Echoes - (11:54) 112 BPM
   
Reaction To Plastic - (6:02) 114 BPM
   
Space Ghosts - (5:15) 110 BPM
   
Summertime Is Here - (12:25) 95 BPM
   
Brain - (4:43) 83 BPM
   
Violet Green - (11:02) 116 BPM
   
Nefarious Stranger - (5:12) 115 BPM
Review: Given that it was originally released on vinyl and CD way back in 2000, it's something of a surprise to find that this is the first digital download release of Theo Parrish's acclaimed sophomore set. It remains a benchmark in the Detroit legend's fine career and arguably the set in which he fully realized his unique musical vision (think cut-up and manipulated samples, major jazz influences, and hypnotic, stretched-out cuts that quietly build throughout). Highlights are plentiful, from the deep Afro-house of "Serengeti Echoes" and leisurely, slipped jazz warmth of "Summertime Is Here", to the almost Balearic brilliance of the suitably epic and saucer-eyed "Violet Green".
SSPD 1
21 Apr 17
Deep House
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Alton Miller - "Bring Me Down" - (9:27) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Theo Parrish - "Bring Me Down SS Translation" - (9:30) 123 BPM
Review: Given the talent involved - Motor City deep house legend Alton Miller, with the similarly storied Theo Parrish on remix duties - this has "buy on sight" written all over it. Musically, it's as good as you'd expect. Miller's original version of "Bring Me Down", featuring the sauntering, soulful vocals of Maurissa Rose, is amongst the best things he's done of late; a sinewy, sensual deep house epic blessed with starry electronics, rolling beats, sweeping synths and rich bass. Parrish's similarly stretched-out translation is similarly sublime, fixing elements of Miller's fine original version to swinging, jazz-flecked beats, jammed-out Rhodes lines and typically dusty textures. Basically, it's as good as you'd expect, and then some. Don't sleep.
SS 065
27 Jan 17
Deep House
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Warrior Code (feat Waajeed & Duminie Deporres) - (6:38) 120 BPM
   
Leave The Funk To Us - (9:41) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Sam Redmore
Review: In his usual no-nonsense fashion, Theo Parrish has not said much about the surprise release of Gentrified Love Part 2, despite it being his first fresh material since 2014. The EP features contributions from two of the Detroit's legends oldest friends: Rotating Assembly member Duminie DePorres, and original Slum Village member Waajeed. A-side "Warrior Code" is a quietly foreboding proposition, with spiraling electronics, jammed keys and cosmic chords riding a chunky, West London style broken beat groove. Brighter and breezier "Leave The Funk To Us", a jaunty and jazz-wise 4/4 excursion blessed with some superb, Herbie Hancock style jazz-funk keys.
SS 064
30 Dec 16
Deep House
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A Ghetto Proposal (feat Kitten Kuroi & John Douglas - vocal version) - (7:41) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
A Ghetto Proposal (feat Amp Fiddler & Alena Waters - instrumental) - (10:20) 122 BPM
Review: Theo Parrish's Gentrified Love series seems to be a collaborative affair. Part two, available separately, contained hook-ups with fellow Detroiters Wajeed and Duminie Deporres. "Ghetto Proposal", which is available in Vocal and Instrumental versions, features sublime contributions from another Motor City legend, veteran modern soul man Amp Fiddler. It's something of a deliciously trippy affair, underpinned by a freaky, delay-heavy groove, fireside-warm Rhodes keys, meandering trumpet lines and - on the vocal version, at least, drowsy female vocals. Both artists jazz influence is clear, particularly in the crunchy percussion hits that begin to dominate as the track progresses. Interestingly, the instrumental moves a little further towards jazzy broken beat territory.
SS 063
30 Dec 16
Deep House
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Gilb'r|Jorge - "Du Lundi" (Willie Burns remix) - (6:40) 120 BPM
   
DJ Yoav B - "Temptation" - (8:59) 118 BPM
   
Steven Tang - "Uprise In The Orient" (Chicago Skyway remix) - (6:41) 124 BPM
   
Kern Space Adventures - "Quiet Orbit Around Gladia" - (10:22) 120 BPM
   
Anthony Shake Shakir - "Arise" (Trus'me remix) - (5:26) 128 BPM
   
Mr K Alexi Shelby - "The Dream" - (13:03) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Joey Anderson - "Come Behind The Tree" - (5:51) 124 BPM
   
DJ Qu - "Undescribed2" - (5:30) 127 BPM
   
Voiski - "Every Cloud Collision" - (5:15) 85 BPM
   
Theo Parrish - "Falling Up" (Chateau Flight remix) - (6:35) 122 BPM
   
Stasis - "Artifax" - (7:57) 127 BPM
Played by: Sebastien Fauvel
91291
18 Dec 15
Deep House
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Dance Of The Medusa - (3:30) 110 BPM
   
Bubbles - (7:13) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ambalamps - (8:09) 118 BPM
SS 049
17 Apr 15
Deep House
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Any Other Styles - (8:37) 117 BPM
   
Any Other Styles (short version) - (5:11) 116 BPM
   
Beat These - (5:14) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The outlandish and unpredictable "Any Other Styles" from Theo Parrish is finally granted a digital release! Central to the DNA of "Any Other Styles" is a cornucopia of FX dredged up from arcade beat-em up moves and crudely nudged to fit an abstractive, thick set beat pattern that bucks angrily with a frenetic nature that's beyond unpredictable. It's the strangest Theo record we've heard in some time, but when any number of people are treading shallow waters in the name of contemporary deep house, don't we need some people to not even consider "the box" when it comes to approaching music? If sonic boom techno ain't your thing, then the DJ tool "Beat This" might take your fancy, an endlessly restless shimmy through skeletal pitter patter beatdown, with the sort of dextrous drum arrangements that Parrish does so well.
SS 045
17 Apr 15
Techno
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Any Other Styles - (8:37) 59 BPM
   
Any Other Styles (Short version) - (5:11) 59 BPM
   
Beat These - (5:14) 60 BPM
Review: The outlandish and unpredictable "Any Other Styles" from Theo Parrish is finally granted a digital release! Central to the DNA of "Any Other Styles" is a cornucopia of FX dredged up from arcade beat-em up moves and crudely nudged to fit an abstractive, thick set beat pattern that bucks angrily with a frenetic nature that's beyond unpredictable. It's the strangest Theo record we've heard in some time, but when any number of people are treading shallow waters in the name of contemporary deep house, don't we need some people to not even consider "the box" when it comes to approaching music? If sonic boom techno ain't your thing, then the DJ tool "Beat This" might take your fancy, an endlessly restless shimmy through skeletal pitter patter beatdown, with the sort of dextrous drum arrangements that Parrish does so well.
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17 Apr 15
Experimental/Electronic
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Night Of The Sagitarius - (10:20) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Selector's Theme - (11:06) 113 BPM
   
African Roots - (13:08) 108 BPM
Played by: Joss Moog
Review: The second Sound Signature repress of the week offers a chance to re-assess the moment that the wider world was introduced to the talents of one of Detroit's most loved selectors. Released back in 1999, the Essential Selections Vol. 1 EP saw Theo collaborate with a certain Marcellus Pittman across three cuts that still sound as vibrant today. "Night Of The Sagitarius" has the loose drum arrangements and gritty low end that will appeal to contemporary ears, but it's also augmented by an almost chilling sense of melody. "Selector's Theme" is the pair in introspective mood whilst "African Roots" belongs in the canon of all time Theo greats.
SS 007
06 Mar 15
Deep House
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Summertime Is Here - (12:26) 96 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Kisk
SS 008
06 Mar 15
Deep House
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Summertime Is Here - (12:26) 95 BPM
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06 Mar 15
Balearic/Downtempo
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Theo Parrish - "Stop Bajon" (TP Translation) - (16:00) 105 BPM
   
Isoul8 + Mark De Clive Lowe - "Stop Bajon" (Isoul8 & Mark De Clive Lowe) - (8:01) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
DPU 1289
15 Jan 15
Deep House
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That Day - (9:30) 111 BPM
   
How I Feel - (12:41) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
DOCUMENT 007
15 Jan 15
Deep House
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Drive - (10:50) 128 BPM
   
Life Spice - (7:35) 110 BPM
   
Welcome Back - (3:01) 99 BPM
   
Tympanic Warfare - (9:36) 120 BPM
   
Fallen Funk - (9:58) 78 BPM
   
Ah (feat Marcellus Pittman, Ideeyah & Duminie Deporres) - (10:28) 118 BPM
   
Make No War - (7:32) 110 BPM
   
Cypher Delight - (7:14) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
...There Here - (8:33) 120 BPM
   
Thug Irony - (5:37) 111 BPM
   
Creepcake - (3:56) 73 BPM
   
I Enjoy Watching You (feat Ruby & Sass) - (4:14) 119 BPM
   
Helmutlampshade - (8:43) 85 BPM
   
Be In Yo Self (feat Ideeyah & Duminie Deporres) - (13:07) 110 BPM
   
Footwork - (11:49) 126 BPM
Review: Given that this is the first album from the great Theo Parrish since 2007, it's unsurprising interest in American Intelligence has rocketed over the course of the year as Sound Signature left a trail of hints. Happily, American Intelligence is a fine album; deep and woozy in parts, undeniably soulful, shot through with jazz influences and full to bursting with killer cuts. By now, everyone should know the brilliant "Footwork" single (arguably one of the records of 2014); soon, clubs will swing to the off-kilter dancefloor jazz of "Make No War", the 21st century broken house of the epic "Fallen Funk" and the decidedly odd - but brilliant - "Helmut Lampshade".
SS 055/56/ 57
12 Jan 15
Deep House
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Dan Ryan (feat Jerry The Cat) - (11:42) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Walking Thru The Sky - (10:46) 120 BPM
SS 005
26 Dec 14
Deep House
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Ebonics (extended mix) - (16:18) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dusty Cabinets - (12:10) 117 BPM
   
Dusty Cabinets (alternate mix) - (11:56) 117 BPM
SS 004
26 Dec 14
Deep House
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Took Me All The Way Back - (8:58) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
TOOK 1
26 Dec 14
Deep House
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Dan Ryan (feat Jerry The Cat) - (11:42) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Walking Thru The Sky - (10:46) 120 BPM
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26 Dec 14
Deep House
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Took Me All The Way Back - (8:58) 128 BPM
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26 Dec 14
Deep House
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Children Of The Drum (feat Yamini Nayar & Jerry The Cat) - (12:28) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
These Roots (feat Jerry The Cat) - (10:29) 116 BPM
COD 1
14 Nov 14
Deep House
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Early Byrd - (11:26) 119 BPM
   
Walking Thru The Sky - (9:46) 122 BPM
   
Lake Shore Drive - (5:14) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
ELV 001
14 Nov 14
Deep House
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Early Byrd - (11:26) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Walking Thru The Sky - (9:46) 122 BPM
   
Lake Shore Drive - (5:14) 123 BPM
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14 Nov 14
Deep House
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Footwork - (11:49) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tympanic Warfare - (9:41) 120 BPM
Review: Theo Parrish lays down a marker for a long overdue fifth album, apparently due out later this year, with the sublime Footwork single. Named in reference to the dance as opposed to the breakneck offshoot of ghetto house, "Footwork" is a sublime slab of Theo with many of his trademark production touches. Think lightly brushed percussion, a meandering bassline that juts out with an odd funk, and subtle yet sumptuous musical touches, all topped off by a gruff "let me see your footwork baby" croon. Those Theo fans out there that like the man to get a bit rugged will be all over "Tympanic Warfare" too, where off the grid polyrhythms cannon around the channels, augmented by an ugly bassline and dexterous keys.
SS 053
27 Jun 14
Deep House
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Carpet People Don't Drink Steak Soda - (8:52) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Shadow Dancing - (9:38) 116 BPM
Review: When Musical Metaphors first dropped on wax way back in 1997 as the first official Sound Signature release, Theo Parrish was still a relative unknown. It was on this 12" - and the subsequent Moonlight Music & You EP - that the Detroit resident first set out his stall as a deep house producer with a unique voice (and a passion for stretching out grooves over ten sensual minutes). Looking back, it's classic Theo. The beatdown informed "Shadow Dancing" is ultra-deep, with fuzzy keys and whispered vocals riding a hynotic, locked-in groove. Parrish's famous jazz influences come to the fore on the looser - but no less hypnotic - "Carpet People Don't Drink Steak Soda", which gains much of its potency from a combination of shuffling deep jazz-house rhythms and toasty chords.
SS 001
23 May 14
Deep House
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Music - (12:34) 109 BPM
   
Moonlite - (13:56) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Music (short version) - (8:24) 109 BPM
Review: Given that this first dropped back in 1997 as the second vinyl release on Sound Signature, it's perhaps unsurprising that the long out-of-print 12" version goes for serious money online. It's particularly pleasing, then, that Parrish has finally relented and given it a digital release. Moonlight Music & You features two classic examples of the Detroiter's deep, woozy, soul-flecked take on deep house; the 13-minute groove exploration that is "Music" - all twinkling melodies, undulating beats in his distinctive style, darting electronics and dewy-eyed vocal samples - and "Moonlite", a tougher but no less spaced out excursion blessed with typically stoned chords and dense African drums.
SS 002
23 May 14
Deep House
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Carpet People Don't Drink Steak Soda - (8:52) 111 BPM
   
Shadow Dancing - (9:38) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: When Musical Metaphors first dropped on wax way back in 1997 as the first official Sound Signature release, Theo Parrish was still a relative unknown. It was on this 12" - and the subsequent Moonlight Music & You EP - that the Detroit resident first set out his stall as a deep house producer with a unique voice (and a passion for stretching out grooves over ten sensual minutes). Looking back, it's classic Theo. The beatdown informed "Shadow Dancing" is ultra-deep, with fuzzy keys and whispered vocals riding a hynotic, locked-in groove. Parrish's famous jazz influences come to the fore on the looser - but no less hypnotic - "Carpet People Don't Drink Steak Soda", which gains much of its potency from a combination of shuffling deep jazz-house rhythms and toasty chords.
139715 1529293
23 May 14
Deep House
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K7
   
Jan Jelinek - "HipBird" - (5:10)
   
Inkswel - "Australaborialis" - (4:50)
   
Theo Parrish - "Electric Alleycat" - (10:01) 102 BPM
   
Dollkraut - "Rollercoaster" - (7:21) 120 BPM
   
William Onyeabor - "Better Change Your Mind" - (8:23) 113 BPM
   
Max Graef - "Bummse" - (7:56) 124 BPM
   
Bommel - (4:49)
   
Kingdom - "Stalker Ha" - (3:49)
   
Parental Control - "Feel Like" - (5:49)
   
Le K - "Abraz" - (5:22) 125 BPM
   
Alfabet (Awanto 3 & Tom Trago) - "Lap The Music" - (7:05) 114 BPM
   
Fantastic Man - "Late At Night" - (5:34) 120 BPM
   
Out Of Tash - (5:39) 123 BPM
   
Galaxy 2 Galaxy - "Transition" (feat Atlantis) - (6:30) 130 BPM
   
Peverelist - "Sun Dance" - (6:13) 131 BPM
   
DJ Do Bass - "To Catchy" - (4:38) 131 BPM
   
French Fries - "White Screen" - (6:35) 127 BPM
   
Chico Mann - "Soul Freedom" - (6:20) 123 BPM
   
James Braun & Troels Abrahamsen - "Wooden Knuckles" - (8:15) 125 BPM
   
Glenn Astro - "How I Miss You" - (5:41) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Philogresz - "Edge" - (6:30) 123 BPM
   
Bok Bok & Tom Trago - "Vector" - (5:58)
   
Cosmin TRG - "Echolab Disaster" - (4:21) 125 BPM
   
MMM - "Re-tics" - (5:24)
   
Jam City - "How We Relate To The Body" - (5:20) 133 BPM
   
Hugo (DJ-Kicks) - (5:50)
   
Machinedrum - "Now U Know Tha Deal 4 Real" - (3:51)
   
Thundercat - "Tenfold" - (3:04)
   
Dean Blunt - "Galice" - (3:25) 101 BPM
   
Various - "DJ-Kicks Mix" (continuous DJ mix by Brandt Brauer Frick) - (1:15:14) 124 BPM
K 7311DTM
24 Feb 14
Deep House
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Various
   
K Hand - "Out Yo Mind" - (7:45) 119 BPM
   
Theo Parrish - "Falling Up" (remastered) - (12:35) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
WBEEZA - "Mo Bella" - (5:27) 124 BPM
   
El Prevost - "Allez Ally" - (5:35) 121 BPM
   
Dopeus - "The Getaway" (808 mix) - (6:36) 112 BPM
   
Thomas Brinkmann - "Blackhill" - (8:29) 128 BPM
   
Filippo Blasi Foglietti - "John Nixon Memorial" - (7:30) 123 BPM
   
MGUN - "Mask" - (6:59) 120 BPM
   
Ayota - "All Gone" - (5:22) 117 BPM
   
Patrik Skoog - "Saturnian Acid" - (7:00) 123 BPM
   
WBEEZA - "Wise Root" - (7:39) 120 BPM
   
K Hand - "Outta Area" - (7:34) 117 BPM
   
Carl Craig - "Falling Up" (remastered) - (8:14) 123 BPM
   
Ayota - "Butterfly" (club mix) - (5:38) 122 BPM
   
El Prevost - "Standing On My Ground" - (5:36) 120 BPM
   
Dopeus - "Warpin'" - (9:00) 120 BPM
   
Thomas Brinkmann - "TT" - (5:40) 106 BPM
   
K Hand - "Apollo" - (8:11) 123 BPM
   
Patrik Skoog - "Time Won't Come" - (6:07) 127 BPM
   
MGUN - "Extort" - (5:50) 127 BPM
3ELP-2013_ 12
22 Nov 13
Electro
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Theo Parrish/Various
   
Doug Carn - "Trance Dance" - (8:46) 89 BPM
   
Gene Russell - "My Favorite Things" - (4:52) 125 BPM
   
He Awakening - "March On" - (5:35) 140 BPM
   
The Awakening - "Convulsions" - (5:37) 82 BPM
   
The Awakening - "Jupiter" - (6:29) 152 BPM
   
Calvin Keys - "Criss Cross" - (5:58) 119 BPM
   
Rudolph Johnson - "The Highest Pleasure" - (7:46) 110 BPM
   
Walter Bishop Jr - "Those Who Chant" - (7:48) 120 BPM
   
The Awakening - "Mirage" - (8:18) 92 BPM
   
Calvin Keys - "B.E." - (7:31) 133 BPM
   
Rudolph Johnson - "Time & Space" - (7:25) 88 BPM
   
Walter Bishop Jr - "Blue Bossa" - (3:14) 83 BPM
SDGBJ 1303DI
17 Sep 13
Jazz
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Day Like This (feat Eska & Andrew Ashong) - (6:01) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Feel Loved (feat Andrew Ashong & Eska & David Okumu) - (7:57) 115 BPM
Review: Theo Parrish and Tony Allen together on a record? What a combo! Fusing the souls of Detroit and Laos, the unlikely but neatly fitting duo has created two absolutely beautiful soul workouts here. "Day Like This" is a staccato soul roller with emphatic swooping drums, sultry washed-out vocals and big warm organs. "Feel Loved" is a jazzier, more upbeat affair. Again the drums sit at the very forefront of the mix while the rest of the rich, warm instrumentation fits in around them in a soft, dreamy state. The debut release on Theo's new Wildheart label, expect more goodies like this very very soon.

WHR 001
10 Jun 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Space Station - (9:02) 122 BPM
   
Going Though Changes - (8:34) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: S22
Review: Juno digital exclusive on this slab of 2009 heat from Mr Theo Parrish! Space Station is a Sound Signature masterpiece and it's hard to describe something so seminal but the title track is a shuffling drum machine workout backed with Theo's individualistic bass line style - it's not really acid but it's got enough in it to be seen as techno. "Going Through Changes" takes thing down a notch, delivering a masterfully arranged Detroit house bomb complete with seductive vocals, gorgeous synth keys and the essential madness that is Parrish's percussion. Pretty damn essential...
SS 035
10 May 13
Deep House
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Falling Up (first version) - (12:37) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Illumination (reprise) - (5:56)
   
Doomless Stomp - (22:50)
   
Melloghettomental (instrumental) - (20:47)
SSDIGI 01
08 Mar 13
Balearic/Downtempo
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Falling Up (Carl Craig 2013 - Stefan Betke 2013 remaster) - (8:25) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Falling Up (Theo Parrish - Stefan Betke 2013 remaster) - (12:44) 116 BPM
Review: Third Ear continue their fine form by giving us a remastered reissue of two remixes which have inspired just about everyone in the game. Both versions of "Falling Up" are given an ante up by Stefan Betke and although there isn't really a way to make these tracks any better, the man does a fine engineering job indeed! Carl Craig's take on it is almost too much of a classic to be described into words - if you haven't heard it then shame on thou! Theo Parrish has similarly created a timeless infusion of atmospheric broken beats and deliciously placed sample snippets.
3EEP-2013_02
15 Feb 13
Techno
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Falling Up (Carl Craig 2013 Remaster) - (8:25) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Falling Up (Theo Parrish 2013 Remaster) - (12:44) 116 BPM
Review: Third Ear continue their fine form by giving us a remastered reissue of two remixes which have inspired just about everyone in the game. Both versions of "Falling Up" are given an ante up by Stefan Betke and although there isn't really a way to make these tracks any better, the man does a fine engineering job indeed! Carl Craig's take on it is almost too much of a classic to be described into words - if you haven't heard it then shame on thou! Theo Parrish has similarly created a timeless infusion of atmospheric broken beats and deliciously placed sample snippets.
135454 1760934
15 Feb 13
Techno
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Hope 4 Tomorrow (feat Niamh Mcartney & Jennifer Dale & Rio Hunuki-Hemopo) - (4:40) 112 BPM
   
Kites On Pluto - (10:00) 117 BPM
   
Traffic (feat IG Culture & Benjamin Lamar Gay) - (4:46) 133 BPM
   
Horizon - (8:59) 104 BPM
   
Thumpasaurus - (9:21) 115 BPM
   
Black Mist - (5:09) 118 BPM
   
Wookie Nookie - (2:47) 115 BPM
   
360@1:29on696 (feat Dumminie Deporres) - (12:29)
   
Untitled (feat Larry Mizell) - (4:10) 119 BPM
   
Flip the Funk Out (feat The Rotating Assembly) - (2:22) 115 BPM
   
Feel Free To Be Who You Need To Be - (9:53) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: AntonZap, Kisk
Review: Despite being a devout supporter of the vinyl format, it's good to see Theo Parrish helping out his more digitally minded fans and offering up an official release of 2010's Sketches triple-pack. Incorporating a welcome handful of additional tracks including the stomping piano riffs of "Black Mist" and the growling electro tinges of "Feel Free To Be Who You Need To Be", there's surely nowhere else you would want to look for your fix of masterful Detroit house loaded with raw soul and fearless invention. From the grainy synth bugging of "Thumpasaurus" to the serene "Hope 4 Tomorrow", there's something for everyone to get lost in here.
SSCD 05
11 Jan 13
Deep House
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Flowers - (8:52) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Take It Slow - (7:07) 108 BPM
   
The Way She Moves (extended version) - (8:00)
Review: At first glance, the pairing of Forest Hill resident Andrew Ashong and Sound Signature boss Theo Parrish would seem strange. But the duo have worked together previously with the Ghanaian born vocalist (and supposed owner of a vinyl collection that would make most record shops look like a car boot sale) lending his soulful tones to Parrish's excellent nine minute plus translation of the Hot Chip and Spiritualised affiliated About Group. Whereas that collaboration was more about Ashong's voice being just one element of a production that was undoubtedly Parrish, the three tracks present on the Flowers EP look to showcase what a talent the Londoner is. Those trademark dust filled stacatto rhythms are present in the opening title track, but they never swamp Ashong's killer vocal delivery, while "Take It Slow" is bonafide D funk of the highest order. After the brutal, divisive nature of Theo's kung fu experimentalism on the Any Other Styles EP, these three tracks show him in a wholly new light and hopefully Parrish and Ashong will be making much more music together.
SS 048
17 Sep 12
Deep House
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Get Got - (4:50) 114 BPM
   
I Can Take It (feat Dwele) - (16:42) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Suns Of Osiris (feat John Douglas & Trent Mitchell) - (7:05) 116 BPM
   
Didn't Pay Dues (Unreleased) - (2:31) 108 BPM
   
Rain For Jimmy - (9:11) 111 BPM
   
Capritarious - (6:53) 113 BPM
   
Dirt Rhodes - (7:09) 114 BPM
   
Instant Insanity - (12:11)
   
Timeislafinacharunninout - (10:32) 112 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".
SSCD 06
31 Aug 12
Deep House
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The Rotating Assembly - "Get Got" - (4:50) 114 BPM
   
Theo Parrish - "I Can Take It" (feat Dwele) - (16:42) 116 BPM
   
Theo Parrish - "Suns Of Osiris" (feat John Douglas) - (7:05) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Theo Parrish - "Didn't Pay Dues" (Unreleased) - (2:31) 107 BPM
   
Theo Parrish - "Rain For Jimmy" - (9:11) 111 BPM
   
Theo Parrish - "Capritarious" - (6:53) 113 BPM
   
Theo Parrish - "Dirt Rhodes" - (7:09) 114 BPM
   
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".
134031 4410475
31 Aug 12
Deep House
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Theo Parrish - "Black Music" (feat Craig Huckaby) - (7:40) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Pirahnahead - "Child Of The Sun" (feat Craig Huckaby) - (7:48) 121 BPM
   
Squirrel (Poem Only) - (0:59) 151 BPM
Review: Theo Parrish and Pirahnahead on the same EP? You bet. Here, the two esteemed Detroit house veterans take it in turns to produce music for Rotating Assembly member and part time beat poet Craig Huckaby (yep, he's Mike's brother). Musically, it's as loose, organic and spiritual as you'd expect, with Huckaby providing spoken word passages that flit between thoughtful introspection and poetic nonsense (check bonus "The Squirrel" for proof). The Parrish produced "Black Music" - a Moodymann-ish fusion of lazy deep house, liquid bass and spiritiual jazz - is probably the pick, though the curiously live sounding "Child Of The Sun" (produced brilliantly by Pirahnahead) isn't far behind.
134080 5432544
24 Aug 12
Deep House
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