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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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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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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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Carl Craig/Various
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Directions - "Busted Trees" (Carl Craig C's Spacetrumental) - (8:45) 123 BPM
   
Junior Boys - "Like A Child" (Carl Craig remix) - (10:26) 127 BPM
   
Rhythm & Sound - "Poor People Must Work" (Carl Craig remix) - (6:34) 120 BPM
   
Paperclip People - "Throw" (original mix) - (14:29) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Beanfield - "Tides" (feat Bajka - Carl Craig C's Movement #1) - (9:54) 125 BPM
   
Paperclip People - "Clear & Present" - (14:49) 129 BPM
   
Theo Parrish - "Falling Up" (Carl Craig remix) - (8:16) 123 BPM
   
Paperclip People - "Oscillator" - (7:25) 120 BPM
   
Psyche - "From Beyond" - (5:49) 134 BPM
   
Francesco Tristano - "The Melody" - (8:47) 123 BPM
   
Various - "Sessions Bundle Mix 1" - (1:03:22) 124 BPM
   
Carl Craig - "Angel" - (7:18) 120 BPM
   
69 - "Rushed" - (8:41) 129 BPM
   
Faze Action - "In The Trees" (Carl Crag C2 remix #4) - (8:42) 120 BPM
   
X-Press 2 - "Kill 100" (Carl Craig remix) - (9:08) 125 BPM
   
Tres Demented - "Brainfreeze" - (9:31) 124 BPM
   
Tres Demented - "Demented (Or Just Crazy)" (original version) - (8:20) 128 BPM
   
69 - "Psychobeat" - (3:06) 118 BPM
   
Carl Craig - "Futurelovetheme" - (10:24) 120 BPM
   
Carl Craig - "Sandstorms" - (9:50) 120 BPM
   
Carl Craig - "At Les" (live) - (8:17) 130 BPM
   
Innerzone Orchestra - "Bug In The Bass Bin" - (11:00) 116 BPM
   
Various - "Sessions Bundle Mix 2" - (1:11:24) 125 BPM
K7 224CDX
26 Feb 08
Minimal/Tech 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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The One - (4:45) 137 BPM
   
Mobilize - (3:54) 145 BPM
   
No Demons No Magic - (10:50) 114 BPM
   
Dark Matters - (6:56) 133 BPM
   
Free The Land - (18:15) 93 BPM
   
Bi Location (part 1) - (7:18) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Accererant - (3:48) 142 BPM
   
Bi Location (part 2) - (2:47) 115 BPM
   
Bush Baby - (5:11) 92 BPM
   
Et Tu Brute (Amaru) - (1:31) 148 BPM
   
D.C Bounce - (5:00) 104 BPM
SUBCD-3027-2
01 May 08
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Grand Son Of Detroit Techno - (11:44) 120 BPM
AOS 008
11 Aug 17
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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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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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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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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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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Shadow Dancing - (5:56) 116 BPM
   
Moonlight - (8:04) 122 BPM
   
Ebonics - (12:39) 111 BPM
   
Dan Ryan (feat Jerrald James) - (8:16) 117 BPM
   
Dance Of The Drunken Drums - (6:46) 115 BPM
   
Lake Shore Drive - (5:11) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Took Me All The Way Back - (9:03) 127 BPM
   
Lost Keys - (6:29) 114 BPM
   
Music (part 1) - (6:01) 109 BPM
   
Dusty Cabinets - (6:12) 116 BPM
SSCD 1
02 Dec 11
Deep House
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First Floor Metaphor - (9:36) 107 BPM
   
Sweet Sticky - (7:15) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Paradise Architects - (6:02) 121 BPM
   
Love Is War For Miles - (9:01) 111 BPM
   
Electric Alleycat - (10:01) 102 BPM
   
JB's Edit - (5:33) 115 BPM
   
Dark Patterns - (11:07) 111 BPM
   
Heal Yourself & Move - (10:17) 119 BPM
   
Sky Walking - (8:56) 122 BPM
PF 076DA
01 Jan 98
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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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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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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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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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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Theo Parrish - "That Day" - (9:30) 111 BPM
   
Theo Parrish - "How I Feel" - (12:41) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
DOCUMENT 007
03 Jul 00
Deep House
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Falling Up (Carl Craig remix) - (8:16) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
3EEP-038
16 Mar 07
Minimal/Tech House
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STFU - (10:36) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
STFU (short version) - (6:43) 116 BPM
   
STFU (alt version) - (12:35) 116 BPM
Review: A big welcome to Theo Parrish's Sound Signature imprint into the digital domain! We've come accustomed to Mr Parrish's records sounding like they've been beamed down from some distant star, but even by the Detroit maverick's lofty standards "STFU" is something else. Loose, hypnotic, scrambled and eerily distant, it sounds like twisted deep house jazz composed in another galaxy or even dimension. There are three varied versions, too. The original slowly builds thanks to layers and layers of delay-laden drums and freakish electronic motifs. The Short Version offers a neat, floor-friendly summary, while the Alt Version is even more of a fractious, next-level wig-out than the trippy original.
SS 044
02 Dec 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Theo Parrish - "Theo Parrish meets Mancingelani" - (12:53)
   
Burnt Friedman - "Burnt Friedman meets Zinja Hlungwani" - (5:44) Biggest-selling track on this release
HJP 60
28 Oct 11
Experimental/Electronic
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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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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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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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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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David Alvarado - "Niebla" (feat The Sun Children) - (6:45) 126 BPM
   
Chris Brann - "Deep Fall" - (8:36) 126 BPM
   
Chris Brann - "Eyes" - (4:56) 125 BPM
   
Glenn Underground - "May Datroit" - (5:34) 128 BPM
   
Ggemini - "Fizz" - (7:30) 125 BPM
   
Paul Johnsonn - "summer Heat" - (5:28) 129 BPM
   
Gemini - "Z Funk" - (6:47) 126 BPM
   
Paul Johnsonn - "Hour Glass Figure" - (6:08) 127 BPM
   
David Alvarado - "Beautification" - (7:12) 122 BPM
   
Dan Curtin - "End" - (1:43) 134 BPM
   
Theo Parrish - "Heal Yourself & Move" - (10:19) 119 BPM
   
DBX - "Losing Control" - (6:57) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
DBX - "Signalzero" - (5:29)
   
Infiniti - "Sunlight" - (7:15) 129 BPM
   
Planetary Assault System - "Take Back" - (8:09) 135 BPM
   
David Alvarado - "Sunstone" - (7:57) 129 BPM
   
Planetary Assault System - "I Am The Funkster" - (7:23) 132 BPM
   
Furry Phreaks - "Want Me (Like Water)" (Abacus remix) - (9:21) 126 BPM
   
DBX - "City On The Edge Of Forever" (remix) - (5:58)
   
Various - "Marco Passarani Presents Peacefrog" (continuous DJ mix by Marco Passarani) - (45:19) 124 BPM
PFG JUNO
26 Feb 09
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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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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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.
151336 7154498
01 Feb 18
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
141572 3929978
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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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
141208 9723884
14 Nov 14
Deep House
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Summertime Is Here - (12:26) 95 BPM
142203 1569716
06 Mar 15
Balearic/Downtempo
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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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Shadow Dancing - (5:56) 116 BPM
   
Moonlight - (8:04) 122 BPM
   
Ebonics - (12:39) 111 BPM
   
Dan Ryan (feat Jerrald James) - (8:16) 117 BPM
   
Dance Of The Drunken Drums - (6:46) 115 BPM
   
Lake Shore Drive - (5:11) 122 BPM
   
Took Me All The Way Back - (9:03) 127 BPM
   
Lost Keys - (6:29) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Music (Part 1) - (6:01) 109 BPM
   
Dusty Cabinets - (6:12) 117 BPM
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02 Dec 11
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".
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31 Aug 12
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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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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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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Leave The Funk To Us (feat Ideeyah & Amp Fiddler) - (9:51) 120 BPM
   
Be Like Me (Ss Translation) - (6:33) 93 BPM
152157 3559603
04 May 18
Funky/Club 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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