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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Can't Keep Running Away - (12:44) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
U Bring Me Up - (5:20) 103 BPM
   
Why Wait - (4:02) 120 BPM
   
Melloghettomental - (9:06) 108 BPM
SS 038
27 Jun 14
Deep House
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Aquarian Voyage - (6:27) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Run Sa (live Drums By Dmitri Walker) - (5:42) 123 BPM
SS 060
04 Mar 16
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Mechanism - (10:08) 118 BPM
   
Dedicated - (5:42) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Unknown - (5:36) 122 BPM
   
China II - (9:56) 122 BPM
   
Red Lightbulb - (6:43) 123 BPM
SS 036
27 Jun 14
Deep House
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Siren - (7:18) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Other Science - (6:48) 123 BPM
SS 043
17 Apr 15
Deep House
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No Love Lost - (7:33) 125 BPM
   
Brainz - (3:59) 123 BPM
   
Bubble Cougar - (5:50) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Have No Name - (5:13) 126 BPM
Review: The last time a newcomer graced Theo Parrish's Sound Signature, it resulted in widespread praise for the Flowers EP from London based producer, DJ and singer Andrew Ashong, somehow we get the feeling this latest release on the label will prove to be as memorable. The Scorpio Rising EP sees Parrish look much closer to home and grant the DC-born, Detroit-bred producer Jay Daniel his debut release and the four track EP more than lives up to his billing as one of Boiler Room's most exciting new discoveries at DEMF. Wild Oats obsessives will probably know Daniel from the Fundamentals residency shared with Kyle Hall and he's clearly spent some time honing his Detroit influenced craft, with cuts like "No Love Lost" expertly balanced between melody and rugged drum grit. "Brainz" is the kind of no-nonsense DJ tool you might have heard on a FXHE B Side circa 2008 whilst "I Have No Name" demonstrates Daniel is eminently capable of the sort of hope inducing Utopian house from the D that the much missed Aaron Carl was renowned for.
SS 051
29 Nov 13
Minimal/Tech House
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See & Blind, Hear & Deaf - (4:29) 115 BPM
   
Treasure Beach (feat Wayne Francis & Yelfris Valdes) - (4:38) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Too Much Ginger (feat Miles Brett) - (3:13) 118 BPM
   
Sista's Love - (2:09) 105 BPM
   
Nyabinghi Warriors - (1:41) 133 BPM
   
Decide What You Choose (feat Nadine Charles, Sarina Leah & Mr Mensah) - (6:46) 124 BPM
   
Maroon Strategies - (5:56) 130 BPM
   
The Sorrell Sweet - (3:11) 116 BPM
   
A So We Gwarn - (0:58) 103 BPM
   
18.1096 N 77.2975 W - (5:25) 115 BPM
   
Shy Makku - (3:57) 114 BPM
   
The Rockers Rebel Step - (6:32) 118 BPM
   
It's All For Us (feat Nadine Charles/Yelfris Valdes/Ray Carless/Mr Mensah & Miles Brett) - (4:48) 114 BPM
   
Don't Put Your Hat Where Your Hand Can't Reach (feat Wayne Francis) - (2:19) 127 BPM
Review: Here's something to set the pulse racing: a collaborative debut album (on Sound Signature, no less) from London broken beat veterans Dego and Kaidi Tatham. As with their previous joint releases on 2000 Black, Rush Hour, Eglo and, of course, Sound Signature, it's the duo's love of rich, jazz-fuelled musicality, sun-kissed melodies and loose, languid rhythms that shines through. There are naturally nods towards disco, boogie, jazz-funk, Afrobeat, hip-hop and classic "bruk", with a stellar cast list of guest musicians and vocalists swinging by to lend a hand. If Herbie Hancock decamped to Ladbroke Grove and made an album with Bugz in the Attic, it would probably sound like this. In our book, that's a very good thing indeed.
SS 06768
05 Oct 17
Deep House
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Adam Rock Dissed!! - (4:36) 120 BPM
   
Moths In Wallets (feat Mr Mensah) - (5:04) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Backchat For Toprock - (5:14) 122 BPM
SS 054
08 May 15
Deep House
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Moon Circuitry - (6:41) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Escape On The Lodge Freeway - (8:20) 130 BPM
Review: This year, Theo Parrish seems to be doing his best to breathe new life into the careers of broken beat-era producers and musicians. Having previously released an excellent EP from Dego and Kaidi Tatham on Sound Signature, his latest missive comes from one-time conscious hip-hop producer Ge ology and one-time go-to jazz keys-man Mark De Clive-Lowe. The latter's brilliant synthesizer and piano work is arguably the highlight of both tracks here. On the spacey, P-funk influenced space-house swing of "Moon Circuitry" he does his best impression of Herbie Hancock, while "Escape On The Lodge Freeway" boasts intricate jazz solos atop a slightly tougher, chunkier deep house groove. Both tracks are, of course, impeccable.
SS 058
28 Nov 15
Deep House
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Black Music - (7:40)
   
Child Of The Sun - (7:48) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Squirrel (Poem Only) - (0:59)
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.
SS 047
24 Aug 12
Deep House
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Julion De'Angelo - "Chase The Summer" - (6:59) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Thomas Xu - "Alottochewon" - (4:54) 113 BPM
   
Julion De'Angelo - "Pocketfull" - (5:52) 130 BPM
   
Thomas Xu - "Acceptance" - (6:40) 117 BPM
Review: As a rule of thumb, if Theo Parrish chooses to promote a producer, you can bet your bottom dollar that they're doing something right. That's certainly the case with Julion De'Angelo and Thomas Xu, who each contribute two fine tracks to this inspired Sound Signature EP. De'Angelo gets things going with the hazy, spaced-out goodness of "Chase The Summer" - all locked-in synth bass, rising and falling melody lines and skewed, jazz-tinged deep house percussion - before returning later with the gently distorted, two-step garage-goes-deep house wooziness of "Pocketfull". As for Xu, he somehow joins the dots between krautrock, wonky analogue house chug and distorted jazz on "Alottochewon", before mellowing things out on "Acceptance", a jazz-funk driven slice of fireside positivity that may be the EP's standout moment.
SS 069
11 Aug 17
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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TOM Project remix - (7:52) 120 BPM
   
Sneak Attack - (7:22) 120 BPM
   
Come See - (6:33) 118 BPM
   
TSOT (Jamie 326 edit) - (8:25) 119 BPM
   
If The Earth Could Talk - (6:46) 120 BPM
   
Loneliness Leave Me Alone - (6:03) 122 BPM
   
A Mix - (7:44) 118 BPM
   
Chicago Nights - (5:39) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Random Acts Of Insanity - (8:26) 126 BPM
   
Razz 09 - (7:29) 120 BPM
UNICD 01
19 Oct 12
Deep House
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Mess I Made - (6:50) 125 BPM
   
Naturally - (9:10) 121 BPM
   
Take Me - (7:09) 115 BPM
   
The Stomp - (9:14)
   
Kings Dance - (1:27) 116 BPM
   
Split Me Open - (6:09) 108 BPM
   
The Rust Organic - (7:20) 115 BPM
   
Ascension - (5:33) 112 BPM
   
Illumination - (7:38) 113 BPM
   
Orchestra Hall - (6:52) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Melt - (10:32) 113 BPM
Played by: Bantam Lions, Kisk
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".
SSCD 03
11 May 12
Deep House
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Pipe Bomb - (7:12) 117 BPM
Review: In some ways, this is a rather curious release by Sound Signature standards. Instead of the label's usual muddy deep house and jazz-flecked oddities, "Pipe Bomb" sounds like an intense fusion of booming techno, classic Yorkshire bleep 'n' bass, dirty acid and early Orbital. With, it should be noted, the sort of loose, jazz influenced percussion touches that mark out much Detroit dance music. The whole thing is creepy and otherworldly, but strangely also rather attractive in a smacked-out paranoia kind of way. It would have been interesting to hear some alternate versions or remixes, but you can't fault Specter's intoxicating orginal for offbeat thrills.
SS 042
31 Aug 12
Deep House
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The Gooch - (10:09) 116 BPM
   
Zodiak - (6:01) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Body Blow - (4:13) 120 BPM
Played by: Paul Mac
Review: It's been four years since Chicago producer Andres "Specter" Ordonez pitched up on Theo Parrish's Sound Signature label with the smoky, bleep-laden killer "Pipe Bomb". Here, he returns to the Detroit veteran's imprint, bringing with him three more slabs of fuzzy analogue oddness. "The Gooch" is the real killer, a 10-minute freakout that sounds like a jazz band making murky techno with just analogue machinery to play with - all wonky electronics, subtle acid and loose but relentless cymbals. The bolder "Zodiak" impresses with its 303-driven aggression, while "Body Blow" sounds like Hieroglyphic Being jamming with Buddy Miles. On Mars. That's gotta be good, right?
SS 052
09 May 14
Techno
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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 Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Leave The Funk To Us - (9:41) 120 BPM
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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