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Theo Parrish, Lori, SilentJay, Simon Marvin, Perrin Moss, Paul Bender
What You Wanna Ask For

Legendary producer Theo Parrish is bringing us a new collaborative EP made with singer Lori, some of the neo-soul group Hiatus Kaiyote, and SilentJay. This sounds like a real feat of logistics and planning so it's amazing they managed to turn anything out at all, let alone the sumptuous slice of mid-tempo house that has been teased online. Out on Sound Signature. 

Theo Parrish
First Floor

First Floor was the debut album by Detroit DJ and producer, Theo Parrish. It was originally released in 1998. It seamlessly blends house, dub, jazz, soul and electronica to make a highly influential and timeless set of tracks that is still influencing dance music today. Contains the sensational track, Heal Yourself and Move.

Theo Parrish / Marcellus Pittman
Essential Selections Vol. 1

Repress of this tough house collaboration. Detroit selector and house don Theo Parrish goes head to head with Motor City pal Marcellus Pittman. Their distinctive brands of soulful, melodic house are combined into three thoughtful and understated grooves. This Sound Signature release contains the warmest synth stabs you’ve ever heard!
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Theo Parrish / Marcellus Pittman
Essential Selections Vol. 2

Essential Selections Vol. 2 was originally issued way back in 2002, a time when Detroit heads Theo Parrish & Marcellus Pittman (spelled ‘Marsellus’ on some early pressings) were just starting to make a name for themselves. Obviously now both of them are massive, and as such this Sound Signature reissue acts as both a victory lap and a time capsule. The pair’s syrupy, percussion-heavy deep house style remains a languid joy.

Theo Parrish
Solitary Flight

Legendary Detroit DJ and producer Theo Parrish sees one of his immortal classics, ‘Timeless Flight’, get a much-needed re-issue from its 2002 original. On the B-side of this Sound Signature re-press is another great track titled ‘Dellwood II’. Truly, a track to heal the mind and soul. 

Theo Parrish and Amp Fiddler
Gentrified Love Part 1

Super-producer Theo Parrish here enlists a Detroit legend from a slightly different sphere to collaborate on a track. Amp Fiddler did time in George Clinton’s Parliament / Funkadelic universe, and apparently introduced J Dilla to the MPC(!), so he’s guaranteed to bring soul and funk to Gentrified Love Part 1. 12” on the Sound Signature label.

Theo Parrish feat. Amp Fiddler and Ideeyah
Gentrified Love Part 3

Theo Parrish continues in his groovy mission to gentrify love with Gentrified Love Part 3, which is a collaboration with (former Parliament-Funkadelic member) Amp Fiddler and vocalist Ideeyah. The collaborators pull Parrish in a particularly soulful direction, and the two tracks here are bound to delight anyone lucky enough to be attending a sunny pool party where this stuff gets played. 12” on Sound Signature.
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  • Theo Parrish

Theo Parrish
Thanks To Plastic

Theo Parrish has long been a critic of gentrification within the clubsphere, so it will have irked him mightily when London club Plastic People closed its doors in 2015. During his residency at the Shoreditch dive, the Detroit don’s sets bridged gaps between jazz, house and techno that went on to have a strong influence on the likes of Floating Points. Now his Sound Signature imprint has released the audio from Parrish’s final set at the venue. Four hours of music spread across three CDs.

Theo Parrish
Gentrified Love Part 4

Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature may be turning twenty this year, but that doesn’t mean that the Detroit legend is resting on his laurels. Rather, the fourth instalment of his Gentrified Love series sees Parrish looking to improve on past glories. A-side ‘Leave The Funk To Us’, for instance, appeared in truncated form on Gentrified Love 2. This full version, featuring Amp Fiddler, John Douglas and Ideeyah, is a classic TP funky stepper. The B-side is an update of a track by Paul Randolph & Kathy Kosins which appeared on 2017’s Brownswood Bubblers compilation.

Theo Parrish
Preacher’s Comin / Gullah Geechee

New 12" from the pre-eminent Theo Parrish. The a-side, 'Preacher's Coming', is beautiful and elating piece of jazzy house music. On the other side is Gullah Geechee, both Parrish's edit of it, and the original to which he contributed. It explores the culture and language of the Gullah, who were able to retain more of their African heritage than other African Americans. 

Theo Parrish
Black Jazz Signature

Arguably one of the world’s most important underground dance music producer/DJs lends his hands to selecting and mixing a set of jazz and funk records licensed from and originally released on the Black Jazz label 1971-1976. Theo gives special attention to fellow Chicago musicians The Awakening (3 consecutive tracks, 4 total on the mix), one of the best funk/fusion groups that the Black Jazz label released, and whose only output was on that label. The set itself is a masterful “2 turntables all vinyl” execution, a format that Theo is dedicated to – no mp3, no CDr, just the vinyl palette for the true aural experience. LP is unmixed.

Theo Parrish
The Baby Steps EP

Typically high-quality vintage Theo Parrish material from 1996, now re-pressed for your pleasure by Sound Signature. Three tracks here, all of them listed as A-sides, and who could argue? Each of the featured cuts here swing deep with groovy melodic deep house loveliness. Go for it. 12” reissue.

Theo Parrish
Parallel Dimensions

Here’s some vintage Theo Parrish from the vaults of the master. Parallel Dimensions first saw release as a five-track double 12” in the year 2000, but was expanded to the nine tracks you see here in 2004. Parrish’s delicious deep house is brimming with dubby vibes and African percussion, and it still sounds superb and fresh in 2017. CD / double LP re-press with new artwork, on the Sound Signature label.

Theo Parrish & Specter
Music Gallery Detroit Four

Live recording taken from Theo Parrish’s annual Music Gallery party, whose sole aim is to provide a party without distraction, including knowing who the DJ is. Available on CD and Cassette It features some of the set played by Parrish and Chicago producer Specter. Massive party house vibes. Cassette runs longer than the CD.

Theo Parrish
First Floor - Part 1

Theo Parrish’s 1998 album First Floor has been a staple in house music since it’s release. Nothing has changed. Now being reissued by Peacefrog, it is still fresh as hell and shows us new kids what’s right. If you want to hear how sample based house should be made, look no further, yeah that’s right, I said it.

Theo Parrish
First Floor - Part 2

Second half of Theo Parrish’s highly influential album from 1998 First Floor. Reissued by Peacefrog, the album laid a benchmark for future house music and in all honesty still kicks the hell out of a load of contemporary attempts. Innovative, non-standardised soulful piano motifs and enviable drum programming makes this a gem.

Theo Parrish, Duminie DePorres, Wajeed
Gentrified Love Part 2

Detroit house legend Theo Parrish returns with a 12" on his Sound Signature label featuring previous collaborator Duminie DePorres plus Dirt Tech Reck boss Waajeed. “Warrior Code” dives straight into the deep end, touched with soaring atmospherics and shimmering synths. “Leave The Funk To Us” sits on the reverse as a more upbeat jaunt with the pitter-patter organ funk and a slurring backseat vocal refrain.

Theo Parrish
Sketches

Originally released in miniscule quantities in 2010, Sound Signature have repressed it for the general masses and bundled it with repress of Theo Parrish’s Something about Detroit white label 12”. If clunky and dusty experimental techno and house is your bag, Theo Parrish is your… bagman?... bag, man?

Theo Parrish
Summertime Is Here

Theo Parrish’s 1999 tune Summertime Is Here has been just crying out for a re-press: happily, Sound Signature have obliged. The tune is a perfect mixture of Parrish’s interests, being a genuine jazz tune fitted to the structure of a deep house beat. Beautiful and entrancing stuff from a master producer. 12” vinyl.

Theo Parrish
I Can Take It / Sawala Sayale

Always-excellent producer Theo Parrish presents his own take on Matthew Recloose Chicoine’s tune I Can Take It, featuring vocals from Dwele. Both this track and the B-side’s Sawala Sayale are slowly-growing, smoothly-grooving slices of quality business. Originally released in 2001, this 2015 12” re-pressing is out on Sound Signature.

Theo Parrish
Pieces of a Paradox

2016 repress for the Detroit don’s Pieces of a Paradox vinyl 12”. The singular Theo Parrish sound is in full effect here, and both tunes are slow and deep house cuts bathed in Motor City musical history. Parrish takes his time to slowly build up rhythmic elements to create something ecstatic. These tracks are hypnotic jams back by popular demand.

Theo Parrish
American Intelligence

Theo's done it again! The Detriotian's first LP since 2007, American Intelligence has been a long, long, long time coming. Fusing jazz, house, techno and other balearic bits and bobbins, Parrish oozes out his effortlessly soulful bottom movers. Features from fellow D' natives Marcellus Pittman, Ideeyah and Duminie Deporres. Out on triple LP and CD from his own esteemed Sound Signature label.

Theo Parrish
71st And Exchange Used To Be...

Super Ltd 12" on The Trilogy Tapes / Sound Signature/ Palace Skateboards. Tracks: 71st And Exchange Used To Be... Petey Wheetfeet Blueskies Surprise

Theo Parrish
Feel Free To Be Who You Need To Be

Detroit's finest house/techno vendor, Theo Parrish, has thrown off this 12" comprised of two excellent cuts, for Sound Signature. It offers more of the usual: gnarly basslines that make you giddy with happiness, brooding production that feels comforting and rugged low-end that signals home. Grab it while you can.

Theo Parrish
Goin' Downstairs Part 1 / Goin' Downstairs Part 2

And lo, Theo Parrish went downstairs. There's a lot of that on this 12", comprised of part one of Goin' Downstairs on the A-side and part two on the flip. Our techno hybrid scientist offers his typical eclectic mix of genres but looks on the dhb side of life in particular. Thank god for Parrish; we were all at risk of getting some sleep.

Theo Parrish
Natural Aspirations (Vinyl Versions Part 1)

Much needed and well deserved repress for Theo Parrish's Natural Aspirations twelve on Sound Signature. Originally released in 2003, this is classic Theo with "Friendly Children" making for a perfect party jam.