9/10 Ant Staff review, 24 April 2014
Theo Parrish has unearthed a pair of previously unreleased vintage Chicago, late 80’s acid house gems and given them a well deserved vinyl issue via his Sound Signature label.
I adore this golden era of house music. You can hear how stuff like this booming out of the sound system of The Music Box with Ron Hardy at the controls would have been an influence on Derrick May and the early Transmat Sound.
‘Siren’ is no nonsense pure lo-fi acid house bliss. A lot of producers currently still try to capture and emulate the sound but this is the real deal, no fuss pure machine funk magic. These guys weren't using cheap analogue recording techniques, like straight to cassette out of nostalgia like folks these days but out of necessity. As a result the sound is just so pure and warm. ‘Other Science’ has a quirky morphing 303 melody riding a backbone of basic, functional but damn funky drums.
I could listen to this stuff endlessly, for this is the real authentic sound of Chicago’s Southside when house was still in its embryonic state - electronic soul music from a small underground scene in Chicago before house would go on to dominate the planet. These tracks ooze a naive charm; they weren’t designed to rock super clubs and were originally “circulated on the southside on maxell and tonemaster tapes from walgreens - 2 dollars for a pack of eight" Heheh.
Highly recommended for any true house heads.
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