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.
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9/10 Ian G Customer review, 18th February 2015
No one's yet explained the extreme price tag to me, but this 2CD jumped out as one of the highlights of 2015 even before the year started. I've played it more than anything else.
It's a long listen, starting with an incredible bass rumble which sets us on course for the speaker-shaking to come. "Drive" is a great opener and in "Footwork", American Intelligence has a similarly infectious closer. Lots of interesting rhythmic work in between, with that delicate sharpness I've come to expect from Parrish. Some memorable dialogue pieces too.
One point knocked off for the skippable, ten-minute "Ah", which is diverting once but uninteresting in the long term. Otherwise it's a record I can see myself playing in ten years' time, when the price is a long forgotten memory.
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