Marcellus Pittman / Theo Parrish – Essential Selections Vol. 2 [SSES2]

Sound Signature presents the return of the Essential Selections series. This second studio hook-up between Detroit veterans Theo Parrish and Marcellus Pittman first appeared way back in 2002, some three years after they made their collaborative debut on Sound Signature. Listening again all these years on, we can confirm that the three-tracker hasn’t aged a bit.

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Marcellus Pittman / Theo Parrish – Essential Selections Vol. 2 [SSES2]

Theo Parrish – Gentrified Love Part 3 [SS066]

The third release in Theo’s Gentrified Love series on Sound Signature. Side A, ‘Trust’, features Amp Fiddler and Ideeyah. Flip the disc over for another excellent collaboration between Theo and Amp on ‘My Soul’!

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Theo Parrish – Gentrified Love Part 3 [SS066]

Theo Parrish, Duminie Deporres & Waajeed – Gentrified Love Part 2 [SS064]

Theo Parrish has teamed up with Rotating Assembly member Duminie DePorres and Dirt Tech Reck head Waajeed. The EP, Gentrified Love Part 2, is the first new work Parrish has released since his 2014 album American Intelligence.

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Theo Parrish, Duminie Deporres & Waajeed – Gentrified Love Part 2 [SS064]

Leron Carson – Lemonlime / Sofnthik [SS059]

New 12″ from Leron Carson for Theo’s label. “Lemonline” is a deliciously breezy concoction, with Carson’s jazzy piano riffs working in perfect unison with bouncy, Latin-influenced drum rhythms. Flipside “Sofnthik”, on the other hand, sounds like a previously unheard 1980s Chicago deep house concoction, with warm, loved-up chords swirling around a clattering drum machine groove.

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Leron Carson – Lemonlime / Sofnthik [SS059]

Byron the Aquarius – Highlife EP [SS060]

Sound Signature’s latest missive comes from Byron The Aquarius, a former Onra collaborator best known for his dusty trips into MPC beat-making territory. Here, the Atlanta-based producer successfully turns his hand to dusty, soul-flecked deep house, peppering the bumpin’ groove of “Aquarian Voyage” with a toasty bassline and twinkling Rhodes motifs. It’s the kind of hazy, jazz-flecked deep house that Sound Signature has always done better than almost anyone else. Flipside “Run Sa”, featuring the fluid and intoxicating playing of drummer Dmitri Walker, is even better, with warm chords draping themselves over snappy snares, hissing cymbals and killer fills.

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Byron the Aquarius – Highlife EP [SS060]

GE-OLOGY feat. Mark De Clive-Lowe ‎– Moon Circuitry [SS058]

The latest Sound Signature release 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.

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GE-OLOGY feat. Mark De Clive-Lowe ‎– Moon Circuitry [SS058]

Theo Parrish – American Intelligence [SSCD007]

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. 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; 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”.

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Theo Parrish – American Intelligence [SSCD007]

D. Wilson & L. Carson – Tracks From Tapes [SS042]

Sound Signature completists will be rubbing their hands with a sense of relish at the label’s 42nd release as it sees more material drawn from the late 80s archives of Leron Carson. Back in 2001, Theo Parrish introduced Leron Carson’s work with “China Trax” which sounded like the uncovered cassette recordings of a deviant Robert Hood. Carson’s busted lo fi productions from the same era were later given a more extensive airing on the double plated Sound Signature issue Red Lightbulb Theory ’87-’88 and this third appearance on the label draws from some recordings made in collaboration with the unheralded D Wilson. All Sound Signature will offer by way of description is “This was Southside Chitown ’89. If you weren’t there you weren’t there…. lots of underground unreleased music circulated on the Southside on maxell and tonemaster tapes from Walgreens – 2 dollars for a pack of eight” For our money both “Siren” and “Other Science” can be compared to the twisted, grainy freeform acid Jamal Moss makes.

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D. Wilson & L. Carson – Tracks From Tapes [SS042]

Jay Daniel – Scorpio Rising [SS051]

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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 12″ 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.

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Jay Daniel – Scorpio Rising [SS051]

Theo Parrish – Dance Of The Medusa [SS049]

Theo’s getting jazzier and more eccentric with age (if that’s possible). On this latest jaunt he seems to be re-tracing the steps of one his biggest influences, Sun Ra. “Dance Of The Medusa” is an experimental jazz number with the emphasis on experimental. Although somehow squeezing into a standard 4/4 time measure, the sounds and syncopation between the instruments is anything but normal, as Theo deploys piano attacks, torn strings and his usual MPC abuse to the track. “Bubbles” sees more experimentation, squelching artifacts ricocheting against detuned hats and hollow bass notes. The whole B side is given to “Ambalamps” which may well become an emotive, melancholic, future-ballad if we were to get invaded by aliens and be facing a huge world apocalypse. Reversed strings and minor key riffs and melodies are smudged and stirred into a dark, introspective blend which screams of desolation and hurt. Indeed a dark venture for our man Theo but then he always liked to keep us on our toes – and the track is, by no mistake, undeniably Theo.

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Theo Parrish – Dance Of The Medusa [SS049]

Marcellus Pittman – Pieces [UNICD001]

The long overdue 10 track debut album from Marcellus Pittman on his own label Unirhythm. Includes some tracks that were vinyl only previously, as well as about 5 new tracks, including a Jamie 326 edit. Pittman is one of Detroit’s hidden gems of production. A talent with an unmistakeable sound that is undeniably his own.

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Marcellus Pittman – Pieces [UNICD001]

Craig Huckaby – Black Music / Child Of The Sun [SS047]

Brand new Sound Signature from Craig Huckaby featuring production from Theo Parrish and Pirahnahead. Two tracks of beautiful soul drenched house with spoken words, and an additional beatless poem as a last track.

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Craig Huckaby – Black Music / Child Of The Sun [SS047]