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Theo Parrish – American Intelligence / Footwork

Footwork

Theo Parrish lays down a marker for a long overdue fifth album, apparently due out later this year, with the sublime Footwork 12″. 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, 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. (Juno Review)

American Intelligence

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“.  (Juno Review)

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