There’s always cause for some sort of celebration when Sound Signature drops a new twelve-inch. The last time it happened was back in January when Byron the Aquarius blessed us with a killer two tracker of future Jazz-inflected deep house. Well some nine months later we finally get word of a new entry in the label’s vinyl catalogue, SS064, courtesy of a surprise drop at the imprint’s new website launch. And what a gestation period it has been, as Mr Parrish not only steps up with his first new material since last year’s ‘American Intelligence’ opus, but also teams up with two Detroit musical luminaries in the form of Waajeed (Dirt Tech Reck, PPP, Bling47) and guitarist and frequent collaborator Duminie DePorres (Rotating Assembly, Submerge).
Dubbed ‘Gentrified Love Part 2’ (assuming Part 1 is on its way too, gotta love those pressing plant delays!), the record features two tracks of mechanised funk, of which by now the label and its boss have become celebrated for. Both ‘Warrior Code’ and ‘Leave The Funk To Us’ originally featured on the ‘These Songs That Should’ve Been Out On Wax By Now’ CD compilations (see, clues in the name, right?) released earlier this year but both now find themselves sharing etched grooves on vinyl, just in time for those claustrophobic winter months.
Pull up a chair and enjoy the short clips below then head over to here to grab the tunes. And for those of you who aren’t wax fetishists, there’s even a digital alternative in the form of WAV files (saves on shipping!). Now we just need the GBP/USD rate to sort itself out…
The second in the series of twelves released on the new Theo Parrish affiliated imprint Wildheart Recordings dropped over the weekend and it’s another sweet spot from the legendary Detroit DJ and producer.
The A-Side is a composition by Los Angeleno A Race of Angels, a studio project of musician and vocalist Yeofi Andoh which originally saw the light of day back in 2007 on the ‘From L.A. with Love’ compilation put together by the ArtDontSleep family. Obviously Mr Parrish has been digging deep recently for his new project as this achingly beautiful slice of celestial vocal jazz appears to have been pretty much criminally slept on in Internet Land, people possibly preferring to dabble in the more well-known quantities of FlyLo, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Exile on the compilation (we have to admit we actually have a fondness for this tune too, a precursor no doubt to this). Nevertheless, Parrish’s trained ear has once again revived the track for a new generation of beat fanatics and on the flip, he’s entrusted the established team of Dego and Akwesi Mensah to work their magic on a broken boogie beatdown flex for the body poppers amongst you.
After the success of the debut split release late last year that featured the combined talents of Tony Allen, Eska, Andrew Ashong and David Okumu (of The Invisible), and with a reported new release already in the pipe line from the Myele Manzana Trio lined up for later this year, Wildheart is shaping up to be just as trailblazing and essential as it’s sister label Sound Signature. Music for the mind indeed. Keep a look out and in the meantime peep the original and remix below, and should you wish go grab the goods from your preferred retailer below.
12″: Juno | Phonica | Sounds of the Universe
A RACE OF ANGELS – JUST BEGIN
THEO PARRISH / DEGO / AKWESI MENSAH – IT’S JUST BEGUN (JUST BEGIN REWORK)