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Wednesday, Mar 10 2004 | 20:04

Re-issue of a rare milestone! Theo Parrish released “Parallel Dimensions” in 2000 on his Sound Signature label. Frustratingly for many dance music lovers only 1000 copies were pressed on CD and no full length vinyl was ever pressed (the vinyl edition only included 5 tracks). On May 17th, the desperate search for this record will come to an end.

On “Parallel Dimensions” the Detroit based producer makes house music that is haunted, mournful, elegant, and cavernous! Organic horns and voices beautify super deep drum rhythms, signature hypnotic Parrish beats, and Detroit schooled bass lines.

The epic “Serengeti Echoes” begins with a simple disco-like loop and builds into an entrancing work of art with cut up vocals, reversed keys and strings releasing and adding tension over an epic 12 minutes. “Space Ghosts” buries the bass drum thump inside busying rhythms and thick keyboard textures and the hypnotic sounds of “Brain” and “So Now What” offer more music than beats with layers of alternating repetitive cut and paste sounds as building blocks. “Summertime is Here” could be Sun Ra jamming with Fela while “Violet Green” brings the straighter beats up front again, threading a 4/4 rhythm and strong percussion through rich echoing pianos and a bouncy bassline and “Anansies Dances” chops-up lyrical bits, piano, kalimba and string sounds up over another persuasive b-line. This is beautiful but abstract, clever but endearing and hooky house music – even for fans of the beat oriented sounds from hip-hop producers like Jay Dee.

Theo Parrish was born in Washington, DC in 1972 and raised in Chicago, IL where his passion for music developed. Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, Bob Marley and his uncle, jazz musician Dexter Sims, all influenced Theo’s early musical life. Chicago radio DJs and house producers such as Ron Hardy, Larry Heard, Lil’ Louis, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Gene Hunt, Mike Dunn, Frankie Knuckles, Walter “Get Down” Brown and Andrew Hatchett helped to spawn his early career – Parrish began spinning and producing tracks in 1986 at the age of thirteen. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from KCAI with a concentration of Sound Sculpture, a form of orchestration using live generating devices. The same year Parrish moved to Detroit where he has lived ever since and become a pillar of the citys vibrant underground music scene. Producing music and delivering unique and dynamic DJ sets in venues throughout the world Parrish has gained attention and respect of DJs, producers, listeners and dancers alike.

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