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Album Review

First Floor includes the complete contents of the two EPs Theo Parrish recorded for Peacefrog during 1998. After a perhaps excessively spare opener, the collection moves into a succession of excellent tracks ("Sweet Sticky," "Paradise Architects," "Electric Alley Cat," "JB's Edit") driven by distorted, scratchy, trance-like sample snippets borrowed from disco and jazz-funk. (The back cover even shows Parrish soaking in a bath of records with Ron Carter and Isaac Hayes LPs visible.) Parrish's ingenious use of drum programming and effects add-ons tie each track together just the way a great DJ should. It's the next best thing to seeing him spin. [The CD was also released with a bonus track.]

Biography

Born: 1972 in Washington, DC

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most progressive house producers and DJs of the late '90s, 2000s, and 2010s, Theo Parrish grew up in Chicago but moved to Detroit by the time of his late-1996 Baby Steps EP on 7th City subsidiary Elevate. From the EP, his Chicago tribute "Lake Shore Drive" later appeared on the Kenny Dixon/Moodymann release "Inspirations of a Small Black Church," and Parrish also worked on tracks by Rick Wilhite, Dewayne Davis and Norma Jean Bell. In 1997, he established his Sound Signature label, the...
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