Parrish, Theo / Parallel Dimensions
Album: Parallel Dimensions   Collection:General
Artist:Parrish, Theo   Added:May 2004
Label:Ubiquity Records  

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Add Date: 2004-05-24 Pull Date: 2004-07-26 Charts: Electronic
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Album Review
Reviewed 2004-05-18
Theo Parrish: Parallel Dimensions
Label: Ubiquity

Theo Parrish is one of the most important figures in electronic music; coming out of Detroit, his work is mentioned alongside legends like Juan Atkins, Carl Craig, etc. This is not your standard club house/techno fare - Theo does not adhere to any standard formula for dance music. There is a minimalist approach to the tracks; the loops are thoughtful and mesmerizing, the simple melodies catch you & lose you, and the beats break down here, pick up there. This sound has best described as the Detroit "beat-down" sound - a completely different take on "techno" - one that is much more thoughtful and substantive. Nothing on this CD is faster than maybe 125bpm - but every beat is solid, every breakdown is breathless. I love this CD. Try it all. My favorites are: 2,3,5,8,9.

1. funky horn loop comin' in & out - beat slows mysteriously & breaks down
2. water-y ambience, a lovely piano melody loops in; a thumpin' beat w/ nice breakdowns
3. a slow deep beat, exotic ambience, mesmerizing in its minimalist approach
4. minimal techno framework here - an insistent sax loop takes you out
lush synthesizer floats around, thick bassy beats, a snare snaps away
5. more abstract jazz than techno - slow beats, sax improvisation, variety of vocals & choruses - soulful, smoky, meandering
6. downtempo track featuring some nice vocal loops, piano, and thumpin' broken beats
7. house-y - w/ nice conga breakdowns and a simple but effective piano loop
8. simple loops & hi-hats dropping into deep sexy beats & a bumpin' bassline

Track Listing
1. So Now What   5. Space Ghosts
2. Anasies Dances   6. Summertime Is Here
3. Serengeti Echoes   7. Brain
4. Reaction to Plastic   8. Violet Green
  9. Nefarious Stranger