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First Floor by Theo Parrish
Released: Nov 1998
Label: Peacefrog Records
Like Moodymann, Theo Parrish has a thing for scuffed jazz samples, swirling Rhodes and long, undulating grooves that lull you into a trance. And as with Moodymann, much of his best work has only come out on 12-inch vinyl, but his 1998 album First Floor is a fine introduction to his sound. "Electric Alleycat" incorporates Dilla-style MPC work into a broken-beat rhythm; "JB's Edit" proves his mastery of the EQ as he cuts a James Brown groove to the bone. The highlight is "Heal Yourself and Move," a slow-burning cut laced with spiritual vocals and Parrish's inimitable sense of swing.
Philip Sherburne
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