Even if you are a pathetic house newbie like myself, you have no doubt heard of the quiet master from Detroit, Theo Parrish. Armed with a long history in the genre and his own label (that doesn’t have a website), Parrish has been at the forefront of soulful club music — dance tunes with substance. If you ever get a chance to see the man live, you’ll witness an unassuming looking gentleman turn a DJ booth into a magician’s stage.
“Flowers,” the lead track from Ghanian Londoner Andrew Ashong’s eponymous EP on Theo Parrish’ Sound Signature label, is a small epic. It’s complex in form but masterfully simple in its impact. Spanning nearly nine minutes, the song grows from wonderfully sloppy drums to a warbling baseline and sunshine keys. Sounding like a sweeter Gonjasufi, Ashong’s vocals complement the music just so, without clashing with it for attention. What I love most about the track is how it evolves with new elements emerging constantly but it still keeps a dusty and intimate feeling.
In one composition, Ashong and Parrish create a world to get lost in layered with muted emotions and a deep musicality. This is the shit!