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Theo Parrish with live band (Amp Fiddler, Mensah, DePorres, Manzanza) at the Ritz

‘I don’t believe in musical genres. There’s no difference between techno, house, jazz, soul… music. The most common denominator… is tempo.’ – Theo Parrish, RBMA Mosco, April 2013

Grab tickets here!

Press release:

In association with Soundcrash and Red Bull Music Academy, we are thrilled to present an extra special live show from Detroit-based musician, producer and selector, Theo Parrish at The Ritz!

The word legend is overused. Theo Parrish is a legend in the full meaning of the word. Over the past two decades he has come to be regarded as a true great in electronic and soul music. A graduate of the Detroit underground, Theo is famed for his own seamlessly genre-hopping productions as well as for his impeccable and inscrutable skills as a music selector, with sets swerving dangerously between house, funk, disco and techno and more.
Theo, whose organic-sounding machine-based dance music incorporates live instruments, human voices and looped recordings, returns to the live arena with full band for the first time in 10 years. The line-up features soul/funk singer songwriter Amp Fiddler (keys), Akwasi Mensah (bass), Duminie DePorres (electric guitar) and Myele Manzanza (drums) alongside Parrish on beats and keys.

They will be revisiting Sound Signature classics old and new.
His show at the Barbican sold out in only 6 days so be quick!


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Preview: Debut Throwing Snow LP ‘Mosaic’ on Houndstooth

Throwing Snow: Mosaic

Label: Houndstooth

Release: 2 June 2014

mosaicI’ve long followed the career and artistic development of Ross Tones – probably since the inception of Groovement in 2007 – and it will be a pleasure to go out and buy his debut solo album in June. Have a listen to the mesmerising Hypnotise, featuring Kid A, below.

Available from iTunes: and the Houndstooth store:

Tour dates:
Sun 01 June – Official Album Launch: Ace Hotel, London, UK.
Thu 05 June – In-store: Rough Trade, London, UK.
Fri 06 June – RBMA Weekender, Warsaw, Poland
Sat 07 June – Parklife Festival, Manchester, UK
Sat 07 June – The Brickworks, Nottingham, UK
Fri 13 June – Sonar Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Wed 18 June – King’s College, Cambridge, UK
Thu 19 June – The Rockingchair, Sheffield, UK
Sat 21 June – Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
Thu 26 June – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, UK
Sat 19 July – Lovebox Festival, London, UK

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Preview: Adrian Younge orchestrates the new Souls of Mischief LP, ft Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Snoop, Busta & William Hart (Delfonics)


Adrian Younge presents Souls of Mischief: There Is Only Now

Linear Labs Records, 18 August 2014

‘A group where I grew up knowing every single word to their albums… When I thought I was an MC, all I listened to was them and tried to be like them… Twenty years in the game Souls been doing it – they’ve never fallen off.’ – Adrian Younge

This one is sounding pretty special.

Following his rise to prominence with the opus he composed for Ghostface Killah, Twelve Reasons To Die, Adrian Younge returns to weave his magic with Hieroglyphics collective members Souls of Mischief.

All instrumentation is handled by Younge, making this the third in a series following his work with The Delfonics (whose William Hart appears on the track Another Part Of You) and Ghostface in 2013.  This is the first release on Younge’s own Linear Labs Records.

Narrated by A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Mohammad in role as a fictional radio station DJ, the album’s set in 1994, a near-fatal accident involving the four Souls (A Plus, Opio, Tajai and Phesto) serving as its inspiration.

‘Cinematic’ is an overused adjective but perfectly apt in this case – the album is a unique 90s crime tale of love, loss, and revenge with a Blaxploitative heart.

Track list:

1. K-NOW Intro
2. Time Stopped
3. Womack’s Lament ft Busta Rhymes
4. Panic Struck
5. K-NOW Interlude 1
6. Another Part Of You ft William Heart of The Delfonics
7. All You Got Is Your Word
8. There Is Only Now ft Snoop Dogg
9. Meet Womack
10. K-NOW Interlude 2
11. Miriam Got A Mickey
12. Stone Cold ft Scarub
13. The Synopsis
14. Ghetto Superhero
15. K-NOW Reprise
16. Narrow Escape
17. Finally Back
18. The Last Act
19. K-NOW Outro


This one saw an instrumental release of the album, an alternate version from Apollo Brown, and its own comic book series conceptualised by Younge and Ghost.
This one saw an instrumental release of the album, an alternate version from Apollo Brown, and its own comic book series conceptualised by Younge and Ghost.


Also check:

Black Dynamite sountrack on Wax Poetics

Adrian Younge presents The Delfonics

Adrian Younge presentes Ghostface Killah: Twelve Reasons to Die


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Preview: Om Unit celebrates two years of Cosmic Bridge with compilation ‘Cosmology’



Release: 21 July 2014

It’s been two years since Om Unit kicked off his Cosmic Bridge imprint, showcasing some of the most advanced 21st century sounds around. With a wealth of experience and his feet firmly entrenched in an ever-changing scene, he’s quietly built up an impressive foundation – every release is a winner. I’m looking forward to the label’s future, and Cosmology celebrates where it’s at right now. Read more below.

  1. Om Unit & Moresounds – Nuff Music
  2. Kromestar – V7STX
  3. Danny Scrilla x Om Unit – Hunch (Epoch Remix)
  4. Danny Scrilla – X (VIP)
  5. Moresounds – Sound Bizness
  6. EAN – I Bus’ The Mic
  7. Boxcutter – Active Transformation 2 (Feat. Star Fu)
  8. Danny Scrilla x Epoch – Geometry
  9. Om Unit x Danny Scrilla – Gentrification


Om Unit Presents Cosmology. 9 tracks showcasing a new wave of beat production in the realm of Cosmic Bridge
& label head Om Unit’s signature “slow/fast” sound.

Curated by Om Unit for his Cosmic Bridge imprint the compilation features tracks from the first wave of Cosmic
Bridge artists and includes 3 collaborations with label head Om Unit.

In 2 short years Cosmic Bridge has released material from Om Unit, Kromestar and Boxcutter and has given us
Moresounds, EAN and Danny Scrilla; who after making their debuts for the label have gone on to make waves.

Unifying the Cosmic Bridge sound the compilation features grime and dubstep kingpin Kromestar’s blend of deep
dubstep romance and road­raw sci­fi boogie, Moresound’s digi­dub and soundsystem modulations, former
Various Production lynchpin EAN’s rapidfire darkstyles and deft footwork jungle chops, Boxcutter’s lush fusions of
Footwork and Electronica, Danny Scrilla’s forays into the unnamed airspace between dreadnought dub, halftime
footwork & O.G ’06 Dubstep and two appearances from Keysound’s experimentalist 140bpm updater Epoch.

Highlights include a VIP version on Danny’s Scrilla legendary ‘X’, Danny’s  collab with Om Unit on ‘Gentrification’
featuring the unwitting Giles from Foxton’s Estate agency in Brixton plus Om Unit’s jungle referencing collab with
Moresounds, the long waited release of Kromestar’s highly sought dub ‘V7STX’ and Epoch’s revisiting of Om Unit &
Danny Scrilla’s ‘Hunch’.

Om Unit’s A&R sensibilities and his focus in pushing boundaries show in Cosmology’s curation. Representative
the label’s catalogue, the diversity of styles on show across these nine tracks is unified by the talent of the
producers involved.