I just don't think Theo Parrish is any good at writing music....It really reminds one of stuff people do with drum machines when they first start out. What else is going on in that track? The same simple basslines with a note on every off-beat just going on and on...So it's really something that could have been thrown together in 15 minutes by anyone...The pads are very amateurish again...Maybe you like this sort of naive, amateur sound. But it's not for me.
<<<<This.fair enough, everyone's entitled to their opinion, but i dig theo's stuff for some of the exact reasons you have a problem with it! i love the drawn-out, mesmerizing, ill-defined repetition. I love how, as an alternative to the high-gloss, pulverizing beats of most other house music, his stuff is so cheap/low-fi sounding, bordering on a sort of other-dimensional avant-garde house...but instead of being completely alien sounding, it's all filtered through a layer of the most personal chicago soul. where you hear badly produced, annoying repetition, i find woozy off-kilter minimalist explorations for altered states dance floors.
btw, excited about the return of patrick pulsinger: produced the new elektro guzzi and hercules & love affair albums and releasing his own album next month featuring fennesz, trumpeter frans hautzinger, elektro guzzi, abe duque and one track co-produced by sebastian niessen of snd.
he was one of the first techno guys i got into back in the day with his cheap records label, and enjoyed his more experimental releases since then.
Thanks for the tips. I went and checked them out on Youtube. I do happen to like house music quite a bit. I just don't think Theo Parrish is any good at writing music. Maybe that's why his tracks don't sound like anyone else's? He does have some interesting sounds, for instance the kicks on that Pieces of a Paradox are pretty unusual. But the hi hats on "Dusty Cabinets" sound very annoying to me. Props for not following the typical rhythmic template but they sound very stiff. It really reminds one of stuff people do with drum machines when they first start out. What else is going on in that track? The same simple basslines with a note on every off-beat just going on and on. Aside from the kick the sounds are very dry. So it's really something that could have been thrown together in 15 minutes by anyone.
Somebody pointed me in the direction of a great Kwaito mix today:
I've never really heard kwaito and know nothing about it, a lot of great tunes in this mix though.