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Theo Parrish – Ugly Edits 11 review

We’re in the midst of the Theo fever at Juno Plus HQ with the Detroit don already provided the office with some staunch listening material in the shape of his Stop Bajon edit and Amerie meets Lil Louis blend. The real gold is delivered unto us in the form of the long overdue eleventh edition of Parrish’s highly prized Ugly Edits series some six years after the last volume. Anyone who’s worried their bank manager by indulging in previous Ugly Edits releases will know the score here, bottom heavy druggy refixes of some of Parrish’s favourite soul and disco tracks that focus on embellishing your senses with lustful energy.

The A Side sees Theo mess with “Peace Pipe” by BT Express, chopping the vocals up before dousing the groove in a swathe of echoey reverb and then ascending into the track proper. Real sweaty warehouse vibes on this one! The flipside sees Parrish tweak a long sought after standard from his DJ sets in the shape of “Mr Bump Man” by Jackie Beavers (which was also the source material for The Revenge on his recent 12″ for the Hometaping Is Killing Music label). A less frenetic counterpart to the percussive beast that is the A Side, Parrish’s version of “Mr Bump Man” is all about keeping that killer disco funk groove locked in, which is achieved with effortless aplomb.

Tony Poland