This reissue differs from the original Sound Signature release in 2000, some tracks are missing whilst others have been added. It's worth getting the missing tracks if you can. Previous reviewer summed it up - beautiful, hypnotic, incredibly deep housemusic. This isn't for the Hed Kandi fans, it's very subtle, with imperceptible key changes, the bassline cuts in and out to perfection on certain tracks. I love it, it opened me up to TP and the whole Detroit scene really as prior to this my knowledge extended as far as knowing who Mad Mike Banks was and a few label names!! Serengeti Echoes has to have the most hypnotic loop to it in any track I've ever come across. Incredibly it was released 6 years ago. Get hold of this, it's special.
What to say about Theo Parrish? His records are almost impossible to get hold of, he's well under-exposed, and yet he's been doing it for time and never missing a beat. Part of the appeal of Theo is his exclusivity: you do have to work to find his sleeveless mixes. You don't hear his records at regular house nights. Now that 'Parallel Dimensions' has been reissued on Ubiquity, that 'exclusivity' argument doesn't hold as an excuse for not owning a Theo record. I'm not dance-literate enough to quite explain what this album represents. I've heard it described as 'micro-house', and that makes some sense to me. There is something deliberately understated, even as the bass reverberates throughout. Something almost melancholic or nostalgic: not often found with any degree of subtlety in dance music. But there's also that hovering darkness and hints of pure evil, like, appropriately enough, in the track 'Nefarious Stranger'. Like Moodymann's releases of the last few years, it's progressive, melodic, and deeply deeply soulful without having to belt it out from the rooftops. So get it. And get one up on your Theo-less friends.