Review: Theo Parrish's Wildheart imprint has seriously impressed since its first release last year. The label's aesthetic is simple: good music. While the previous two releases have featured established artists such as Tony Allen and Dego, this latest EP comes from Living Proof-member, Budgie. Having established himself as an eclectic selector up until now - his boogie-centred sets causing quite a stir on the dancefloor each time we've seen him play out - he comes through with his debut productions for the London-Detroit label. There's no real way to describe this release, where shreds of funk, hip-hop and soul are mashed up so tightly that they've grown a life of their own. In fact, when you hear it through, it almost sounds like one full track; a vibrant and grooving mass of crunchy beats, mesmerising harmonics and devious little samples. We're certainly looking forward to hearing Budgie's upcoming blends of neo-soul. Heartily recommended to fans of most cuts on Stones Throw or PPU.
Review: Having proved their stripes live with an extensive tour last year, Theo Parrish's live supergroup get busy on the release front. With Theo and Amp Fiddler both on keys and vocals and Myele Manzanza on drums, the grooves on both sides are that perfect balance of dancefloor tightness and a loose funk from players who are confident in each other's abilities. Skye cover "Ain't No Need" is a swinging broken beat adventure with rolling frenetic drums where the keys wrap around the vocals like a thick tog duvet. "Walkin Thru The Sky", meanwhile, takes us back to 1996 and Theo's Baby Steps EP. With a strutting rhythm and insistent hook, it's a perfect example of how house music can be executed live with perfection.