crooked man Crooked Man (digipak CD, £10.50)label: D.F.A.
He may be ill at ease with the darkroom throb of 21st Century clubs but the house music the Crooked Man produces is as weighty, alien, raw and left of centre as ‐ anything you’d get from many a hyped young producer. His instincts, honed through years of DJing, production and dancing in sweaty cellars, remain as sharp as ever. Bored of having no decent parties to go to, he became DJ Parrot and began promoting the soon to be legendary Jive Turkey events in 1985. Alongside his DJ partner Winston Hazel, he united Sheffield’s disparate dancers by joining the dots between Northern Soul, disco, hip hop, electro and the emerging underground dance sounds of Chicago, Detroit and New York. He also teamed up with Cabaret Voltaire’s Richard H Kirk under the Sweet Exorcist alias, delivering the peerless ‘Testone’ in 1990, one of the landmark records of the bleep era. The pair went on to release the first album on Warp, ‘C.C.E.P.’, in 1991. Since then, Parrot has kept a low profile. When not working his sheepdogs, he’s quietly produced for Roisin Murphy, Add N To (X), Richard Hawley and Toddla T, amongst others. His decision, some years back, to revisit his love of raw, bass heavy house music merely marks another ‐ twist in the winding path of the Crooked Man.
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