Published Jan 24, 2014Considering veteran Detroit producer Terrence Parker (Seven Grand Housing Authority and Plastic Soul Junkies) has been in the game since the late '80s and has over 100 singles and remixes to his credit, it is surprising that Life on the Back 9 is only his third full-length album under his given name. Synonymous with emotion-laden house music, Parker's soulful take on the Detroit sound is often imitated, but rarely duplicated. Few producers have been able to boil down the essence of the Detroit spirit like Parker, whose crisp 4/4 drums, lively chords and use of larger-than-life vocals are part of the building blocks of modern house music.
From uplifting cuts like the vocal driven "God He Is" to the more laid-back numbers like "The Friend I Lost," the Telephone Man never strays too far from his comfort zone, but no one is complaining. The Motor City native turns stirring synth chords, funky basslines, soaring vocals and his supple sense of rhythm into a powerful concoction. With deep house and '90s nostalgia on the rise, Parker's time-tested approach in the studio seems to effortlessly tie together influences from across decades. (Planet E)