Hollis Parker – What You Need
Hollis Parker has garnered quite the reputation for his soul infused house sound since stepping onto the scene with his debut EP last year. Accolades have come from the likes of DJ Sneak, Luke Solomon, Earl Jeffers, KiNK and Larry Heard over the past two releases and here we see him return with some fresh, sample-heavy compositions.
Opening the release is title track ‘What You Need’ which sees Hollis deliver a typically soulful slice of authentic house music, fusing jazzy guitars, sax licks, flute flutters and bumpy bass stabs alongside swinging New Jersey style drums and filtered vocals. Following up is ‘Too Blind To See’ which retains a similar aesthetic with swelling jazz samples, crunchy drums sounds and a smooth sun drenched feel, while introducing an infectiously hooky low-pitched vocal running throughout its six and a half minute duration. Hollis rounds off the package with ‘Mall Blues’ a more low-slung number with stunning piano melodies, dubby horn sounds and snaking double bass grooves, again resulting in something heartfelt and full of emotion.