Foundation music are proud to present our second project with the formidable talent that is Crooked Man aka Parrot, known to his mother as Richard Barratt.
The DJ turned producer from Sheffield, founder and resident at the seminal Jive Turkey night, member of Warp?s Sweet Exorcist, musical partner with the late great Richard H Kirk (Cabaret Voltaire), producer to such maverick talents as Roisin Murphy and Add N to X, longtime Jarvis Cocker collaborator and remixer to a myriad of artists over several decades.
More recently, Parrot’s project with internationally renowned Jazz singer Lady Blackbird, Athletes Of God, released two singles on Foundation Music ?Don?t Want To Be Normal? and the clubland hit ?Fontella? that were both playlisted by 6Music.
Lady Blackbird now flies the nest, with the divine Earth Angel swooping into her place. A seminal, reclusive, heavenly voiced singer, also from Yorkshire and with deep roots in the soul and dub scenes? And no, it’s not Lisa Stansfield!
A project that has its roots way back in the Sheffield?s Blues parties and Jive Turkey itself. The club being a home to all forms of exciting new Black music, from ?85 through to the early days of the UK?s dance explosion. It sees Parrot take all that he has achieved, written and learnt over the years at the cutting edge of electronic, dance-inflected, production and DJing returning to those heady days of down tempo, body moving, speaker shaking music that would move the British underground soul/funk scene in the mid to late 80?s.
Call it ‘street soul’, ’80?s soul’, ‘electro soul’? Earth Angel is all of those things but it is also very firmly rooted in the NOW! Not some retro pastiche, it incorporates so much more. With elements of techno, bleep, dub and any other studio trickery that Parrot cares to employ in order to suck you into Earth Angels? druggy, hypnotic, sexy, ?Mogadon Soul?. A four songed, eight tracked vinyl EP, featuring some classic songwriting from the glory days of soul and Crooked Man?s bass heavy electronic rhythms.
Welcome to the heavenly world of Earth Angel, the journey starts here.
Luke Una, Ross Allen, Sean Johnson (ALFOS) & Kebal.