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PREMIERE! 'Parkers Joint' by Blaqwell

Saxed-up deep house from Simma Black

2020 Jul 22     
2 Bit Thugs

Rising NJ producer Blaqwell comes to Low Steppa's label – the EP's out on Friday

Today's exclusive track premiere comes to you courtesy of Simma Black, as iDJ brings you the first chance to hear Parkers Joint by Blaqwell. It's the title track from the EP of the same name, which is out this Friday (24 July).

Headed up by Low Steppa, Simma Black is a label that really should need no introduction from us, having carved themselves out a spot at the very top of the UK house n' garage tree over the past seven years or so. Blaqwell, meanwhile, is a fast-rising producer from Brick City, New Jersey who goes by Jamel Rankins in real life, and who's previously had tracks signed to Skint, Toolroom and Todd Terry's InHouse, among other labels.

The other track on the Parkers Joint EP is a stripped-back 4am workout called Tribesmen (To The Rhythm) that's very New York in feel. And plenty playable it is too, but it was the title cut that grabbed us most, with its soaring sax line, spoken jazzman vocal and its titular nod to the great Birdman himself. This isn't the first house record to pay homage to Charlie Parker, of course – Tingo Tango did it with It Is Jazz way back in 1990, for starters – and it's unclear if the aforesaid sax is actually a Parker sample  or not (it sounds suspiciously clean for that). But if you're wanting to put a little swing (or rather bebop) into your dancefloor's step this month, this is the track to do it with! 

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