First starting his rise smashing chumps via DJ battles, Bristol’s Parker soon turned his hand to production gaining “lofty comparisons to the marvellous RJD2″. The driving soul and deep bass of his debut album To Eternity was described by DJ Magazine as having thrown “stylistic doors open wide with deliciously pleasing results”.
This exploration of different musical realms is what defines Parker, and what makes him “uncategorisable”. After the blissed out beats of his early work Parker ran full pelt into to more bottom end frequencies. Amongst his numerous bass laden treats, Parker’s remixes of James Brown and Bjork both topped the Hype Machine Chart, whilst ‘Where’s My Monkey?’ made him a household name. Parker’s accomplished and varied production has also been used to effect by the BBC, EA Sports, Ministry of Sound and Playstation.
2011 saw Parker make another sidewards shift into pastures new, joining forces with fellow Bristolian Boca45 as one half of The Beekeepers. The result was ‘Apiculture’ a feast of chilled out beats, hip hop production and dubby bass which featured a myriad of delicious vocal sounds from leading lights in the UK scene.
As a DJ Parker has gained a reputation as one of the most versatile cross-genre selectors in clubs today. Bringing together the vital elements of Bass Music, Parker effortlessly glides between glitch hop, dubstep, garage, house and DnB with ease. His undisputed deck talents have see Parker smash stages at Glastonbury, Shambhala (Canada), Big Chill and Bestival, as well as various club hot spots across the globe including FabricLive.
Parker’s latest offerings will come courtesy of his new label Monkey Butler, giving him absolute freedom to open those “stylistic doors” even further. Who knows what sound he’ll be running, or inventing next, one thing is for sure, it’s guaranteed to be something different.
About the mix:
Here’s a new mix for you. Essentially it’s made up of a snippett of all the music I love at this very second and represents the sort of shizz I play live. It’s all mixed together using my actual hands, ears and eyes, with plenty of cuts and with helpful commentary from the Monkey Butler. If you’re feeling it can you please spread it to the edge of civilisation for me?
A few artists that influenced Parker: dj shadow, S.PY., RJD2, Hint, Massive Attack, Portishead, Foreign Beggars, Dub Phizix
The Monkey Butler- An Introduction
Parker- The High Brow Intro (Unreleased)
Photek & Kuru – Fountainhead (!K7 Records)
Dobie – Hustle With Speed (Big Dada)
Parker Trailer (Sierra Pictures)
Mak & Pasteman – So Much (Car Crash Set)
The Monkey Butler – Electronic Music
Hint – Lock The Door (Tru Thoughts)
Randomer – Freak Dub (Hemlock Recordings)
Mike Delinquent Project v Bassnectar (Parker Edit) (Unreleased)
The Monkey Butler- Beautiful Arrangement
Zeds Dead v Redlight (Parker Edit) (Unreleased)
Sleepin’ Giants – Mucky (Tru Thoughts)
Parker – Bloodshot Army (Monkey Butler)
The Monkey Butler- Happy Song
Shaka Sonics – Jinx In Dub – (Sub Slayers)
Noisses – Run Your Mouth – (Black Butter)
Parker – 12th Round Riddim – (Unreleased)
The Monkey Butler- Electronic Tone Generators
The Ambassaduers – My World (Free Download)
Arp 101 x Elliott Yorke – Fluro Black (Donky Pitch)
Artifacts – C’mon Wit Da Git Down (Acapella) (Big Beat)
Interface & Minus – Hardwork (Gutterfunk)
S.P.Y. – Infiltrate (Hospital)
The Monkey Butler- Swingy Tunes
Moresounds – Analog Steak (Danny Scrilla Remix) (Cosmic Bridge)
Die & Break – Tear Down (Digital Soundboy)
Notorious B.I.G. – Kick In The Door (Acapella) (Bad Boy)
Spectrasoul – Light In The Door (Spectrasoul – Light In The Door)
Om Unit – Ulysses (Civil Music)
Dub Phizix – Never Been (Critical)
Brandy – What About Us? (Acapella) (Atlantic)
Blue Juice (Film Four)
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Garden (Calibre Remix) (Polydor)
Parker – Garden Goodnight Outro (Unreleased)
The Monkey Butler- A Message For Patrons