Forgotten Treasure: Dewayne Davis “It Shows” (1996, Pandamonium)
When that record came out in 1996, names like Norma Jean Bell, Moodymann and Theo Parrish were starting to circulate more and more fluently amongst the House spectrum.
The KDJ imprint was in full swing, Norma Jean Bell was getting her Pandamonium label going and Theo Parrish was just about to explode with his unique collage of sounds.
The original version of “It Shows” is the perfect example of how uptempo R&B should have sounded in the mid 90’s. Silky vocal, soulful backing track, slammin production courtesy of Norma Jean Bell made this song stand tall amongst the changing vocal House style of that time that was getting more generic and commercial.
Speaking of vocal House, which seems not to be everyone cup of tea, the Theo Parrish dub version of this, which contains pretty much not any of the original material and vocal, made people searching hard for this 12″ years after it’s release. One of his first productions to be released on vinyl this is a down low hypnotic ride that was firmly establishing what was about to come.
As featured on the latest edition of the RAWHOUSE SUPREME show. Check it below