When you hear names like Theo Parrish, Eglo Records, and Gilles Peterson thrown around in the same sentence your ears ought to prick. Yet Dego, the man at the helm of Madnice Marauders’ and Hot Plate’s latest collaboration at 24 Kitchen Street, deserves to be a name that stands without the scaffolding of association. Dennis “Dego” McFarlane’s style has changed dramatically from his early soulful DnB days as one half of 4hero. Having passed through countless collaborative projects including Tek 9, DKD and Silhouette Brown, he remains relatively under the radar and consistently experimental. He has never been one to follow a passing trend. As far as his recent production is concerned, he can look back on releases with Eglo and he now looks forward to releases on Theo Parrish’s Detroit based Sound Signature label.
Friday will see Dego produce this signature sound which falls neatly between the two labels; roots of 70s funk and thick, juicy synths meet a rhythmical stance indebted to Parrish. But genre hopping is never far away – Dego’s propensity for Dub, DnB and a straight up sax solo regularly rises to the foreground of his live selections.
Words: Sean Ketteringham