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Review: Just like buses, you wait ages for a Rick Wilhite release and several come along at once. While we're still enjoying his ultra-deep Analog Aquarium album, Stilove4music drop this enticing set of cheeky house bootlegs. It's typical Wilhite in many regards, turning jazz, disco, funk and soul cuts into loopy, thickset chunks of dancefloor gold. "My Voyage" itself is relentlessly groovy, all heavy slap bass, jaunty pianos and electrofunk attitude. "Don't Ever Let Me Hear You Say" is a sultry slo-mo soul jam, while "Saldubsa Tribute U2" turns a piano-laden jazz jam into a locked house groover. Then there's "All About You", a super-loopy disco workout seemingly designed to melt minds.
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Review: Rush Hour serve up this collection of rare gems from Rick Wilhite, one of Detroit's most respected purveyors of all things underground. The Godson & Soul Edge compilation showcases the material Wilhite released on Kenny Dixon Jr aka Moodymann's KDJ Records in the 90s. Although he has never been as lauded as his 3 Chairs cohorts Theo Parrish and Dixon Jr (partly due to a comparative paucity in solo work), Wilhite is nonetheless an important piece in the Detroit electronic music puzzle, thanks to both his productions and his work as a record buyer and dealer. There are three versions of the inimitable "What Do You See", which samples a line from Carolyn Crawford's 1978 burner "Coming On Strong" and builds a track around it with a killer drum roll and analogue blat. There are also three different versions of "Drum Patterns & Memories" - one from Rick himself and two from Moodymann. Theo Parrish's 'late' dub of "Get On Up" is perhaps the highlight here, and anyone who has heard this on a decent soundsystem will know how good those chunky old school kick drums sound when given a workout.
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Played by: Semtek
Review: More from Rick Wilhite's superb collection of new and little-known Detroit house bombs. This time round, it's Kenny Dixon Jnr's Urban Tribe outfit under the microscope, with Wilhite and Dixon himself providing esoteric remixes. In typical fashion, the Moodymann rub of "My First Mistake" is something of a wonky treat - all clav-heavy grooves, lazy jazz drums, odd vocal samples and urgent keys. Wilhite's version of "D2000" - under his Godson alias - is similarly jazz-flecked, offering a crackling house groove with a typically Detroitian techno sensibility (and, for some reason, strange sound drop-outs). Reach for the stars, kids, reach for the stars.
18 Mar 11
Review: Originally out on vinyl in 2008, Stilove4music's collection of supposed "Lost Tracks From Detroit" finally comes to download. Rick Wilhite kicks off proceedings with "Can You Feel Me", a typically hypnotic head-nodder that benefits greatly for some spiralling loops and awkward, off-kilter atmospherics. DJ Marquis' "Head Over Heels", meanwhile, is a classic soulful house excursion that offers a near-perfect balance of New Jersey garage sassiness and Detroitian soul. It's arguably the stand out cut. The EP closes with "What Am I Gonna Do" by TJ Dumas, a floor-friendly cut-up of disco standard "I Want Your Love". If you didn't pick up the 12", don't miss out this time round.
01 Aug 11
Review: On its initial release in 2010, Rick Wilhite's Vibes New & Rare Music collection picked up plenty of plaudits, not least for its delicious mix of stargazing deep house from Chicago and Detroit. Here, Wilhite presents an album sampler featuring three suitably gorgeous cuts from the near-essential LP. There's a dash of simmering deep house-jazz from Glenn Underground ("Ninja"), a beatdown-meets-classic jack track from Vincent Halliburton ("Something I Feel") and a chunk of pleasing analogue deepness from Marcellus Pittman ("In Due Time"). If you missed the album first time round, now's the time to dive in.
04 Oct 10
Carl Craig, Kenny Dixon Jr, Shake & Sherard Ingram Are Urban Tribe - "My First Mistake" - (7:26) 124 BPM
26 Sep 11
Played by: Domenic Cappello, Visti, Scenery Records, D-Former, Cottam, Joseph Terruel, Linosaur, Sleep D / Butter Sessions
Review: On this third EP of cuts from Rick Wilhite's essential Vibes New & Rare Music compilation, Marc King, TJ and DJ Raybone take centre stage. King's "Can You Feel It" is a real highlight, a delightful chunk of emotion-rich deep house that benefits from the attractions of a heavy analogue bassline, heartfelt vocal and old skool organ stabs. TJ and Raybone's "Gone" provides more typically Detroitian deep house - think Beatdown with sprightlier melodies - while the Raybone/Wilhite (the latter under his Godson guise) collab "Nova 2" adds some low-slung electric bass into the mix to impressive effect. High class all round, but did you seriously expect anything less?