Review: Canary Recordings has been pretty quiet of late, with their last vinyl release - the second part of the Beautiful Chaos series - dropping this time last year. While they figure out their next move, they've decided to reissue their 2013 wax debut digitally. The mighty Rick Wade drops a gorgeous chunk of bouncy, warm, sun-kissed richness in the shape of "Alone at Night", while Kindimmer successfully fuses raw acid bass, swinging US garage rhythms and tactile deep house chords on the equally tasty "Home Alone". Finally, Japanese producer Yusuke Yamamoto steals the show with "Let's Begin", a sensual, Motor City-influenced deep house cut smothered in evocative Rhodes chords.
Luna City Express - "Good Condition" - (5:16) 123 BPM
Sek - "Thug Life" (Interlude) - (6:24) 120 BPM
Iz & Diz - "Happy" - (7:54) 126 BPM
Rick Wade - "Do It" - (5:39) 125 BPM
Review: The second part in the Hudd Traxx 10th Anniversary 'Now & Then' compilation sees tracks from Luna City Express, Sek, Iz & Diz and Rick Wade. Berlin duo Luna City Express serve up a lush deep house groove that builds throughout the track, and will bring a smile to the faces of those who follow them on their beloved Moon Habour Recordings. Sek uses slick beats, trippy leads, a driving bassline and some 'Thug life' vocals to ensure this one has 'future classic' written all over it. Go back in time (to 2006 to be precise) on the 'Then' side to find Iz & Diz's 'Happy'. The words 'epic' & 'journey' are often misused in music but both can be mentioned about this track. It had devastating effect on first release and is set to do the same again nearly 10 years later. Rick Wade closes things out in fine style to fly the Detroit flag on an all Chicago / Detroit side.
Funkopolis (Emotion's One Take edit Jam) - (6:41) 120 BPM
Review: Detroit legend and Harmonie Park main man Rick Wade is back with a nice new EP on Rymd for all of you who like it deep. First up "Strong Arm" is proper deep house that is often imitated but hardly matched. From the unmistakable knack of its groove to its swirling and mesmerising Rhodes in the foreground. "Funkopolis" gets deeper and as the name suggests has a totally killer bassline and just generally awesome soul goodness going on! Proper Detroit style representing here. Italians Deep 88 and Emotion (Ignacio) turn in some surprisingly good remixes on the flip that do their job well by not deviating too much from the originals and reworking the grooves into decent alternate versions. Recommended.
Review: Detroit's Rick Wade can always be relied upon to deliver high grade deep house, usually with a nod to soul, disco or jazz. The Duke Of Detroit, an EP extended by a slew of remixes, doffs a cap to all those influences. Perhaps the instant standout is the warm, jazzy and pleasingly loose "The League", though the soaring, feelgood disco antics of "Worldwide Disco" - all addictive funk guitars, simmering strings and dreamy female vocals - gives it a run for its money. The deeper, warmer "Hey Boy" and "Say To Myself" are, predictably, also superb. As for the remixes, there's plenty to enjoy, from the classic US garage bump of Black Ride's rework of "Hey Boy", to the dirty analogue bass and percussion onslaught that is Los Flaminhoes' version of "The League". Impressive stuff.
Review: Rick Wade delivers three deep originals on Holic Trax this March with a Tomoki Tamura edit in tow. One swift look at Rick Wade's staggering back catalogue, from a career spanning more than 20 years, will attest to the Detroit-based producers raw talent in the studio, crafting grooveladen rhythms into cuts that exemplify the word deep. In his latest EP, 'Tech Breed', Rick demonstrates his inimitable production prowess across three expertly forged tracks. Straight from the off you can hear Wade's knack for creating synergy between analog gear and digital software as the title track ensues with an undulating groove that's quickly accompanied by subterranean synths for mesmerizing results. With 'Groovy' the percussion shifts to bongos, whilst ethereal atmospherics and otherworldly notes maintain a mood both arcane and dusky. The tone then shifts in 'Whoa Children' with a sharp injection of funk triggered by soulful vocals and a pulsing bassline - its sultry, smooth and guaranteed to get your body moving. In a sentence, the cuts offered up here ooze soul and vibrancy in a deep way that only Rick Wade can purvey, three warm and groovy cuts that will no doubt be finding their way into many a record bag this year. Holic Trax head honcho Tomoki Tamura delivers an equally dynamic club tool for the final offering on this excellent EP.
Review: Detroit straight-hitter Rick Wade is no stranger to some serious house flexing, and the man has always provided us with reliable grooves and vibes of the years mainly through his Harmonie Park label. He's on Popcorn right now, though, with the warm and glowing touch of "Your Strength", a tune that reminds us of the sort of sample-laden, soulful house that Mr G is accustomed to; Flabaire's remix strips the whole thing down and takes it on a jazzy tip. "Warm Up" "Warm Up" is more of a bald-faced Chicago jacker that peeps like Brian Harden would much appreciate, while "Meditation" is slow, incandescent and verging on the hip-hop end of things... Matsa's remix ensures some Balearic waves are added to the equation.
Review: Underrated legend of the Detroit underground Rick Wade returns, with a surprising appearance for meme house hipsters Shall Not Fade - following up some great ones by Adriyano, DJ Boring and Mall Grab in recent times. The Harmonie Park boss man delivers some proper house like the big man upstairs intended - soulful/emotive but most off all: deep! From the emotive late night bounce of "Oh Yeah", the bittersweet mood lighting of "Inner Most" perfect for dancing by yourself and the smooth "Zero Ningen" proving for something a bit more uplifting and absolutely life affirming.