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.
Planet Deep (Vintage Future Planet D-Mix) - (6:18) 125 BPM
Academy (Pezzner remix) - (7:31) 120 BPM
Review: Michigan born Rick Wade finds himself getting remixed on Belgium's Elypsia with each getting more gritty and cosmic minded than you might expect from the deep house stalwart himself. Tresilo certainly grits his teeth for the pixelated melodic workout that is the opener, while things get more smooth and cuddly with American producer David Pezzner at the buttons. The Vintage Future Planet D mix is a thing of meditative beauty ad last of all Pezzner reappears with a second fine remix.
Review: With a 30-plus-year career, Rick Wade's name is spoken in reverent tones in deep house circles, thanks mostly to the output of his Harmonie Park label. For the past decade or so, he's found a regular home at Japanese label Unknown Season, and this 'best of' is really an omnibus that brings together the various EPs he's made for them, rather than a definitive, career-spanning anthology. There's still much to enjoy, though, from the fluttery, uplifting Latin-jazz-soul of 'Shinjuku Strut' to the eyes-wide-shut 4am dancefloor throb of 'Angry Orchestra', the soulful house shuffle of 'Gotta Have Jazz' and the lounge-y 70s funk nostalgia of 'After Dark'.
Review: Deep house veteran Rick Wade comes to Germany's Rawax label with a predictably high-quality four-tracker. The title track tops a chugging, lolloping bassline and delicate keys with a looped "Where do you come from? Another galaxy" vocal snippet, while 'Dirty Wave' is a midpaced groover that'd be equally at home in the warm-up or on the sofa. 'Gambit' is another hazy, discofied looper and not unreminiscent of Kerri Chandler's work as Kaoz 6:23, while completing the EP is 'Back To The Darkness', a small-hours excursion that pairs tuff beats with more of those haunting keys and a vocal sample that sounds like Vincent Price, but probably isn't. Classy stuff!
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.
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: 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.
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.