Prolific house music aficionado Rick Wade returns to Piston Recordings with his fourth slice of house music goodness for our listening pleasure. Detroit based Rick is highly revered in the industry for his dedication to the true purposes of house. Also known as Big Daddy Rick and Dr. Low-Tech, he has literally released hundreds of tracks throughout his career on almost 50 different labels since the mid 1990’s. He is also owner of Harmonie Park Records which specialises in deep house and has been running this label since 1993. Born just outside Chicago’s South Side he started spinning in the mid 80’s in the same club where Jeff Mills was cutting his teeth. From there he went on to run his own show on WCBN and gained a name for himself on the circuit to this day. His last outing here – Daedalus – was very well received as expected and we’ve no doubt this one will hit the floors in time for the Summer months.
I Know Ur There gives us that classic pumping kick drum and crispy hi hat with scattered percussions combo on the intro. The track suddenly breaks to reveal the warmest chords and endearing club style vocal. The beats return and you know you’re in for a real treat. Those chords remain a constant and are joined by high strings and brighter, simple notes which add texture to the sound. A relentless floor move here no doubt, a must have.
Seen Things opens with a cool spoken vocal to the backdrop of warm pads and high strings. A deep probing bassline joins in before a subtle kick drum arrives with bright crispy hi hats in tow on the offset. The pads mesmerize creating a melancholic groove that is built upon with the addition of soft synth stabs and cool FX. The vocal returns adding character to the sound making this the perfect weapon for the late night sessions.