We are very honoured to present to you 2014’s first mix by Rick Wade. The legendary Rick Wade hardly needs any introduction. The man behind Harmonie Park Records has been producing soulful, timeless grooves and tapping into the essence of deepness since the early ’90′s. A stalwart of Detroit’s rich music history for the past two decades, Rick is considered an underground hero – one of those guys we call a “producer’s producer” or a “DJ’s DJ”. Appearing on over thirty different labels worldwide, he pioneered the sound that we now know as deep house. Developing a distinctive style that draws from soul, jazz, funk, disco and adds to it the loopy, raw vibe taken from Detroit techno. Known for their universal appeal, the resulting tracks on labels such as Rush Hour, Laid, Moods & Grooves, Track Mode and Yore have become classics in the genre, secret weapons for discerning techno and house DJs alike. His sound is the definition of underground: deep, moody, and emotional with thick bass lines, incredible stings, and solid drum grooves.
As a DJ, Rick garners a lot of respect and is known for blending music together in such a way that it emotes great crowd response and an amazing vibe. He earned much of his early respect DJing on various radio shows around Detroit like “Journey to the Land of House” on WCBN and “The Pulse” on 95.5fm, while also playing some memorable nights at the Nectarine Ballroom – the club where Jeff Mills made a name for himself as well. In ‘93 he launched his own label, Harmonie Park, and has since released on many other labels including a re-release of some of his standout works on Rush Hour. Unlike some of his counterparts who experienced early momentum that is subsiding now, Rick Wade enjoys a reputation as one of the premier house DJ/producers in the world and one of the most sought after remixers in the business. Rick Wade has steadily gained traction over the years and holds a permanent seat in the upper echelons of the electronic music world.
But enough words! Just press play, sit back and let Rick’s music speak for itself.