FINA014 - Rick Wade - 'Sweet Life EP' (edits)
FINA welcomes one of house music’s most highly praised producers, Rick Wade, onto the roster. Wade delivers his signature soul-laden house sound, which was brought to light surrounding his Harmonie Park imprint launched in 1994, predominantly releasing material from the man himself as well as Mike Huckaby, which still sounds fresh to this day.
Kicking things off is the original mix of ‘Sweet Life’, which sees Wade embrace an organic disco tinged vibe with cosseting violin melodies, acoustic guitar licks, and natural percussion lines, creating a stunning opening cut. Don’t Be Afraid artist Mr. Beatnick steps up to reshape ‘Sweet Life’ next, the Brit producer turns in a jazz-laden interpretation with the focus tipped towards weighty analogue rhythms, dub echoes and intricate chopping and resampling of the core guitar hook, stunning stuff as expected.
The latter half of the wax sees two more originals from Rick, firstly, ‘The Chateau’, which again displays a more playful side to Rick’s productions with its cheerful and lively vibe, fuelled by funk guitar, slap bass and energetic vocal lines. While ‘Jazz Militia’ reverts back to the sound Wade’s known for, raw, swinging 4/4 beats, smooth bubbling pads, hi-strings and moody atmospherics, closing the wax side of the package brilliantly.
Then last up on the EP label-head Simon Morell teams up with Tom Taylor, following his ‘These Things’ EP on the label earlier in the year, to deliver their rework of ‘Sweet Life’, taking things in a more uptempo direction with a Chicago tinged mix, built around a filter-house format with swirling guitars, crunchy percussion and uplifting strings.
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