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Rick ‘the Godson’ Wilhite – Analog Aquarium [Still Music]
Still Music is proud to present Analog Aquariumand#8221;, the debut album by legendary Detroit house producer Rick The Godsonand#8221; Wilhite. Rick is a longtime member of Detroit’s dance music scene, dating back to his time working at Buy Rite records, one of the epicenters of Detroit’s 1980’s techno music explosion. More recently, his own record shop Vibes New and Rare Music has achieved revered status amongst those in the know, acting as the heart and soul of deep dance music in the city. Rick is also responsible for throwing countless parties in Detroit, helping to develop the house sound that the city is known for, and to build connections to DJs from other cities like Chicago that have proved invaluable over the years. His love for music and records has led to a DJing career that has spanned many genres, though it is his take on deep house music that has led him to international acclaim. Drawing from Detroit’s history of soul, jazz, disco, house, and techno, Rick’s productions weave these sometimes disparate elements into a beautiful, cohesive whole that remains distinctly his own, just as he does with the records he plays in his DJ sets. Working with Theo Parrish, Keny Dixon Jr., and Malik Pittman on the 3 Chairs project has grown Rick’s reputation even greater. With many classic 12and#8221; releases under his own name that have been absolutely beaten to death by DJs worldwide, it is now time for Rick to leave his mark on a wider audience with his debut solo album. While it is undoubtedly HIS album, Analog Aquariumand#8221; allows Rick to explore all sides of his musical abilities with the assistance of some of his most trusted allies. The record kicks off with a hot, jazzy vocal track in collaboration with Osunlade, Theo Parrish, and Billy Love, the Jacksons’ referencing Blame It On The Boogieand#8221;. While this tune conjures up images of the California sun, the next cut, Dark Walkingand#8221;, sees Rick team up with fellow 3 Chair Malik Pittman to explore the deep, nasty underbelly of the 313 with menacing synth bass and warm jazz chords. The two part jam Muzic Gonna Save The Worldand#8221; is a loose, stomping string-heavy romp, bringing to mind Pharoah Sanders if the synthesizer and sampler had been his instruments of choice. Sunshine Pt. 2and#8221; starts off pleasant enough with rolling percussion and Rick’s own voice intoning, Sunshineand#8221;, but those vibes are soon belied by the ominous strings and bells that transform the track entirely. One of the tracks from Rick’s first outing on Still Music is revisited on City Bar Opening (Basement Mix)and#8221;, taking the already raw feeling to an even higher level. Deep Horizonsand#8221; begins with frenetic percussion that is eventually whittled down to a soulful groove before building the intensity back up. Rick’s famous late-night sampled grooves reappear on In The Rainand#8221;, with Billy Love vibing up the place with his heart-felt vocals. On Cosmic Jungleand#8221; and Cosmic Soupand#8221;, Rick explores outer and inner space with tripped-out sci-fi effects but without sacrificing the soul that makes his productions so personal. All in all, a fitting full-length for such a diverse musician. Still Music is based in Chicago, IL, and is the brainchild of Jerome Derradji. Now in its seventh year, Still Music has been instrumental in the worldwide proliferation of some of America’s freshest underground dance music. From raw disco to beautiful, refined techno, and stopping at every tempo and mood between and beyond, Still Music and its sublabels Past Due and Love For Music (also known as Stilove4music) have found room to include artists both established and new, releasing what can only be described as GOOD music.Dj Feedbacksounds really nice!Frank / Ame / Innervisions wowee !…love it…..all top quality traxx as ever from rick…full support club/radio is guaranteed.Charles Webster Played and charted by Deetron! Wow! some seriously heavy music here. Deep and challenging stuff in places but really fresh and very inspiring for me both from a DJ and production point of view.Full support from me anyway, will include in my new RA chart for February and will also be including in the next Freerange show.Jimpster / Freerangeanalog aquarium is a beautifully dense and atmospheric album, with city bar dancing being the standout track for me on first listen – overall great LP! Manuel Tur fantastic deep thrilling album. Full support!Michl Reinboth / Compost sounds beautiful! a real achievement!Ed Davenport ‘this is ridicolous good! Already a contender for best album of 2011! Full support and more..’Volcov [Isoul8] DEEP HORIZONS- my fave on the album. Slammin’ music throughout this project, great work Rick!!Dj Minx – Detroit Some heady stuff here from The Godson. Blame It On THe Boogie and City Bar Dancing (Basement mix) would be the favs.Stuart / Basic Soul Unit Wow! This is really special. The kind of listenable techno album that someone like Laurent Garnier used to make that’s still full of club belters – was surprised how much this one moved me.Will write up in Feb’s column and play on radio and in club – brilliant!Huwston – 2SER Radio, 3D World Magazine (Australia) !another seriously deep episode written in Motown. 21st century blues at itand#180;s best, dj and radio support guaranteed!’Tom Wieland (7 Samurai ,Panoptikum,compost records.Vienna) Amazing amazing amazing! I’m really lost for words!!!Yossi / Sushitech Deep Horizons and Blame it on the Boogie were my favorite tracks.sabo / sol selectas NYC Thats a brilliant release my friend!Borja / Lovemonk Wow. Music indeed makes the world go round on Rick ‘The Godson’ Whilhite’s new album for Still Music. Love the workouts that are true to the album’s Analog pitch: ‘Cosmic Soup’ really does it for me. Nice twist with ‘Sunshine Pt. 2’. And of course, ‘Blame it on the Boogie’ is pure bliss. Bjarn Schffner, detroit house music at its best !!! what a great pacakge !!! 5 stars !!!mark (further in fusion). This is a fantastic release – stand out tracks for me have to be ‘Blame It On The Boogie’, ‘City Bar Dancing Basement Mix’, ‘In The Rain’ and ‘Cosmic Soup’.It would be a pleasure to include these in our radio shows, we’re huge fans of Rick for a long time now and this album showcases his style and ability in an exceptional manner!Black Athena / Greece Press:review in XLR8R mag plus featured reviewer spot for Rick Wilhite confirmed for March in IDJ confirmedreview in Resident Advisor confirmed Web:review on Mundovibe.comDJ mix feature on for late Marchreview in for March
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