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Prolific house music aficionado Rick Wade returns to Piston Recordings with his Find A Way EP. His last effort here, I Know Ur There EP, was very well received and was subsequently given a reworking by label boss Rogerio Martins. 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.

Rick’s house music roots shine through on Find A Way which intros with a delicate pad and smooth vocal combo before solid 4×4 house beats take over. The beats are soon joined by a deep and groovy bassline as the vocal cuts through the lower frequencies. Chord pads move effortlessly in the track adding weight to the groove and forcing you to move. Beautifully simplistic with a huge impact, just the tonic needed to keep the party rocking.

Badoo Deeum is a superbly crafted house joint made up with some super smooth sounds that sit under an expertly crafted drum sequence that provides maximum rhythmic function. A series of chord pads and loungy keys give the track a distinct laid-back deep house groove while a cool vocal runs through at various points adding character. A top-notch slice that will not disappoint.

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Apprentis – Your Love EP is featured by Beatport in the Deep House genre page!

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Apprentis debuts on Piston Recordings with the deep, lush tones on his three track EP titled Your Love. Based in Amsterdam, Apprentis has been churning out quality vibes for the last couple of years and recently he has taken to the decks at various clubs around Amsterdam to the delight of many crowds. Each week he explores new, rare and experimental tunes on his Mixcloud podcast. He already has an impressive release count on several labels and towards the end of 2018 he featured in an insightful write up on King Street Sounds as part of the release of Realness on Street King. A pleasure to have him here at Piston, definitely an artist to watch for the future.

Smooth, authentic drums greet us on the intro to Your Love which are followed by a plucky bass and funky wah wah guitar lick. The track delves deep into house music while retaining a minimalist structure with an impactful stance. Cool vocals sound off in the distance as groovy chords layer up to create a nice, expertly crafted dancefloor track. The perfect fodder for any set builder that will not disappoint.

I’m Okay intros with soft pianos and rising hi hats that are soon joined by a well-rounded thumping kick drum and meandering bass combi. The track takes on an urban vibe that will easily translate to the floors. Warm chords fill the spectrum alongside funky guitar riffs that add so much character to the sound. The bassline remains prominent, mesmerizing with its depth and warmth making this one an absolute must have for the late-night session.

Winter is a sublime, pacey deep house joint filled with beautifully crafted sounds that deliver a warm groove. Soft and melodic pads sweep over the sound as a chunky kick drum dishes out a solid rhythm alongside cool, crispy hats and percussions. The chords are magical as they lure you into the deepness of the groove. A top-notch effort that will be a welcome addition in any collection.

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