Wilhite's contributions to 3 Chairs and The Rotating Assembly, though, are undeniable, and these two EPs prove that it was hardly lack of talent that was holding him back. "Drum Patterns & Memories" is sublime deep house with a hook that Moodymann can't help but EQ gleefully to full effect on his two mixes, while Wilhite turns it in a more docile direction. "Dreams of Yesterday," meanwhile, sneaks in under the radar, with a stomping percussion track that loops like a soulful cousin of Mike Huckaby.
Theo Parrish couldn't keep his hands off the similarly looping "Get On Up!!" on Soul Edge, which foreshadows and arguably makes Mannheim deep house irrelevant in only a few minutes. This stone-cold classic is followed by a trio of mixes of "What Do You See?" that arrive to pump up the funk. Each mix largely follows the same celebratory format, with subtle changes in the EQing that should make finding the perfect mix for the prospective DJ a very pleasurable task indeed.
Tue / 22 Dec 2009
A1 Drum Patterns & Memories (Rick's Morning Service Mix)
A2 Drum Patterns & Memories (Moodymann Mix)
B1 Dreams Of Yesterday (Rick's Never Will Forget Mix)
B2 Drum Patterns & Memories (Moodymann Mix 2)
A1 Get On Up!! (Theo Parrish's Late Dub)
A2 What Do You See (Rick's Unreleased Mix)
B1 What Do You See (Rick's Groove Mix)
B2 What Do You See (Moodymann Mix)