Boomkat Product Review:
Perceptions of this excellent new album from Rick 'The Godson' Wilhite are no doubt altered by a rare and generous show of sunshine in this part of the world. If ever a record was primed for summer - this is it. Wilhite is a Detroit legend, with a career spanning some 20 years as a DJ, Musician and as part of the Three Chairs with Theo Parrish, Moodymann and Marcellus Pittman, although the last couple of years have found him busy with several projects, most notably the "Vibes" series for the mighty Rush Hour. Surprisingly, though, "Analog Aquarium" is for all intents and purposes his debut album proper, featuring 10 tracks of shimmering Beatdown, House and electronic Soul with a host of notable contributors - with 4 of the tracks recently made available on a pair of limited 'Japan Promo' 12"s that sold out in a flash. Opening track "Blame It On The Boogie' is a hot and sultry, loosely assembled cover version(ish) of the Jackson 5 classic, featuring the vocal talents of Billy Love and both Theo Parrish and Osunlade on production duties. "Dark Walking" follows and finds Wilhite in collusion with fellow Three Chair Marcellus Pittman for a killer arrangement of deep and ever so slightly maladjusted padded House, kind of like a less funnelled version of Omar S at his best. The rest of the album splits between glistening jazz-tinged, Rhodes-covered dancefloor cuts ('Deep Horizons', 'City Bar Dancing'), looped funk edits ('In The Rain') and more heavy-hitting late night experiments ('Cosmic Jungle', 'Cosmic Soup', 'Muzic Gonna Save The World') that are probably the highlights of this excellent collection. For all Detroit lovers - this is the real deal.