Rick Wade

Rick Wade

Real Name:
Richard Lee Wade Jr.
American deep house recording artist, and DJ, based in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Rick Wade was born in small-town western Michigan, less than an hour from Chicago's South Side. In the mid 1980s while studying at the University of Michigan, Wade gained his first gigs spinning deep underground house at the Nectarine Ballroom, the venue where Jeff Mills was also making his name, for techno rather than for house.

Simultaneously, Wade maintained a successful mix show on WCBN named "Journey To The Land Of House". It was a huge success, as were his subsequent gigs at clubs in and around Detroit. So much so that by 1993, Wade was able to build his own studio and form a label, Harmonie Park.

Wade has released his textured brand of house not only on his own label but also on the likes of labels Track Mode, Moods & Grooves, A Touch Of Class, M3, Elevate, Chord 44 Records, Out Of The Box, et al.

Rick Wade Discography


Rick Wade Dark Ascension Music Is... UK 2004 Sell This Version
HP 009 Rick Wade Darkskills(CD) Harmonie Park HP 009 US 2005 Sell This Version
Rick Wade The Good, The Bad And The Deep (Album) Yore Records Germany 2008 Sell This Version
none Rick Wade Requiem For A Machine Soul(CDr, MiniAlbum, Ltd) Harmonie Park none US 2010 Sell This Version
Rick Wade Never Ending Reflections (Album) Harmonie Park US 2011 Sell This Version
Rick Wade With Me (Album) Little Angel Records Germany 2013 Sell This Version
RA.EX196 Rick Wade RA.EX196 Rick Wade(File, MP3, 320) Resident Advisor RA.EX196 UK 2014
SFB001 Rick Wade Golden Harvest(CD, Album) Steamed Fresh Beats SFB001 US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Rick Wade Late Night Basix Harmonie Park US 1994 Sell This Version
Rick Wade Night Trackin' Elevate (7) US 1997 Sell This Version
Rick Wade The Angry Pimp EP (EP) Harmonie Park US 1997 Sell This Version
Rick Wade Late Night Basix Vol. 2 Harmonie Park US 1998 Sell This Version
Rick Wade Tracks From The Park Vol. 1 Track Mode US 1998 Sell This Version
Rick Wade The Vibe Chaser M3 US 1998 Sell This Version
Rick Wade & Brett Dancer Rick Wade & Brett Dancer - Diverse Dynamix EP (EP) Chord 44 Records US 1999 Sell This Version
Rick Wade Deep Threats A Touch Of Class (Germany) Germany 1999 Sell This Version
MG004 Rick Wade Quantum Expression(12") Moods & Grooves MG004 US 1999 Sell This Version
OOTB3 Rick Wade H.E.A.T.(12") Out Of The Box OOTB3 US 1999 Sell This Version
Rick Wade The Harmonie Project Viva! US 2000 Sell This Version
Rick Wade The Perfect Pimp EP (EP) Harmonie Park US 2001 Sell This Version
Rick Wade Big Foot Music Is... UK 2003 Sell This Version
FC13 Rick Wade The Bumbaye EP(12", EP) Funky Chocolate FC13 France 2003 Sell This Version
FC08 Rick Wade The Latina EP(12", EP) Funky Chocolate FC08 France 2003 Sell This Version
FC11 Rick Wade I Can't Take It(12", EP) Funky Chocolate FC11 France 2003 Sell This Version
Rick Wade The Grimm World Of Tones Harmonie Park US 2004 Sell This Version

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May 29, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
I really agree with defntx.

Have been watching Mr.Wade for years now it looks like he issues one 12" EVERY month....
Does he really make money on these pressings or is he a billionaire that can continuously press vinyl with loss??
Must say his music sounds worse and worse for each new release.


April 7, 2014
I can't believe how much overhyped Mr. Wade's productions are. Musically they're just lame. Mr. Wade is always trying to put together some sampled chords along with vocal or piano samples to make his productions sound like music, but his lack of musical ear always fails. He sometimes even gets first 3 chords right, just to ruin it with the fourth one. Back in the 90s, there were people making better crafted tunes on their Amigas and PCs. I find it so ridicoulous people are ready to spend their hard earned money on this. Also the production is pretty flat. But again, it's the hit and miss method of chord arrangement that rapes my ears.


September 28, 2010
Rick Wade is one of the fastest deep house producers from Detroit. He whips out tracks faster than most. Back in the Day he would come across samples that you would try to trade him out of, if he found them before you. In a matter of no time, would he whip them into shape, only to create a legacy of releases found on Discogs. Don't let the speed of his productions fool you into thinking that it out weighs the quality either.

Rick held back on his first Harmonie Park release until he was sure that it was perfect. In this game, if your first release, or remix isnt worth searching for, you will be playing catch up until you get it right. And we all know the quality of Harmonie Park releases. Rick Wade is known as the "label Starter" Many new labels today rely on the skills and production methods that Rick Wade has taken quite some time to possess.

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