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Ron Trent Presents WARM
ReleaseProduct
Ron Trent Presents WARM - What Do The Stars Say To You
Label
Night Time Stories
Catalogue Number
ALND68
Release Date
June 24, 2022
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Press Release

In 1990 Ronald Lee Trent Jr. was the teenage creator of Altered States – a raw, futuristic techno-not-techno anthem, which in retrospect was something of a stylistic anomaly for the young artist. Across subsequent years, with time spent in Chicago, New York and Detroit, came the development of his signature sound, and renown as a world class purveyor of deep, soul infused house/garage. This story has already been told, and on casual inspection, the well-worn platitude ‘house music legend’ is an old shoe that still fits. However, in fact, he’s actually so much more, and has been for quite a while. A genuine musician, songwriter, and ‘producer’ in the proper, old-school sense, the artist today has more in common with Quincy Jones than he does your average journeyman DJ track-hack.

To those in the know, these broader skills haven’t gone unnoticed, which is why on the highly collaborative, career-topping new LP ‘What Do The Stars Say To You’, it took little persuasion to recruit serious star power. Brazilian royalty Ivan Conti and Alex Malheriros from Azymuth, violin maestro Jean Luc Ponty, ambient hero Gigi Masin, hype band Khruangbin and more performed, whilst NY cornerstone François K provided mastering duties. At various points Ron himself played drums, percussion, keys, synths, piano, guitar and electronics.

Harking back to the 70s and 80s boom in adventurous, luxurious albums, WDTSSTY is a love letter to the longplayer, where rich musicality and a liquid smooth, silky flow make seemingly odd genre bedfellows acquiesce harmoniously. Each song its own high-fidelity odyssey, Trent incorporated a broad range of live instruments and electronics into a sophisticated, euphonic whole. Described by him as being “designed for harmonising with spirit, urban life and nature”, this is aural soul food, gently easing you into balmy nights, where everything is alright.

Originally wanting to be an architect, Trent’s views his approach to collaboration and music in general as having the same principles. A firm believer in the nourishing qualities of sound, he sees direct parallels between the two disciplines, being as the purpose of good architecture is to improve quality of life. “With WARM, through sound design, I built frameworks for the musicians, who furnished and occupied these struc tures beautifully, which was a big compliment for me”, he comments.

The conditions required for a good collab are more than simply structural though, as Trent expounds, “I’m a huge fan of everyone on the record, especially Jean Luc and Azymuth, who’re part of my DNA. Each track was made with that guest in mind – for example, when I started writing ‘Sphere’, I immediately thought ‘this IS Ponty’. I played the keys in his style, and did a guide violin solo using a synth, which he then redid, amazingly. ‘Cool Water’ is based around Azymuth themes, so when I sent it to Ivan, he could immediately see himself in the piece; He got what I was going for straight away. For ‘Melt Into You’ I hit up Alex on Instagram, sent him the track, he liked it, and within 24 hours he’d sent back six different bass passes!”

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Cool Water feat. Ivan Conti (Azymuth) and Lars Bartkuhn 4:36 Buy

    Cool Water feat. Ivan Conti (Azymuth) and Lars Bartkuhn

  2. 2 Cycle of Many 4:46 Buy
  3. 3 Admira feat. Gigi Masin 6:12 Buy

    Admira feat. Gigi Masin

  4. 4 Flowers feat. Venecia 6:02 Buy

    Flowers feat. Venecia

  5. 5 Melt into you feat. Alex Malheiros (Azymuth) 6:14 Buy

    Melt into you feat. Alex Malheiros (Azymuth)

  6. 6 Flos Potentia (Sugar, Cotton, Tabacco) feat. Khruangbin 5:34 Buy

    Flos Potentia (Sugar, Cotton, Tabacco) feat. Khruangbin

  7. 7 Sphere feat. Jean-Luc Ponty 5:40 Buy

    Sphere feat. Jean-Luc Ponty

  8. 8 WARM 4:40 Buy
  9. 9 On my way home 3:45 Buy

    On my way home

  10. 10 What do the stars say to you 2:34 Buy

    What do the stars say to you

  11. 11 What do the stars say to you (Francois Kevorkian Mix) 71:27

LP Track List

  1. A1. Cool Water feat. Ivan Conti (Azymuth) and Lars Bartkuhn
  2. A2. Cycle of Many
  3. A3. Admira feat. Gigi Masin
  4. A4. Flowers feat. Venecia
  5. A5. Melt into you feat. Alex Malheiros (Azymuth)
  6. B1. Flos Potentia (Sugar, Cotton, Tabacco) feat. Khruangbin
  7. B2. Sphere feat. Jean-Luc Ponty
  8. B3. WARM
  9. B4. On my way home
  10. B5. What do the stars say to you

CD Track List

  1. Melt into you feat. Alex Malheiros (Azymuth)
  2. Cool Water feat. Ivan Conti (Azymuth) and Lars Bartkuhn
  3. Flos Potentia (Sugar, Cotton, Tabacco) feat. Khruangbin
  4. The ride*
  5. Cycle of Many
  6. In the summer when we were young*
  7. Flowers feat. Venecia
  8. Sphere feat. Jean-Luc Ponty
  9. Admira feat. Gigi Masin
  10. Endless Love*
  11. Rocking You*
  12. WARM
  13. On my way home
  14. What do the stars say to you
  15. Cool Water Interlude*

Includes 5 bonus tracks*

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