Join me in my birthday celebration this weekend at the Chicago House Music Festival and Detroit Music Festival! Click on fliers below for more information.
Watch my interview as part of the first episode of a new travel series by Wax Poetics, exploring the musical heritage of selected cities.
"Ronnie Reese explores his home town of South Side, Chicago, first visiting with Todd Mayfield, son of soul icon Curtis Mayfield and writer of the new biography "Traveling Soul" (which was co-authored by Wax Poetics writer Travis Atria). They talk about Curtis's desire to own his own work, which led to starting the record label Curtom. In the second segment, Reese meets with Chicago house icon Ron Trent, where they talk about his rise through the local and international scene, which culminated in cofounding his own label, Prescription Records. In the epilogue, we pop into the (Discogs) Crate Diggers record fair and speak to cofounder Zernell Gillie, as well as chat with Ron Trent again about the joys of record digging."
Catch me at the annual tribute to my Mentor Frankie Knuckles at Smart Bar, Chicago this Sunday 14th January 2018. I will be playing alongside Derrick Carter, Mike Dunn, Michael Serafini, Garrett David and more.
As always, bring your ID and not least your dancing shoes. For more info click here
J Dilla is undoubtedly one of the most influential producers of the 21st Century. His legacy of iconic beats served the backdrop for countless hip hop giants with the likes of Slum Village and Tribe Called Quest. His his solo releases such as 'Donuts' and remixes had just as much impact, so much so that his body of work in his short but productive 32 years is widely deemed as an unspoken gold standard among hip hop producers and beyond.
Coming from a musical background, J Dilla's innate understanding of the the natural groove revolutionalized how an electronic sampling machine could be used to reinterpret music; ensuring that the organic sensibilities of live instrumentation is reimagined in a contemporary format without the loss of (and in most cases amplified) the soulful essence of the original.
Here is a great tribute video to the artistry of the great James 'J Dilla' Yancey.
(Words by Hsiao-Lan Liu)
Here is the edited video for your viewing. Though this was done out of courtesy to my fans and was not really a planned FB event, the information is valuable and rare.
Francois is a wealth of knowledge and is a beacon to the landscape of the roots of underground and even commercial music today.
He happen to be in NYC in a special time when the connectivity of the underground music scene and the commercial radio were working together. FK has worked with some of our most legendary acts and recordings of our time.
"Go Bang" is just one of them.
The Egungun spirit is alive.
Peep the music video for 'Citizen Kane' by Nightmares On Wax, featuring Mozez and Allan Kingdom. The music video is directed by award winning documentary filmmaker, James Burns, and features Langston Fishburne, son of Laurence Fishburne. Taken from the new album ‘Shape The Future’, out 26th January on Warp Records.
Listen to Ron Trent's Night Dubbin remix of 'Citizen Kane' below. Download/Stream it here.
EDIT: This remix will be available to purchase in limited edition 12″ released Friday, December 1 on Warp Records via Inertia Music.
"The morning dew
The flowers that bloom
The smallest ballerina
Dancing to the tune
Between the leaves
I had talked to trees
In the light of the sun
She leaps...she runs…
Without a care
I wish I could keep her there
Where she only dance with me
No-one else could feel her touch
See her beauty and emotion
The things that I love so much
She leaves to come back
Just to begin
Time and time again
With a blink of an eye
She’s a breeze
A breeze from the wind, you see
She’s a breeze….
She’s a breeze
A breeze from the wind, you see
She’s a breeze
...She’s a breeze"
Lyrics written and performed by Harry Dennis
Produced by Ron Trent for Future Vision World
Available to order on vinyl format from Rush Hour here
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Topic: An in-depth view into the production and remix of the classic recording of Dinosaur L "Go Bang" written and by produced by the late great Aurthur Russell and remixed by Francois K.
This classic broke barriers and is one of the most important recordings in music history. Francois is the man responsible for this ground breaking body of work. The sonics, the sensibility, and the depth of Francois production on this recording is mystical and unmatched. The world heard this record and it was never the same.
You will get a chance to hear from the man himself about his relationship to the creation of this masterpiece. See you there!!!
A little over a year ago, David Mancuso, the Giant and Tastemaker of Underground Club Culture of over 40 years, transcended to the higher realms. His renown musical space, The Loft, became the best kept open secret of New York City from the mid 1970s onwards, his tutelage spawning prodigious DJs Frankie Knuckles and Larry Levan, as well as inspiring generations of club owners, including none other than the venerable Robert Williams, who founded The Warehouse and The Muzic Box in Chicago as a space to recreate the free spirit of The Loft.
It would be a great honor to welcome NYC club legend Francois Kervorkian and special guests Robert Williams and Detroit > Chicago transplant Peter Croce in celebration of David's everlasting sonic legacy via 'Dancing On Outer Space' next Saturday 25th November on the dance floor of Elastic Arts. Click here for more info and ticket link to this event.
Here is a snippet of Francois K describing what made The Loft so special. Looking forward to seeing you on the dancefloor for our cosmic journey >>
Featured as the closing track on Don Letts' 'Culture Clash' show on BBC Radio 6, ' BPS Dub' is a haunting laid back dub that is the perfect accompaniment to your nightcap.
BPS Blak Punk Soundsystem is Available to purchase in vinyl and digital format below:
Felabration 2017 With Africa HiFi, Seun Kuti, Africa 80 & Bitori @ Concord Music Hall, Saturday 23rd September 2017
Get ready for a free night of art, music and Afrobeat!
Just over 2 days to go until the Felabration 20th anniversary celebration on Saturday 23rd September 2017, featuring Seun Kuti, Africa 80 and Bitori, with music filled in by yours truly.
We will have the above 16x20 framed poster by Rob Hamilton signed by the artists and put up for auction the night of the event, the the proceeds of which will go to http://keepachildalive.org in memory of Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
There will also be limited Felabration pins below, so make sure you get there early to get yours!
'The Place Inside' is a Latin tinged track which makes a fitting finale to Ron Trent's upcoming vinyl release 'Gemini Jazz', with breezy Brazilian style vocals complementing dreamy piano chords.
'Gemini Jazz' is available for pre-order from the below outlets:
The first track on side B of the upcoming vinyl release 'Gemini Jazz', 'The Tone' is Ron Trent's tribute to one of the most iconic musicians, Jaco Pastorious. As many fans will attest, Jaco was no doubt a musician who was light years ahead of his time, breaking traditions and boundaries and still influencing countless musicians today. The rawness and futuristic sound of Jaco lives on in 'The Tone'.
'Gemini Jazz' is available to pre-order now from the below outlets:
The first of 3 tracks on the upcoming 'Gemini Jazz' vinyl release, 'Storyteller' is an ethereal tribute to our earthly existence under heavenly realm, the progressive marching drums laced with intensely dynamic chords coloring our story and our ancestors before us.
Get your orders in now via the below outlets:
No matter how your day is, just turn the volume up, sit back and let the melodic sunrise take the stress away...
It's been 10 years since the release of Ron Trent's album 'Cinematic Travels - Ancient Future', and as expected with his releases, this album just gets better with time, evidently through recent mentions by fans of their love for this album. 'Cinematic Travels' is a gathering of a fine selection of seasoned world musicians. The likes of Angel Luis Figueroa, Karsh Kale, Dorian Chea, Kenneth Robertson, Gary Durdan and Ron Trent provides the delicious live instrumentation, taking the listener on a pure transcendence to another dimension. In a world of plastic synthetic sounds and disjointed samples, sometimes it's just nice to go back to the analogue zone and reset the aural horizon.
(words by Hsiao-Lan Liu)
...'Prescription: Word, Sound & Power' is available to download digitally on Bandcamp! Well now you know, as it is listed as their 'Ten Best House Records So Far'. Thanks again to those who have continued to support this compilation, click here and have a read of the complete list.
Thanks again to those who came out to the 14th Annual Silver Room Block Party this year, if you were one of around 30,000 people who showed up (almost double of last year's attendance of 16,000), you know that it was a very special event indeed! Click here to read more and see more of the festivities that went down at the Chicago Reader. (Click Photo for more)
One more sleep until the 14th Annual Silver Room Block Party!
You can catch Ron Trent on the Harper Court Stage #1 at 8pm, there is also a special "Oyotunji Egbe Egungun" performance at 7.15pm (between Ayodele Drum Set and Ron's set), which comprises of Egungun priests and traditional Yoruba practitioners who have travelled especially to perform at the Silver Room Block Party.
An "Egbe Egungun" is a special dance and drumming ceremony to honor the ancestors, a central element in Yoruba Ifa philosophy. The Oyotunji is a special village which was set up in the 1970s as a sacred space to practise traditional Yoruba philosophy of Ifa. Read more about the Oyotunji Village here.
And don't forget to join the official After Party for the Block Party at the Promontory. Tickets are $20 on the door, click here for more event information.
'Together Forever' is another treat from the 'Romantic Flight' series, futuristic strings and pads against a backdrop of rhythmic percussion and soft vocals.
'Together Forever' is available to to pre-order now from record stores near you, including: