Risqué III* ‎– Essence Of A Dream

Stride Records Inc ‎– KK-1837
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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A Essence Of A Dream
Mixed By – Mr. Lee, Robert McKayWritten-By – Frank Sneed
B Risqué Madness
Mixed By – K. Alexi Shelby*

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Recorded at ARS Studio, Alsip, IL.
℗ & © 1987 Stride Rite Publish. 1987 ASCAP

Bootlegged Risqué III* - Essence Of A Dream with same label artwork in August 2008.

“Risqué Madness” was inspired by Life Is A Jungle on Kikrokos - Jungle D. J. & Dirty Kate on Polydor Records re-edited by Ron Hardy on his reel to reel.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): KK - 1837 - A ΔM
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): KK - 1837 - B ΔM
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

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February 28, 2018
edited 9 months ago
If your buying the OG release on this page, make double sure yours has the following run out etchings in the dead-wax:

Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): KK - 1837 - A ΔM
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): KK - 1837 - B ΔM

Anything without this info is a far less valuable bootleg. All good, just don't pay OG prices for dupe copies.

Originals came in a colour burst sleeve (see images)



April 16, 2017
Wow.....so expensive, guess I'll just have to make do with "essence of a dream" on 'best of house vol.3' and the other side 'risque madness' on 'Jack Trax 3'.


August 29, 2014
edited over 4 years ago

Two worthy classics on either side. Should've been a double AA side in my opinion. Essense Of Dream is what deep house should be about. Melancholy, sensuality, with a subtle funkiness which doesn't overpower the other elements and not overproduced to the point of unnecessary overlaying of pads, vocals etc.

Risque Madness on the other hand is quite a mental track. Off-Kilter compared to the main side and quite a bit tougher too. Definitely has crossover appeal into the heavier, more experimental Detroit techno sounds and Chicago house and acid of the time. The funk is more blatant and seriously jacking!


April 25, 2012
risque madness - this was such an early cult house track , only the real early heads came in and bought one of these . http://www.discogs.com/Kikrokos-Jungle-DJ-Dirty-Kate/release/210862 is where the risky madness sample comes from . its an old ron hardy track and a cult track in itself . i think someone had it on the 'choices' cd series too [tenaglia/mills maybe?] . still sounds so underground and so good .


February 3, 2011
edited over 8 years ago
This track represents the Early house sound of the Chi.
K Alexi was and is one of the true pioneers that made this possible.


March 19, 2004

Big Classic release. Both Sides are good. Essence Of A Dream uses a cool TB 303 Bass line that evolves a little bit, so, we can say it is one of the first acid-house record. The other side features also a wonderfull jackin' anthem wich represents itself the Chicago Jackin' sound. Raw disco sample & wild voices & vibe. Top EP !A must have for every House Music lover.


July 16, 2002

One of K. Alexi's best and yet most unsung releases; a must for those who like the extremely deep & dirty tracks from that era (think 'All for Lee-Sah' but more unrefined)...