Notes on label: The first step to revolution starts with you ... Powahhh "The acceptance of our present condition is the only form of extremism which discredits us before our children." - Lorraine Hansberry 1962
This is going to be simple and easy: Ron Trent's "Altered States" is by far the best, and my own personal favorite house release I have ever had the opportunity to listen to. Nothing in particular I could point to and say "this is what got me hooked", because all three tracks shine and radiate with soul, quality, originality and ideas.
The music is hypnotic, groovy and extremely accessible, even upon the first listen, and the melody work and the use of harmony is some of the most breath taking I have ever come across in electronic music. The title track has one of the most memorable lead melodies ever recorded, I swear you will not forget it once you hear it. It is applied to great effect, and repeated throughout, creating a real voyage, as the track lasts for thirteen minutes. The music just floats, takes you wherever you want to be, and touches your heart as well as inviting you to move your feet and nod your head along, be it all over the dance floor or the comfort of your living room. House music from way back when not every great house tune had to have vocals about dancing all night long and/or showing some love, and you didn't need to have break downs and climaxes with cheap filter sweeps in order for people to wave their 15 euro cocktails in the air. It actually puts many trance producers careers on the line and Ron Trent shows how it gets done. To think this release was originally published in 1990 is beyond comprehension. What is even worse is that almost two full decades later, nobody on this planet has even come close to reaching the sheer brilliance displayed here. Trust me, this is an obbligatory stop if you have even heard of the term house music.
This is a thirty minute music lesson you really want to take. I play this record whenever I can for whoever I can, whenever I have the opportunity. I am not even a dedicated follower of house music, but this just overlaps any genre borders and rules, restrictions, whatever. Essential piece of electronic music history. Not hearing this is like claiming you love gangster movies but never taking the time to check out "The Godfather".