Boomkat Product Review:
The deep house deity diversifies his bonds beside Gigi Masin, Khruangbin, Jean-Luc Ponty and members of Azymuth on the Night Time Stories division of the Late Night Tales series
Expanding on the downtempo project initiated with ‘Night Ride’ in 2019, Ron Trent supplies an instant lifestyle upgrade with the first Warm LP. Accompanied by stellar guests spanning legends of late c.20th jazz, ambient, and retro-futurist Thai psych funk, Trent lathers the soul levels to lip-bitingly strong, sultry degrees that will certainly sound suitably classy in a 20th storey bachelor pad, but likewise make your mouldy bedsit feel 100% more suave.
The 10 tracks effectively refract a spectrum of tasteful jazz-funked adult contemporary, with glittering guests worthy of Trent’s presence, and vice-versa, aiding the set’s sashay from Brazilian lounge downstroke ‘Cool water’, starring Ivan Conti & Lars Bartkuhn setting the tone for Gigi Masin standout turn int he diaphanous pads and come-to-bed chords of ‘Admira’, and one-time Mahvishnu Orchestra member Jean-Luc Ponty lending some of that worldly expression to the slick swivel of ‘Sphere’. Khruangbin are an unexpected but fine addition to the formula on the disco-puckered swerve of ‘Flos Potentia (Sugar, Cotton, Tabacco)’, and Venecia spritzes ‘Flowers’ with instant classic vibes that resonate thru Azimuth bassist Alex Calheiros’ turn on ‘Melt Into You’. Best for us is the filigree touch of ‘Cycle Of Many’, whose bassline is seriously nagging us now (sounds like a Global Communication sample??).