By any measure, Ron Trent has enjoyed a career worth celebrating. Over the course of a career that has so far spanned three decades, the Chicagoan has done more than anyone bar his Windy City contemporary Larry Heard to define the sound of deep house. He’s done this while challenging himself, constantly evolving musically and developing a trademark sonic palette the makes the most of his training as a percussionist and a lover of all things immersive, atmospheric, spiritual and soulful.
As you may have read, Trent has a rather large project about to drop: his first album for over a decade. Credited to Ron Trent presents WARM – a project first unveiled in 2019 that utilises guest musicians and a wider range of organic instrumentation – What Do The Stars Say To You is an absolute peach of a full-length: a set designed to be listened to from start to finish that sees the Prescription Records co-founder and Word & Power chief pay tribute to the imaginative, adventurous, hybrid electronic/acoustic albums of the early 1980s. It was created with the cooperation of a raft of high-profile collaborators including Alex Malheiros and Ivan Conti of Azymuth, Khruangbin, ambient hero Gigi Masin and legendary violinist and composer Jean-Luc Ponty.
Last month, Trent took time out from his busy schedule to speak to Join The Future’s Matt Anniss about the project, his career to date, issues with Chicago house history and his future plans. You can read Matt’s written feature based on the conversation right now at Juno Daily. More excitingly, you’ll soon be able to listen to the conversation – which goes far deeper than the necessarily brief article – on the next episode of Join The Future on Noods Radio (Series 2, Episode 6). This will air on Noods on Wednesday 22nd June 2022 at 15:00 BST, and will be available to listen to on demand afterwards via the Noods website and Mixcloud channel.