ABACUS / RON TRENT & CHEZ DAMIER "FOOT THERAPY EP"

ABACUS / RON TRENT & CHEZ DAMIER "FOOT THERAPY EP"
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The dopest Prescription E.P. reissued for the first time since it’s original release in 1995. Throughout the decade & a half since it’s inception, “The Foot Therapy EP” has gained indisputable cult status amongst the truly devoted dance music masses of yesteryear & today, a precious & definitely obscure gem that typifies the unparalleled cannon of Ron Trent & Chez Damier’s Prescription label---a carefully planned family of releases who’s early births were presented & consumed with reverent enthusiasm and awed devotion, embodying all that was cutting edge, completely original & musically exhilarating in the burgeoning dance music communities of the early-to-mid 1990’s. Each release, with their carefully crafted artwork, meticulously formulated themes & socially-exacting quotations on the inner label of each 12” were the full realization of all that house music strove to become in those early years. Of course, the music itself maintained the central focus of it’s audience, a totally new approach, combining the raw-as-meat grittiness of early analog production with the totality of a musical wit that seemed to grasp the melodic & rhythmical components of instrumental and vocal dance music as it’s first born---truly the beginning of the proper use of the term “deep house.” To this day Prescription’s early years remain totally unscathed by the latter developments of it’s inheritors, the ultimate combining of full emotional honesty & self-expression with the socially conscious awareness of the very real material landscape of post-Reagan desolation.

“The Foot Therapy EP” itself, aside from it’s difficulty to locate, always stood the test of time as the ultimate Prescription release---if only for the utterly ingenious “Come On” from then newcomer Abacus, a testament to Trent & Damier’s serious knack for locating and nourishing undiscovered talent across the United States. “Come On” is---without one minutia of a doubt---a perfectly crafted deep house track in the proper sense of the term. The lush warmth of the perfect analog chords, swinging & irresistibly driving percussion and the ultimate exploitation of the vocal sample placed this track immediately in the untouchable domain of the sublime in deep house music. The dialectical opposite of a boring, repetitive & uninspired track exercise in lazy self-reiteration, “Come On” glides effortlessly to & fro between the supposed limitations of repetition & 4-to-the-floor confinement to produce something unalterably transcendent & breathtaking…and yet totally innocent & selflessly unaware.

Which brings us to why, WHY IN ALL THAT IS PRECIOUS AND GOOD AND TIMELESS IN ART & MUSIC---why would Ron Trent/Chez Damier hand this brilliant music over to a label that treats it like just another reissue? It beckons another question: “do Ron Trent & Chez Damier actually know what they achieved?” The answer we must all believe is YES. These two immensely talented individuals, who have pretty much paved the way for the sound that now preoccupies a huge majority of the electronic music world, cannot possibly have forgotten how special this release (as well as countless others on the label) really was to so many good people, to the objective historical legacy of dance music as a whole, and most importantly, to themselves. No one as talented & historically important as these two men should ever, ever license much of their best music, only to see it grouped uncaringly with the steady stream of mediocre---in quality & conception---reissues. It’s not to bring the just attention to a previously unknown or disregarded release in the dance music community---as this release stands as one of the magnum opuses of house music. Instead, it only serves to minimize the importance of this treasure and to bring its legacy from the clouds of  the uncanny to the domain of mediocre presentation and philosophical impoverishment that reigns with an iron grip over much of our world. Don’t get me wrong---it’s extremely important that these release gain a wider audience, that new listeners experience the importance of this music and that it’s original intent is honored rightly---and by the individuals who are still around to witness it’s promulgation. But this, I’m afraid to say, is precisely what is NOT happening here.

Regardless, it’s still well worth every penny you can and should spend on this record if you don't own it already. It’s just tragic that this re-visitation wasn’t executed with more care, consideration and honor that it rightly deserves.
 
 
"I can always feel the faith that sits awaiting, God is guiding. Some people know this feeling that keeps them wanting more. You better hope the feeling comes soon over you.
“I can feel it. I’m never going to try to fight these spirits.”
-MK, Kesley, Chez Damier, 1989
 
   
Tracklisting  
SIDE A  
1.  Joshua - Let The Spirit
SIDE B  
1.   Ron Trent & Chez Damier - Foot Therapy
 
1.   Abacus - Come On  

 
   
   
Artist Title
RON TRENT/CHEZ DAMIER/ABACUS FOOT THERAPY
   
Label Cat.#
P&D PD-03
   
Year Format
2009 12"
   
Additional Info.  

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