Risque III - Essence Of A Dream
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Risque III

Essence Of A Dream

Dark Entries
Release date: 10/12/21
genre: House
Format: Maxi / EP
1. Essence Of A Dream
2. Risqué Madness
Risque III - Essence Of A Dream


Dark Entries is again presenting an essential classic: the Chicago house anthem Essence of a Dream, by Risqu? III. K?Alexi Shelby?s illustrious career has included releases on legendary labels such as Trax, DJ International, and Transmat, as well as collaborations with high profile artists such as Marshall Jefferson and Pet Shop Boys. But his musical journey began at the young age of 12, when he befriended Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles while frequenting the Music Box and Warehouse. In high school, he began to write songs and hone his poetic craft. ?I recognized I had a gift to say what I was thinking. I would study Prince and Marvin Gaye, figure out what they meant and put my spin on it. The power of the word. I was writing love notes for all my boys in high school and making a killing. I would know what to say and what they should do.? In 1987, Shelby?s first solo release, Risqu? III?s ?Essence of a Dream? b/w ?Risqu? Madness,? was to be cemented in Chicago dance history. He was accompanied in the studio by his cousin and production mentor, Mr. Lee. The track?s effortlessly propulsive house rhythms (courtesy of the Roland TR-727, TR-707, and TR-909), salsa-inflected bassline, and oneiric strings fuse magnificently with K?Alexi?s steamy, Prince-esque verse. Due to tight studio schedule times, his vocals were almost omitted. Says Shelby: ?The session was coming to an end and I said I wanted to put the vocals on there. They said, ?We got no time unless you can get your vocals right in one take?. I said, ?Let it rip? and went into the vocal booth...they just stood there with their mouths open. The look on their faces was priceless.? The B-side?s ?Risqu? Madness? is a tribute to Ron Hardy, DJ at the Music Box and one of K?Alexi?s formative influences. The track opens with Shelby?s processed voice announcing ''I'd like to talk to you about escape. Let me take you away, away to a place where rhythm is life, and life is a never ending sound.'' This introduction captures h

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