Ronald Langestraat, Apollo  
Ronald Langestraat
Apollo
TIP  
NED 1xLP 
Label: South Of North
Release Year: 2018
Style: Funk & Soul
 
  Tracks  
  1.Yearning to this music 02:18
2.Space train 03:54
3.Music from outer space 04:05
4.Lowdown 04:15
5.Give and take 05:00
6.A fast drive through the universe 03:32
7.Worldwide clarinet 07:00
8.Orpheus 04:29
 
  "Apollo" is a compilation of an Apollo Hotel CD box, that Ronald made himself, for family and friends.

From 1986 until 1992, Ronald had a residency in the lounge of Amsterdam’s Apollo Hotel. He would play there 5 days a week, for 5 hours a day. In 1991, throughout several sessions, he recorded himself on a cassette recorder. The recordings were ranging from re-interpreted cover versions to multiple own compositions.

The Apollo was particularly known for its sophisticated and elegant crowd. Guests would come to meet in the lounge to talk business, or end the day with a drink at the bar - dancing was never an option.

Listening to the album, one must wonder how some of this music would go hand in hand with a place like that. It seems Ronald gets lost in music and returns in unequally balanced patterns. Lounge sounds meet drum computer rhythms, punchy baselines, distorted space noises, reoccurring clarinet interludes and improvised piano solos.

Back then, just as now, Ronald never liked to be the center of attention. He simply tried to interact with the surrounding as a provider of the mood - as he explains himself.
 
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