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Photek

Though Goldie became the first superstar of jungle, the recordings of Rupert Parkes -- as Code of Practice, Aquarius, Studio Pressure, the Truper, and Sentinel, but most famously as Photek -- made him an easy pick for the style's most artistic and intelligent producer. Working his way through street-level hardstep (on early productions for Certificate 18 and Street Beats) and airy, sub-aquatic "dolphin" tunes for L.T.J Bukem's Good Looking label, Parkes finally arrived at a sound that pushed the bounds of drum'n'bass from the dancefloor into the realm of breakbeat head space. His incredibly intricate rhythm programming -- often requiring weeks of computer preparation -- and the unmissable aura of paranoid menace on recordings such as "The Hidden Camera" and "UFO" exerted quite an influence on the return of dark-style drum'n'bass during the late '90s.

As a teenager, Parkes listened to electro, techno, and hip-hop as well as the more free-form side of jazz and fusion. Thanks to a sampler bought with a £2000 loan from the Trust of the Prince of Wales, he began producing tracks and first appeared on Paul Solomon's Certificate 18 Records with singles as Studio Pressure. He also recorded for Basement (as Sentinel) and Street Beats (the Truper) before initiating a series of 12" singles for his own Photek Records, which gave him credentials and led to releases on Goldie's Metalheadz label and L.T.J. Bukem's Good Looking, as well as a remix of the Therapy? single "Loose."

After Parkes had released more than 80 tracks of drum'n'bass on half-a-dozen labels, he was approached by Virgin and signed to a five-album deal with the label's Science imprint (provided he was allowed to continue recording for other independent labels as well). Parkes' first release on Science was the Hidden Camera EP, which appeared in May 1996. The second Science single Ni-Ten-Ichi-Ryu displayed an increasing interest in applying the lessons of martial arts to his programming (the title is Japanese for "two swords, one technique"). Virgin compiled the latter two releases on 1997's Risc vs. Reward, then released the debut Photek album Modus Operandi in September 1997. Much-hyped though little-praised, the album was followed by 1998's Form & Function, a compilation including several original Photek Records tracks plus remixes and new tracks. During the next two years, Parkes focused on his new Photek Productions label, and finally released a second LP, Solaris, in 2000. A couple exceptions aside, the album departed from drum'n'bass and was deeply indebted to early Chicago house. Heavyweight house vocalist Robert Owens was featured on two tracks.

Throughout the next decade, Parkes was sporadically active, at least when it came to 12" releases. He became involved with composing music for films and assisted Trent Reznor with some programming on Nine Inch Nails' 2005 album With Teeth. Some of his 2000-2007 output was compiled for Form & Function, Vol. 2 (Sanctuary, 2007). Across 2011 and 2012, he was prolific once more, with several singles and EPs for Photek Productions, a collaboration with dubstep producer Pinch, and an installment in the !K7 label's long-running DJ-Kicks series. Featuring several of his own tracks, Parkes' mix focused on contemporary techno, downtempo, and atmospheric dubstep, with no drum'n'bass whatsoever. ~ John Bush & Andy Kellman, Rovi
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Track List: Levitation - The Remixes (DJ-Kicks)

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Comments

Straight dope
I love Sleepwalking ! ! !
I really need to hit up a DNB PARTY I haven't been to one in over a decade.
Awesome! Is all i can say!!!
have only heard a remix of daft punk song by him
i feel stupid now lol
Dope.
HE'S A GUY????




he's a guy?
I've heard this track before. Love it fools, love it. Acoustic stand up bass. Soul.
milesblong
I saw him about 2 weeks ago. He's still keelin' it... :)
F**k u mybrotherisb l o n d e go make us happy and die.
Love the sounds of Photek.
Diggity dizzope!!
Garbage
How can the artist bio say this is not DNB!? Smh
Groovy.
vikram.kalra
Like listening to graph paper dancing with scissors.
When I first heard this track, I had to sit down. I am still amazed how perfect of a production this was at its time of release. Sounds as beautiful as ever.
I remember DITCing and buying some of his records. He was ahead of his time. S**t still sounds raw til to this day! Rum and A** will never die!
chrsroc
fo sho
reich66
Wow i forgot how long ago it was when I first heard Risc vs Reward, guess it was the 90s. Photek is the s**t f**k that dancey DnB sound, sounds more like progressive jungle then DnB. Also if your reading this and have not heard of this guy Amon Tobin I suggest you check him out. He did the music for Tom Clanceys Splinter Cell Chaos Theory.
Photek has been da hot s**t since back in da day.Keep up the good work.Fo sho one of da illest.Peace love and godbless.
Nothing else out there like him 'cept maybe Krush. Those deep bass lines keep killin' it. Heady, deep, jazzy, beats with piano and that little curly-Q on the end. Trip.
esposure
This is a great artist indeed, I feel like the track knitevision really needs to progress and go somewhere like change modes or key or rhythm. Just a thought does anyone agree? If you like live drum n bass check out Thirst Quenchers in philly, they"ll be at the PEX summer fest
I agree with passionable9 0 *just turned it up louder
earlwiggs10
YEAH PHOTEK IS A BAD CAT!!!! AWESOME DUDE!!
Photek is just really neat to listen to. Great music to end the evening with.
massages my soul...
Wow!!!
Man, I can't get enough of the sounds they crank up. Digital sounds are just soooo adicting! I love these guys! xD
my nose hurts.. i was so amped by photeks tracks that i punched my self in the face!
chris9195
Photek...dop e
I love me some Photek!

Peace
N*
Kicking fat beat's. This sounds good!!
this flows niceeeeeeely ! !
Moist!
mmmmmm Photek....

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