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Solaris - 2024 Reissue

    'Modus Operandi' had been released in 1997 and was both a critical and
    commercial success, underlining Photek as something of a shadowy leading figure in the world of drum and bass, after his apprenticeship in the preceding years with Metalheadz. 'Solaris', appearing three years later was eagerly anticipated; it found Photek playing with form and genre.

    'Glamorama', with its heavily echoed treatment of artist Marie- Jos Jongerius' voice sounds not unlike something from David Byrne and Brian Eno's classic cutups of 'My Life In The Bush of Ghosts'. Where 'Solaris' departs from its predecessor is the beautiful deep house of ‘Mine To Give’ and ‘Can't Come Down’ both featuring Chicago legend Robert Owens on vocals that added heart to Photek's techno soul. However, as if to silence his critics, the relentless eight-and-a half minutes of 'Infinity' showed that few could push the boundaries of drum and bass as could Photek.


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Terminus
    2. Juno
    3. Glamourama
    4. Mine To Give
    5. Can’t Come Down
    6. Infinity
    7. Solaris
    8. Halogen
    9. Lost Blue Heaven
    10. Under The Palms

    Photek

    Modus Operandi - 2023 Reissue

      Originally issued on Science/Virgin in September 1997, Modus Operandi established Rupert Parkes as an unmistakable force within the realm of drum and bass and downtempo - Modus Operandi is presented here with scrupulous attention to the detail of its original UK first pressing and is available on three 140gm LPs

      Whether replacing a much-loved original, or adding to a collection afresh, this is a superior way to enjoy such enduring and influential music

      Born in Suffolk, Parkes, learnt saxophone as a child, but by the early 90s, he like many others, got into electronic music, and by the middle of the decade was making inventive, skeletal, drum and bass. Photek was first heard on his own label, with releases such as Seven Samurai and U.F.O, which brought him to the attention of Goldie, who released his calling card Natural Born Killa EP on his Metalheadz imprint. Photek's slower take on what was then known as 'jungle', produced a half- step breakbeat, adding a glacial, mellowness to the relentless beats.

      By the time of his signing to Virgin, Photek was truly making waves, and Modus Operandi was trailed by The Hidden Camera mini album, which reached the UK Top 40, as did the single Ni Ten Ichi Ryu. Modus Operandi was a critical and commercial success, reaching the Top 40 and establishing him as a go- to producer and remixer. The space around his beats and his ample yet judicious range of effects can be heard on tunes such as The Hidden Camera and the jazzinfluenced title track.

      Photek has not released a new album in over a decade. He now is an established film and television composer in Hollywood. However, his work is fondly remembered and still sounds as fresh as a drum and bass daisy.

      TRACK LISTING

      The Hidden Camera
      Smoke Rings
      Minotaur
      Aleph 1
      124
      Axiom
      Trans 7
      Modus Operandi
      KJZ
      The Fifth Column


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