Monday, September 17, 2012

Photek Live

'Modus Operandi' live set
Sandwiches Bar & Nightclub, Wellington, NZ
Saturday 08th September 2012
Apparently, Rupert Parkes was convinced to put together a ‘Modus Operandi’ live set by none other than Tony Colman (aka London Elektricity) for a Hospitality club night in London.

For those not in the know, ‘Modus Operandi’ was a 1997 LP by Photek (aka Special Forces, aka Aquarius, aka Rupert Parkes) that represents a high water mark in sophistication and production values for the entire drum & bass genre.

Not that Mr. Parkes has ever adopted the moniker. Interestingly, he still refers to what he does as simply ‘jungle’.

Overall, despite several forays into other genres (the massive 2000 house hit ‘Mine To Give’ with Robert Owens) and his (albeit less well received) hip-hop project ‘…Presents Do Or Die’) Parkes is a giant in drum & bass terms. As the MC on the night said, “One of the true, original drum & bass pioneers”.

In my record collection, I think you’d be hard pushed (Total Science, maybe) to find as many records by a single producer. (Be they house or drum & bass).

The night was a meshing of old and new, with Parkes performing a mutant set (utilising two CDJ’s and Ableton Live) to recreate the LP, meshing component parts of tracks rather than playing the LP by rote.

In addition to LP tracks, he mixed other productions including his classic (and my favourite drum & bass tune of all time) ‘Ni Ten Ichi Ryu’.

If I sound gushing, I am. I’ve seen Photek DJ before (circa 1997 and 2003) so was understandably excited about this show. (Indeed, my girlfriend noted that our “early bird” tickets were numbered ‘0002 and ‘0003).
If you show me another example of another underground mackdaddy of the whole show re-imposing his absolute mastery of the genre – I’m all ears. Quality.

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