I’ve been a huge fan of Photek (Rupert Parkes) since his first Form & Function EPs back in the early to mid 90s – nearly 20 years ago. He creates thoughtful, electronic music which you can listen to again and again – not least late at night, in the dark, with a pair of decent headphones.
I just stumbled across his new DJ Kicks album this weekend – even though it’s off piste in comparison to all of his previous work that I’m more familiar with – from tracks on the first 6 EPs such as Water Margin or the later Hidden Camera and Modus Operandi – and indicative of his move into the world of DubStep, it’s striking for a long time fan to see how he’s blended his approach to intricate D&B into this new genre.
The album is well worth checking out – his exclusive tracks Levitation and Fountainhead are two of several high points for me. Full tracklisting here (along with an article explaining some of the reasons for his change in direction) and there’s a great interview with him, featuring a top story about how he managed to chance his way through every DJ’s worst nightmare…