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Having recently released his first album in ten years called KU:PALM, legendary drum and bass pioneer, PHOTEK, continues to gather steam with his remix for Lana Del Rey's best selling song "Ride" and his 2013 Grammy nomination for his remix of Moby's "Lie Down in Darkness". With KU:PALM, Photek creates a textural full length album with tracks that remind you where many of today's mainstream electronic artists found their inspiration. KU:PALM effortlessly ties together the various sub-genres of modern dance music offering something refreshing and new in the process.
“As the album started to take shape it felt like it was sitting halfway between Modus Operandi and Solaris – which I felt was a good place to be. Now it’s finished, it might well be my favorite album to date.” With ‘Modus Operandi’ and ‘Solaris’ both regarded as seminal releases of their time – the word ‘classic’ is is no over-statement – this is the message from a producer who has been there and done it all, and is feeling more inspired than ever.
Over the past 20-years Photek, has been on a sonic-journey that has seen him explore all corners of electronic music. Often surprising, always original, it was in 1995 that he released his first Photek release – the still-amazing ‘Natural Born Killa’ EP for Goldie’s Metalheadz. It was a release that transcended the sound of drum’n’bass at the time and his deeper, more intricate take on D’n’B/Jungle went on to form a whole new sub-genre for the scene. Fast-forward to 2012 and he’s just as well-known for his ambient works, cinematic scores from Pirates of the Caribbean and The Italian Job, and love of house music. It’s this open-minded approach to sound that has revived so much of his passion for the dance floor.
Varying in tempos and ranging in influence, recent tracks such as ‘Aviator’, ‘Sleepwalking’ and ‘This Love’ (with vocals by Ray La Montagne) all feature, sitting alongside a variety of brand new material.
Photek has drawn inspiration from both the old and new on KU:PALM, delivering an album that is defined by new ideas and superior sonics – not genre classification. He explains, “This album had to be the right listening experience for the headphone listeners as much as on a club sound system.”