Kenny Larkin ‎– Keys, Strings, Tambourines


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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PLE65303 Kenny Larkin Keys, Strings, Tambourines(CD, Album) Planet E PLE65303 US 2008 Sell This Version
PLE65303-1 Kenny Larkin Keys, Strings, Tambourines(12", W/Lbl) Planet E PLE65303-1 US 2008 Sell This Version
none Kenny Larkin Keys, Strings, Tambourines(14xFile, AAC, Album, Pro) Planet E none US 2008
PLE65303-1 Kenny Larkin Keys, Strings, Tambourines(2x12", Album) Planet E PLE65303-1 US 2008 Sell This Version


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September 28, 2014
referencing Keys, Strings, Tambourines, 2x12", Album, PLE65303-1
one of the best albums that came out in 2007 - ruff competition though


March 14, 2010
referencing Keys, Strings, Tambourines, CD, Album, PLE65303

This is actually a very good album, IMHO. Although some fans may have a problem with Larkin updating his sound, I have to wonder if they bothered listening to this album before dismissing it. It sounds great on headphones and there are all kinds of little twists and touches here and there that sound like Larkin and no one else. At times I wished it would be a bit more uptempo and harder, but the housey bpms here work well. He tries out some slightly choppy, off kilter rhythms but still keeps it pretty smooth overall and allows the loops to evolve a little throughout the tracks.. Lots of nice melodies and some great key work at points. Definitely a lot to digest here. It definitely doesn't sound overproduced per se, and you can tell hardware was used to make this music, not just software. If you like Larkin and Detroit Techno, give this a shot.


February 1, 2009
referencing Keys, Strings, Tambourines, CD, Album, PLE65303
I have just listened to most of this album and it has the makings of a modern Detroit classic.

Amazing stuff and this guy is oft overlooked due to the classic Detroit artists such as May, Atkins, Craig etc.

Currently I have "Vibin'" on repeat - lush mix of jazzy keyboards, classic KL drums. This stuff sounds so simple to make yet the more you listen the more complexities you hear coming through.

The acid test of modern Detroit techno is "will it still sound good in 10 years" Yes this will!

Go listen to this.


September 14, 2008
referencing Keys, Strings, Tambourines, CD, Album, PLE65303

"Keys, Strings, Tambourines" has what most of todays Techno albums lack: "Flow". Kenny is not trying to be particulary special, tricky, conceptual or clever. The music on here just keeps on flowing like good Techno music should. One can tell from listening to this album that Kenny makes the music he personally feels - instead of just mimicking his favourite records like too many other artists in the genre do.

Very emotional, very warm, full of spontaneous ideas and organic arrangements. Every track on here is filled with captured moments.

Easily as fresh and creative as "Azimuth" and "Metaphor" were back in the days, "Keys, Strings, Tambourines" will grow on you with each time you listen to it. Not "Retro" at all - just timeless and true Techno music.