Kenny Larkin

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Kenny Larkin
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Detroit techno producer, DJ, and remixer since 1990. Part of the second wave of Detroit techno along with people like Jeff Mills and Carl Craig.

Owns the Art Of Dance label.
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Albums

Warp MC20, WARP MC20 Azimuth — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin Azimuth (Album) Warp Records, Warp Records Warp MC20, WARP MC20 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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DIST 002 CD Metaphor — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin Metaphor (Album) R & S Records DIST 002 CD France 1995 Sell This Version
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PFG054 The Narcissist — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin The Narcissist (Album) Peacefrog Records PFG054 UK 2004 Sell This Version
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none Keys, Strings, Tambourines — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin Keys, Strings, Tambourines (Album) Planet E none US 2008 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

PLUS8002 We Shall Overcome — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin We Shall Overcome Plus 8 Records PLUS8002 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
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Champ x 12 · 274 Integration — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin Integration (Single) Plus 8 Records Champ x 12 · 274 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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none War Of The Worlds (Dark Room Mix) — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin War Of The Worlds (Dark Room Mix)(Acetate, 10", S/Sided, W/Lbl) Transmat none US 1992 Sell This Version
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none Without A Sound — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin Without A Sound(Acetate, 10", S/Sided, W/Lbl) Not On Label none US 1992 Sell This Version
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RS 94058 Catatonic — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin Catatonic (Single, Maxi) R & S Records RS 94058 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
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Di 0386 Chasers — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin / Sean Deason Kenny Larkin / Sean Deason - Chasers Distance Di 0386 France 1995 Sell This Version
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RS 96071 CD Loop 2 — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin Loop 2 (Maxi) R & S Records RS 96071 CD Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
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KMS 066 Smile / Life — Kenny Larkin K L* Smile / Life KMS KMS 066 US 1999 Sell This Version
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PFG055 Let Me Think — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin Let Me Think Peacefrog Records PFG055 UK 2004 Sell This Version
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PFG056 Ancient Beats / Seduce Her — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin Ancient Beats / Seduce Her(12") Peacefrog Records PFG056 UK 2004 Sell This Version
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RH104-12a The Vanguard EP — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin Presents Pod Kenny Larkin Presents Pod - The Vanguard EP(12", EP, Comp) Rush Hour (4) RH104-12a Netherlands 2005 Sell This Version
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RH104-12d Dark Comedy Pt 1 — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin Dark Comedy Pt 1 (Single) Rush Hour (4) RH104-12d Netherlands 2006 Sell This Version
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none Art Of Dance Sampler — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin Art Of Dance Sampler Rush Hour (4) none Netherlands 2006 Sell This Version
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RH104-12e Dark Comedy Pt 2 — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin Dark Comedy Pt 2 (EP) Rush Hour (4) RH104-12e Netherlands 2006 Sell This Version
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RH104-12c Metaphor EP — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin Metaphor EP (EP) Rush Hour (4) RH104-12c Netherlands 2006 Sell This Version
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PLE65300-1 You Are... — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin You Are... Planet E PLE65300-1 US 2008 Sell This Version
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bao 018 Sketches — Kenny Larkin Shlomi Aber & Kenny Larkin Shlomi Aber & Kenny Larkin - Sketches Be As One Imprint bao 018 Israel 2009 Sell This Version
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PLE65317-1 Glob Remixes — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin Glob Remixes (Single) Planet E PLE65317-1 US 2010 Sell This Version
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KMSRMX004 The KMS Remixes — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin The KMS Remixes(12") KMS KMSRMX004 UK 2015 Sell This Version
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Compilations

ACCR-10036-7 Chronicles — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin Chronicles(2xCD, Comp) Rush! Production ACCR-10036-7 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
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RH 104-12b Azimuth EP — Kenny Larkin Kenny Larkin Azimuth EP (EP, Comp) Rush Hour (4), Art Of Dance RH 104-12b Netherlands 2006 Sell This Version

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Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

August 18, 2007
edited over 15 years ago
Sometimes the work of an international agent can be specially rewarding, not only when he (or she) has the chance to settle the tour of a high-quality producer, but also when this artist in question has a strong musical background and a natural sense of humour to face even life's unexpected obstacles.

Those are only some of the attributes of the genius Kenny Larkin, whose tour in Brazil I had the privilege to settle early 2007 - in Confraria Das Artes at Florianopolis (Santa Catarina State, on the South of Brazil), then Sao Paulo, on Lov.e Express.

As a Detroit 'Hi-Tech-Soul' artist, Kenny had very strong Jazz, Blues, Soul & Funk influences, as well as the inclination for the so-called Sci-Fi edge of things, both naturally present on his music, which can explain what is considered one of the most impressive aspects of his career as a producer - the talent and the capacity the Dark Comedy man always had to re-invent himself and bring on new quality-music.

The fact is that Kenny, through his several outstanding releases ("Serena X", "Vanguard", "Northern Lights" and "War Of The Worlds" in 1992, "Tedra" in 1993, "Q" in 1994, “Seven Days” (1997) to his more recent albums "The Narcissist" in 2004 and "Funkfaker: Music Saves My Soul" in 2005) stood the test of time as one of the essential producers of quality electronic music of the last fifteen years.
SoulDancer

SoulDancer

February 3, 2007
edited over 16 years ago
In Universal Techno, a french documentary which features many Detroit artists (Mike Banks, Juan Atkins, Derrick May...), Kenny Larkin expresses his opinion regarding Techno as being or not a Black Music. His vision on this subject is very clear and in his mind the issue is not a controversial one: "The influences that we had were both black and white" (i.e. Parliament/Funkadelic on the black side, and Kraftwerk on the white side), and no one could pretend to own the style... Although I consider Kenny Larkin to be a great musician, I do not share his opinion on this matter as I also do not think he is the most militant member of the Detroit Techno league. His red hot car - which registration plate reads 'Azimuth', named after his own album - symbolizes how American he can be, but after being shot and lucky to be alive, you probably have the right to make the most out of life! His 2004 album "Funkfaker: Music Saves My Soul", released under his Dark Comedy moniker deeply stirs me, also because it is almost in contradiction with everything he said in this 1996 interview: I do not remember having heard any electronic music more black than this album. Blues is the predominant feeling here, and the power of the past is actually reinforced by the always present self-mockery - listen to Chicken Blues to apprehend it.
The question remains to know where from comes this need of a tribute to the Techno Soul Kenny Larkin finally always had, and never lost. Kenny Larkin is also blessed with a remarkable sense of humour and a truly impressive musical genius: to be able to draw from the past in order to make the future spring from it is the hallmark of an exceptionnal artist.
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alant1000

alant1000

April 30, 2004
kenny larkin was shot sometime in '94 so its lucky we still have him. He says it gave him a new outlook on life. His war of the worlds release under the dark comedy moniker gave us ALL a new outlook on life.
baj

baj

August 30, 2003
Kenny Larkin is rare- he's got a great sense of humor, his DJ sets are always fun, and he's not a prima donna. But what keeps it all together is his incredible musical talent-any of his R&S releases are classics and his stuff on Buzz is worth its weight in gold...
djinsomnia

djinsomnia

October 10, 2001
edited over 21 years ago
With the deluge of techno artists from all over the world making headlines, it's easy (although very wrong) to forget that techno was created in Detroit, Michigan by African-American visionaries like Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins and Derrick May. From that influential tradition stems one of the freshest new techno faces in America: KENNY LARKIN.

Kenny Larkin began his music career in 1989 after serving two years in the U.S. Air Force repairing computers. Hanging out at local Detroit clubs like The Shelter and The Music Institute, he soon hooked up with Richie Hawtin and John Acquaviva and started to record for their Plus 8 label.

In 1992, Kenny founded his own imprint Art Of Dance and released his most critically acclaimed projects Dark Comedy, Yennek, and his more eccentric Pod project. In 1994, Kenny released his first album, entitled "Azimuth", on Warp Records, based in England, and on TVT here in the states. The album was haild by European and U.S. press as one of the most original techno albums to date.

1995 was a very productive and busy year for Kenny. He was voted by 'Metro Times' as Best Techno Artist, he just completed building a state of the art 24 track digital recording studio/office to run his record label, he released his 2nd album, entitled 'Metaphor', which received critical acclaimed from the press and music magazines from all over the world, and he toured extensively dee jaying and playing live at the biggest Festivals in Europe, some which had him doing his electronic performance in front of as many as 25,000 fans.

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