DJ Duke

Real Name:
Ken Duke
Profile:
After years of DJ’ing around the world and having residency in many of NYC’s biggest and best clubs, Starting in the mid 80s with a few demos, of some which were released like his breakbeat mix released under Big Apple Productions III, Duke soon visited one of NYC's prominent house labels that were interested in his demo, but after a few requests to change the music, Duke decided to stick with his own creative vision and start his own label, which eventually became Power Music. A second demo track (Moon Over Egypt) had interest from another very big and prominent label in NYC. However, prior to signing a very lengthy contract, Duke again decided to pursue his own creative path into the music industry. Moon Over Egypt became the 2nd official Power Music release in 1992 (excluding the one-off track released in 1990 with Fantasy).

A slew of additional releases was soon followed and in 1993 Duke expanded Power Music to add additional labels and artists, including the huge cross-over hit, Blow Your Whistle. With rising label recognition and success he began working with other pioneers such as Felix Da Housecat, DJ Pierre, Roy Davis Jr, Spank Spank, Kings of Tomorrow, Mood II Swing, Junior Vasquez, and many many others.
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Albums

VER 491834 2 DJ Duke - Pleasure Dome album art DJ Duke Pleasure Dome(CD) Music Avenue VER 491834 2 France 1995 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

POW 001 DJ Duke - Swing album art DJ Duke & The Sound Of The Underground Present Fantasy (6) DJ Duke & The Sound Of The Underground Present Fantasy (6) - Swing(12") Power Music Records POW 001 US 1990 Sell This Version
MU-006 DJ Duke - I'm In Need 4 U album art DJ Duke Presents Inner Soul Featuring E. Scot* DJ Duke Presents Inner Soul Featuring E. Scot* - I'm In Need 4 U (EP) Power Music Records MU-006 US 1992 Sell This Version
MU 001 DJ Duke - The First Step album art DJ Duke Presents Club People DJ Duke Presents Club People - The First Step Power Music Records MU 001 US 1992 Sell This Version
MU 003 DJ Duke - Moon Over Egypt album art DJ Duke Presents Aries (9) DJ Duke Presents Aries (9) - Moon Over Egypt(12") Power Music Records MU 003 US 1992 Sell This Version
MU 004 DJ Duke - Before Dawn / Party Time album art DJ Duke Presents Club People DJ Duke Presents Club People - Before Dawn / Party Time(12") Power Music Records MU 004 US 1992 Sell This Version
MU-005 DJ Duke - Safe Sex album art DJ Duke Presents Protection DJ Duke Presents Protection - Safe Sex(12") Power Music Records MU-005 US 1992 Sell This Version
MU 002 DJ Duke - Make Things Happen album art DJ Duke Presents Inner Soul Featuring E. Scot* DJ Duke Presents Inner Soul Featuring E. Scot* - Make Things Happen(12") Power Music Records MU 002 US 1992 Sell This Version
MU-008 DJ Duke - Party Time (Remixes) album art DJ Duke Presents Clubpeople* Featuring Ela'n DJ Duke Presents Clubpeople* Featuring Ela'n - Party Time (Remixes) Power Music Records MU-008 US 1993 Sell This Version
MU-007 DJ Duke - Love Don't Come Easy album art DJ Duke Presents Freedom Featuring Lee Smith Jr. DJ Duke Presents Freedom Featuring Lee Smith Jr. - Love Don't Come Easy Power Music Records MU-007 US 1993 Sell This Version
MT-001 DJ Duke - The Musical Journey album art DJ Duke The Musical Journey Power Music Trax MT-001 US 1993 Sell This Version
MT-002 DJ Duke - Volume One (Can You Feel It) album art DJ Duke Presents Black Rhythms DJ Duke Presents Black Rhythms - Volume One (Can You Feel It)(12", TP) Power Music Trax MT-002 US 1993 Sell This Version
X-CLU 004 DJ Duke - Blow Your Whistle album art DJ Duke Blow Your Whistle X-Clusive Records X-CLU 004 UK 1993 Sell This Version
857 397-1 DJ Duke - Blow Your Whistle album art DJ Duke Blow Your Whistle (Maxi, Single) FFRR, FFRR 857 397-1 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
MT-004 DJ Duke - Turn It Up (Say Yeah) album art DJ Duke Presents Black Rhythms DJ Duke Presents Black Rhythms - Turn It Up (Say Yeah)(12", TP, Red) Power Music Trax MT-004 US 1993 Sell This Version
853 175-2 DJ Duke - Get Down To Love album art DJ Duke Presents The Music Choir Featuring T.K.Roberts* DJ Duke Presents The Music Choir Featuring T.K.Roberts* - Get Down To Love Power Music Records 853 175-2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
MUPR-002 DJ Duke - Loving You album art DJ Duke Presents Freedom DJ Duke Presents Freedom - Loving You Power Music Records MUPR-002 US 1994 Sell This Version
MT-007 DJ Duke - The Motherland E.P. album art DJ Duke Presents Tribal Liberation DJ Duke Presents Tribal Liberation - The Motherland E.P.(12", EP, TP, Blu) Power Music Trax MT-007 US 1994 Sell This Version
BBR 007 DJ Duke - The Sound Of Music album art D.J. Duke* The Sound Of Music Bumble Beats Records BBR 007 US 1994 Sell This Version
MU-012 DJ Duke - Celebrate album art DJ Duke Presents Inner Soul DJ Duke Presents Inner Soul - Celebrate(12", TP, Cle) Power Music Records MU-012 US 1994 Sell This Version
MT-009 DJ Duke - Fall Down album art DJ Duke Presents Music Madness DJ Duke Presents Music Madness - Fall Down Power Music Trax MT-009 US 1994 Sell This Version
MT-005 DJ Duke Presents Tribal Liberation DJ Duke Presents Tribal Liberation - The Afri-Kha E.P. (EP) Power Music Trax MT-005 US 1994 Sell This Version
MT-008 DJ Duke - Throw Ya Hands (In The Air) album art DJ Duke Presents Black Rhythms DJ Duke Presents Black Rhythms - Throw Ya Hands (In The Air)(12", TP, Whi) Power Music Trax MT-008 US 1994 Sell This Version
MT-006 DJ Duke - Confusion album art DJ Duke Presents Music Madness DJ Duke Presents Music Madness - Confusion Power Music Trax MT-006 US 1994 Sell This Version
MU-011 DJ Duke - Closer album art DJ Duke Presents Freedom DJ Duke Presents Freedom - Closer Power Music Records MU-011 US 1994 Sell This Version

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Brian17

Brian17

July 27, 2020
There seems to be a resurgence of Duke records being released again. It's always nice to see some of the old school heads still doing their thing. I've recently discovered some of the labels I didn't know were part of the Power Music family. A lot of little gems in there. Mad respect!
ijustspeak

ijustspeak

June 6, 2017
edited over 3 years ago
So under-appreciated outside the heart of New York City. Duke was an unstoppable force in the 90´s and he still is doing what he does.
Nothing but respect to his work. I have yet to dig for more treasures from him.
eleeut

eleeut

January 12, 2016
edited over 4 years ago
Ken Duke is definitely one of these guys whose productions I always return to, maybe he's a "leveled up" 90s version of Began Cekic doing quasi-covers of other well-known cuts. My introduction to him was bloody Blow Your Whistle and I really loved that one, but following his playlists and family of labels got me more into Chicago Acid and Wild Pitch (a la Pierre, not the party). He was active in the NY downtown scene in the 80s and 90s and I guess he's peripherally on the scene (with a some circa 2014/2015 remix work) and in LA now. He's got a musicality of his own, though I think it gets overlooked due to origins sourced from other productions. I think my favorite of his clear derivatives is D2-D2. A favorite remix is the Pink Mix of Mood II Swing - Call Me, which really sounds like his own production.

I've wondered if his narrative or demographic didn't quite get him the notoriety of other folks producing underground house during the same area (white Scandinavian guy hanging with breaking crews, you ain't house?), or perhaps he just got bucketed as someone doing "covers."

For the House nerds, he's definitely someone to check on.
Gmmusic

Gmmusic

December 27, 2014
edited about 1 year ago
An unsung hero of 90's house. Some have yet to catch on to how dope some of Dukes releases are. His work is up there with the best of them. Duke along with Murk, Mk, Mood II Swing and others were also responsible for keeping house music alive and exciting for the younger generation of club kids during a time when their awareness could have easily gone towards the harder assortment of rave music.

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