DJ Duke

DJ Duke

Real Name:
Ken Duke
Profile:
An underground dance music DJ talent who exploded as a crossover proposition in the early 90s when ‘Blow Your Whistle’ became a chart fixture. Duke had served a long apprenticeship, however. He made his first record in 1990 on a white label, selling out of its first five hundred records shortly after. Faced with rejection from every record company he approached, he set up his own label. These have eventually expanded to include four separate imprints: Power Music Records (vocal tracks), Power Music Trax (techno), Sex Mania (sexually inspired trance themes, such as Erotic Moments’ ‘Touch Me’) and DJ Exclusive (for other artists) - housed under the collective Power Music umbrella. Group names exercised have included Inner Soul, Club People, The Music Choir, Tribal Liberation and The Pleasure Dome. As DJ Duke the follow-up to ‘Blow Your Whistle’ was ‘Turn It Up’, which again followed the route from club to chart..
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DJ Duke Discography

Albums

VER 491834 2 DJ Duke Pleasure Dome(CD, Album) Music Avenue VER 491834 2 France 1995 Sell This Version
MUCD-501 DJ Duke Release Da Tension(CD, MiniAlbum) Power Music Records MUCD-501 US 1995 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

POW 001 DJ Duke & The Sounds Of The Underground* Present Fantasy (6) DJ Duke & The Sounds Of The Underground* Present Fantasy (6) - Swing(12") Power Music Records POW 001 US 1990 Sell This Version
DJ Duke Presents Inner Soul Featuring E. Scot* DJ Duke Presents Inner Soul Featuring E. Scot* - I'm In Need 4 U Power Music Records US 1992 Sell This Version
DJ Duke Presents Club People DJ Duke Presents Club People - The First Step Power Music Records US 1992 Sell This Version
MU 003 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 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 Presents Protection DJ Duke Presents Protection - Safe Sex(12") Power Music Records MU-005 US 1992 Sell This Version
MU 002 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
MT-002 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
DJ Duke Blow Your Whistle (Maxi, Single) FFRR, FFRR Italy 1993 Sell This Version
DJ Duke Presents Freedom Featuring Lee Smith Jr. DJ Duke Presents Freedom Featuring Lee Smith Jr. - Love Don't Come Easy Power Music Records US 1993 Sell This Version
DJ Duke Presents Clubpeople* Featuring Ela'n DJ Duke Presents Clubpeople* Featuring Ela'n - Party Time (Remixes) Power Music Records US 1993 Sell This Version
DJ Duke The Musical Journey Power Music Trax US 1993 Sell This Version
DJ Duke Blow Your Whistle X-Clusive Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
MT-004 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
DJ Duke Presents Tribal Liberation DJ Duke Presents Tribal Liberation - The Afri-Kha E.P. (EP) Power Music Trax US 1994 Sell This Version
MT-008 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
DJ Duke Turn It Up (Single, Maxi) FFRR Europe 1994 Sell This Version
DJ Duke Presents Freedom DJ Duke Presents Freedom - Loving You Power Music Records US 1994 Sell This Version
DJ Duke Presents Music Madness DJ Duke Presents Music Madness - Fall Down Power Music Trax US 1994 Sell This Version
MU-012 DJ Duke Presents Inner Soul DJ Duke Presents Inner Soul - Celebrate(12", TP, Cle) Power Music Records MU-012 US 1994 Sell This Version
DJ Duke Presents Freedom DJ Duke Presents Freedom - Closer Power Music Records US 1994 Sell This Version
MT-007 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
DJ Duke Presents Music Madness DJ Duke Presents Music Madness - Confusion Power Music Trax US 1994 Sell This Version

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eleeut

eleeut

January 12, 2016
edited about 1 month 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.
grahamhatke

grahamhatke

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 a few 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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