Photek

Real Name:
Rupert Matthew Swain Parkes
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A fixture on the UK jungle scene since the early nineties, Photek a.k.a. Rupert Parkes (born 1972, St Albans, England and associated with Ipswich in the nineties) is best known for his role in developing the "intelligent" drum & bass genre. Over the course of his career as Photek, Parkes has developed a sound that is simultaneously individual, innovative and accessible, earning him much respect and popularity amongst critics and music fans alike. The strength of the sound finds foundation in Photek’s incredibly detailed drum programming, which is then augmented by his sophisticated sense for combining abstract sounds with jazz and classic techno influences.

Recently Parkes has been more and more active in producing music for film, having worked on a number of scoring projects for upcoming features from his new home base in Los Angeles. His dedication to film scoring is evident, and his perfectionist attention to detail and tireless work ethic are quickly leading him to success in Hollywood.
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Albums

Photek - Modus Operandi album art Photek Modus Operandi (Album) Science, Virgin UK 1997 Sell This Version
Photek - Form & Function album art Photek Form & Function (Album) Science, Virgin Japan 1998 Sell This Version
Photek - Solaris album art Photek Solaris (Album) Science, Virgin Japan 2000 Sell This Version
Photek - Form & Function Vol 2 album art Photek Productions* Form & Function Vol 2 (Album) Sanctuary Records US 2007 Sell This Version
Photek - KU:PALM album art Photek KU:PALM (Album) Photek Productions US 2012 Sell This Version
Photek - Need For Speed (EA Games Soundtrack) album art Photek Need For Speed (EA Games Soundtrack) (Album) Electronic Arts Canada 2016

Singles & EPs

none Photek - Flavour Of A Sound album art Photek Flavour Of A Sound(Acetate, 10", S/Sided) Prototype Recordings none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Photek - Feeling Up / Ricky (Ray Keith & Nookie Remix) album art Photek / Remarc Photek / Remarc - Feeling Up / Ricky (Ray Keith & Nookie Remix)(Acetate, 10") Prototype Recordings none UK 1994 Sell This Version
Photek - 七人の侍 / 複合 album art フォーテック* 七人の侍 / 複合 Photek UK 1995 Sell This Version
Photek - Natural Born Killa EP album art Photek Natural Born Killa EP (EP) Metalheadz UK 1995 Sell This Version
Photek - U.F.O. / Rings Around Saturn album art Photek U.F.O. / Rings Around Saturn (Single) Photek UK 1995 Sell This Version
Photek - One Nation / Say It album art Photek One Nation / Say It Prototype Recordings UK 1995 Sell This Version
Photek - Still Life / The Rain (Photek Remixes) album art Goldie / Photek Goldie / Photek - Still Life / The Rain (Photek Remixes) Razors Edge UK 1996 Sell This Version
Photek - T-Raenon album art Photek T-Raenon Op-ART UK 1996 Sell This Version
Photek - The Hidden Camera album art Photek The Hidden Camera (Single, Maxi) Science, Science UK & US 1996 Sell This Version
ASW 6182 Photek - The Third Sequence / Titan album art Photek The Third Sequence / Titan(12") Astralwerks ASW 6182 US 1996 Sell This Version
Photek - Ni - Ten - Ichi - Ryu album art Photek Ni - Ten - Ichi - Ryu (Single) Science, Science, Virgin UK 1995 Sell This Version
Photek - Modus Operandi album art Photek Modus Operandi (Single) Science, Virgin UK & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
Photek - Terminus album art Photek Terminus (Single) Science, Virgin UK 2000 Sell This Version
PHOTEKDJ1 Photek - Glamourama album art Photek Glamourama(12", S/Sided, Promo, W/Lbl) Science PHOTEKDJ1 UK 2000 Sell This Version
Photek - Mine To Give album art Photek With Robert Owens Photek With Robert Owens - Mine To Give (Single, Maxi, Comp) Science, Virgin 2000 Sell This Version
none Photek - Brown Sugar album art Photek Brown Sugar(Acetate, 12", S/Sided) Photek Productions none UK & Europe 2001 Sell This Version
Photek - We Got Heat album art Photek Feat. Choc Ty & Chiara* Photek Feat. Choc Ty & Chiara* - We Got Heat (Single) 51st State UK 2003 Sell This Version
Photek - No Joke / Baltimore album art Fabio & Photek Fabio & Photek - No Joke / Baltimore Photek Productions UK 2004 Sell This Version
METH004S Photek - MDZ.04 Album Sampler album art Photek MDZ.04 Album Sampler(12", S/Sided, Ltd, Pic, Smplr) Metalheadz METH004S UK 2004 Sell This Version

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Neo_Chayanne

Neo_Chayanne

April 17, 2019
One of dnb's heavyweight dopest figure ever! There's no way can mess with his drum n bass/jungle productions! He hammers those amen breaks and slammin' beats we all know and love about dnb! Complex drum programming and sequencing delving staple quality buildup in the entire drum n bass history, for example, imagine creating a track like Ni Ten Ichi Ryu which still stands the test of time in 2019 and years to come! A true classic! Highly respected artist in my books! Hats off to Rupert Parkes aka Photek! <3
telwin5000

telwin5000

December 15, 2018
edited 5 months ago
To say Photek around the mid 90's produced under his various guises a few to many tracks that sounded very similar to each other is a bit like accusing an old master of painting to many Madonna and child, so hence we can say he did not do so, but rather honed his skills and became a true craftsman. add to this his earliest hardcore inspired outings and also the more stripped back individualistic efforts of the latter 90,s and we can safely say he is easily one of the better talents of the era whose mentioned above work still remains relevant and looks like will remain so into the future.
ubername

ubername

February 10, 2017
Photek revolutionised Drum 'n Bass, he was and always will be way ahead of the game, a true musical visionary in electronic music Imo.
Dna124

Dna124

October 12, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
Probably my favourite producer. Tracks like The Seven Samurai, Rings around Saturn, Ni-Ten-Ichi-Ryu and Modus Operandi are true works of art, in my opinion. Solaris is also a nice album,although I had to get used to his 4 x 4 tracks, the record still has that Photek sound.
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November 10, 2013
  ijustspeak, artists should be able to do what they want. Why else would you bother?
Mergi

Mergi

February 21, 2013
edited over 6 years ago
Photek has been doing house since '96. Listen to T-Raenon (Version), deep dubby house in '96. It feels like he was influenced by both chicago and detroit already from the beginning.

The sense of direction comment is slightly confusing. The stuff he produces as of now is pretty much reminicent of what he did on Solaris.

The Drum n Bass retake of F&F2 is actually quite tedious and lacks much of his brilliance from his early works. So I think it was and is a good idea to move back to the Solaris phase and refine on that production.
ijustspeak

ijustspeak

April 3, 2012
I respect Parkes for his works in the past but....
What happened to his Drum & Bass productions? Lately he is only doing House and even Dubstep(?).
Also heard some of his Podcasts, just old played-to-death chicago house.. have i missed something???
Please Photek.. No disrespect, but has moving to L.A fucked up your sense of directions comletely??
Remember where you came from...
philbarbee

philbarbee

April 13, 2010
Photek is an alien with a good mission. I adore his planet. He is the "most intelligent" soundarchitect in the drum n bass scene.
soundwaveee

soundwaveee

March 8, 2006
edited over 13 years ago
absolute perfection in drum programming; amazing ear for drum sample selection; proccessing the drums to the limit and beyond; alien soundscapes; dance-not-oriented tracks;

i love it; best drum n bass producer -with goldie´s permission-
static9

static9

April 3, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
What can be said about Photek. Suprised there's only one comment here.

He is mostly well-known for his groundbreaking drum'n'bass tracks such as 'Ni-Ten-Ichi-Ryu' and being a key player if not the single person responsible for inventing whats dubbed 'Intelligent' d'n'b - but Photek's talents do not stop here.

He applied his talent to house and produced 'Solaris' and while most d'n'b purists shunned it, it only proved Mr. Parkes had a raw ability to make good music in all forms, which leaded him to produce music for a number of films such as 'The Animatrix', 'The Italian Job' and even 'American Wedding'.

Photek's return to d'n'b in recent times has seen him produce a more harder style ('Baltimore', 'Rinser', 'Age Of Empires') then his previous work, which again has caused dislike from many d'n'b headz who want more of his early style of work, but frankly I appreciate both styles and he's kept his same high production value.

Now he's hooked up with another gift to drum'n'bass - Teebee. They are supposedly working on a collaborative album together, and in fact, at the time of writing the first 12" ('Mercury' / 'Fake ID') is being hammered on dubplate by everyone who's anyone. Monster tunage.

Look out for the 'Ni-Ten-Ichi-Ryu' remix.

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