Suburban Knight

Suburban Knight

Real Name:
James Pennington
A crucial figure on the outskirts of Detroit techno since the mid '80s, James Pennington's recordings as the Suburban Knight pioneered the moodier side of the Motor City with classics like "The Art of Stalking" and "The Groove." And though he collaborated on the biggest hit to come out of Detroit, the techno-pop monster "Big Fun" by Inner City, he later recorded with subterranean mainstays Underground Resistance. It was through his connection with another Detroit mainstay, Derrick May, that Pennington began recording. May had set up his own Transmat label in 1986, and Suburban Knight debuted the following year with the third release for the label, "The Groove." He had also been working with Kevin Saunderson (who was also his room-mate for 3 years), and co-wrote "Big Fun" with Saunderson and Arthur Forest. After vocals were added by Paris Grey and the record was released, it became a worldwide hit and virtually defined early Detroit techno for many foreigners. Though Pennington only released one more single for Transmat, it was the dark classic "The Art of Stalking." After the commercial success of 'Big Fun', he signed a deal with Paragon but released very little as they wanted a more commercial sound. This deal prevented him from released anything for around 3 years.

With the rise of Detroit's second wave in the early '90s, Pennington became a mentor for Mike Banks and the Underground Resistance crew. With UR, he released the singles "Nocturbulous Behavior" and "Dark Energy." He also featured on the Submerge (3) label compilation Depth Charge, Vol. 3, and produced tracks for Underground Resistance's 1998 full-length Interstellar Fugitive. James' Debut album 'My Sol Dark Direction' was released to critical acclaim including both classics and new, unreleased productions.


Suburban Knight Discography Tracks


Suburban Knight My Sol Dark Direction (Album) Peacefrog Records UK 2003 Sell This Version
Suburban Knight Carnality Of Suburban Knight Detroit Techno Records US 2010

Singles & EPs

Suburban Knight The Groove Transmat US 1987 Sell This Version
Suburban Knights* The Art Of Stalking Transmat US 1990 Sell This Version
Suburban Knight The Art Of Stalking (Deepside Remixes) (Maxi) Fnac Music Dance Division France 1993 Sell This Version
The Suburban Knight* Nocturbulous Behavior Underground Resistance US 1993 Sell This Version
UR-036 Suburban Knight By Night EP(12", EP) Underground Resistance UR-036 US 1996 Sell This Version
Suburban Knight Feat. Dark Energy And Chameleon (7) Suburban Knight Feat. Dark Energy And Chameleon (7) - Hidden In Plainsight EP (EP) Underground Resistance US 1999 Sell This Version
Suburban Knight vs. Locutus Suburban Knight vs. Locutus - Oblivion Bipolar UK 2001 Sell This Version
Suburban Knight Dark Journeys (Remixes) Polarized US 2004 Sell This Version
Suburban Knight Digital Warriors (Episode I) Dark Print Belgium 2006 Sell This Version
Suburban Knight Digital Warriors (Episode II) Dark Print Belgium 2006 Sell This Version
SID-012 Suburban Knight / DJ 3000 Suburban Knight / DJ 3000 - Cargo Cult / Merchants Of Identity(7") Somewhere In Detroit SID-012 US 2006 Sell This Version
DARK PRINT Limited 01 Suburban Knight Hi Monster / Alpha Game(12", Ltd, W/Lbl) Dark Print DARK PRINT Limited 01 Belgium 2006 Sell This Version
BSF001EP Sierra-Sam*, Suburban Knight Sierra-Sam*, Suburban Knight - Retrospective Vol 1(12", EP) Best's Friends BSF001EP Germany 2015 Sell This Version
CYRK03 Suburban Knight Vs Gerome Sportelli Vs Sierra Sam Suburban Knight Vs Gerome Sportelli Vs Sierra Sam - Planets(12") Cyrk CYRK03 Germany 2017 Sell This Version


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October 11, 2005
edited over 2 years ago
James Pennington is one of the nicest and kindest persons I have ever met among electronic DJ's and producers.
I really have a feeling with his dark universe.
"The Art Of Stalking " and "Nocturbulous Behaviour" are undeniably major gems on the techno history inspiring the name of my own record label.
James didn't release many records, but it is always highly Qualitative.R.E.S.P.E.C.T!

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