Suburban Knight

Real Name:
James Pennington
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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.
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PFG025 My Sol Dark Direction — Suburban Knight Suburban Knight My Sol Dark Direction (Album) Peacefrog Records PFG025 UK 2003 Sell This Version
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DP001 Carnality Of Suburban Knight — Suburban Knight Suburban Knight Carnality Of Suburban Knight Detroit Techno Records DP001 US 2010
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DPTX-032 Hi8tus — Suburban Knight Suburban Knight Hi8tus (Album) Deeptrax Records DPTX-032 Netherlands 2022 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

MS 003 The Groove — Suburban Knight Suburban Knight The Groove Transmat MS 003 US 1987 Sell This Version
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MS-13 The Art Of Stalking — Suburban Knight Suburban Knights* The Art Of Stalking (Maxi) Transmat MS-13 US 1990 Sell This Version
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UR-011 Nocturbulous Behavior — Suburban Knight The Suburban Knight* Nocturbulous Behavior Underground Resistance UR-011 US 1993 Sell This Version
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UR-036 By Night EP — Suburban Knight Suburban Knight By Night EP (EP) Underground Resistance UR-036 US 1996 Sell This Version
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UR-050X2 Hidden In Plainsight EP — Suburban Knight Suburban Knight Feat. Dark Energy And Chameleon (7) Suburban Knight Feat. Dark Energy And Chameleon (7) - Hidden In Plainsight EP (EP) Underground Resistance UR-050X2 US 1999 Sell This Version
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BIP 01000 Oblivion — Suburban Knight Suburban Knight vs. Locutus Suburban Knight vs. Locutus - Oblivion Bipolar BIP 01000 UK 2001 Sell This Version
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POLAR 006 Dark Journeys (Remixes) — Suburban Knight Suburban Knight Dark Journeys (Remixes) Polarized POLAR 006 US 2004 Sell This Version
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DARKPRINT05 Digital Warriors (Episode II) — Suburban Knight Suburban Knight Digital Warriors (Episode II) Dark Print DARKPRINT05 Belgium 2006 Sell This Version
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SID-012 Cargo Cult / Merchants Of Identity — Suburban Knight Suburban Knight / DJ 3000 Suburban Knight / DJ 3000 - Cargo Cult / Merchants Of Identity Somewhere In Detroit SID-012 US 2006 Sell This Version
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DARK PRINT 004 Digital Warriors (Episode I) — Suburban Knight Suburban Knight Digital Warriors (Episode I) Dark Print DARK PRINT 004 Belgium 2006 Sell This Version
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DARK PRINT Limited 01 Hi Monster — Suburban Knight Suburban Knight Hi Monster(12", Ltd, W/Lbl) Dark Print DARK PRINT Limited 01 Belgium 2006 Sell This Version
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BSF001EP Retrospective Vol 1 — Suburban Knight Sierra-Sam*, Suburban Knight Sierra-Sam*, Suburban Knight - Retrospective Vol 1 (EP) Best's Friends BSF001EP Germany 2015 Sell This Version
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CYRK03 Planets — Suburban Knight Suburban Knight Vs Gerome Sportelli Vs Sierra Sam Suburban Knight Vs Gerome Sportelli Vs Sierra Sam - Planets Cyrk CYRK03 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
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DTRV004 Suburban Knight EP — Suburban Knight Suburban Knight Suburban Knight EP (EP) Detroit Techno Records DTRV004 US 2020 Sell This Version
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DTRV004.5 Listening Systems — Suburban Knight Suburban Knight Listening Systems Detroit Techno Records DTRV004.5 US 2021 Sell This Version
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Miscellaneous

none The Warning (DJ 3000 Remix) — Suburban Knight Suburban Knight The Warning (DJ 3000 Remix)(File, WAV) Not On Label (DJ 3000 Self-released) none 2017

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BRUCE1991

BRUCE1991

October 11, 2005
edited over 7 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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