Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
PTK01 Form & Function Vol. 1  album cover Studio Pressure Form & Function Vol. 1 PTK01 UK 1994 Sell This Version
ptk02 Form And Function Vol.2  album cover Studio Pressure Form And Function Vol.2 ptk02 UK 1994 Sell This Version
PTK03 Touching Down ... Planet Photek / The Physical  album cover Studio Pressure Touching Down ... Planet Photek / The Physical PTK03 UK 1994 Sell This Version
PTK04 The Water Margin / Fusion  album cover Studio Pressure The Water Margin / Fusion PTK04 UK 1995 Sell This Version
PTK 05 七人の侍 / 複合  album cover フォーテック* 七人の侍 / 複合 PTK 05 UK 1995 Sell This Version
PTK06 U.F.O. / Rings Around Saturn  album cover Photek U.F.O. / Rings Around Saturn PTK06 UK 1995 Sell This Version
SANP 1433 Love & War  album cover Photek Love & War(CD, Single, Promo) Sanctuary Records Group Ltd. SANP 1433 UK 2007 Sell This Version
TEKDBZ001 Rinsa / Babylon (VIP)  album cover Special Forces Rinsa / Babylon (VIP)(12") TEKDBZ TEKDBZ001 UK 2004 Sell This Version

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January 3, 2018
I didn't realise i only had 1 release missing from this set. A true Genius of that era. A real mature sound at the time.


August 23, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
12 tracks in 2 years by Photek on his first own label which shares its name with Parkes' (now) most famous pseudonim. The name 'Photek' was actually first used for the label and was only later adopted by the artist. I feel that collectively these tracks are the producer's best output, and represent Photek's strongest contribution to jungle.

There simply is not a single weak track here over the six 12"s and although the more well known are 'UFO', 'Rings Around Saturn', 'The Seven Samurai' and, arguably 'The Water Margin', all tracks feature creative sampling and ridiculously intricate work with breaks, whilst all retaining the dancefloor edge. Harder tracks, such as the above mentioned 'The Water Margin' and 'The Lightning' are present on these releases together with softer, more atmospheric material such as 'Complex' and 'Fusion', but the quality on this label is universal.

A common, perhaps coincidental theme here is science and planetology, as evident from track titles. As such i think of Photek's approach to music during this time as scientific, which stands in contrast to much of the mediocre ragga-jungle output in the genre at the time. The quality of artwork across these releases further established 'Photek' as a truly special label.

The 'Photek' label, apparently launched by Parkes with a loan from the Prince of Wales Youth Business Trust shows the quality control rarely seen in jungle/dnb, with all releases being collectable material for old skool jungle heads.