フォーテック*七人の侍 / 複合

Label:Photek – PTK 05
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Style:Drum n Bass



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℗ 1995 photek. © 1995 photek.

Tracks are commonly known as "The Seven Samurai" and "Complex".

Cover text in Japanese [English translations follow in brackets] reads:
フォーテック [Photek]
スタンデレ デザイン [Standere Design]

Label text reads:
フォーテック [Photek]
七人の侍 [Seven Samurai]
複合 [Composite (note: a mistranslation of track title "Complex")]
作曲, 製作: フォーテツク [Written By, Producer: Photek]
〇八三六 六九二〇八八 [0836 692088]
アートワーク: スタンデレ デザイン [Artwork: Standere Design]

A: 168 BPM
B: 160 BPM

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A stamped): PTK 05 A-1-1-1-
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B stamped): PTK 05 B-1-1-1-

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Seven Samurai / Complex (12", 45 RPM, Promo)PhotekPTK05UK1995
The Seven Samurai / Complex (12", Test Pressing, White Label, 45 RPM)PhotekPTK05UK1995


  • Steveo33837's avatar
    Edited 3 years ago
    Just a wonderful release from Photek. For me, it's all about Complex. Heavy vibes, string heaven and a chilled melodic break. Lovely use of the amen loop to top it off...

    Photek is and was on a completely different level from the majority of artists releasing stuff back in the day.

    Decent picture cover/sleeve, simply put... great vinyl to own
    • kaom's avatar
      One of the (many) classic tunes I first heard at the amazing club night called Speed in the Mars Club in London hosted weekly by Bukem and Fabio from 94-96. This tune is a stunner. Quite simple in many ways but the combination of that beautiful arpeggio with the multi-layered beats and thumping bassline setting the scene before the perfect amen comes in...ah, what a drop 10/10
      • djdamo74's avatar
        Complex o m g timeless from the don that's photek
        • O_Z's avatar
          Complex is a superb tune: atmospheric,complex and has the right amount of amen to make it fit into any set.
          A real gem and imo one of his best tracks.
          • mrg147's avatar
            I remember Fabio playing this at Helter Skelter in the 90`s at the santuary,milton keynes uk.The place was swaying!!!!!! TOP TUNE
            • kentandrew's avatar
              I just had to comment on the record label. I don't even own this release, but I do know that Photek before the Mine to give era was very cool (I've heard the record before). The Japanese is done in very old, Meiji period fashion with even the telephone numbers spelled out in kanji. Complex has been translated from "fukugou" which sort of means combined compounding. Seven samurai is "shichinin no samurai." Japan's eras are named after the emperors and right now it is Heisei. Before that was Showa, and I am guessing this style is in Meiji, which was before Showa, when telephones were just becoming available for use (phone numbers were only maybe 4 digits long). One era before (actually 2 including Taisho-jidai), they would have written from right to left. Anyhow, I know what Photek sounds like. Dark, brooding, atmospheric jungle with emphasis on beat structure. Impressive that they are so young when this came out.
              • Brooker's avatar
                Edited 16 years ago
                A rare release where both sides are equally as good, but also very different.

                Seven Samurai is a dark brooding piece with crisp clean breaks (as you would expect from Photek), and influenced by Japanese/Martial Arts themes - a pre-cursor if you like for much of Photeks subsequent work.

                Complex on the other hand is a much more melodic, atmospheric piece - more reminiscent of the work done under Mr Parkes 'The Sentinel' alias.
                Haunting strings, then breaks down with the introduction of a somewhat hypnotic lead synth - meanwhile the breaks change seamlessly, and finally the amen drop is the icing on the cake.

                A work of pure genius, and one of my favourite Photek releases.
                • Karl-Haze's avatar
                  Edited 16 years ago
                  Photek - Complex. Probably Photek's best (and one of his last) releases in the atmospheric jungle/drum & bass style. Pure atmosphere & class vibes. Respect going out to Photek.



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