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

Track durations not listed on release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

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



  • sharpey's avatar
    Complex. This solidifies the skills of Rupert Parkes back in the day. By far one of the top dons in the field of production. Everything he did is worthy of purchase and is leagues ahead of most. Everyone needs this in their collection
    • philcbu's avatar
      Where is the source for the 'complex' name? Every translation I've seen or asked for (from native speakers) gives me 'compound' or 'composite' for 複合
      • Phix75's avatar
        Let's all just take a moment to truly appreciate how well Photek paints his musical pictures.. Seventh Samurai is a particularly vivid one for me. Incredible work and another all-round classic release from him.
        • Steveo33837's avatar
          Edited 5 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 17 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.


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