Kenny Larkin ‎– Metaphor

R & S Records ‎– RS 95054
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Intro 6:23
A2 Metaphor 6:42
A3 Nocturnal 5:55
B1 Loop 1 4:07
B2 Java 6:57
B3 Groove 5:20
B4 Loop 1.5 4:00
C1 Catatonic (Part 2) 5:28
C2 Loop 2 4:26
C3 Soul Man 6:08
C4 Sympathy 5:23
D1 Butterflies 9:00
D2 Amethyst 7:56

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℗1995 R & S Records ©1995 R & S Records

B3 "Groove" title is missing from the label.

Reissued in august 2006 with silver labels.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 411659 150544 >
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5411659150544
  • Matrix / Runout (A [etched, 'DP' scripted]): RS 95054-A1 DP
  • Matrix / Runout (B [etched, 'DP' scripted]): RS 95054-B1 DP
  • Matrix / Runout (C [etched, 'DP' scripted]): RS 95054-C1 DP
  • Matrix / Runout (D [etched, 'DP' scripted]): RS 95054-D1 DP
  • Rights Society: SABAM

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RS 95054 LP/CD Kenny Larkin Catatonic(Cass, Album, Promo) R & S Records RS 95054 LP/CD Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
SRCS 7637 Kenny Larkin Metaphor(CD, Album) Sony Records SRCS 7637 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
RS 95054 CD Kenny Larkin Metaphor(CD, Album) R & S Records RS 95054 CD Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
DIST 002 CD Kenny Larkin Metaphor(CD, Album) Distance DIST 002 CD France 1995 Sell This Version
RS 95054 Kenny Larkin Metaphor(2xLP, Album, RE) R & S Records RS 95054 Belgium 2006 Sell This Version


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March 10, 2018
i bought this album when it was released after discovering Kenny Larkin from his earlier warp lp and was very impressed as his sound was a little more sophisticated and aimed at the dance floor ,having said that my favourite track is butterflies ,I find this track to be timeless


November 29, 2016

Timeless masterpiece. One of the most innovative Techno/house album of the 90's. God bless kenny larkin


December 5, 2015
This album when I heard it first back in the 90s I was blown away. It sounded lush, innovative and distinctive. Full of emotion.


August 12, 2011
I listen to this album like I do U.F.ORB or Dark Side of the Moon. They are so classic and epic that I listen to them when I am finding a black hole of music... those times when I haven't heard anything new that matters and it gets to the point that I don't really want to listen to anything at all.. then I pop this in the player tonight and I begin to remember all of the good things about Detroit. Too bad for all those people who miss out on Detroit- you should go to the next Detroit Electronic Music Festival


February 16, 2011
Seriously, I never heard of this guy before. Randomly listened to this album and it blew my mind how awesome it was. Definitely recommend this!


April 25, 2005
edited over 15 years ago

What an incredible album this is. Beautifully created by one of the most outstanding producer's to herald from the motor city. From the Intro to Amethyst this has to be one of the greatest albums to be produced in the 90's. The stand out track for me is Metaphor. For me this is the best work Kenny has ever done. Starting with the really crisp high hats and the synths gently added layer upon layer. Then the main hook is faded in just teasing you enough to create a sense of anticipation, and by the time the drums kick in, the song just GOES OFF. But to single out one song only would not be giving enough credit to the others. There is not one bad or even average song on this album. Larkin has encapsulated so many different emotions in this album all expertly crafted together, listening to it today it is hard to believe it was made so long ago.

A must have album.


December 10, 2004
edited over 16 years ago
Completely agree with last posters comments. This album is sheer class. Delicate improv like playing mixed with hard as nails 909 beats that never turn into the redundant undynamic looped beats you hear on so many techno records. Favourite moment for me is Soul Man. Some of the strings on this album are so lush youd think theyd just been delivered by an angel. Future Techno Funk.


March 15, 2003

I bought this record as soon as it came out. I've been listening to it ever since and I still can't get enough of it. Its the most delicately crafted, thoughtful cerebral techno ever put together and its soulful and it you can dance to it . (Its hard to define but its like futuristic Jazz Funk with a serious groove). Most techno doesnt really suit the album format but this is a complete masterpiece. Where are you Kenny Larkin ? Make some more like this.