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Modus Operandi [Photek]

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8446142

  • Credits
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    Photek: Rupert Parkes.
    Among the first drum n' bass-centered sonic sculptors to aim beyond dance-floor mastery, Photek (aka Rupert Parkes) creates tracks molded out of intense minimalist moods. MODUS boasts breakbeats with jazz sources and hip-hop structures, and a futurist vision that seeks to leap into the next millennium of rhythm while acknowledging the last twenty years. The best tracks on MODUS OPERANDI follow the trail of a piano trio through Kraftwerk's computer-game melodies, fusion-jazz grooves, and hip-hop's beat orchestration, with each influence taking the lead at various points.
    "Hidden Camera" is guided by a skittering drum loop that is the sturdy middle in a conversation between synthetic wind washes and electric piano chords, with a bass propping the whole contraption up. "KJZ" is a percussive and rhythmic explosion. The title-track is an almost Mo' Wax-ian hip-hop affair with a mid-tempo rim-shot groove laid behind a soul-jazz keyboard composition. Transferred to the dance-floor, these tracks could be underground jams of the year. MODUS OPERANDI's ace-in-the-hole is its ability to cross over to the living room.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (9/18/97, p.108) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...[Rupert] Parkes arranges break beats like a bop drummer gone drum and bass....deftly translates '70s jazz fusion and '80s Detroit techno into a blueprint for a new, more expansive drum-and-bass architecture..."
    Option (11-12/97, p.113) - "...Photek seems in search of higher meaning, taking hard, cold beats, peppering them with machine-generated squawks, bleeps and waves and striving to say something with these noises substituted for word..."
    Melody Maker (9/20/97, p.48) - "...a sonic representation of a Samurai sword technique..."
    Musician (10/97, p.88) - "...an exhilirating ride through strange territory....Photek's rhythms jerk spasmodically, while fragmented echoes and gripping noises zoom overhead like an invading army. Photek's vision is clear and cold, and would make George Orwell proud..."
    NME (Magazine) (12/20-27/97, pp.78-79) - Ranked #39 in NME's 1997 Critics' Poll.
    NME (Magazine) (9/13/97, p.53) - 7 (out of 10) - "...MODUS OPERANDI will undoubtedly be hailed as a landmark of `intelligent' jungle in some quarters, and rightly so....don't expect to warm to it with...ease. Because, like most landmarks, it is carved out of cold stone."
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