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Abe Duque

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New York, United States (1993 – present)

The surname is pronounced “Du-kay”. He jokingly describes himself as one of the “few producers still licenced to use the ”. But with a career that started in the early days of house at the notorious Limelight in New York, Abe Duque has been at the head of the and table since his earliest releases way back in 1993.

His first tracks were influenced by the madness of the Limelight’s club-kid audience, later publicised by films and books like Party Monster and Clubland Confidential. But despite jokey titles like Fantastico!!!, Truckers Choice and Vodka, you sweet companion, his early tracks had the sophistication of his serious keyboard skills and a get-in-and-do-it-yourself aesthetic learned as a kid growing up in the suburbs in Hollis in Queens, New York.

From muscular and melodic to cocktail jazz and interludes, his early tracks on his own labels Tension and Hollis Haus, his releases under pseudonyms like Kirilan, Super Secret Symphony and his releases on others’ labels like Disko B, Rapture!, Morbid, and Tresor captured a particular period of clubbing history bought to a sudden halt when the Limelight was closed down by the cops.

It was, Duque says, a great time for musical experimentation. Each month bought radical new types of music kit - much of which Duque still keeps in use in his underground studio “the Cave” - alongside an amazement of now classic tracks and new acts.

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