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A fixture on the UK jungle scene since the early nineties, Photek a.k.a. Rupert Parkes is best known for his role in developing the “intelligent” drum & bass genre. Over the course of his career as Photek, Parkes has developed a sound that is simultaneously individual, innovative and accessible, earning him much respect and popularity amongst critics and music fans alike. The strength of the sound finds foundation in Photek’s incredibly detailed drum programming, which is then augmented by his sophisticated sense for combining abstract sounds with jazz and classic techno influences.

Recently Parkes has been more and more active in producing music for film, having worked on a number of scoring projects for upcoming features from his new home base in Los Angeles (most notably for The Animatrix and The Italian Job). His dedication to film scoring is evident, and his perfectionist attention to detail and tireless work ethic are quickly leading him to success in Hollywood.

(2) Though Goldie became the first superstar of jungle, the recordings of Rupert Parkes — as Code of Practice, Aquarius, Studio Pressure, the Truper, and Sentinel, but most famously as Photek — made him an easy pick for the style’s most artistic and intelligent producer. Working his way through street-level hardstep (on early productions for Certificate 18 and Street Beats) and airy, sub-aquatic “dolphin” tunes for L.T.J Bukem’s Good Looking label, Parkes finally arrived at a sound that pushed the bounds of drum’n’bass from the dancefloor into the realm of breakbeat head space.


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  • Kyonil


    18 May 8:19am Reply
  • AcousticVersion

    Please, release the score for How To Get Away With Murder; it's amazing!!!

    10 Feb 10:33pm Reply
  • altermaven

    KU:PALM is a mixed blessing, but I'll always remember Photek for Modus Operandi.

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Todesh


    24 Jul 2014 Reply
  • udisgustme

    smoke rings :O O O O

    4 Jul 2014 Reply
  • TastyDogChow

    it's good stuff but sometimes his work drags on too long, most of his 7 minute tracks could really be 4 minutes and still have the same effect. but like i said, it's good stuff. love his bjork remix.

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Shirow_XL

    KU:PALM is so wonderful.

    13 Apr 2014 Reply
  • rumpelraik

    @Otter3000 totally true, except me changing the order ;) : Rings Around Saturn, Ni-Ten-Ichi-Ryu (Two Sword Technique), and then T.Raenon - though I also love the whole NBK, since they're the tracks most heavily on rotation for a long time and as that highly influential, at least for me.

    15 Mar 2014 Reply
  • mot00rzysta

    @WSCrew no thanks !

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • cokeboy2

    The Rain has to be his best, for me.

    5 Feb 2014 Reply
  • shakedatthang

    Tho I think I prefer his work as 'The Sentinel'

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • shakedatthang


    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • enatoka

    yo but f*ck new photek

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • futureaspects

    The Truper - Volume 3 - B side

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • tropicalhaze

    Also, all Street Beats volumes are as great as jungle tunes can get.

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • bloodmaw

    v dude's right

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Otter3000

    His best tracks by far are his DNB tracks from the 90's, they aren't even showing up in the top list... check out T'raenon, Rings Around Saturn, Ni Ten Ichi Ryu

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • vinesh


    27 Jun 2013 Reply
  • nagchomper

    ku:palm dropped me down the photek hole and i never want to return to reality

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • b-boy64

    See you tonight bitches!!! ^_^!!!

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
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