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A crucial figure on the outskirts of Detroit techno since the mid ’80s, James Pennington’s recordings as the Suburban Knight pioneered the moodier side of the Motor City with classics like “The Art of Stalking” and “The Groove.” And though he collaborated on the biggest hit to come out of Detroit, the techno-pop monster “Big Fun” by Inner City, he later recorded with subterranean mainstays Underground Resistance. It was through his connection with another Detroit mainstay, Derrick May, that Pennington began recording. May had set up his own Transmat Records in 1986, and Suburban Knight debuted the following year with the third release for the label, “The Groove.” He had also been working with Kevin Saunderson, and co-wrote “Big Fun” with Saunderson and Art Forrest. After vocals were added by Paris Grey and the record was released, it became a worldwide hit and virtually defined early Detroit techno for many foreigners. Though Pennington only released one more single for Transmat, it was the dark classic “The Art of Stalking.”

With the rise of Detroit’s second wave in the early ’90s, Pennington became a mentor for Mike Banks and the Underground Resistance crew. With UR, he released the singles “Nocturbulous Behavior” and “Dark Energy.” He also featured on the Submerge label compilation Depth Charge, Vol.


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  • chriszombolas

    com to brails

    9 Mar 2014 Reply
  • PaulSn

    @Kuba084: Watch a fucking documentary. You're just making a fool out of yourself.

    29 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    My Sol Dark Direction is a beauty.

    29 Sep 2012 Reply
  • evilcarlone

    The Art of Stalking; personally represent the street level + the underground scene from Detroit Techno back in the late 80s/ early 90s. It feels very "to the street".

    3 Jun 2011 Reply
  • muniralive

    MIdnight Sunshine, man

    16 May 2011 Reply
  • Kuba084

    I've never believed that techno is from Detroit. Now I know it's true :) Art of stalking and The Worlds rocks.

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • ainanenane

    Nocturbulous btw is just outstandin hearin it for the 1 time - SB u know the shIT))) real soul destroyahhh

    15 Jul 2009 Reply
  • ainanenane

    Midnight sunshine!!!! It takes me far away from that shit place thank you Big Brother Detroit! You will never walk alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    15 Jul 2009 Reply
  • matcrews

    "big brother" on Digital Warrior II claque bien dans le style "oldskool-electro-breaks-whateveryoucallthatstuff"

    19 Apr 2009 Reply
  • laserite

    I love "Midnite sunshine".

    1 Jun 2008 Reply
  • dangerousdodge

    nitestrike is the best

    21 Sep 2007 Reply
  • vveerrgg

    An always an amazing dj behind the decks and an amazing artist in the studio! all the best..

    20 Feb 2007 Reply
  • weet_abix

    aw esome

    12 Feb 2007 Reply

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