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on 13 December 2012
Photek is better known for his dark, sparse, drum n bass of the 1990s but recent albums have strayed more into techno territory. There isn't even a hint of dnb in this album, however, there is pretty much every other style of dance music - breaks, techno, progressive, dubstep, uptempo, downtempo it's all here!

Each track seems to bring something entirely different to the album, yet at the same time, still retains a common style thread which marks it out clearly as 'Photek'. That means outstanding production, solid, driving beats, sparse soundscapes, heavy bass and catchy hooks.

'Pyramid' is my personal fave - dark, seductive, delicate and beautiful. This is an album that will take a long time to tire of and I can't think of a similar one out there. Well worth checking out, whatever electronic genre you are into.
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on 19 February 2013
Rupert Parkes has been creating this type of music for years; refined, surgical, but still with enough emotion and funk to hook the listener in. If you have never knowingly listened to a Photek album before think of a fusion of English breakbeat, soul and D&B meticulously layered by a very very clever producer. It's not all head though, as like previous Photek albums before, (Solaris), we found ourselves literally bouncing along to the funkier and meatier tracks like the opener "Signals", and the mid-way lynch pin "Mistral". It still feels like a collection of well ordered tracks as opposed to an album, but that's increasingly modern electronic music isn't it? At its finest it has real guts and impact.

A good clear, clean recording of its type. Heard through our reference dCS-Bryston-ATC, the ubiquitous compression is not too heavy-handed allowing some dynamic range and room to breathe. It avoids the worst pit-falls of its contemporaries but is not quite a new bench mark. Don't be fooled though: this is a really good example of its type. If you'd like to know if your system can handle rhythm and timing, plus frequency extremes, this is an inspired workout.

A really good album equaled by very few others, only missing 5 star excellence by a small margin. Thoroughly recommended.
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on 22 March 2013
Well, where did this come from? I had to dig out my old Photek drum 'n' bass albums after listening to this just to check it was the same guy. Good as the likes of Modus Operandi etc were, this album demonstrates a creativity and versatility that really moves Photek onto a new level. Not really something you can pigeon hole into the d'n'b genre this, or really any other of the various electronic music streams. It simply is the sound of a really top producer freeing himself up from constraints and coming up with an album full of virtuosity. There have been some really top notch albums coming out that happily sit outside any of our pre-defined genres, and like recent Daphni, Joakim, Superpitcher, and Talabot efforts, this is just top quality music for anyone with any interest in electronic music in any of it's forms.
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on 14 April 2013
I am really mystified by the 5 star reviews on Amazon for this album. This album represents the absolute nadir of this producer. Photek's productions, once subtle and clever, are now raucous and aimed at the "cheese" end of the market. Photek himself seems to think that this is his best album- he thinks somewhere between "Modus Operandi" and "Solaris". Firstly, the album doesn't even bare comparison with Modus. It isn't even as good as Solaris- remember that there were 2 killer opening tracks on that one, "Terminus" and "Junk". There are no killers on this one. An attempt is made to create a similar vibe to the track "The Hidden Camera" with "Pyramid" (track 4), but although the breaks are fine, he still seems compelled to put in the ubiquitous cheesy hand-clap sample for the "snare" part- completely at odds with the vibe of the track. This sloppy approach seems to permeate the whole album. Most of the other tracks are monotonous and unimaginative. There is development in some of the tracks, but even this seems to be arbitrary and illogical. The first 3 tracks build up and promise a drop, but it doesn't happen. The best track, in my opinion is track 7, "Quevedo", but even this one is anonymous (tracks 4, 5 and 7, for all intents and purposes, ARE the album).
This album should perhaps better be compared to his last effort "Form and Function 2"- although this was a D&B album- it shows the same lack of musicality and originality (a telling fact is that the one great track on F&F2, "One Nation", was produced in 1997 and was included as a filler). There are worse albums than this out there of course, but this makes me angry, not least because I spent money on it based on the Photek name- that wont be happening again- also, this seems like a cynical exercise on his part to make money for minimal effort. This once great producer now follows the pack.
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on 14 November 2012
Ku:Palm is photek's first studio album for quite a few years,
Old drum and bass fans of photek might not like his new sound, but i think his move to a more electronic style is really refreshing. This album see's photek showing us his ability as a producer to explore different areas of the genre. Each track is crafted to branch out into its own space. highlights: pyramid, munich, oshun, sleepwalking and this love
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on 22 April 2013
This album is boring and i didn't enjoy one song. It's actually really s****. Heard some photek stuff b4 that i liked so took a gamble. waste of money. s****.
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on 6 February 2013
A wonderful box of milk and dark choclates with delicious hard and soft centres. Open it up and dive in without the picture guide, you will not be disappointed.
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