28-05-2009 @ 21:38

Aan de vooravond van zijn fysieke release in de UK willen we vast sgnaleren dat Abe Duque er eentje is om zeer sterk in de gaten te houden. Het album is digitaal uit, DE CD komt in DE UK op 8 juni uit, en ergens later in juni in o.a. Nederland (via N.E.W.S.). Abe is zaterdag 30 mei live te zien en te horen in Amsterdam. Niet met een DJ set, maar echt live. Zie hier voor optreden:
Zie hier voor album:

Abe is een "ouwe rot in het vak", en binnen het techno wereldje zeer bekend en gewaardeerd. Maar tot nu toe erg underground. Zijn eerste album (self-released) heette zelfs "So Underground It Hurts". Met zijn nieuwe album wil hij bovengronds komen, vandaar nu zijn deal met een groter label. Het krijgt gigantisch goede kritieken uit alle hoeken, en er volgt heel wat pers in de komende weken, van DJ Magazine en IDJ (UK) tot DJ Broadcast (NL) tot De:Bug, Raveline en Groove (3x Duitsland, met 3x full features) tot XLR8R (in de US) tot verder zwitserland, Frankrijk, Italië, en airplay berichten uit Turkije, Praag, Oostenrijk, Spanje.

Following My Heart is een kanjer van een track die eind juni als single uit gaat komen.

Abe Duque "Don't Be So Mean"
Process Recordings - PRCS118
Release Date: 08 Jun 2009

Abe Duque is one of techno's most inspiring and often unsung heroes, and this is his new album DON'T BE SO MEAN.
It's an album with artwork, a name, and a lead single Tonight is Your Answer that are a sly comment on American foreign policy. It's a reflection of Abe's chequered life.
He's been both a US Marine and a resident DJ at New York's notorious club-kid 90s-club Limelight. He knows how to operate the machine gun on the cover of the album, but wishes there was less call for gunfire. He's been arrested this year for potential terrorism - but for being found at an airport with a knife issued to him by the US government itself.
And since his first days in music, he's been up, from Limelight to Tresor Berlin to releasing on key techno labels like Tresor, Disko-B under aliases like Rancho Relaxo Allstars and Kirlian. And he's been down, so broke that the first releases on his own label, Abe Duque Records, were released with no labels, no promo - just music on one side and a message from Abe scratched by hand into the vinyl on the back.

He put the albums out without telling a soul, putting his faith in the ability of great techno to reach great people. And since the releases included now-pivotal anthems like “What happened?” cowritten with Blake Baxter; his own “Champagne Days, Cocaine Nights”, and eventually his 2005 album, So Underground It Hurts, the idea worked.

Abe had blown up and he was up again, suddenly being asked to remix pivotal dance figures like the Chemical Brothers, Miss Kittin, DJ Hell, even the Pet Shop Boys and Princess Superstar...

Now we have his third album, Don't Be So Mean. It's the result of two years of road-testing, with Abe taking his live show from Australia to Japan, the US to Berlin, Barcelona to South America, Holland to Eastern Europe, alongside releasing on the already mentioned Tresor and Disko-B, as well as Warner Bros, International DJ Gigolos, Sahko, Tension, Abuse, Mille Plateaux, Sonic Groove, Rapture as Abe Duque and also alter egos Kirlian, Super Secret Symphony, Facil and the techno supergroup jam, the Rancho Relaxo All-stars....

Don't be so mean is out 1 June on Process Recordings in the UK. As part of the release, Abe is also offering two people an afternoon masterclass each in the studio with him - one in London, one in Berlin. Check for details... |