Abe Duque, Following My Heart/Disco Lights

[Process Recordings]


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Some artists have the luck of being in vogue innumerable times in their career. This can be said especially for the acid loving techno chap Abe Duque. From his brief time as a keyboardist for NYC techno group Program 2 with Gene LeFosse and Victor Calderon in the early ’90s, through to his explosion into the clubs with oft acid soaked solo productions such as stone cold classics like “Champagne Days, Cocaine Nights” on his eponymous label and most notably the 2004 EP What Happened. Indeed, the latter EP was so influential that all three cuts (including “Disco Lights” which gets a retouch on this recent EP), tend to reappear in sets and mixes with an eerie regularity. This EP is simply an extension of his dumbfounding omnipresence.

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First up is Oliver Huntemann’s re-rub of “Following My Heart” taken from Duque’s recent album Don’t Be So Mean. And you know what? It’s a dance floor killer — in a good way. Using the vocal hook provided by Virginia as the undeniable focal point for the remix, Huntemann creates a deep house chugger replete with the down and dirty sleaze evocative of much of both his, and Duque’s work. A medley of hidden ticks and subdued tocks straddling a downright disgustingly rolling bass line pocked with effective fades and drops throughout. It’s one of those tracks which makes one want to head out of the house and get sweaty on a Monday night. On the flip Berlin resident and man of a million monikers Jay Haze gets involved. Similar to Huntemann, Haze takes the Duque vibe as his starting point. Unlike Huntemann, he stays pretty close to the original. This is hardly a bad thing; sticking with snippets of Blake Baxter’s original vocals, Haze fills his remix with a near jazzy Rhodes refrain atop a Chi-town inspired groove and sly acid touches which break into the mix around half way in. Dope, but the standout on this package is Huntemann’s remix.

Colin Shields  on March 23, 2010 at 7:31 AM

a dance floor killer – in a good way

nice distinction!

Blaktony  on March 23, 2010 at 9:47 AM

A+ Stomper!!!

rubin  on March 23, 2010 at 12:27 PM

tune!

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