In anticipation of Abe Duque‘s performance at Midweektechno tomorrow, Wed 2/18, we’ve asked “Mr Techno” himself Pat Fontes to dig into this artist who has inspired so many.Â Let us not forget that we will be celebrating Pat’s birthday tomorrow, and while we dont think Abe Duque will be popping out of a cake, we do think that he will punishing the Pheonix Landing sound system with exclusive nastiness.
We let Pat Fontes take it from here…
So Underground It Hurts is more than just Abe Duque’s motto, its literally his signature etched into all of the vinyl releases on his limited edition imprint Abe Duque Records.Â He’s also done away with your everyday paper artsy labels, opting instead for more pronounced etching where a label might have been.Â Sometimes he even avoids track titles all together.Â Im guessing he does this to let the music speak for itself, but i gotta tell you that it’s something I truly admire and have the upmost respect for!Â Here are a few of Abe Duques tracks that I’ve ripped so you can hear his sound.
Abe Duque – Untitled A1 [Abe Duque Records 005 – Besame Mucho! – 2003]
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The first track of choice and all time favorite released in 2003 is a lil jacking freaky breaky number that is a proven party rocker with snip samples of some dude repeating “feel that…..ah… feel that funk !”Â Â Hearing all the crackles and pops you can probably tell that I have worn this record out like a pair of running shoes in a marathon.Â You can find this tune entitled Besame Mucho on Abe Duque Records #5
Abe Duque – What You Gonna Do? vs Disco Lights
The second track is actually a mix of two tracks that marries Abe Duques somewhat Detroit style to his more edgy NY/Berlin flavor.Â Defined as house to some and techno to others, both tracks combine well.Â The opening track includes a cameo from non-other than Blake Baxter, which on the flip of this record has the big 2004 hit “What Happened” (a question some of us still ask ourselves once the sun is up)Â The other record does the same asking ” What you gonna do ?” so yea what you gonna do ? Disco Lights … Club Nights … definitely!
Thank you Pat ;).Â Based out of NYC, Abe Duque is well known as a founding member of the Rancho Relaxo Allstars along with Dietrich Schoenemann and John Selway.Â He has also worked closely with DJ Hell co-producing many of his records.Â Abe Duque has released original music and remixed since 1993 on labels including Tresor, Tension, International Deejay Gigolo’s and many others.Â As a DJ Abe has travelled far and wide to play his music, from his once club residency Limelight in NYC to many stops around the globe.Â See some fun videos here.