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Abe Duque


So Underground It Hurts


International DeeJay Gigolo Records


Abe Duque CD coverAbe Duque has been releasing a slew of 12 inch singles on his own label called Abe Duque Records and releasing music under other names like Kirlian, as well as his work as a producer and remixer. So Undergound It Hurts is an album released on both his own label and the International Deejay Gigolo Records which ups the ante with songs from those hard to find 12 inch singles plus some more for a full and tasty 13 track cd. While not every track is a blazing success, there's more than enough music here which is so good it brings you back to this disc again and again.

Abe Duque has helped co-produce the likes of DJ Hell on his Keep On Waiting single, as well as also co-producing, sound-engineering, mixing and programming DJ Hell's Listen To The Hiss which can be found on Neue Heimat 4. He's also done a lot of work on the Disko B label like the Abe Duque presents Disko B compilation which also has some of his Kirlian music.

Abe Duque has a way of combining the techno sound with voice samples and a disco house mentality that makes So Undergound It Hurts chock full of goodness. What seems like a simple formula still works on this album.

Favorites of mine included Give It To Her Good which has a psychosexual element, Miracle To Fill My Life which reminded me of prime era PWOG, Acid with guest vocalist Blake Baxter singing "I got my mind made up, come on, you can do it anytime, tonight is fine," which are lyrics from Instant Funk's I've Got My Mind Made Up on Salsoul Records, and the religious holler of After Hour Jesus Revealed originally from the Truckers Choice 12 inch single.

The only track that bugged me was the silly ending track called What Happened also with vocals by Blake Baxter, as he questions what has happened to the truly underground music.

---Patrick, March 22, 2005