Abe Duque Don't Be So Mean
- Words: Brandon Ivers
- Label: Process
- XLR8R Rating: 7/10
Although he's been around since the mid-’90s "Disco Bloothbath" era of NYC techno, Abe Duque was never as flashy (or wasted) as his Limelight peers. However, what Duque lacked in Ketamine addiction he more than made up for with quality production, a secret finally unearthed with the 2004’s Blake Baxter-led "What Happened?” Now, three albums deep, Don't Be So Mean is Duque carrying on similarly wistful “back in the day” vibes without being too much of an old man about it. Sure, there’s a lot for old techno heads to like here—the Dan Bell acid squiggles on “Tonight Is Your Answer” or the ’90s spacey float of “Getting There,” but Duque isn’t just banking on nostalgia triggers.
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