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"Tonight Is Your Answer / Life Is So Good To Me"
Release Date: 27 Apr 2009
It's drawn from an album with artwork and a name that are a sly comment on American foreign policy. But the first track taken from Abe Duque's new album Don't Be So Mean, the Obama-sampling Tonight Is Your Answer, is political but far from pessimistic.
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 for potential terrorism - but for being found with a knife issued to him by the US government itself.
Don't be so mean, as the expression goes ...
And in the music world, heâ€™s been in and out, up and down, from residencies at Tresor during the height of its first popularity to being so broke in the early 90s that he could barely afford to release his own records. And then to coming back into the limelight again with his own, hand-etched vinyl and tracks like Champagne Days, Cocaine Nights; What Happened? and Acid - not to mention remixes of huge acts like Miss Kittin and the Chemical Brothers.
Now he's back with his third album, Don't Be So Mean, and first single Tonight Is Your Answer, backed with Life Is So Good To Me ...
It's difficult to clear a sample of the President of the US. So the official release of Tonight will be the instrumental and Life Is So Good To Me. But there will be instructions on abeduque.net that say where to get the acapella. There is also a competition to enter - two people can win an afternoon each in the studio with Abe - one in London, one in Berlin.