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When Photek’s minimalist classic Modus Operandi came out last year, it was a two-fisted assault on all that was deemed “intelligent” in the drum ‘n’ bass world (i.e., L.T.J. Bukem’s syrupy, string-laden, New Age jungle and Goldie’s long-winded, melodramatic ouevre as the Emerson, Lake, and Palmer of breakbeat). Modus Operandi’s paranoid “The Hidden Camera” and the menacing “Minotaur” sounded stripped of their original intent, presented instead as outlines of songs with enough unexplored space hovering above the complexly shifting rhythms for listeners to delve into and explore on their own terms. Now, Photek (aka Rupert Parkes) takes on and hands out his back catalogue for reinterpretation on Form and Function. Not an example of the increasingly common cash-in remix album, Form and Function collects five tracks from older, rare and out-of-print Photek 12-inches and places them alongside new interpretations, joined by two brand new cuts. None of the songs, however, feature the screaming diva samples and baptizing synth washes Photek used long ago—it would be tough to maintain your rep as a minimalist master with your atmospheric past creeping back into the present. Instead, Form and Function is composed of the increasingly sparse compositions that led to Modus Operandi. Last year, Photek told Raygun that he doesn’t DJ because “It just has nothing to do with what I’m doing. It’s as simple as that.” Find out why he’s changed his mind when Parkes cuts it up behind the wheels of steel at 9 p.m. at the Ballroom, 1015 Half St. SE. $12. (202) 828-1984. (Christopher Porter)