A bong-tastic vibe pervades this mostly downtempo assortment, which befits two guys who named their studio and record label G-Stone. Kruder & Dorfmeister, both individually and as a pair, conjure something akin to a chilled-out, sophisticated descendent of the on-the-fly dial twisting and tape splicing of Lee “Scratch” Perry‘s famous/infamous Black Ark Studio. Close your eyes during Dorfmeister’s “resmoked” take on Mama Oliver’s “Eastwest” or their splendidly hazy restructuring of Bone Thugs ‘N’ Harmony’s “1st of the Month” and you can practically trace the smoke trails in the air. However, while deliciously baked, their mixes and manipulations are rarely sleepy or lazy, moving forward steadily and tossing out well-picked snippets of vocals, succulent analog keys or shimmering cymbal crashes at all the right junctures. The K&D Sessions tests one’s patience for slow builds and subtlety but never unconsciously – the Austrians are just seeing how far they can stretch a moment, a riff, a simple idea before they need to sweeten things.
For many Americans, this release brought the cream of Europe’s rising electronic music scene into our living rooms, introducing us to Count Bass D, Bomb The Bass, Roni Size, Rockers Hi-Fi and many others. Often, as one sourced the original material, they found it lacked the same undulating character or seamless highs, which only strengthened the case for the “producer as artist” aesthetic implicit here. While Kruder & Dorfmeister have continued to work, it’s tended to be in dribs and drabs, an EP here, a remix there, a live DJ set in Berlin, etc. but nothing as grandly packaged or forthrightly adventurous as The K&D Sessions. But, to their credit, few peers have forged such a distinctive identity primarily through their interaction and re-imagining of other’s creative endeavors. One lives in hope that we’re still to see a K&D Sessions Vol. 2, where the pair introduce us to this century’s freshest talent and expand on their already impressive CV.
Roni Size – “Heroes (Kruder’s Long Loose Bossa remixed by Peter Kruder)”
Alex Reece – “Jazz Master (K&D Session)”
Count Basic – “Speechless (Drum ‘n’ Bass remixed by Peter Kruder)”
Rockers Hi-Fi – “Going Under (K&D Session)”
Bomb The Bass – “Bug Powder Dust (K&D Session)”
Aphrodelics – “Rollin’ On Chrome (Wild Motherfucker Dub remixed by Richard Dorfmeister)”
Depeche Mode – “Useless (K&D Session)”
Count Basic – “Gotta Jazz (remixed by Richard Dorfmeister)”
Rainer Trüby Trio – “Donaueschingen (Peter Kruder’s Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänskajütenremix)”
Lamb – “Trans Fatty Acid (K&D Session)” – 8:33
David Holmes – “Gone (K&D Session)”
Sofa Surfers – “Sofa Rockers (Richard Dorfmeister Remix)”
Mama Oliver – “Eastwest (Stoned Together resmoked by Richard Dorfmeister)”
Bomb The Bass – “Bug Powder Dust (Dub remixed by Kruder & Dorfmeister)”
Kruder & Dorfmeister – “Boogie Woogie”
Sin – “Where Shall I Turn (K&D Session Vol.2)”
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – “1st Of Tha Month (K&D Session)”
Kruder & Dorfmeister – “Lexicon”
Knowtoryous – “Bomberclaad Joint (K&D Session)”
Rockers Hi-Fi – “Going Under (Evil Love and Insanity Dub remixed by Kruder & Dorfmeister)”
Strange Cargo – “Million Town (K&D Session)”
Here’s The Doors‘ keyboardist on Kruder & Dorfmeister.
Summer Sessions 2001 trailer
Organizers of the annual Mountain Jam music festival have announced the lineup for the 2018 installment.
Dead & Company, featuring members of the Grateful Dead, has confirmed an extensive 2018 Summer Tour.
Neil Young, Members Of The Heartbreakers & More To Play Stephen Stills Light Up The Blues Charity Concert
Stephen Stills will present the 5th Annual Light Up The Blues Concert — An Evening of Music to Benefit Autism Speaks featuring an all-star roster of performers.
Dave Matthews Band will return to the road this summer in support of an upcoming new studio album.
Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has announced the American Utopia Tour in support of his upcoming new solo album.
Check out photos and listen to every set played on Sunday in Boca Raton at the Sunshine Music Festival.