A short introduction to
Kruder & Dorfmeister
g-stone recordings vienna
So who are Kruder & Dorfmeister? Well, basically two guys mainly known through their successful dj- sets and a respectable record of vinyl - releases since 1993. A dub-plate-melting factor from Vienna. Two producers/djs/remixers whose distinctive trademark sound is at most times extremely mellow, has a lot of bass, downbeat tracks and a sense of epic soundscapes.There might be the occasional double-time breaks and the heavy and deep typically viennese feeling. Consider K&D to roam in their own, unique realm of musical beutekunst that owes and gives a lot to rare funk tunes, electric jazz arrangements, the feeling of deep soul, hiphop, dub, reggae, ambient, fusion, brazil, chansons, dope beats and drum + bass and still a lot more influences that happen to find the interest of the two austrians.
At a time when hip hop beats started to emancipate themselves from the rapping and everyone started to pay highest attention to the blooming breakbeat scene in the UK, K&D broke through out of nowhere with one 4-track e.p. (G-stoned) that featured a hypnotic track called High Noon and a cover that showed the dj- duo in true Simon & Garfunkel form, straight out of Richard Avedon anno 1969. The impact was massive, especially since the first wave of enthsiasm came from the UK where musical imports from the continent are seldom appreciated.Gilles Peterson played the track at first on his famous now called Worldwide-show .
Gathering momentum with support from people like Wall of Sounds Mark Jones and tracks for fellow Austrians Count Basic or strange people like William Orbit, the further story of K&D and Richard's Tosca project is well documented on various compilations and twelve inch releases. They met people like the Ninja tune posse, touched base with the leftfield dance , befriended Munich's Compost crew, remixed artists as diverse as Bomb the bass, Bonet thugs & harmony, Alex Reese, United Future Organisation, Rockers Hifi (the K&D version was used in the video of "Going under "), Lamb, Roni Size, Depeche Mode and dj-ed in more clubs than you would care to count.
Be it their self- produced tracks or the sound of their remixes, the K&D symptomatic feeling of lush european loungcore-dub pervaded all swift changes of the triphop hype and survived as a highly personal expression that found easy access into the world of drum&bass when the breakbeats became soulful. Their regular presence in the club circuit, a characteristic side effect of their consistant travelling as djs, made them well-received guest at the various crossing of an international beat-set that took them from Vienna to London, to the American Westcoast, to Germany and back, with a tightly packed dj-bag full of remixes tracing their steps. A mix-CD compilation, "DJ-kicks", for german label studio K7 marked a relevant change in the overall concept of K&D or rather in the way the audience seemed to take them in. From being well-respected underground heroes they had emerged to be full fledged media-celebrities in the music-press whose mix-CD was so excellently mixed and selected, that many new fans were attracted all over the world.
K&D are maybe something like the continental answer to the british breakbeat or the american illbient scene, but then again their musical imprint is outernational anyway. They could achieve the special abstract global reputation that makes them neighbours to RockersHifi, Fila Brazilia,Howie B., DJ Shadow, the wordsound collective, Coldcut or the Thievery corporation in a virtual neighbourhood of twekwando -ing beatmeisters.
But, with a number of prolific dj-dates of K&D all around the world and the production and releases of two Tosca CD's of Tosca, a remix for Gregory Isaacs for the tribute remix compilation of dub-classicson Island records, and a remix for Madonna's next single "Nothing really matters", it seems unavoidable that there will be a lot of talk about Peter Kruder & Richard Dorfmeister.
So if you are looking for the living music, go and check G-stone and roll a big one...
a low world according to chocolate elvis
in a town called vienna
Tosca is the brainchild of Richard Dorfmeister + Rupert Huber. Both met in school where they shared the same enthusiasm about music. Very soon they formed their first group called Dehli 9, which was a wild collective, experimenting with tape machines and indian influences, mixed with poetry lyrics.
After school everybody went its way . Rupert decided to work in the experimental music scene, while Richard teamed up with Peter Kruder to form the producer/dj duo Kruder + Dorfmeister.
1993 the G-stone label was launched. K&D became trademark, their K&D remix sessions are legendary.
In 1994 Richard and Rupert met again to do a new thing called Tosca. Initially a fun-project, they released their first 12", called Chocolate elvis (G-stone 12 002), which combined classical samples with NYC street-blues samples. The track was licensed to a whole range of compilations and still can be heard on dancfloors worldwide.Their second stroke called Fuck dub (G-stone 12 003) used heavy basslines and freaked-out spoken word clips.
1997 saw the release Opera (G-stone CD 002), their first album, which featured old+new tracks and was described as soulful and analogue soundscape . Some saw it as a smooth fusion of ambient funk + delicate dub. The mixmag wrote: It`s the blues, and the thick sultry bass, that make this as sexy and melancholy as cigarette smoke after a one-night stand in a strange city.
The new tracks were featured on Buona Sarah (G-stone 12 005)
fuck dub remixes
The next step was to bring in mutual friends from all over Europe to work on a remix-series of Fuck dub. It became a very exciting project and resulted in a colourful mixture of versions. Artists + labels involved in this project were:
Fila Brazillia, Baby Mammoth (pork ), Fauna Flash, Beanfield (compost), Daniel Haaksman, Shantel (essay), Morpheus/Beanfield (SSR), Gambusa (studio K7), Uptight productions (uptight), pulsinger + tunakan (cheap).
All these reworkings were featured on the latest G-stone release: Fuck dub, the remix album (G-stone CD 003).
Chocolate elvis got some serious dubs by artists like Boozoo Bajou, Rockers Hifi, Baby mammoth, Bullitnuts, Quant, Uptight . Chocolate sweet as dope.
The second Tosca album called "Suzuki" will be finished by autumn 99. The actual release is scheduled for early 2000. The album features fresh material in the original Tosca style.
A 12- teaser of the album will be out by november 99.