Kruder & Dorfmeister

Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister put Vienna on the map as Europe's capital of downtempo lounge in the 1990's. It says much for the power of the remix that, despite being occasional DJ's and composers of their own music, they have made the greatest impact through producing and reinventing the work of others.

artist:
Kruder & Dorfmeister

country of origin:
Austria

style(s):
Ambient dub, lounge, nu jazz

decades active:
90's - 00's

essential releases:

  • DJ Kicks mixed by Kruder & Dorfmeister (1996, G-Stone/K7 Records)
  • The K & D Sessions (1998, G-Stone/K7 Records)

Reviewed by Mike G

Did these guys invent modern lounge music? The pair would probably balk at the suggestion but Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister certainly put Vienna on the map as Europe's capital of downtempo lounge in the 1990's. It says much for the power of the remix that, despite being occasional DJ's and composers of their own music, they have made the greatest impact through producing and reinventing the work of others.

Their contribution to the DJ Kicks series from 1996 is the best of their several DJ mix albums. It's a beautifully programmed cruise through warm downtempo grooves and includes gems from Thievery Corporation, Hardfloor and Herbalizer.

But The K & D Sessions(1998) is the album upon which their legendary reputation stands; a glorious 2-CD set of blunted beats, shimmering reverb and spacious sound design. The duo's production style is unmistakable and often sounds like an update of the dub techniques pioneered by Jamaican reggae producers in the 1970's. Highlights are many, and for ambient fans the more instrumental second disc provides the majority of those including tracks by Sin, David Holmes, The Sofa Surfers and Mama Oliver. Also noteworthy is K & D's own and rather stupidly titled composition "Boogie Woogie", a lovely piece of landscaped ambience with pristine acoustic guitar and crying, windswept synthesiser. The album remains a massive influence on the beats-based downtempo music which today continues to thrive both near the mainstream and on the fringes of house, breaks and hip hop music.

Although K & D as a duo have released little music since The K & D Sessions, they continue to engage in high quality solo projects. Look out for the early albums of Richard Dorfmeister's band Tosca and also the self-titled release by Peter Kruder's Peace Orchestra.

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