Posts Tagged ‘Kruder & Dorfmeister’
Tosca had for a very long time a big problem: the band was always presented as the side-project of Richard Dorfmeister and everyone just wanted to get a new Kruder & Dorfmeister record. 1998 K&D dropped their epochal “K&D Sessions” album and since then we’ve heard nary a peep from the duo. Peter Kruder has his Peace Orchestra project, Dorfmeister has Tosca, and they’ve both done piles of remixes. Just not together, not anymore. But of course it takes some time to get the focus away from a group like Kruder & Dorfmeister, a duo that revolutionized downtempo music, reinvigorating both acid jazz and trip-hop in one fell swoop with a series of blisteringly hot remixes and a precious handful of original tracks.
Finally with “j.a.c.” the new duo from Richard Dorfmeister stepped out of the shades of K&D, forever. Tosca showed with this album from 2005 that the Viennese G-Stone sound was alive and well, and the label’s trademark luscious basslines, funky jazz breaks and infinitely deep percussion are in full effect on the record. The album plays well as a cohesive unit, beginning slowly before ramping up to a more energetic middle section, and finally sliding into a relaxed denouement.
The half of the twelve tracks are with vocals,which is a very high rate for Tosca, but it is working out very well. There’s not much else to report on the novelty front, but Tosca remains in excellent form. The record is just one of the stonemarks of downtempo music in its later phase, not starting a revolution anymore, but perfected the sound. But if Kruder & Dorfmeister would reunite, well, that would be just great – but maybe they never could fullfill the expectations. And it is not fair to Rupert Huber, who surely deserves to get recognized not only as a the other guy from Tosca, the sideproject from Richard Dorfmeister.
Honestly, until a few weeks ago I didn´t know that Pelican City was an early project from DJ Dangermouse, which you might know from his amazing work with/as Gorillaz, Dangerdoom (him with MF Doom), his legendary “grey album” and of course Gnarls Barkley, which are boring in my opinion. And Pelican City was yet another of Brian Burton’s a.k.a. Dangermouse projects.
Burton collaborates on this record with guitarist Todd Monfalcone, horn player Josh Perry, and sax player John Bell. The combination of deep & heavy Hip Hop beats, melodic guitars, cinematic string arrangements, and chilled out horns create the scenery for the Pelican City, a cinematic backdrop of moody, downtempo trip hop sounds. This charming album sounds more like early Tommy Guerro instrumentals than his more recent stuff. Very spacey and laid back in the sense of Portishead and Kruder & Dorfmeister, pure dope and mellow beats.
“Rhode Island” is the musical description of a place: Pelican City, Rhode Island is the city that the film “The Chilling Effect” (the debut record, which was a soundtrack for a film that remains a mystery) took place in. The city on this album sounds dark and mesmerizing. The music takes you on a journey through different places in the city. Whether the scenery is beautiful or haunting, each place in the city represents an emotional experience.
I guess you best start your own urbanologistic research.
Why don´t you take a deep breath from dat fine spliff? And now another one or even another spliff with this sweet fragrance? Do you hear & feel the bass, woah ah ah ah. Floor Killer Stereotyp, hailing from Vienna boooooms around with his classical album “my sound”. Features from Tikiman (you have to love his smooth style on “flying style”), Sugar B, Cesar, Collage (toasting raw on the dancehall smasher “all di girl come”), MC Trigger (on the bassbox killing tune “trigger culture”), Hubert Tubbs (soulfull emotional overkill on “tell me”), Colee Royce and Greenwood – oh yes, the marihuana is pumping round your veins now. What are you doin´? Laying on the bed, the dubby bass rollin´ over your apathetic body or are you dancin´ in front of the boxes for yourself? Released 2002 by the famous G-Stone Recordings from Kruder & Dorfmeister.
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