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The K&D Sessions
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  • Viennese beatsmiths Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister prove themselves to be DJs with a difference on this stellar double-disc set. Instead of simply stringing together favorite tunes of the moment, K&D assemble something much more permanent and notable by gathering their own remixes for both well-known artists (Depeche Mode, Bone Thugs 'N Harmony, Roni Size, Bomb The Bass) and European cult acts (Rainer Trnby Trio, Count Basic, Knowtoryous, Sofa Surfers, Mama Oliver). The unifying thread can be called the K&D sound--a playfully off-beat and bass-heavy funk so singular that it instantly assimilates any piece of music into the K&D canon.
  • The K&D sound is a great equalizer, elevating all music to a common plateau of funked-up metagroove. Kruder & Dorfmeister see to it that vocal drum-and-bass, shady dub, frazzled big-beat, bouncy hip-hop, and down-tempo slink alike are pumped up with anabolic breakbeats, sizzling jazz breaks, and serpentine basslines. Already indispensable as a compact collection of K&D's rarest mixes, K&D SESSIONS goes one further, giving it up for two breathless hours and redefining the state of the art of trip-hop in the image of its Austrian saviors.
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Spin (p.134) - "[With] an airbrushed sound that was heavy and heady in a club, but elegantly chill enough for background music."

CMJ (1/10/00, p.21) - Included in CMJ's "RPM '99 Top 5" - "...finely crafted K&D remixes [which] became a benchmark for downbeat electronic music, and a barometer of the success of the stoney lounge sound."
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