Kruder and Dorfmeister
The K&D Sessions


5.0
classic

Review

by ocelot-05 USER (20 Reviews)
January 16th, 2006 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


Do you have an album that always used to be playing in the background somewhere? You don’t know anything about it, and you can only remember little bits of it. It’s the album you try to describe to someone, so you can find it, but it’s no use. Maybe some of you haven't found it, but I have. A couple years ago, I ventured into my mum's cd collection. I found a card-case CD, and I put it in. I realized that this was that long-lost album, for which I had that vague recollection. From the very first second of the very first song, I instantly knew that this was the album I had been looking for for years.

I was going to call The K&D Sessions electronica, but I suppose it is trip hope because it so down-tempo. Entroducing and Mezzanine are often credited as the heights of trip hop, rightly so, but I've felt for a while now that this cd has been overlooked. It doesn’t rank with DJ Shadow or Massive Attack in terms of popularity, so obviously that’s a reason. But still, I feel that this album needs to be listened to by everyone who is into trip hop or electronica. I also felt that there needed to be some information on sputnik about it.

Basically, the K&D Sessions is a 2-disc remix album, with notable original artists Roni Size, Rocker's Hi Fi, Depeche Mode, and David Holmes. It would not be fair to say that the K&D Sessions isn’t a true work of music from Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister. The majority of the songs may be remixes, but it isn’t exactly just mixing a few things around. I have downloaded some of the originals, and it’s fair to say that Kruder and Dorfmeister completely reinvented the songs, not just reanimated.

One of the stand-out tracks is Speechless, originally by Count Basic. It is the ultimate demonstration of how trip hop transcends so many different sounds and vibes. It had an almost Wild-Western theme to it, yet there is ethnic percussion (whatever that means). After four minutes or so, there is an amazing trumpet solo. I suppose it sounds most like Spanish trumpet. It soars high, joyful and beautiful, with the dark bassline continuing in the background. Certain moments on this album meet the frenetic energy of some drum n' bass and jungle; wild and somehow primal (think of Basement Jaxx' affiliation with apes).

The next best song, and one of my personal favorites, is Bug Powder Dust, which was by Bomb The Bass. Bug Powder Dust is most likely my favorite hip hop (or at least hip-hop rooted) song out there. It’s purely impeccable. I find it joyful, but not simple, and also humorous at times. One of the lines goes, 'Never been a fake and I'm never phony
I got more flavour than the packet in macaroni.' Maybe it sounds like something Insane Clown Posse, but in a completely different vein.

I once mentioned to classmate that I liked Moby, and he said, 'Dude, techno sucks.' I didn't even bother to try to tell him the difference between techno and electronica/trip hop. Even Eminem thinks that Moby makes techno. The reason is, when most people think of electronic music, they think of simple music you mind find in Party Boy's cd collection. You know, that 'uhn'sah uhn'sah' rubbish. The K&D Sessions, although it can be considered trip hop, truly spits in the face of the musically ignorant.

This is because the music is everything but simple. The amount of work and effort that went into this album is astounding. Not only is the K&D Sessions technically proficient, but it is also very atmospheric. It easily creates certain moods. The overall tone of the album is pretty mellow, but there are different kinds of chillout songs. Some are happy and soothing, like Brian Eno's work. Going Under, on the other hand, is very dark. It could be considered a chillout song by some, but it has a very paranoid sound to it, especially the second version of the song found on disc 2. "I'm going under, going under, I’m going under and I can’t turn around" creates a sinking feeling, that lasts for the whole song.

The K&D Sessions is composed so flawlessly, in my opinion, that it easily ranks in my top 5 albums. I could not recommend it more, and I only wish that it could be heard more than it is. So now that I have found that mystery album, the one I could never put my finger on, I rate it a 5/5 without a doubt.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Zebra
Moderator
January 16th 2006


2647 Comments


I finally heard some tracks off of this, and I think that they were good but not great. The tracks I heard we nice and mellow, but there was something missing.
Nice review, good length and descriptions.

sgrevs
January 16th 2006


698 Comments


Sounds interesting...I very much enjoy both Endtroducing and Mezzanine... Perhaps I'll look thorugh my mother's cd's for it.

ocelot-05
January 18th 2006


807 Comments


I know there are some in the UK, but I'm not sure if many were printed in the US, if that's where you live.

Zebra
Moderator
March 21st 2006


2647 Comments


I wound up borrowing the first disk from my friend and it is excellent, I take back what I said in my first post. I love 'Rollin' on Chrome' and 'Jazz Master.' I will be making a purchase soon and am praying that the second disk is as good as the first.

ocelot-05
March 22nd 2006


807 Comments


I have a convert. The second disc isn't actually as good as the first, but it's still excellent.

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
October 3rd 2006


1588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent album, this is great music for studying to. Love it.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2010


31629 Comments


Spun this again just before, album is so laid back and chill. Very very cool

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Valerius
October 29th 2011


1137 Comments


Album owns.

undertakerpt
November 5th 2012


1379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ocelot where did you go brah?

SanguineCream
November 7th 2012


599 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Might need to purchase this one day if i can ever find it! Keep hearing it's their classic.

SanguineCream
November 10th 2012


599 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oah yeah. k i get it now

undertakerpt
November 10th 2012


1379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good aint it

YankeeDudel
March 7th 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bada bing

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undertakerpt
March 10th 2013


1379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if the next comment you post involves thanking me and saying "you can delete that now" then i am amazing and you are gay.

YankeeDudel
March 10th 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ha you fucker taking advantage of me

undertakerpt
March 11th 2013


1379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank you. now everyone you don't have to all suck my penis at once, you may form an orderly queue and proceed youngest first.

Typhoner
March 27th 2013


900 Comments


bought this today for 50 cents (used copy obviously, but whatever). It appears I've made a good investment

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undertakerpt
March 29th 2013


1379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

smoke alot of weed on the first.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2013


6515 Comments


bought this today for 50 cents (used copy obviously, but whatever). It appears I've made a good investment

Where? The euro bins in Ghent are practically non-existent...

Typhoner
June 6th 2013


900 Comments


my local library removes stuff from its collection all the time and sells it for a few cents. Their cd collection isn't that great so I was surprised to find this.



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