The K&D Sessions

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The K&D Sessions
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Compilation album (Mix album) by
Released5 October 1998 (1998-10-05)
GenreTrip hop,[1] downtempo
Length126:43[2]
LabelStudio !K7
Kruder & Dorfmeister chronology
DJ-Kicks
(1996)
The K&D Sessions
(1998)

The K&D Sessions [3] is the second DJ mix compilation album by the Vienna-based duo Kruder & Dorfmeister. Released by Studio !K7 in 1998 to glowing reviews, the album features two original songs among the remixes.[2]

Style[edit]

The compilation album is a selection of remixes produced in the previous five years by either Richard Dorfmeister, Peter Kruder or the two together.[2][4] The album also contains two original productions.[4] Dorfmeister stated that they worked about two weeks on each remix.[5] John Bush of AllMusic described the album's sound as "earthy, downtempo and acid-based, even more so than previous mix albums by the pair."[2]

Release[edit]

The K&D Sessions was released on 5 October 1998 in both a two-disc CD set and a four-disc vinyl set by Studio !K7.[4] On 28 February 1999, Kruder & Dorfmeister started on a ten city tour of North America to promote the album.[6]

After the release and success of the album, the group received several requests from artists for remixes, all of which they turned down.[5] Dorfmeister stated that they had felt like they had "already done it," adding: "I'd rather release nothing than something that is half and half. ... Perhaps we don't have so much output, but at least then we don't release some bullshit."[5]

Reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[7]
The Independent4/5 stars[8]
Muzik4/5 stars[9]
NME6/10[10]
Pitchfork7.4/10[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[11]
Spin8/10[12]

The K&D Sessions received acclaim on its release. Spike Magazine gave the album a positive review, stating that it is "one of those albums that comes out of the blue, providing a whole bunch of surprises to make even the most jaded get excited about music again."[13] Spin felt that The K&D Sessions has "less scope and vibrancy" than the duo's DJ Kicks album, but nonetheless praised it as a more consistent release.[12] Spin later placed the album at number 19 on their list of top 20 albums of 1999.[14] Music database AllMusic gave the album five stars out of five, opining that "the impossibly deep beats on almost every track simply couldn't have been recorded by any other act" and referring to the music as "the most blissfully blunted music the world has ever heard."[2]

Feeling that the album was overlong, the NME gave the album a mixed review, asking "does the world really need to own both their reappraisals of Bomb the Bass' 'Bug Powder Dust', even if the first one is a corker?"[10] Pitchfork also noted the length of the album referring to the second disc as "thoroughly boring", but praising the album stating "a handful of the tracks on this sprawling two-CD set demonstrate a mastery of rhythm unseen in DJ'd music since DJ Shadow bestowed upon us the gift of Endtroducing...... Out of the depths of their remix material's musical void, Kruder and Dorfmeister assemble organic downtempo triumphs which may alone be sufficient to perpetuate the otherwise trite brand of music currently labeled 'trip-hop.'"[1]

Track listing[edit]

CD one
No.TitleArtist(s)Length
1."Heroes" (Kruder's Long Loose Bossa remixed by Peter Kruder)Roni Size6:30
2."Jazz Master" (K&D Session)Alex Reece8:20
3."Speechless" (Drum 'n' Bass remixed by Peter Kruder)Count Basic6:37
4."Going Under" (K&D Session)Rockers Hi-Fi8:37
5."Bug Powder Dust" (K&D Session)Bomb the Bass7:20
6."Rollin' on Chrome" (Wild Motherfucker Dub remixed by Richard Dorfmeister)Aphrodelics5:39
7."Useless" (K&D Session)Depeche Mode6:13
8."Gotta Jazz" (remixed by Richard Dorfmeister)Count Basic5:32
9."Donaueschingen" (Peter Kruder's Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänskajütenremix)Rainer Trüby Trio6:55
10."Trans Fatty Acid" (K&D Session)Lamb8:33
CD two
No.TitleArtist(s)Length
1."Gone" (K&D Session)David Holmes8:29
2."Sofa Rockers" (Richard Dorfmeister Remix)Sofa Surfers4:30
3."Eastwest" (Stoned Together resmoked by Richard Dorfmeister)Mama Oliver5:11
4."Bug Powder Dust" (Dub remixed by Kruder & Dorfmeister)Bomb the Bass6:20
5."Boogie Woogie"Kruder & Dorfmeister3:20
6."Where Shall I Turn" (K&D Session Vol. 2)Sin5:53
7."1st of tha Month" (K&D Session)Bone Thugs-n-Harmony5:49
8."Lexicon"Kruder & Dorfmeister1:06
9."Bomberclaad Joint" (K&D Session)Knowtoryous3:47
10."Going Under" (Evil Love and Insanity Dub remixed by Kruder & Dorfmeister)Rockers Hi-Fi4:30
11."Million Town" (K&D Session)Strange Cargo7:32

Personnel[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[15] Gold 25,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 100,000^
Summaries
Europe 500,000[17]
Worldwide N/A 1,000,000[18]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Clark, Taylor. "Kruder and Dorfmeister: The K&D Sessions". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 7 February 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Bush, John. "The K&D Sessions – Kruder & Dorfmeister". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unGEItr2gMo, http://www.g-stoned.com, republished iMUSIC-YouTube 29 November 2017 (this source was not used to add content to this article - accessed 2020-1-22)
  4. ^ a b c "Kruder & Dorfmeister – The K&D Sessions™ – G-Stoned Recording". G-stoned.com. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  5. ^ a b c Benson, Denise (November 2000). "Tosca's Groove Is in the Heart". Exclaim!. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  6. ^ Paoletta, Michael (March 1999). "Reviews". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 111 (11): 38. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin (2009). "Kruder and Dorfmeister". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-972636-1. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  8. ^ Perry, Tim (21 November 1998). "Pop: Album reviews". The Independent. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  9. ^ Wyatt, Kieran. "The K&D Sessions (Studio !K7)". Muzik (44): 87.
  10. ^ a b Willmott, Ben (27 November 1998). "Kruder & Dorfmeister – The K&D Sessions". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  11. ^ Sherlock, Dev (2004). "Kruder & Dorfmeister". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 471. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  12. ^ a b Jacob, Sally (February 1999). "Kruder & Dorfmeister: The K&D Sessions". Spin. SPIN Media. 15 (2): 112. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  13. ^ Mitchell, Chris (1 November 1999). "Kruder and Dorfmeister: The K&D Sessions". Spike Magazine. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  14. ^ Rubin, Mike (January 2000). "Spin: The Year in Music 1999". Spin. SPIN Media. 16 (1): 77. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  15. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Kruder & Dorfmeister – The K&D sessions" (in German). IFPI Austria.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Kruder & Dorfmeister – The K&D sessions". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type The K&D sessions in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ "Impala Sales Award Winner June 2005 - January 2008" (PDF). Impala. 3 December 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Kruder & Dorfmeister: The K&D Sessions TM". !K7 Records. Bandcamp. Retrieved 8 January 2020.

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