Zki & Dobre

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Zki & Dobre
Also known as The Good Men (or The Goodmen)
Chocolate Puma
Klatsch!
Rhythm Killaz
Tomba Vira
Riva
Jark Prongo
F-Action
René et Gaston
Origin Haarlem, Netherlands
Genres House, dance, electronic
Years active 1991–present
Labels Fresh Fruit, Hooj Choons, Parlophone, Incentive Records, VC Recordings, Spinnin' Records, Mixmash Records
Members Gaston Steenskist ("Dobre")
René ter Horst ("DJ Zki")

Zki & Dobre, known by many aliases, but currently most well known as Chocolate Puma (alternatively as The Good Men or The Goodmen), are a Dutch house music duo from Haarlem, Netherlands. They comprise of Gaston Steenkist ("Dobre") and René ter Horst ("DJ Zki"). They have produced multiple dance hits under various group names since the early 1990s. Their biggest international hits to date are "Give It Up" (1993) credited as The Good Men and "Who Do You Love Now?" (2001) credited to Riva featuring Dannii Minogue. They also founded their own record label Pssst Music.

Career[edit]

As the Goodmen, their biggest hit was "Give It Up", a 1993 house music track based upon samba styled percussion and the simple, repeating vocal line of the song title. The percussion for the release was inspired by an earlier recording by Sérgio Mendes.

The song hit #1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1993 and made a brief appearance on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #71. After being re-released in late 1993, it reached #5 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

Various monikers[edit]

Horst and Steenkist are also known under many aliases including:

  • The Good Men (alternatively The Goodmen) with a string of hits that started with the hit "Give It Up" in 1993 making it to number 5 on the UK Singles Charts, number 1 on the US Dance charts and number 71 in the US Hot 100. The follow-up "Damn Woman" charted in the Dutch charts in 1994. The Good Men also released the 1994 album Father in the Bathroom.
  • René Et Gaston (based on their given names René ter Horst and Gaston Steenskist) with the hit "Vallée de larmes" in 1993
  • Klatsch! (with the hits "Oh Boy" in 1993 and "God Save the Queer" in 1994
  • F-Action, a musical project in cooperation with Ramon Zenker from Hardfloor, the best known hit being "Let's Get Closer Baby".

They also created JP Records and psst Records and finally Groove Alert founded by Dobre.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, they appeared in a new set of projects and monikers

  • Basco, a Big Beat musical project resulting in the album High Involvement
  • Jark Prongo, with success in the UK in 1999 with "Movin' Thru Your System" accompanied by a similar titled 14-track album released on March 22, 1999 on Pssst Music. The releases stretched from 1999 to 2004. Locally in the Netherlands, Jark Prongo had success with the single "Sweet Little Thing". Most materials of this period including additional EPs Shake It, Rattlesnake and No Api were released on Pssst Music and Hooj Choons.
  • Tomba Vira, a project from 2000 to 2002 that started with the EP Down the Park, the hits "Shriek" in 2000, "The Sound of: Oh Yeah" in 2001 followed by "Dynamite" in 2002
  • Rhythm Killaz, an electronic formation created mainly for the release of the March 2001 hit single/EP "Wack Ass MF"

Their best known monikers besides the early years' The Goodmen were Riva and Chocolate Puma:

  • Riva, was a name best known for the international hit "Who Do You Love Now?". Originally a Dutch local music hit "Stringer uit", it was adapted into a vocal version for Danni Minogue at the height of her sister Kylie Minogue who was having a massive hit with "Can't Get You Out of My Head". Riva's "Who Do You Love Now?" went on to reach number 3 in the UK Singles Chart in 2001. An EP Who Do You Love Now? was also released in November 2001 through Alien/United Recordings, exclusively licensed to London Records 90 Ltd. The EP contained 9 various remixes of the song featuring Dannii Minogue.
  • Chocolate Puma, thus far the moniker used more consistently by the duo particularly after the hit "I Wanna Be U", yet another big UK hit for them in 2001 that made it to UK Singles Chart' peaking at number 6.[2]:105 2008 was a very active year with the release of "Always and Forever" that was a hit in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and many European night venues. Also in 2008 came cooperation with the Bingo Players (Maarten Hoogstraten and Paul Bäumer) in two releases being "Disco Electrique" and "Touch Me".

In popular culture[edit]

In 1994, Gaston Steenkist (Dobre), one half of the duo Zki & Dobre was instrumental in discovering Filipino-Dutch DJ Laidback Luke after the latter forwarded a demo tape to him. Laidback Luke was signed to a recording contract by the management of Dobre. At the end of the year he has already released two albums on the label Groove Alert newly established by Dobre.[3] Laidback Luke went on to have a prosperous DJ and producing career.

In 1995, Simply Red sampled The Good Men's hit "Give It Up" for their UK #1 hit "Fairground". The Good Men were credited for the sample, and Mendes was also given credit as the performer of "Fanfarra", the original source of the Goodmen's track.

The duo's work has been featured on many DJ mixes from Hooj Choons, Global Underground, and Ministry of Sound.

Discography[edit]

As The Good Men[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
NLD
[4]
1994 Father in the Bathroom

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
NLD BEL
[5]
GER
SWI UK
[2]
US US
Dance
1993 "Give It Up" 6 18 17 33 5 71 1 Father in the Bathroom
1994 "Damn Woman" 36
1995 "Huh!"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

As Chocolate Puma[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Label Peak chart positions Album
NLD BEL
[6]
FRA
[7]
UK
2001 "I Wanna Be U" 65 6
2008 "Sexy Girl"
2008 "Disco Electrique"
(Bingo Players vs. Chocolate Puma)
"Always and Forever" 33 56 50
"Touch Me"
(Bingo Players vs. Chocolate Puma)
73
2012 "Gimme Sum"
"Just One More Time Baby" (with Firebeatz) Spinnin' Records
2013 "2000 People"
"Sausage Fest" (with Firebeatz) Spinnin' Records
2014 "Step Back" (featuring Kris Kiss) Mixmash Records 48 83
"Rubberband Lazer" (featuring Maikal X) Dim Mak Records
"I Can't Understand" (with Firebeatz) Spinnin' Records 116
2015 "Chicago Disco" (with Tommie Sunshine) Size Records
"Lost Your Groove" (with Junior Sanchez featuring Arama) Dim Mak Records
"I Could Be Wrong" Spinnin' Records
"Snap That Neck" (with Laidback Luke) Mixmash Records
"The Max" (featuring Kris Kiss) Dim Mak Records
"Scrub The Ground" (with Tommie Sunshine featuring DJ Funk) Heldeep Records
"Popatron" Spinnin' Deep
"Jegog" Spinnin' Premium Free download
2016 "Listen to the Talk" Spinnin' Records
"Lullaby" (with Firebeatz featuring Bishøp) Spinnin' Records
"Space Sheep" (with Oliver Heldens) Heldeep Records
"Raise Your Hands Up" (with Sander van Doorn) Musical Freedom Records

Remixes & Edits[edit]

Year Track Artist Label Peak chart positions Album
NLD BEL
[6]
FRA
[7]
UK
2013 "Atmosphere (Chocolate Puma Remix)" Kaskade Ultra
2014 "Bassline (Chocolate Puma Remix)" GotSome feat. The Get Along Gang Defected Records
2015 "Treasured Soul (Chocolate Puma Remix)" Michael Calfan Spinnin' Remixes
"Eclipse (Chocolate Puma Remix)" Hardwell Revealed Recordings United We Are Remixed
2016 "Selecta (Chocolate Puma Edit)" Kryder Spinnin' Records

Under other aliases[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Credited to Peak chart positions Album
NLD BEL UK
1993 "Oh Boy" Klatsch! 25
"Vallée de larmes" René et Gaston 41
1994 "God Save the Queer" Klatsch! 42
1995 "Let's Get Closer Baby" F-Action
1999 "Movin' Thru Your System" Jark Prongo 58
2001 "Sweet Little Thing" Jark Prongo 87
"Wack Ass MF" Rhythm Killaz 32
"The Sound of: Oh Yeah" Tomba Vira 51
"Who Do You Love Now?"
(Riva featuring Dannii Minogue)
Riva 26 10 3[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 231. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Muziekencyclopedie.nl: Biography of Laidback Luke
  4. ^ DutchCharts.nl: The Good Men discography Archived May 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Ultratop.be/nl/ The Good Men discography Archived June 23, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b Ultratop.be/nl/ Chocolate Pums discography Archived June 23, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ a b lescharts.com Chocolate Pums discography Archived May 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. various. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.