Grand Slam
Richard Dorfmeister vs. Madrid de los Austrias
June 16, 2006

Track list
  1. In The Waiting Line (Dorfmeister vs. MDLA Dub) - Zero 7
  2. Boogie No More - Dorfmeister vs. MDLA
  3. Valldemossa (Edson Arantes Do Nascimento Pelé Mix) - Dorfmeister vs. MDLA
  4. Spanish Grease (Dorfmeister vs. MDLA Muga Reserva Mix) - Willie Bobo
  5. Relaxin' At Club F****n (Dorfmeister vs. MDLA Mix) - Koop
  6. Back 2 Back (Dorfmeister vs. MDLA Mix) - Pressure Drop
  7. Make Dis Real - Dorfmeister vs. MDLA
  8. Schnitz - Dorfmeister vs. MDLA
  9. My Friend (Dorfmeister vs. MDLA Mix) - Groove Armada
  10. On The Moon Maybe - Dorfmeister vs. MDLA
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : -/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
Following the coverage of the German/UK 'nu-dub'/lounge/downtempo (and not to be forgotten as we've seen in the review of Rodney Hunter's "Hunter Files", Tosca's "J.A.C." and "Souvenirs" by Tosca - featuring one half of Austria's G-Stone masters Kruder & Dorfmeister, Richard Dorfmeister alongside Rupert Huber, and will once again see in this review: the Austrian Vienna-)scene, with the excellent article Dub Revolution by Gregory Stephens, and several reviews featured on these pages of music coming from the closely to the Austrian scene linked Berlin camp around Basic Channel and especially Basic Channel's 'partner in crime' Paul St. Hilaire, and that of the other half of Kruder & Dorfmeister, Peter Kruder, taking the spotlight alongside Christian Prommer and Roland Appel from München, who are not only Fauna Flash but also 2/3 of Rainer Trüby's Trüby Trio, and the three of them together as VoomVoom having released their debut album "Peng Peng", it's back to Richard Dorfmeister again, this time alongside Madrid de los Austrias for their "Grand Slam" album. Brazilian style percussion starts the first (remixed) tune of this album "In The Waiting Line (Dorfmeister vs. MDLA Dub)" before the heavy bass kicks in and the drumrolls accompany Zero 7's Sofie Barker's sweet vocals from Zero 7's 2001 laid-back U.K. soul album "Simple Things". "Boogie No More" is a brilliant take on A Taste Of Honey's 1978 worldwide chartbuster "Boogie, Oogie, Oogie" and has been called everything from disco at its worst to one of the best R&B singles of the 70s, and in this reinterpretation that was released on G-Stone Records and MDLA's own Sunshine Enterprises is irresistably catchy disco at its best. Spanish vibes take over in "Valldemossa (Edson Arantes Do Nascimento Pelé Mix) named after the place where in 1838, the pianist Frederic Chopin and his lover, the writer George Sand, rented a former monk's cell at the Royal Carthusian Monastery. The couple and their illicit affair were the subject of intense gossip in Paris, so they decided to take refuge in Valldemossa to escape the 19th century equivalent of today's paparazzi. The mix itself is named after the best soccer player ever, Brazil's Pelé, and this reworking of the summer 2004 dancefloor filler by Richard Dorfmeister and Heinz Tronigger & Michael 'Pogo' Kreiner a.k.a Madrid De Los Austrias is going to take a hold of the dancefloor as easily. "Spanish Grease (Dorfmeister vs. MDLA Muga Reserva Mix)" is a brilliant remix of latin-jazz percussionist Willie Bobo's 1965 tune, done in 2002 for the Verve (jazz) label. More jazzy than latin, driven by Ivan Ruiz Machado's double bass, is the excellent "Relaxin' At Club F****n (Dorfmeister vs. MDLA Mix)" of Sweden's nu-jazz wizards Koop featuring a great vibraphone solo by Philipp 'Flip' Pesendorfer and wonderful sung vocals by former Groove Collective rapper & percussionist Gordon 'Nappy G' Clay. "Back 2 Back (Dorfmeister vs. MDLA Mix)" is the great broken-beat funk remix of Justin Langlands & Dave Henley a.k.a. the Blood Brothers a.k.a. Pressure Drop's radical first 12" from 1990 featuring the words of Eldridge Cleaver, the Minister Of Information for the Black Panthers, followed by the 2004 funky vocal house of "Make Dis Real" with great Bernard Fowler like vocals encouring to shake that booty, baby and "Schnitz", with Diana Lueger (who also was featured on the abovementioned Tosca "J.A.C." and Rodney Hunter "Hunter Files" albums) of Austrian rockgroup Zweitfrau highlighted vocally on this tune based on Zweitfrau's "Schnitt". Celetia Martin's nice oldstyle soulful disco vocals grace the "My Friend (Dorfmeister vs. MDLA Mix)" from Groove Armada's best and most successful 2001 album "Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub)" bringing dub and funk elements in to support the honeyed vocal. The album is brought to a close with "On The Moon Maybe" mixing jazz chords with a bass heavy electronic groove and angelic female backing vocals supporting the (uncredited) spoken word vocals leaving you after more than an hour completely overwhelmed by this soulful display of dubbed up funk and house. Even if you don't buy it, you are depriving yourself from a chance to buy some excellent (non reggae) music if you don't listen in to this brilliant album.