THE FINEST IN DOWNBEAT & DUB MUSIC
Paris' Professor Oz began his musical odyssey as an original member of the Aleem Project from 1995-98. The group was internationally recognized for their hits, "Sound Season" and "Filtri Organi", which was later released on the Ministry Of Sound compilation, "The Annual II" mixed by the legendary Boy George & Pete Tong. Oz leaves Paris for Vienna and eventually meets his new neighbor Sugar B (Dub Club), as well as, Richard Dorfmeister of Tosca (G-Stone/!K7). He produced several tracks while in Vienna, including "Waves And Sun" from the album "One", which was subsequently remixed into the classic Dub track, "African Wave" by the legendary Dr. Richard (K & D). The Professor most recently released the album, "Professor Oz & Microlive" featuring the renowned MC Sugar B.
Sugar B AKA Martin Forster is known as one of the true originators of the Viennese "Headz" scene.
He started as singer of the legendary Moreaus (together w/ Peter Kruder (Peace Orchestra), Rodney Hunter (Uptight) and DJ DSL (Stefan Biedermann). He followed with the well known "Downbeat" radio show called Silly Solid Swound System (w/ DJ Makossa), that aired every Saturday on Austria's FM4. Sugar B has recorded classic Headz & Dub tracks, including his latest single, "Love You Anyway" & debut LP "I+I Produkt". Sugar B has performed as "toaster" for Austrian stalwarts Tosca, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Stereotyp, Walkner Moestl and Demon Flowers, as well as, Fauna Flash from Germany's legendary Compost records. He is also co-founder of the infamous Dub Club that features the finest in underground music originating at Club Flex in Vienna.
Since the mid-nineties, Markus Dohelsky AKA Shanti Roots, has been a fixture in the Viennese Dub and electronic scene. His first album "Subcodex", successfully united Dub, Downtempo and Drum 'n Bass music and featured the classic Headz track, "Holy Smoke". In 2002, Markus followed with the internationally successful 12" "Afrique", released on Vienna Scientists. The track was described as "a true floor-rocker manifesto" with support provided by Scheibosan, who adds an extra portion of Funk into the mix. Several Shanti Roots tracks have followed on various albums, including the well-known Ecco Chamber "Black Coffee" compilation series and remixes released on Germany's Jubilee Records and Vienna's Sunshine Enterprises, among other classic "Downbeat" labels. His latest collaboration, Monte Laa Productions, features Scheibosan and the seductive vocals of Joyce Muniz (I-Wolf, Stereotyp, Shanti Roots). This year, Markus will be releasing new songs and remixes on Timewarp, Redbud, Haikai and Cocoon Records.
Austria's Scheibosan has been performing since 1981 at festivals from Hungary, Switzerland and Greece to Spain and Brasil. Beginning in 1998, he became the distinguished taste maker and compiler of the six volume CD compilation series: Black Coffee, which featured a who's who of "Headz" artists and provided "an exquisite basis by blending Dub, R&B, Funk into Soul, Acid Jazz, Break beatzzz and Electro", released on the influential Viennese label, Ecco Chamber. Over the past several years, Scheibosan has been producing music with Markus Dohelsky AKA Shanti Roots, including remixes and songs for Timewarp, Haikai, Cocoon and Redbud Records. Scheibosan has also released tracks on renowned labels Dub Club/G-Stone Recordings, Jubilee Records and Vienna Scientists. His latest project, Monte Laa Productions, includes Markus Dohelsky and Brazilian vocalist Joyce Muniz (G-Stone, Vienna Scientists, Klein Records).
The L.A. band, Lazy, was founded by two former members of the internationally recognized, Supreme Beings Of Leisure. Rick Torres & Kiran Shahani, along with the silky-voiced vocals of Jailyn Matthews, formed Lazy after the initial split-up of SBoL and mixes a blend of electronica with pop sensibilities. Rick, who also played lead guitar for the The English Beat, fronts Lazy and co-founder, Kiran, now fronts the group, Bitter:Sweet (which also include songs co-written by Rick) on Quango Records. The All Music Guide describes Lazy as a "blend of modern Electronica with retro pop sounds, throw in some exotic touches and a filigree of turntablism" and their distinct sound have been featured in various films, television and even a Super Bowl ad for Miller Genuine Draft. Lazy have also performed live alongside The Crystal Method, Jane's Addiction and Roni Size, among others. Rick, who also plays lead guitar for the The English Beat, is currently working on his latest project "The Smart Set" at his E-Records Studio in Los Angeles (check out his recent track "Love Never Dies" featured in the new Karma Hybrid car commercial by Fisker).
The original incarnation of SIN was co-founded in 1989 by Mona Moore, Andy Orel and Richard Dorfmeister. They released their first 12", "Where Shall I Turn?" in 1990. In 1993, "Dorfmeister left Vienna to get things going in the DJ-world, whereas Moore and Orel were quite comfortable with their comparably old-school band/songwriting approach." Mona and Andy continued Sin as a duo releasing several successful albums on the Viennese label, Abuse Industries. Sin's music has also been remixed by "Headz" pioneers, Pulsinger & Tunakan, Waldeck, Freedom Satellite, Abe Duque and the first remix by Kruder & Dorfmeister, which was later released on the highly influential, "K & D Sessions". Mixmag writes that the music of Sin "moves through the sultry vibes of bad porn movies, underpinning the action with low slung but highly polished Viennese beats. High class stuff, but dirty all the same."
Norway's Jens Petter Nilsen and Hallvard Hagen make up Xploding Plastix. Named after Andy Warhols' the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, which featured the legendary Velvet Underground. Their label Beatservice, pronounces XP music as "a genre-bending assemblage, with animated fluctuations, successfully integrated. Frantic, exuberant accretion of brittle, bustling rhythms and melodies, introducing an urgent funk punch; a flickering sensuousness and enveloping rhythmic pulse." XP's first single was released on the influential Pork Records and they followed with numerous releases including their pinnacle full-length album: "Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents". DJ Magazine says, "Xploding Plastix steps confidently not to mention beautifully between the realms of Jazz, Electronica, Classical and acoustic Folk. Class!" and NME describes their live performance as "a big, disorienting future-jazz racket, splicing DJ Food's mad drums, Aphex Twin's time signaturs and The Herbaliser's moodiest, cinematic bits. Awesome." Xploding Plastix recently released their first album since 2004 entitled, "Treated Timber Resists Rot"
Stefan Obermaier grew up in Salzburg and was "breast fed with his fathers collection of old Funk, Soul & Jazz recordings." He eventually turned to the rhythms associated with the legendary Viennese Downbeat scene and emerged as a successful DJ, producer and keyboardist while in Salzburg. Stefan eventually relocated to Vienna and intensified his work as a producer. It didn't take long for him to get acquainted with Jürgen Drimal, head of the infamous Vienna Scientists record label and has been part of the "Scientists family" ever since. Stefan has also reworked and remixed tracks from the almighty Mozart to vocalist Mark Murphy & Germany's Razoof (Stereo Deluxe). Play.FM pronounced Stefan as "one of the hottest newcomers" and that "he more than matched those expectations with his first track "Inna Fat Dub Combo." Stefan recently released the EP, Drifter, and his latest track "Bah Mea" is featured on the upcoming compilation, Vienna Scientists Vol. 5
See-I of Washington D.C., have been internationally renowned for their vocal stylings fronting the Downbeat group, Thievery Corporation. The band, See-I, have actually been performing for more than 20 years, even Eric Hilton knew them before he formed the infamous Thievery Corporation. They are especially recognized for their influence on the Downbeat scene due to their music collaborations with Thievery Corporation and producer, Desmond Williams, on the seminal dub tracks: "38.45 (A Thievery Number)", "Assault On Babylon" and "Focus on Sight". See-I "offer up bass-and-drum heavy, world conscious, dub-laced tracks" and feature co-founders (and brothers), Rootz and Zeebo Steele. Re:Up magazine points out See-I's "overall ability to blend the sacred trinity of Dub, Hip-Hop and Downtempo" that really makes them stand out. See-I perform live every Wednesday at the Eighteenth Street Lounge in Washington D.C. and tour with members of Thievery Corporation and Fort Knox Five. Their recent releases include their self-titled debut & remix albums, "The King" and "How Could You" featuring a remix by the legendary Rodney Hunter (G-Stone).
Since 2000, NY-D.C.-Chicago-Austin transplant, Architektur has played Downbeat and Dub in cities from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to Vienna, Austria. Now residing in Raleigh, Architektur released his debut album, Travelogue, on Burning Bowl Records. The Wire Magazine described "Travelogue" as 'Meat Beat Manifesto collides with Shorty Rogers' and Austinist proclaimed the album as the soundtrack to the Mothership: "Stroll down the promenade and gaze out into the depths of space as the eerie 1920s big band drowns in molten reverb before the leering percussion tears you away". He has also composed award winning scores, including a Telly Award for the documentary "Lady Titans: A Title IX Victory". Architektur founded the music portal Lounge Productions and produces & hosts the "Downtempo" radio station, Passport Radio. Passport has featured Architektur's exclusive interviews with members of Gotan Project, Thievery Corporation, Kruder & Dorfmeister's G-Stone, the Supreme Beings Of Leisure & Bitter:Sweet (Quango), Bastard Jazz and General Electrics (Compost), among others. The album "Musik For Film" was compiled by Architektur for Burning Bowl Records and was ranked among the best Downbeat & Dub albums of 2008, receiving airplay on nearly 100 radio stations worldwide including: BBC, FM4 Vienna, KCRW, KPFA & KEXP. "Big up to Architektur, the man behind the great 'Musik for Film' compilation on Burning Bowl Records. This cd is a must-have for every downbeat/chilled dub fan...great stuff!!" (FM Brussels).
ALL INDIA RADIO
The music of Australia's All India Radio offers an eclectic mix of ambient electronics, indie guitar pop and cinematic soundscapes and textures. Since 1999, All India Radio has been fronted by founder, Martin Kennedy and recently signed with Chicago's Minty Fresh Records. AIR also completed their first U.S. tour in support of their release, "Echo Other". The band performed in cities from New York to Chicago and Seattle to San Francisco and the tour was highlighted by a performance at Hollywood's infamous Knitting Factory. Spin Magazine describes their music as, "Lonesome sagebrush guitar meets swirling deep-space technology, suggesting a futuristic spaghetti western." While Calmscape portray AIR's music as "an explosion of gracious cinematic sound. Quite impressive, reminiscent of Blue States meeting Tosca." In 2008, All India Radio released their latest CD, "Fall" on Minty Fresh Records.
Jamie Saft's multi-instrumentalist capabilities and production skills have been featured with everyone from John Zorn & Masada, Marc Ribot's Los Cubanos Postisos, and the Groove Collective to The Beastie Boys, Laurie Anderson and The B-52's. All About Jazz writes that Jamie "presents a stylistic versatility that blends elements of reggae, dub, metal, blues and surf rock with more sophisticated forms of jazz. His multi-instrumentalist capabilities are intertwined with his affinity for vintage instruments such as the Fender Rhodes, Mellotron, Mini-Moog and other analog synthesizers" and proclaim that the Queens native "demonstrates an unfettered imagination and sense of invention that, truly dominate." Jamie has composed a number of original film scores and music for television, including an Oscar nominated film, the winner of the 2006 Sundance Grand Jury prize and his music can also be heard on John Zorn's label, Tzadik.
THE WAZ EXPERIENCE
From 1987 - 1994, The Waz Experience performed in the "cosmic scene" between Turino, Italy, Innsbruck & Munich. It was during this period that Martin Wazac AKA Waz Exp got involved with the "Headz" movement that started to become so popular in Austria. In 1997, he relocated to Vienna and released tracks on notable Downbeat labels Vienna Scientists, Musicpark, Molar and Spray Records, as well as, contributed to the compilation series Vienna Vibrations and the politically motivated classic, Electronic Resistance. Waz Experience has also worked with artists, MC Sultan (now known as dZihan & Kamien), Sin & Martinek and co-founded the Dubware Soundsystem, an Austrian collective of musicians "containing groovy Dub and House feelings, all served with a touch of oriental and unusual instruments." Waz also remixed "The Smoker" available on Architektur's debut album, "Travelogue" on Burning Bowl Records.
OHM features Austrian's Jürgen Nussbaum & Chris Eibl from Molar Records in Germany. Jürgen, Chris and brother, Martin Nussbaum, are collectively known as members of the genre defining electronic group, UKO of Vienna's legendary Klein Records. Listening to music from this trio has been described by Soul Seduction as "walking on the moon to a Barry White soundtrack" featuring "Dubwise minimalist soundscapes that swoon in slow motion...Jazz meets Dub, the electronic meets the soulful, digital meets analogue." They have also been an integral part of the Vienna electronic community and have collaborated with Downbeat luminaries Quantic (Tru Thoughts Records), Tosca (G-Stone/!K7) and fellow label mates, the Sofa Surfers, as well as, Vienna Scientists' own Freedom Satellite and The Menheads.
Austin based Jon Coats and Randall Peterson formed Canartic, along with bass player Gerard Smith, in 2002 while collaborating at Peterson's Javahut Studio. Canartic utilize Dub & Downtempo styles as guides to collage electronic shapes around simple grooves and then injected with a dose of Psychedelia, courtesy of heavily processed guitar. The Sea of Tranquility describe Canartic's sound as "plenty of slow, psychedelic jams that call to mind The Orb on bovine testosterone, Bill Laswell on downs and turntable guitarist Andre LaFosse takin' it real chill". Canartic's CD, "Bouncing Radar Beams Off The Moon" was released on the collective's own Dank Disk label and has been described by The Wire magazine as " the missing link between King Tubby and Hendrix's "Third Stone From The Sun". Canartic also remixed "Mantra" available on Architektur's debut album, "Travelogue" on Burning Bowl Records. Canartic's third LP "Modulotion" is out now!
Viennese born Karl Stirner, "studied Zither, composition, people, survival strategies and circumstances." Karl composes stage music, including "Das Schauspielhaus" in 1991/92 and currently writes radio plays, film scripts & scores. He is also known to incorporate traditional Viennese music along with electronic and Jazz elements in his compositions. Karl Stirner was co-author and MC of the radio program "Sodawossa und Kitarrn" on Austrian Radio 1476. Since 2002, Karl has been working as a composer and musician at the historic Burgtheater, in Vienna and has worked with fellow Austrian composers and musicians Walther Soyka, Claus Riedl, Otmar Klein, Hannes Löschl and Hannes Marek, among others. Karl is currently releasing tracks on the U.K.'s own White Label Music.
The co-founders of UK's Sundae Club perform under the pseudonyms, Hamstall Ridware and Dr C.D. Mille. Their keyboard inspired music features the sound of the Mellotron, as well as, other vintage electronic instruments, including the Theremin and Fairlight. The BBC declare that Sundae Club "produce highly innovative tracks full of wit, imagination and a distinctive style. With an imaginative blend of vintage synths, wacky samples and modern beats, Sundae Club reach the parts other desserts can't" and finished as the number one ranked album by the BBC in 2004. They have been described as "both absolutely barking mad...in the nicest possible way," while producing "a thoroughly English-sounding record" in the vein of Lemon Jelly. Sundae Club have also performed live alongside the Afro Celt Sound System, Zion Train and the legendary Ian Hunter, among others. Their new album "British Summer Time" is now available.
The renowned Alex Jöchtl mastered "Musik For Film" and Architektur's "Travelogue" at The Castle Mastering suite in Linz, Austria. Since 1992, Alex has mastered countless artists including records by such Austrian Downbeat, Hip Hop and NuJazz luminaries as Karl Moestl, Texta and Parov Stelar, as well as, releases from Austrian labels, Etage Noir and Ecco Chamber Records. Miooow Booking Cooperative in Vienna describes Alex as an "electronic music zealot" who is also a member of the bands, WUK and Audiobomber, as well as, engineer for several bands including the Parov Stelar Band.