Monday, Oct 23 2006 | 11:50

Karma began exploring Jazz aesthetics with club music on their 1993 track “Highpriestess” (written by Robert Nacken), which quickly gained cult status amongst the more discerning DJs and was played and charted by Francois K, Dimitri from Paris and David Mancuso. They were bootlegged on the Loft Classics series, sampled by acts like Detroit’s Three Chairs (Moodymann and Theo Parrish), toured Japan and, after three longplayers, kept themselves busy in the past few years with soundtrack work and providing the theme music for acclaimed German TV show “37°” on ZDF.

The past five years have been a journey into sound and personal changes for Karma, aka headnodding audiophiles Lars Dorsch and Tom Dams. New recording techniques, new family members and the odd ear problems of DJs more than fifteen years behind the decks created new demands and outlooks on the production side for the German dynamic duo that people like Jazzanova and Rainer Trüby quote as one of their main influences for picking up production. The ongoing quest to explore the X-factor in a perfect recording: it’s what drives musicians, cratediggers and producers alike. Karma have gone deeper than most, whether digging for vinyl in the gallerias of Sao Paulo, running one of Europe’s premier wax dealers (Groove Attack Recordstore), or being the studio engineer and producer of choice for German electronic music legend Klaus Schulze. In the past twelve years they have amassed thousands of records and tried various approaches, having gone from a purely sample-based approach to a more organic, classic studio sound.

After careful assembly in a studio somewhere in the enchanting German Westerwald, their new album, “Latenight Daydreaming” is finally done. It has been crafted with a little help from fine vocalists Michelle Amador, Oezlem Cetin and Jerome Stokes (based in San Francisco, Hamburg and Manchester respectively) and displays a new facet to their sonic explorations: pop music with a certain deepness. After challenging the club music of the early to mid 90’s combining club music with jazz influences, making the transition via drum’n’bass and downtempo soundscapes, “Latenight Daydreaming” came out a perfect pop record that you can listen to with your mom under the Christmas tree. Taking the cue from cuts by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Carole King, Hall & Oates, Brian Wilson, Lovin’ Spoonful, Creed Taylor, Marcos Valle, the Zombies, Jay Dilla, Terry Callier, Linda Lewis and soundtrack/library music, amongst a host of others. Smooth orchestral elements, a nod to neo soul and jazz instrumentation, earthy folk elements and a curtsy to the waltz, recalling the virtuosity of classic pop albums of the late 1960’s and early 70’s. These soaring tones will smooth out the edges of a rough day and add an extra crescendo to a sweet one.

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The album KarmaLatenight Daydreaming” (Compost) has been released October 20, 2006.

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