The last five years have been a journey into sound and personal changes for Karma, a.k.a head nodding audiophiles Lars Dorsch and Tom Dams. New recording techniques, new family members and the odd ear problems of DJ’s 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), or being the producer of choice for German electronic music legend Klaus Schulze. In the last twelve years they’ve 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 in your hands. 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, you hold a perfect Pop record in your hands 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 60’s and early70’s. These soaring tones will smooth out the edges of a rough day and add an extra crescendo to a sweet one. So enjoy, and let us know what you think…