If you received a copy of this promo CD, you probably know the pre-history. Karma began exploring Jazz aesthetics with club music on their 1993 track ‘High Priestess’ (written by Robert Nacken), which quickly gained cult status amongst the more discerning DJ’s 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 (Moodyman and Theo Parrish), toured Japan and, after three longplayers, kept themselves busy in the last few years with soundtrack work and providing the theme music for acclaimed German ZDF TV show ‘37°’.
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.