Released On: Oct 03, 2006
Released By: G-Stone Recordings
The album Grand Slam is suitably titled for the key productions and remixes of Sunshine Enterprises' Madrid De Los Austrias (Heinz Tronigger & Michael "Pogo" Kreiner) and G-Stone's Richard Dorfmeister who have in recent years combined to form a crack triples production team out of Vienna. Sunshine Enterprises label man Heinz Tronigger and multi-instrumentalist Pogo form the core of Madrid De Los Austrias. Together with their friend and production partner Richard Dorfmeister they have been working on their own productions as well as providing hot remixes for the likes of Zero 7, Koop, Groove Armada and Pressure Drop. When not in the studio, they've been on the court. 2004 saw the pairing release "Valldemossa," a tightly programmed summer jam that moved the Dorfmeister Vs MDLA doubles team up to the top of the world rankings, and drove the bleacher kids wild.
Like all good mixed doubles, Grand Slam volleys up some winners, mixing in original studio productions with their team sharing their own productions on the album. "boogie no more" tightens up a disco classic and introduces it to a new audience while "make dis real" and "schnitz" bring out the party sensibilities of the players involved. "On the moon maybe" shows another style for the band mixing jazz chords with a bass heavy electronic groove for a sublime disco moment. From the remixes, the Dorfmeister Vs MDLA mix of "back 2 back" is an instant classic with its spoken word commentary on cultural relations. Groove Armada's "my friend" brings dub and funk elements to GA's honeyed vocal while the familiar mix of Willie Bobo's "spanish grease" first featured on the Verve remix record allows MDLA's Latin stylings to flourish in a sunshine groove.