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Probably because it's even easier to muck around with a turntable than it is to bang out three chords on a guitar, the electronica craze has inspired a bevy of indistinguishable hacks. But the glut just makes the talented DJs stand out that much more. Vienna's Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister have been tinkering with decks and knobs together since 1993, several years before this music was recognized by the mainstream, and along the way they've carved a goodly niche for themselves. On their four-song debut EP, G-Stoned (released on their own G-Stone label in 1993 and put out here by Quango two years later), they presciently mixed down-tempo hip-hop, jazz fusion, drum 'n' bass, and old-school funk into a druggy haze. And though the bulk of their subsequent work has been remixing and DJ gigs, the same inventively recombinant aesthetic defines all of it. As heard on The K&D Sessions (K7), a recent double CD of remixes done for the likes of Alex Reece, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Lamb, Rockers Hi-Fi, Bomb the Bass, and David Holmes, they don't take their job lightly: usually some crucial element of the original recording is left intact, but everything else gets built from scratch. They reconfigure Roni Size's "Heroes" right down to the lyrics and make crud like Depeche Mode's "Useless" almost listenable. And their contribution to K7's impressive "DJ-Kicks" mix-CD series is the best of the bunch, running a stream of blunted hip-hop, jazzy jungle, and electro-funk through that sensual, dubby murk--it's as good for close listening as it is for dancing. Kruder & Dorfmeister are reportedly at work on their own full-length original album, due by year's end, but for their Chicago debut they'll be spinning records, natch. Monday, 11 PM, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn; 312-527-2583 or 312-923-2000. PETER MARGASAK

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