Formerly of A Forest Mighty Black, DJ Rainer Trüby
built his reputation as a connoisseur of music past and present at the
Root Down club night in Freiburg, Germany. Once a month he spins an
eclectic blend of traditional bossa nova, modern organic breakbeat, and
future-leaning jazz to a packed crowd of beat-hungry clubbers and
martini-sipping soul sophisticates.
Trüby garnered a solid following for his impeccable skills behind the
decks and the respect of pioneers such as Gilles Peterson, LTJ Bukem,
and Peter Kruder (Kruder & Dorfmeister), the last of whom went so
far as to dedicate a track to the budding German jock. “But hold on a
sec, doesn’t a trio require three musicians?” you holler. That’s where Christian Prommer and Roland Appel come in. Best known for their jazz-driven drum and bass as Fauna Flash and their slinky mid-tempo beats as Voom:Voom (with Peter Kruder), the two teamed up with Trüby in the late ’90s to create the Trio.
Released on Compost, “A Go Go” and “Carajillo” became huge hits on the modern jazz and leftfield breaks scenes, raising the Trio’s profile to astronomical heights. Following a slew of successful remixes for the likes of Peace Orchestra, Mr. Gone, Bobby Matos, and Frederic Galliano, !K7 Records asked the three to select and mix a DJ-KiCKS comp, putting them in the same league as Nightmares On Wax, Stereo MCs, DJ Cam, and Carl Craig.