Referring to their sound as "Munich bass," German duo Schlachthofbronx (Bronx slaughterhouse) make club tracks influenced by kuduro, dancehall, electro-house, Baltimore club, brass bands, baile funk, and virtually any other highly energetic form of music. The group was founded in 2008 by three DJs named Bene (Graf von Stierenfroed), Jakob (DJ-King Augenring), and Christoph (Bass-King T). The self-titled debut Schlachthofbronx arrived on Disko B in 2009, and its exuberant mix of numerous styles earned critical acclaim. The group began touring across the world, eventually becoming a duo when Christoph left in 2010. During that year, Schlachthofbronx's Ayoba EP was released by baile funk label Man Recordings, and the duo opened for M.I.A. on her European tour. Diplo's Mad Decent label inevitably snatched the duo up, issuing Nasty Bass and Chambacu Remixes in 2011, while Carimbo (Man Recordings) and Mudders (Mixpak) appeared during the same year.
Schlachthofbronx returned to Disko B with their second full-length, Dirty Dancing, which arrived in 2012, with guests including dancehall MCs Warrior Queen and Natalie Storm as well as Detroit ghettotech pioneer DJ Assault. Rave & Romance followed in 2014, featuring the Brazilian group Bonde do Rolê and the late New Orleans bounce rapper Nicky Da B, as well as the returning Warrior Queen. The duo started a label, also called Rave & Romance, and released a series of Haul & Pull Up EPs, leading up to a 2017 full-length of the same name. Ranging from slower, dubbier tracks to more uptempo ones influenced by footwork, the album featured guest appearances by Gonjasufi, Otto Von Schirach, and Riko Dan. ~ Paul Simpson
- Munich, Germany