In 1993, Patrick Pulsinger and Erdem Tunakan founded the Viennese label Cheap Records. One year later, two other guys from Vienna named Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister also had the idea to start their own label and G-Stone Recordings was born. While the latter had enormous commercial success culminating in 1998’s The K&D Sessions – a compilation including remixes for Madonna and Depeche Mode, Cheap was always stuck playing the underdog. That, of course, doesn’t mean that most of the artists featured on the label haven’t traveled the world, nor does it mean they haven’t put out countless classic tracks. Cheap is very much still alive and kicking despite the fact that, as of 2003, Patrick Pulsinger was heading for new shores.
And this is just what will make the upcoming party on Friday so special. Patrick Pulsinger and Erdem Tunakan will be on the decks for the first time since … basically forever. We still don’t know if it’s gonna be a Sluts’n’Strings & 909 live set or Restaurant Tracks, another one of their myriad of pseudonyms, or maybe just a Cheap Records best of. However it goes down, what we do know for sure is that it’s gonna be legendary.
Here are two tracks by Sluts’n’Strings, but since most of Cheap’s stuff were pre-YouTube era releases, you’ll probably have to buy a CD or Vinyl to listen to some more Cheap tracks.
Published March 30, 2012.