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5.0 out of 5 stars
Haute cuisine as cheap as chips, 25 Feb 2003
A long awaited release from the mix meister of chill, Peter Kruder and school chum Rupert Huber. A friend recommended Suzuki album released in 2000. It remains one of my favourite albums and has led me on to buying many albums in the same genre such as The K &D sessions, Thievery Corporation, Nightmares on wax, Funki Porcini, etc. etc. I usually find that albums that are long awaited are a disappointment. (Massive attacks latest offering comes to mind.) This, however, is not the case with Dehli 9. This is a two album package with each having it's own distinct mood. The first CD is very much what you would expect. It is every bit as good as Suzuki, I might even go as far as to say it is better, although I will reserve jujdgement until it has had as many spins. There isn't one lame track on this CD. Tosca manage to find the perfect balance between creating something that is very listenable whilst at the same time avoid slipping into blandness as many artists in this genre have done, such as Blue states. The music is constantly evolving. It is more upbeat than Suzuki but doesn't go too far. They have used several guest vocalists, but the style doesn't change, They just provide a different texture, the sound remains ultimately Tosca. Anne clementi provides a hypnotic whispered vocal on the excellent "Me and Yoko Ono" Earl Zinger grinds along on "Wonderful" a track which does justice to its title. But then it's all Wonderful.
The second CD is a very different fair. Where the music moves into Brian Eno's territory. Rupert Huber plays very simple Satie like Piano, "Furniture Music" as Satie used to call it. Others have called it Wallpaper music. This CD doesn't break any new gound in this area, the aforementioned Eno, Harold Budd and even Aphex twin have been there before. But this would be excellent music to fall asleep to. Don't play while in a car, unles you wish to crash, or at a party, unless you want people to leave. Final verdict BUY IT!!