THE SOUND OF STYLE - One half of Kruder and Dorfmeister (Richard Dorfmeister) alongside Rupert Huber creating their own flavour of unique lounge. Sophisticated, jazzy, laid back, dubby and minimal chilled funk wrapped up in a sound fit for any stylish occasion. How some people can call this background music is short sighted. It is music which is at the height of originality and a sound you can keep going back to. I first heared Boss on the Boat on a chilled compilation and Honey on Youtube, and after loving Kruder and Dorfmeister I was immediately in love with this sound. They are a reliable duo with other great albums such as J.A.C and Dehli 9. What's not to like?
THE BEST OF TOSCA! These guys make some great tunes, one half of Tosca is half of Kruder and Dorfmeister so it should be good quality. I think that this album is the best eccentric chilled beat based music that they have produced. Although I do have J.A.C also, which is a nice album this is the finest Tosca offering. If you are un-familiar with Tosca think of a kind of Nightmares On wax Versus Fila Brazilia sound.
I have discovered the music from Tosca through various compilations such as Future Sound of Jazz, but now it's time for the full album. Suzuki is filled with 11 tracks, and if you're looking for that typical dreamy future jazzistic Tosca lounge sound, you won't be disappointed. And dreamy it is ! That typical smooth trippy music, with light dreamy whispering voices on top is omnipresent. Smokey indeed ! I especially like "Orozco", with a slow smooth fat funky oldskool bassline lithered with dreamy chants. Or take"Busenfreund" for example, going more into the atmospheric lounge-houze directions with moody keys all over. "Ocean Beat" is here too, which is by now already a classic essential lounge track ! "John Tones" and "The key" explore more into future jazzy soundscapes, again super dreamy for sure! Finally, the delicate soundscape of "Peartoff" closes the Tosca album. Yes, it's lounge time with Tosca, the Suzuki album is fully packed with warm smokey music you'll enjoy for hours! It proves once again that the Vienna scene is alive !
Looking for some cleverly structured, tightly played, wonderfully laid-back music that avoids the boringly lush waters that sink many of the current flood of “chill-out” albums? Well… you’re here! Tosca’s (aka Richard Dorfmeister’s) skills as a serious electro-jazz/hip-hop innovator get the “easy listening” make-over to produce an album that’s underlying complexity augments rather than destroys its melodic content. The end result?... a record you’ll play over and over again because you keep finding more and more layers behind its inherently “catchy” tunes. A sell-out?… well if making high-class tracks that keep drawing you back for more is a bad thing then we’ve got our definitions wrong. Rather a brilliant celebration of what studiously crafted & beautifully atmospheric studio music is all about. And, if you want more, look no further than disc one of his two CD follow-up – “Dehli 9” – which extends the boundaries of “Suzuki” even further. Get both, play them back-to-back, and revel in two hours of some of the best sounds around.
Put simply, this is one of the most finely crafted aural experiences available, ever. Period. Defining it as 'chill-out' music does it a great disservice. This is far more complex and rewarding than any number of those Ibiza-influenced compilations. Put it on, close your eyes and let 70 minutes float by in what will seem like minutes. A masterpiece.
This is a dark album, very chilled and down-tempo. At times drifting into the faintest of sounds and ambient moods. I found it beautiful, and has some very funky beats at times. A must for K&D fans or anyone riding the "chillout" wave at the moment.