Tosca – No Hassle

11/08/2009

ambient, downtempo

ambient, downtempo

Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber have been serving smoky after hours grooves for 15 years now. And they show no signs of interrupting this trend on their latest album. Opener ‘My First’ never quite breaks into a fully fledged groove, teasing with analogue synth bass, blues guitar, clipped spoken word and bongo loops. It’s a formula repeated across the album, with the producers taking the surprising decision to work from a limited—but highly effective—palette of instruments. It’s deceptively simple, with repetitive motifs, low-slung bass and judicious use of delay. The sound of the morning after the night before.

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