by Hobey Echlin
Much has changed since Austrias Richard Dorfmeister and his partner Peter Kruder all but invented the stylish downtempo instrumental funk that paved the way for careers of such like-minded beat-craftsmen as Thievery Corporation. First off, Dorf has a new partner pianist Rupert Huber and is also a new dad, both of which are celebrated here. Guest vocalists and bumped-up BPMs heat up the lazy Viennese downtempo sound without losing its cool, while a dub-y, jazzy mood inflects the whole album. Superrob is bouncier and a little whimsical with Earl Zingers vocals, while John Lee Huber is a fierce Latin jazz romp riding Hubers keys. While downtempo artists like Thievery Corporation seem torn, however engagingly, between sampled cool and live-instrument heat, Tosca celebrates fatherhood (literal and musical, apparently) with a confidence and sure-footedness that makes this as dub-house danceable as it is satisfying for living room play.
Hobey Echlin writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to email@example.com.