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.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.