'J.A.C.'' which stands for 'Joshua, Arthur, Conrad'. These are the names of the sons of the two Viennese producers Rupert Huber and Richard Dorfmeister, a.k.a. Tosca. Between the release of their last album 'Dehli 9' and their new masterpiece, the two became fathers, Rupert Huber even twice. As all Tosca albums relate to biographic events in the life of Huber and Dorfmeister, the birth of their sons was naturally the most appropriate for an album dedication. Studio K7. 2005.
Tosca are in full hypnosis mode for J.A.C.
, as the Viennese duo of Richard Dorfmeister
and Rupert Huber again show off their mastery of jazzy ambience. Dorfmeister and Huber have been busy since 2003s Dehli9
, having had three kids between them (the album title is an acronym of their offsprings names) in the interim. Perhaps seeking a respite from the hectic onset of fatherhood, theyve infused J.A.C.
with a romp of bass lines and Bossa, staying away from the druggier, avant-garde material found on Dehli9
. At first, it plays a bit too breezy, but later the record reveals more depth. Blunt-friendly beats make their way into the mix; "The Big Sleep" goes pretty deep into its own navel before the funk of "Damentag" brightens the mood. A few more listens, and youll notice more musical diversity and the easy way Dorfmeister and Huber segue from chilly ("Naschkatze") to friendly ("Zuri"). Distinctive vocals from usual suspects Earl Zinger
and Farda P along with newcomers Samiah Farah and Chris Eckman (of the Seattle-based Walkabouts
) add spice. Once J.A.C.
is in your player, it may be awhile before you take it out. Matthew Cooke