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Suzuki

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Tosca's second album 'Suzuki' (Studio K7) takes a lighter, airier approach to the trip-hop terrain that Opera explored. The spare, shimmering title track's delicate synth textures, minimal beats, mellow rhythms, and breathy vocal samples set the tone for

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More moody musical fairytales from Richard Dorfmeister, this time with Rupert Huber under the guise of Tosca. Suzuki is--like his releases with Kruder and Dorfmeister--a sublime work that manipulates emotions through sound. Soft and sweet, subtle and supple, Tosca's tracks drift, sifting from one dream to the next. Though they patch hip-hop, jazz, ambient, and techno together, you can't hear where one begins and the other ends. "Annanas" pairs sneaky, squeaky scratching with a lusty female vocal and bossa-nova-inspired hip-hop breaks, while "Orozco" loops a playful riff, running it through reverbs and filters, creating something like pure bliss for the ears. --Tricia Romano

1. Pearl In
2. Suzuki
3. Annanas
4. Orozco
5. Busenfreund
6. Honey
7. Boss On The Boat
8. John Tomes
9. Ocean Beat
10. The Key
11. Doris Dub
12. Pearl Off

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 21, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: K7
  • ASIN: B00004KDDZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on April 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Tosca is the fun side-project of Austrian artists Rupert Huber and Richard Dorfmeister, whom you might know more from his work alongside Peter Kruder in DJ/producer/remix team Kruder & Dorfmeister. Tosca has been together since 1994, and 'Suzuki' (released in Feb. 2000) comes as their most recent full-length album, though you can also catch a number of extremely good albums of remixes taken from both her albums, 'Opera' and this one.
As for 'Suzuki' it's hard to take a pick. "Pearl In-Suzuki" is an amazing intro into the album and into a mood by itself. "Annanas" and "Busenfreund" are super-contagious, and the list can go on and on. It's an album that you can very easily read or work to, given its downbeat (at times almost Bossanova-like), chillout sound to it. Very highly recommended. If you enjoy them, also check out obviously Kruder & Dorfmeister, Zero 7, Air and Thievery Corporation.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Karl Becker on April 9, 2004
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The smoothest treble, the funkiest bass, and all manner of silky, sliding beats and noises in between give this Tosca album a style and quality yet to be reproduced by the duo.
After hearing tracks from this album and "Opera," on the internet radio station Monkey Radio, I felt it was my duty to find out who this mysterious 'Tosca' was. Turned out it was made up of Richard Huber and the latter half of Kruder & Dorfmeister, a duo for which I already had much respect. The choice of Opera and Tosca was a tough one, but after listening to both, I can say Tosca is the more solid effort.
Though not as gritty as Opera, Suzuki effortlessly moves through many worlds of sound, keeping a consistently funky beat going for each song. Each song on this album has a beat that will creep into your head without knowing it, and before long you'll know which beat, rhythm, and theme goes with each song on the album.
Even though Dehli 9, Tosca's next original album after this, contains two CDs, don't let twice the CDs fool you. With a second disc containing what sounds like Huber hungover, stammering on the piano for an amazing beat similar to what opens and closes Suzuki, Dehli 9 boils down to one CD with some good highlights, but overall a drag for the latter half.
If you're picking and choosing for the Tosca album to be happiest with, and don't mind missing out on Opera's Chocolate Elvis, Suzuki will keep you in a very happy place for a very long time.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "carbosteed" on March 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
After seriously digging Peter Kruder's Peace Orchestra I was intrigued to know what Richard Dorfmeister was doing. Tosca is Dorfmeister teaming up with Rupert Huber to produce down tempo at it's finest. This is an album which is excellent to chill out to. Great drum beats, snippets of vocals and a polished feel over all. If you enjoy down beat electronic sound, this is a must have.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amygdala6 on July 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Much more sensual, ambient, and accessible than their previous album Opera, Suzuki really cooks up a storm: The beats are bright; the melodies are moving; and the production glistens with electronic brilliance. Likewise, the vocals are more sparse and act more as a sexy form of rhythm rather than the hip-hop influenced grooves of its predecessor.
Not to say that Suzuki is devoid of groove...in fact, the beats here are even more catchy and consistent throughout the whole album. Tracks like "Orozco" and "Honey" conjure up images of alien models strutting down the catwalk donning the latest in Milan spaceware, all legs and attitude. "Busenfreund" rolls along like cloudy, timelapse skyscapes over a Viennese mountainscape, while "Doris Dub" actually makes the listener feel as if they are sinking deeper and deeper into a giant illuminated cavern of carbonated water.
The perfect album for both lulling you to sleep and for waking up to, as the picture on the cover would suggest. Highly recommended for fans of smooth and playful downbeat grooves.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Davis on September 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
...back when i was coming up, groups like kraftwerk and art of noise were as much a part of the hip-hop community as afrika bambaata or mantronix...sadly, true hip-hop is no longer that diverse (take a moment to pour your favorite libation here)...anyway, this cd right here is pretty damn good especially honey, boss on the boat, ocean beat, the key and doris dub. this aint no where near hip-hop, there is no hard, edgy beats to be found here and it's not jazz, but some of the tracks had wes montgomery's "angel" feel to it.
...tosca keeps things interesting by introducing a variety of sounds and melodies every so often instead of locking onto any one particular beat and looping it for an entire song.
...if you're anything like me, and you're looking for something completely different outside of your usual listening standards, then this downtempo thing right here aint too bad a place to start.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By onur on April 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
i first came across this cd in a small record shop in camden town, and i had this uncontrollable urge to listen to it. just having listened to the first two tracks, i spent my final 15pounds on it, and never regretted doing so. this cd is nowhere near the usual k&d sound. it's just that the producer of this album is richard dorfmeister, and i must admit that it's a tremendous work. acoustic drums accompanied by absent vocal echos, smooth pads, groovy outcome. a must.
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