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Album Review

The lack of releases and exposure from Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister during the 2000s may not have been entirely a bad thing; granted, their early remixes and productions as Kruder & Dorfmeister were landmarks in trip-hop, but if they'd continued on a similar release schedule, they might have gone the way of countless other acts trying (and failing) to avoid the forest-for-the-trees issues that plagued both producers and listeners. Dorfmeister's Tosca project with Rupert Huber remained relatively consistent, although without a full-length of new productions in quite a few years. No Hassle, then, arrived at just the right time. The sound isn't a surprise at all, with watery grooves, soft keyboards, and, early on, an inconstant use of backbeat. Midway through, however, the record finally gets in a few straight-ahead productions (including "Oysters in May"), but with all the immaculate sound and studied arrangements that fans would expect. Dorfmeister and Huber occasionally hark back to the haunted detachment of much classic IDM and trip-hop during the '90s, but as much of the record rests with the smoothest of jazz-fusion from the late '70s and early '80s. Actually a two-disc program, No Hassle includes a full disc of live material, recorded at the Ars Electronica festival.

Customer Reviews

Listening to this album is not a hassel

The underlying tones and pulses of Tosca's sound are still here but the style slides away from some of their more danceable releases. Instead, you will find an hour of sound waves where moods are discernible. Lead vocals are non-existent, relying more on real instruments overlaid with their signature elements. Each track carries a calming rhythm and it is truly hard to single out one track that out performs another. That's because their intent on this release is to create a musical event where the whole album flows seamlessly. It's an achieved goal. Be prepared for commitment and responsibility even if you aren't married or don't have kids. Because, you will most certainly have to dedicate a full hour of your time when listening to this one.

Great googily boogily...

Not to exceed 6000 characters trying to find the right words to describe what Tosca's latest nugget when it almost immediately synch's perfectly with your corpus callosum? Puhleeze.... How can you argue with the deepest of the groove spread they serve up 4.03 notes into the first piece...? Ya can't so don't try.... Pull out a bottle of something pinot, put the headphones on, shut the world out and let Tosca's newest specialty float you away.... It's Woolybugger guaranteed....

Perhaps Tosca's best album to date

Surprisingly, the album is more downtempo than I had anticipated -- which is a good thing for me. I really like the whole flow of this work. As an owner of ALL of Tosca's releases, this one is getting more airplay in iTunes for me than most of their other stuff. Probably one of the best albums of 2009 in this category.


Formed: 1994 in Vienna, Austria

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Tosca is the partnership between Richard Dorfmeister (of the trip-hop production team Kruder & Dorfmeister) and fellow producer Rupert Huber. Recording for K&D's G-Stone label, the outfit released five lush studio albums between 1997 and 2009, including Opera, Dehli9, and No Hassle (with the exception of No Hassle, all of them featured vocal collaborations), as well as a series of remix compilations. Their 2013 effort Odeon brought vocals back into the mix and was their first album for the !K7 label....
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