Tosca’s second album Suzuki 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 the rest of the album’s laid-back tracks. Though “Orozco,” “Bass on the Boat,” and “Ocean Beat” are more immediate variations on Tosca’s relaxed sound, for the most part, Suzuki offers a locked groove of hypnotic, deeply chilled-out epics.
Formed: 1994 in Vienna, Austria
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….