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No Hassle

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My First
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Elitsa
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Springer
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Birthday
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Oysters In May
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Joe Si Ha
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Elektra Bregenz
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Fondue
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Rosa
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Raymondo
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Mrs. Bongo
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No Hassle
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Piano Intro (Live)
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No Hassle (Live)
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Oysters In May (Live)
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My First Ambient (Live)
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My First (Live)
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Springer Ambient (Live)
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Springer (Live)
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Knoll (Live)
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Joe Si Ha (Live)
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Eektra Bregenz (Live)
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Birthday (Live)
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Utrecht Spa (Live)
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Mrs. Bongo (Live)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 26   Total Length: 121:53

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04.28.09
A gorgeous, archetypal downtempo record with hints of 20th-century classical
2009 | Label: !K7 Records

It's not enough to just make an "ambient record" or a "downtempo record" or a "minimal record" anymore. Genre exercises — the province of incremental improvement, not enormous breakthrough — just aren't cutting it: be big or be gone. With Tosca, the circumstances are different. This is the work of Richard Dorfmeister, after all, he of Kruder & Dorfmeister, the Austrian kings of '90s downtempo, alongside the Austrian composer Rupert Huper. If there ever… read more »

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listenable favorite

BHD

an album of interesting & contiguous chill with no need to skip tracks. after napping to it my whole day shifted for the better

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Over and Over Again..

k3

Rarely do I enjoy an "album" as much as I have this one. Chill and deep I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys mellow electronic with an Intellectual bend.

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The Right Stuff

buckeye_refugee

This new release from Tosca may confuse some listeners used to more of a club sound but for my money this the best thing they have done. I downloaded the entire studio version of "No Hassle" and then listened to it for the fist time on continuous play for a three hour drive that was like being on automatic pilot. Wow!

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Boooooring

magnusvk

I love some of Tosca's other stuff but this album just bored me out of my mind. On the entire album, there is not a single interesting passage. Sure, everything is nice and chilled but that's just not enough for me. I just deleted it.

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Nice but doesn´t stick

EMUSIC-0089135D

With Tosca you know what you get. You like them and you will always have that kind of music style. The problem here is that "No Hassle" is nothing more than a fair, regular homework. It goes smoothly, but we are ages far from Suzuki or Dehli9. Those had tunes that truly marked, indistinguishable sound. This is just too regular stuff. It goes and goes and goes. Away.

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Pretty average

gdyork

Maybe I've been around the block a few too many times but this is nowhere near their pinnacle - Suzuki... Fairly disappointing.

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Brillant but...

field.tim

This only makes sense as a whole album. But then it makes a lot of sense. If your new to Tosca you probably want to start with Suzuki, if your a fan already, this is likely to become your favourite Tosca album.

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Excellent!

sound4beats

Great for any occasion, a romantic evening, a social gathering, or a long drive into the unknown...Tosca has done it again.

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No progress at all.

PatrikP

http://www.residentadvisor.net/review-view.aspx?id=6083

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Seamless chilled gel for your brain ! ! !

takohada

Mmm... audio wallpaper that sculpts your soul.

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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. – John Bush

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