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Tosca – Put It On (Headman / Robi Insinna Version)

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Ahead of next week’s release of ‘Shopsca‘, !K7 Records are streaming the Robi Insinna/Headman remix of Tosca’s ‘Put It On’. As the boss of Relish Records, Headman was one of the driving forces behind the ’00s nu-disco scene and cost me a small fortune at the time snapping up all his remixes on vinyl. As you’d expect this new remix is all sleazy synths, new wave bass and beats perfect for dancing in the dark.

Tosca – Harry Dean (Mato Remix)

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Released late last year Tosca’s ‘Outta Here’ album saw the duo of Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Hubert rip up the rule book and start again. Still, some traditions are worth maintaining and so, as with each previous album, the band now put each of the album’s tracks into a radically new perspective on Shopsca: The Outta Here Versions. The opening track ‘Harry Dean’ receives a warm weather makeover from French producer Mato, who has a deep history of fine reggae-style re-rubs (also responsible for reworking Daft Punk’s ‘Homework’ into a Dub odyssey). The forthcoming ‘Shopsca’ album is out on !K7 on June 29th. More details here.

TOSCA – SHOPSCA (the outta here versions) LP

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Released late last year Tosca’s ‘Outta Here’ saw the duo of Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Hubert rip up the rule book and start again. Having spent two decades and seven albums practically defining downtempo, chill-out music here was an album with one thing on its mind, the dancefloor.

Still some traditions are worth maintaining and so like with each of their previous albums the band now present ‘shopsca’, a reworked version of ‘Outta Here’ that puts each of the albums tracks into a radically new perspective from tough 3am Techno and bouncy Electronica through to spaced out Dub and beyond.

Thomas Blanchot aka Mato, whose Dub reworking of Daft Punk’s ‘Homework’ put him on the map in 2010, contributes remixes of both ‘Harry Dean’ and ‘SwimSwimSwim’, piling on the FX to take us on a psychedelic bass odyssey. A journey continued by legendary producer Demus, whose own dubbed out remix of ‘Happy Hour’ leads us down another discombobulating tape-effect wormhole.

Meanwhile New Yorker Falty DL, fresh from releasing an acclaimed album on Ninja Tune takes on ‘Have Some Fun’, delivers – in the words of Mixmag – “a full-blown dancefloor workout”, a riotous collision of broken beats and woozy synths. ‘Have Some Fun’ also gets reworked by Austrian producer Urbs whose ‘Big City’ mix opts to make the most of that gloriously funky bassline, layering if with space age synths.

Taking things in a Housier direction Stefan Obermaier delivers a taut stripped back remix of ‘Open Sky’, whilst mysterious producer collective Speak + Spell also go to town on ‘Have Some Fun’ producing the kind of ocean deep track you can truly lose yourself in at 4am. One of the best remixers of his generation Robi Insinna aka Headman once again delivers, transforming ‘Put It On’ into the kind of dark sleazy disco that he’s made his own over the years.

Finally we have two mixes that amp things up even more. Austrian duo Ogris Debris go to town with ‘Next Life’, in their hands a riot of jagged beats and discordant synths whilst Tom Demac turns in a jacking Techno remix that according to Thump would be “as comfortable in a rave as it would be in the soundtrack to a sci-fi movie where everyone’s macking on each other in pleather onesies.”

Having shrugged off 20 years worth of expectations with ‘Outta Here’, Tosca continue to challenge both themselves and their fans and this hand picked selection of remixes goes to show just how versatile their music can be.

Released on May 29 on !K7 RECORDS. Pre-Order via http://geni.us/ToscaShopsca

Video: Tosca – Have Some Fun

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This week Austrian duo Tosca bring their new band to London, Berlin and Zurich for 3 special shows featuring their new album‘s guest vocalists Cath Coffey and Earl Zinger. To get the world in the mood the band have just uploaded to YouTube a brand new video for album track ‘Have Some Fun‘ to run alongside the remix by Ninja Tune/Planet-Mu star FaltyDL

New Tosca album ‘Outta Here’ out now on !K7. Buy now here: geni.us/OuttaHere

Tosca – Have Some Fun (FaltyDL Remix)

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With their new album, ‘Outta Here‘, now in the shops Austrian duo Tosca have enlisted sometime Planet-Mu/Ninja Tune star FaltyDL to remix one of the album’s many highlights, ‘Have Some Fun’.

Tosca – Outta Here Influences Mix

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Ahead of the release of their new album ‘Outta Here‘, Austrian duo Tosca have shared a brand new ‘influences’ mix. Taking in everything from Basic Channel and John Lee Hooker to Can, Grace Jones and Henry Rollins (tracklist below), it’s an eclectic mix and gives some insight into the creation of their latest album.

The collaboration of Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber goes back to their childhood. Sharing the same school for over 8 years made them experience and develop a mutual music taste that covers a bright range of music styles.

This taste is not only, but largely based on their common sense of humor, the fact that they learned to make music together and that they share their musical background and taste. They share the feeling that music is a way of expressing personal feelings as well as living personal freedom.

Being confronted and trained in classical european music in their childhood, their interest later turned to music from other backgrounds, like blues, jazz, experimental and electronic music from all around the world. This history is partly reflected in their influences mix.

Music is organized sound that makes sense.

INFLUENCES MIX TRACKLIST
01. HASSEL/BYRNE – Chemistry
02. DR. JOHN – Mama Roux
03. JAH STITCH – Black Harmony Killer
04. NUSRATH FATEH ALI KHAN – Must Must
05. JOHN LEE HOOKER – Need Some Money
06. MARCOS VALLE – Tira A Mao
07. ELVIS PRESLEY – Milkcow Boogie
08. TERRY RILEY – In C
09. HE SAID – Pump
10. SYLVESTER – I Need Somebody To Love Tonight (Instrumental)
11. GRACE JONES – Nightclubbin
12. SERGE GAINSBOURG – Ballade De Melody Nelson
13. PAT METHENEY + CHARLIE HADEN – Moon Song
14. FAZE-O – Ridin High
15. THE SPECIALS – Gangsters
16. LAIDBACK – Bakerman
17. HENRY ROLLINS – Liar
18. STEVE REICH – It`s Gonna Rain
19. CAN – One More Night
20. RENE +ANGELA – I Want You More
21. ERIC BURDON – Tobacco Road
22. MATERIAL – Reduction
23. CABARET VOLTAIRE – Crackdown
24. BASIC CHANNEL – Lyot rmx

Tosca – Outta Here LP

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Think you know Rupert Huber and Richard Dorfmeister? Perhaps not. The Viennese duo, known as Tosca, subvert expectations on their new album, ‘Outta Here’. The sonic collages and smooth downbeat jams with which they made their name are updated and injected with elements of art-avant-garde, pop, soul, Jazz and Blues. For this album, Earl Zinger and Cath Coffey join the fold to contribute an array of whimsical, esoteric lyrics.

It’s called ‘Outta Here’ for a reason,” explains Rupert Huber. “The title stands for change, a change to the concept we’ve had so far. It refers to a change in energy and dynamic. We’ve been known for an almost ambient sound. The new songs are much more beat-oriented and direct. Basically, it’s just a lot more energetic.”

It certainly is that. ‘Crazy Love’ is built on a muscular bass line with Earl Zinger doing his slinky, soulful thing, while keyboards and muted sound effects flare in the background. ‘Swimswimswim’ reworks the same elements, with the addition of Cath Coffey (Stereo MCs / Terranova) into an irresistible pulse of feel good vibes. Meanwhile, the title track, ‘Outta Here’, sounds like a lost gem from the early ’90s, perspiring, drifting and slick.

It was a natural evolution,” says Richard Dorfmeister. “In the past, we were very focused internally because we were in a studio on our own, working slowly making sonic collages. This time, because we were working with singers the process was naturally quicker and the results more instant and upbeat. In that sense the title ‘Outta Here’ literally means that we got out of our studio.”

The record was composed as a band with a quick fire, back-and-forth writing process. The tracks ‘Swimswimswim’ and ‘Happy Hour’ were written in one day following a gig in Budapest. “We never worked with people so quickly,” says Rupert Huber. “Songs were finished quicker which meant they had a different feel. Earl and Cath both had a lot of input as well, which also had a big impact. The past live touring struck us together and speeded up the recording process. In the past, it’s taken us up to four years to make an album. This is more of a snapshot in time and of the situation right now. We really felt the need to nail what we had down now, quickly without any messing about.”

One record that had a big impact of Rupert and Richard during the recording of ‘Outta Here’ was ‘Alone’, a compilation of unplugged style tracks by blues legend John Lee Hooker. “It’s just him playing on his own, blues guitar,” says Rupert. “I love it. It’s so pure.” When they say the new record sounds “American”, they’re talking about the influence of musicians such as Hooker. “It’s about groove, it’s about black music,” says Richard. “I think in our musical heart, we are black. That’s what we always loved. All the music we loved growing up was American and British. Those warm sounding records. Our music is a fusion of black and white. The new album feels like a record that’s the product of listening to American music.”

It’s also record that’s designed to be played live. “The ambient sound we’ve done, that kind of thing only really worked in proper concert halls,” says Rupert. “you couldn’t imagine this at night on a proper festival. It just didn’t work. This time, we can play the whole album and it all works. We get an instant reaction. We’ve already played it on tour in the US and Germany and people respond to it instantly, even though they don’t know the tracks.”

So, do Tosca think the new sound will wrong fool their fans? “No, it’s still our style and mood, it’s just more direct,” says Dorfmeister. “People always have a picture of you and it can take a long time to change that. You stand for something and that’s how they see you. I think people see us in that laid-back and chilled kind of way. Over the last 20 years we’ve been described as lounge, chill out, downbeat. We’ve always seen ourselves more in terms of being an alternative to commercial music. That’s still what we’re doing, just in a different kind of way.

Tosc’s Outta Here LP is out on October 3rd on !K7 Records. The lead single, Crazy Love, can be streamed here. The track is available as an a la carte purchase, and as an instant download included with pre-orders of Outta Here.

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Tracklist:
01 HARRY DEAN
02 OUTTA HERE
03 CRAZY LOVE
04 HAVE SOME FUN
05 H.D.A.
06 PRYSOCK
07 MY SWEET MONDAY
08 SWIMSWIMSWIM
09 SCHOPSCA
10 PUT IT ON
11 KICKIN IT DOWN
12 LONE RANGER
13 OPEN SKY
14 HAPPY HOUR

Tosca – Crazy Love

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Austrian duo Tosca (Richard Dorfmeister & Rupert Huber) subvert expectations on their new album, Outta Here, due early October on !K7 Records. The sonic collages and smooth downbeat jams with which they made their name are updated and injected with elements of art-avant-garde, pop, soul, Jazz and Blues. For this album, vocalists Earl Zinger and Cath Coffey join the fold to contribute an array of whimsical, esoteric lyrics.

It’s called ‘Outta Here’ for a reason,” explains Rupert Huber. “The title stands for change, a change to the concept we’ve had so far. It refers to a change in energy and dynamic. We’ve been known for an almost ambient sound. The new songs are much more beat-oriented and direct. Basically, it’s just a lot more energetic.

“Crazy Love,” featuring both Zinger and Coffey on vocals, is a sonic introduction to the album. The track is available now as an a la carte purchase, and as an instant download included with pre-orders of Outta Here.