Richard Dorfmeister, one half of downtempo kings Kruder & Dorfmeister, and Rupert Huber follow-up 2000’s Suzuki and last year’s accompanying Suzuki in Dub with the ambitious double-disc Dehli 9. As always, the vocal contributions don’t live up to Tosca’s compositions yet singer Ana Clementi’s voice once again fuses flawlessly with the duo’s beats on “Oscar” and the quirky “Me & Yoko Ono.” Though the album reprises Tosca’s penchant for slow, murky grooves and plenty of dub delay, Dorfmeister and Huber trade in samples for mostly live instrumentation and offset their expected brand of downtempo with more danceable nuggets like the housey “Gute Laune” and “Sperl.” But the overall vibe is still decidedly stay-at-home: a synthetic-sounding choir cushions a bundle of prickly rhythms, silky strings and acoustic guitar on “Dave Dudley” while the delicate piano of the sultry, bass-driven “Mango di Bango” hints at the sublime, dubwise piano sessions of disc two. The disc plays out like one long piece with 12 concise movements, each taking you to a new place entirely. The ominous piano melodies of tracks like “slow hell” and “wien in E” are accompanied by voices, laughter and spacey whistles and drones. Like much of the album, the gorgeous “einschlaf” takes off like a revelatory epiphany and drops you somewhere between serene saturation and famine.
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