Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Souvenirs
Tosca
G-Stone/Soulfood Music
CD
February 24, 2006

Track list
  1. John Lee Huber - Burnt Friedman Mix feat. Theo Altenberg
  2. Superrob - Frost & Wagner Mix
  3. Heidi Bruehl - Plantlife's Love Of Philosophy Mix
  4. Rondo Acapricio - DSL Mix
  5. The Big Sleep - Seor Coconut Mix
  6. Zri - Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Nordic Flavor Mix
  7. Superrob - Henrik Schwarz Mix
  8. John Lee Huber - Rodney Hunter Mix
  9. Pyjama - Stereotyp Mix #1
  10. Heidi Bruehl - Makossa & Megablast Mix
  11. Busy - Stereotyp Need No PJ's Mix feat. Sandra Kurzweil
  12. Superrob - Haaksman & Haaksman Mix feat. Ras Donovan
  13. Naschkatze - AGF Katzengedanken
  14. Souvenir - by Tosca
  15. Forte - URBS Mix
  16. Damentag - Madrid De Los Austrias Mix
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Following the coverage of the German/UK 'nu-dub'/lounge/downtempo (and not to be forgotten as we've seen in the review of Rodney Hunter's "Hunter Files" and will once again see in this review: the Austrian Vienna-)scene, with the excellent article Dub Revolution by Gregory Stephens, and several reviews featured on these pages of music coming from the closely to the Austrian scene linked Berlin camp around Basic Channel and especially Basic Channel's 'partner in crime' Paul St. Hilaire, and the album "J.A.C." by Tosca that featured one half of Austria's G-Stone masters Kruder & Dorfmeister, Richard Dorfmeister alongside Rupert Huber, following up their almost 2 1/2 years ago dropped "Dehli 9" with more of their typical loungy dubby jazzy sound. As with previous Tosca albums always having been related to biographic events in the lifes of Huber & Dorfmeister, "J.A.C." stands for Joseph, Arthur & Conrad, the names of the 2 sons of Rupert Huber & the son of Richard Dorfmeister. And now their "J.A.C." has gotten the dub treatment of the downtempo genre, with several of its tracks versioned in the remixes by other standout artists/producers of downtempo on this 10 months later released "Souvenirs". And it's been done beautifully, as the opener "John Lee Huber" in its "Burnt Friedman Mix" with Theo Altenberg's vocals, at time reminding me of On-U Sound's Andy Fairley, and the great instrumental addition of reeds, played by New Zealand born Hayden Chisholm, currently featured in more projects of producer and remixer Burnt Friedman, makes clear. The aforementioned Rodney Hunter contributes the great grooving reggae "Rodney Hunter Mix" of the tune, providing a completely different but as nice vibe. The "Frost & Wagner Mix" of "Superrob" is lending a laidback vibe to the Earl Zinger sung electro-funk tune, whereas the "Henrik Schwarz Mix" impresses and surprises with its harmonica riffs over a danceable version of the riddim. Daniel & Felix Haaksman's "Haaksman & Haaksman Mix" keeps the same vibe, but replaces the harmonica with very nice Ras Donovan vocals, leaving the female backing vocals intact. The very jazzy "Heidi Bruehl", about the late German child musicalstar who hit the charts at age 18 - 6 years after her white screen debut - with "Wir wollen niemals aus einander gehen", featuring the Tunisian-French singer Samia Farah with her Billy Holiday-esque voice, whose "Cool" single in 1999 as well as her 2004 On-U Sound "Homesick Blues EP" were (co)produced by Adrian Sherwood gets a fine downbeat remix by Plantlife's Jack Splash, but surprisingly is also remixed uptempo by Markus Wagner-Lapierre & Sascha Weisz for their "Makossa & Megablast Mix", the latest G-Stone Recordings signing. "Rondo Acapricio" with its bouncy liquid bass line and Singapore's Lin Hsin Hsin's voice-over gets just that bit more influence you'd expect from Stefan Biedermann a.k.a. DJ DSL 's hip hop roots. "The Big Sleep" in its "Seor Coconut Mix" is great hybrid of toned down surf-guitar and cocktail jazz, followed by a great chill-out reworking of the beautiful latinjazz-percussion based "Zri" by Hans Peter Lindstrom and Prince Thomas in their "Nordic Flavour Mix". Stephan Moerth a.k.a. Stereotyp contributes both remixes of "Pyjama", both the still jazzy "Stereotyp Mix #1" and the bass heavy club version "Stereotyp Need No PJ's Mix" with Sandra Kurzweil's typical soulful house vocals. "Naschkatze" was in its original version a very downtempo soundscape backing the scat-vocals of Stefan Graf, Hadik Wildner and Anna Clementi, and now the "AGF Katzengedanken" version by Berlin's female singer, lyricist and poet Antje Greie-Fuchs a.k.a. AGF (one half of Laub) makes it even more soundscape, with just her poetry on top of it. The slow melancolic minimalistic "Forte" is featured in the great "URBS Mix" with great bombastic strings bringing this tune to its close, before the clearly at the club dancefloor aimed "Madris De Los Austrias Mix" of "Damentag" closes this very nice set of remixes (shall I call it dubs?) of Tosca's "J.A.C.". Highly recommended for the non-purists who dare to venture in the experimental non- and not-only reggae based dub soundscapes of downtempo, lounge, nu-jazz and nu-dub.