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The second full-length album from Austrian futurist-dub collective Sofa Surfers, Encounters is a magisterially dark work, pockmarked by industrial percussive rattles, brooding bass lines and guest raps from a revolving team of underground rap and reggae dissidents including Dalek, Junior Delgado and MC Santana.

A paranoid response to the rise of the political far-right in Austria, tracks like "Selling Souls" and "21st Century Army" are harsh and edgy, the latter finding guest rhymer Oddatee barking "Show me your way of life / show me your identification card" in grim parody of a jackbooted fascist stooge. Eschewing traditional dub methodology, Sofa Surfers build their sonic assault out of peculiar instrumental clashes that borrow heavily from the fusion-minded approach of Kraut-rock, minimalism and jazz: "Elusive Scripts" is a tense update of Can's "Halleluwah", while the sinister string rises of "What Kind of World" prick memories of John Cale's dark orchestral experimentations. All the same, "Babylon Times" speaks reggae's language of trial and redemption, and that's the thread that runs through the heart of Encounters: a tense, bleak account from an ideological battleground as dark as it is fascinating. --Louis Pattison

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fresh air in a genre going stale.. 13 May 2002
By Takis Tz. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When you think of Austria you're probably not thinking of hip-hop, and even if you somehow were you wouldn't be thinking "top league" hip-hop. Think again.
This album happens to easily be amongst the top hip hop albums not only of this year but of the past 5 years as well.
An explosive barrage of ultra dark beats and scratches and electronic soundscapes mixed with excellent lyrics coming rather from the...left is what is on offer here.
But, what differentiates this LP from the 100s of its musical style out there is that everything about it is intelligent and that it has a "mission" evident by the lyrics and driven home by the music.
This is the 3rd offering from this band and up to now they were little known outside of Central Europe, but with the "Encounters" they could be destined for much bigger things. Even though i do wish them that i think this album is too intelligent to propel them into the mainstream and it's cool that way too.
If you're looking for an album that's almost gothic without being gothic and bombastic without being silly, dark without treading old surface, and one that sticks to your mind upon the first listening then this is it. And hey, you can brag to your friends about a great group that few (yet) know..
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