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(1997 – present)

The trip-hop act Sofa Surfers was founded in 1997 by a quartet of sound-obsessed Viennese instrumentalists: Wolfgang Schlögl, Markus Kienzl, Wolfgang Frisch, and Michael Holzgruber. The group’s debut single, “Sofa Rockers,” earned a remix from fellow Austrian head Richard Dorfmeister, and their debut album, “Transit”, earned wide release through MCA.
“Cargo” and “Constructions: Remixed and Dubbed” followed three years later.

It’s fitting that Sofa Surfers, a band not at all afraid to switch up their sound, have entitled their latest album, “Sofa Surfers”. It’s sound is simple, honest and stripped down to the essence of the band; brooding and melancholy moodiness mixed with an angstful tension that at times comes dangerously close to boiling over.

Sofa Surfers familiar hip-hop/dub style has given way to a minimalized indie rock/R&B/Soul sound using sparsely arranged bass, drum and guitar with an R&B/soul vocal style compliments of Mani Obeya, but it retains the Sofa Surfers well-known personality. Describing this album as sounding “like a hardcore band after the noise has abated” is fair, but don’t put too much weight into the “hardcore band” part of that statement because they sound much closer to Massive Attack than any hardcore band I know.

There is an evolution that occurs throughout the album, starting on the melancholy side, moving into angst and then back to melancholy. “White Noise” is a great lead track and soon to be released as the first single off this album.


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  • feelfree82


    18 Mar 2014 Reply
  • cabfedhig

    fucking amazing

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • imyourman

    One of the very few who you can "label" . Top tunes :-)

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Suy87

    Это просто великолепнейшая музыка!!!!

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • madddscientist

    The new Album seems a closer follow up to "The Red Album" , which has always been both Brilliant and a Fav of mine. I also LOVE Mani's Voice.

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Senior_Alatus

    The new album is amazing

    5 Nov 2012 Reply
  • TheRazboynick_2

    Mani is good. Nice brooding voice that fits the music. Get lost, haters.

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Waes-GOD

    music is brilliant, but vocal is annoying((

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • hurricane_mario

    Man, why are they still unknown? Three solid albums in a row. "Superluminal" just seems solid, not mindblowing. Maybe it's a grower?

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Schrammelhammel

    neues Album am 14.09.2012

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • matriccs

    Gotta* joint?

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Sin_for_Blood

    Unique sound.. Thanks for bein' with us ..

    30 Sep 2011 Reply
  • narcoTOURIST


    25 Aug 2011 Reply
  • cdax2307

    Honestly, they were never "trip-hop" really. They had a few flourishes of it (along with other genres people seem to "forget") but that's about it. A decent downtempo cum hip hop band with subpar vocals and a mainly "dub/reggae" vibe.

    17 Jul 2011 Reply
  • arsenboroda


    18 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Francesca3OH3

    lovely voice

    15 Mar 2011 Reply
  • facingeast

    glad to see markus kienzl made it finally to the "similar artists". his solo stuff is stunning. [2] Cargo is Sofa Surfers to me. Their later stuff... :/ okay, but they've evolved in the same direction as Terranova have done with Digital Tenderness: not my style.

    23 Feb 2011 Reply
  • crankhead_69

    their rock sound is alright imo. a band can't sound the same after so many years (my fave is "encounters" though, haha). nothing stays the same... guess people just have to get over it.

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • crankhead_69

    glad to see markus kienzl made it finally to the "similar artists". his solo stuff is stunning. you can hear the (old) surfers here & there... of course.

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Katruk


    6 Dec 2010 Reply
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