(composed of Wolfgang Schloegl, Markus Kienzl, Wolfgang Frisch and Michael Holzgruber)
belonged to the post-Massive Attack generation
of trip-hoppers and shared several characteristics with
That their sound was rooted in dub music was clearly explained by their debut
single Sofa Rockers. The album,
Transit (Klein, 1997), was a diligent reproduction of the aesthetic of
trip-hop: 16 vignettes of elegant unpretentious grooves.
Cargo (1999) provided a more intense experience, thanks to tracks such as
Beans and Rice and
The Low Rider, while
Container still a liaison to their original dub sound.
Constructions is a remix album.
An even stronger rhythmic presence and a pool of guest rappers made
Encounters (Klein, 2002) a less personal statement:
21st Century Army (Oddateee),
River Blues (Jeb Loy Nichols),
Babylon Tymes (DJ Collage),
the industrial dub Home Truth (Mark Stewart),
the hip-hop feast of Elusive Scripts (Techno Animal and Dalek),
the faux reggae of See the Light (Junior Delgado), perhaps the standout,
do not coalesce or cohere. They merely display the goods of the performers.
See the Light (Klein, 2004) is basically a reissue of
Encounters, plus or minus a few tracks.
Wolfgang Schloegl debuted solo under the moniker I-Wolf with
Soul Strata (2003), an ambitious but disposable fusion of jazz, soul and hip-hop, followed with
I-Wolf And Burdy Meet The Babylonians (2004), that added ethnic sounds
((Wonders And Signs)
and catchy melodies (Kingdom Prize)
to the blend.
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