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Stereolab Will Be Memorialized on Rhino Records Serene Velocity Compilation


By: Spacelab Research Staff
It's like a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame... except better. Maybe much better. The much vaunted repackaging of songs into a Rhino compilation is a mark of approval, a sign that you've not only stood the test of time, but you're also worth being repackaged and resold. Nice.

Stereolab, the old school hipsters that have been cool since back when SPIN magazine used to be cool, the band that introduced headphone sonics that messed with our sense of balance, have been around long enough and put out enough good material to make it into a Rhino Records release.

It's not the first Stereolab appearance on a Rhino compilation — they were also on the 90's compilation Whatever: The 90's Pop & Culture Box with the track Cybele's Reverie. But Serene Velocity is the first time that Rhino has devoted a full release to only Stereolab material.

Serene Velocity will feature music from the big time Elektra years, from albums like Mars Audiac Quintet, Emperor Tomato Ketchup, Dots and Loops, Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night, Sound-Dust, and Margerine Eclipse. It could be considered Stereolab's version of the Corporate Years!

They'll also include the legendary tracks Wow and Flutter and Jenny Ondioline that were released as singles.

Band member Tim Gane got all up in the mixing board at Abbey Road Studios to rework the music, so expect bigger bass and even clearer sonics while they mess with your sense of balance this time around.

You get your choice of vinyl, CD, or download, and the download version will feature an interview with Laetitia Sadier and Tim Gane on how they made the anthology. I'm not sure how much there is to talk about on that... but it's a good reason to go the download route. Today's super special Stereolab word: incentivize!


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Stereolab: Serene Velocity — A Stereolab Anthology
01 Jenny Ondioline (Part 1) (7" version)
02 Crest
03 French Disko
04 Ping Pong
05 Wow and Flutter (7" version)
06 Cybele's Reverie
07 Metronomic Underground
08 Percolator
09 Brakhage
10 Miss Modular
11 Infinity Girl
12 Come and Play in the Milky Night
13 Space Moth
14 Double Rocker
15 Vonal Declosion
16 ...Sudden Stars