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Stereolab - The First Of The Microbe Hunters (2000)

Posted By: Designol
Stereolab - The First Of The Microbe Hunters (2000)

Stereolab - The First Of The Microbe Hunters (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 105 Mb | Scans included
Post-Rock, Dream Pop, Experimental | Label: EastWest Japan | # AMCY-7179 | Time: 00:39:50

Few bands have come to single-handedly rule a genre as well as Stereolab. The only question remaining is which genre. The band's machine-funky grooves, oddball synthetic washes, and disturbingly flat vocals suggest a futuristic disco where the survivors of nuclear war have settled for alienation anthems that recall the "space-age bachelor pad" music of the distant innocent past. But this is all conjecture. No one knows what the music of the future will sound like. (Heck, we once thought by the year 2000 we'd all be walking around in Lost in Space outfits.) Stereolab, however, are certainly what we think of.

Stereolab - Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night (1999)

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Stereolab - Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night (1999)

Stereolab - Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 469 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb
Label: Elektra | # 62409-2 | Time: 01:15:33 | Scans ~ 31 Mb
Post Rock, Dream Pop, Indie Rock, Experimental

Stereolab took an unprecedented two years between 1997's Dots & Loops and 1999's Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night, as they tended to personal matters. During those two years, Stereolab's brand of sophisticated, experimental post-rock didn't evolve too much, even as colleagues like Tortoise, Jim O'Rourke, and the High Llamas tried other things. Since each Stereolab album offered a significant progression from the next, it would have been fair to assume that when they returned, it would be with a leap forward, especially since Tortoise's John McEntire and O'Rourke were co-producers. Perhaps that's the reason that the album feels slightly disappointing. The group has absorbed McEntire's jazz-fusion leanings – "Fuses" kicks off the album in compelling, free-jazz style – and the music continually bears O'Rourke's attention to detail, but it winds up sounding like O'Hagan's increasing tendency of making music that's simply sound for sound's sake.

Pram - The Museum Of Imaginary Animals (2000)

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Pram - The Museum Of Imaginary Animals (2000)

Pram - The Museum Of Imaginary Animals (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 277 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Scans included | 00:44:59
Experimental Rock, Post Rock, Dream Pop, Downtempo | Label: Domino | # WIGCD80

It's true that Pram has shared the same bubbly, French-pop sound of Stereolab and Broadcast. But that's where the similarities end. A few cuts into The Museum of Imaginary Animals, the seven-piece band – which includes the recent addition of ex-Broadcast drummer Steve Perkins, no less – makes a beautiful departure into a surreal journey of sound. Rosie Cuckston's reserved vocals help, but it's Pram's original combination of devices (flute, trumpet, and theremin, to name a few) that occasionally evoke an aquatic atmosphere, not unlike Meddle-era Pink Floyd. Like the imaginary creature on the album's back cover, this fifth full-length from Pram is certainly mythical.

Stereolab - Aluminum Tunes (Switched On, Volume 3) (1998) 2CDs

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Stereolab - Aluminum Tunes (Switched On, Volume 3) (1998) 2CDs

Stereolab - Aluminum Tunes (Switched On, Vol. 3) (1998) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 685 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 258 Mb | Scans ~ 27 Mb
Label: Warp Records | # WARPCD59 | Time: 01:53:05
Post Rock, Dream Pop, Indie Rock, Experimental

Stereolab's Switched On series is ingenious, one of the best services a band has performed for its fans. Since their inception, Stereolab have made it a practice to release non-LP singles, tour 7"s, split singles, special-edition EPs – recordings that were available in small quantities for a limited time. In every case, the limited-edition recordings become very valuable very quickly, often reaching ridiculously exorbitant prices that most fans could never afford. That's where the Switched On series comes in. It's where the group gathers the best of these rarities, leaving a couple of tracks on the original single for the sake of collectibility. Stereolab may do certain projects as a lark, but they rarely throw away tracks, as each EP and most singles have their own identity, offering a new spin on the group's trademark style.

Battles - La Di Da Di (2015) [Japanese Edition]

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Battles - La Di Da Di (2015) [Japanese Edition]

Battles - La Di Da Di (2015) [Japanese Edition]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Scans ~ 54 Mb
Experimental Rock, Math Rock, Post-Rock | Label: Beat | # BRC-480 | 00:51:28

Battles' John Stanier, Ian Williams, and Dave Konopka always sound psyched to play together, but never more so than on their first entirely instrumental album, La Di Da Di. While vocals – first provided by Tyondai Braxton on their early work and by a host of collaborators on 2011's Gloss Drop – might have seemed necessary to humanize their experimentation, they're not missed on the band's third full-length. If anything, removing them gives the trio's ideas to generate sparks the way they did on Mirrored (particularly on "Tricentennial," which recalls the mischievous alien anthems of their debut) while keeping Gloss Drop's immediacy. Battles' mix of muscular drums and riffs and heady melodies and electronics has never sounded so liberated, whether on "The Yabba," a thrilling seven-minute excursion that sounds more like seven one-minute songs strung together, or on the relatively serene "Luu Le," which uses the same amount of time to close the album with a sun-dappled suite. Here and throughout La Di Da Di, the band sounds mercurial but not chaotic, with an interplay that ebbs and flows like creativity itself.

Stereolab - Dots And Loops (1997)

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Stereolab - Dots And Loops (1997)

Stereolab - Dots And Loops (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 421 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included | 01:05:41
Post Rock, Dream Pop, Indie Rock, Experimental, Lounge | Label: Elektra | # 62065-2

On Emperor Tomato Ketchup, Stereolab moved in two directions simultaneously – it explored funkier dance rhythms while increasing the complexity of its arrangements and compositions. For its follow-up, Dots and Loops, the group scaled back its rhythmic experiments and concentrated on layered compositions. Heavily influenced by bossa nova and swinging '60s pop, Dots and Loops is a deceptively light, breezy album that floats by with effortless grace. Even the segmented, 20-minute "Refractions in the Plastic Pulse" has a sunny, appealing surface – it's only upon later listens that the interlocking melodies and rhythms reveal their intricate interplay. In many ways, Dots and Loops is Stereolab's greatest musical accomplishment to date, demonstrating remarkable skill – their interaction is closer to jazz than rock, exploring all of the possibilities of any melodic phrase. Their affection for '60s pop keeps Dots and Loops accessible, even though that doesn't mean it is as immediate as Emperor Tomato Ketchup. In fact, the laid-back stylings of Dots and Loops makes it a little difficult to assimilate upon first listen, but after a few repeated plays, its charms unfold as gracefully as any other Stereolab record.

Stereolab - Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements (1993)

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Stereolab - Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements (1993)

Stereolab - Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 369 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans included | 01:02:14
Experimental, Post-Rock, Dream Pop, Noise Pop, Krautrock | Label: Elektra | # 9 61536-2

Though it was the group's major-label debut, Stereolab's Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements showed no signs of selling out. If anything, it's one of the most eclectic and experimental releases in Stereolab's early career, emphasizing the group's elongated Krautrock jams, instrumentals, and harsh, noisy moments. The album begins and ends with smooth, sensual washes of sound like "Tone Burst" and "Lock-Groove Lullaby" and smoothly bouncy pop songs like "I'm Going Out of My Way." These softer, more accessible moments surround complex and varied compositions such as "Analogue Rock," "Our Trinitone Blast," and "Golden Ball," which, with its distorted vocals and shifting tempos, serves as an appetizer for "Jenny Ondioline." A hypnotic, 18-minute epic encompassing dreamy yet driving pop, a Krautrock groove, forceful, churning guitars, and a furious climax, it's the most ambitious – and definitive – moment of Stereolab's early years.

Stereolab - The Groop Played "Space Age Batchelor Pad Music" (1993) Reissue 1998

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Stereolab - The Groop Played "Space Age Batchelor Pad Music" (1993) Reissue 1998

Stereolab - The Groop Played "Space Age Batchelor Pad Music" (1993) Reissue 1998
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 168 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 72 Mb | Scans included | 00:28:21
Post-Rock, Dream Pop, Indie Rock, Experimental | Label: Too Pure | # PURE CD 19

Released in 1993, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music refined Stereolab's sound further and also showcased the increasingly experimental focus of the band's music. Split into two sides – the gentle, intricate "Easy Listening" and the more upbeat "New Wave" – this eight-song EP ranges from the bubbly keyboard piece "Space Age Bachelor Pad Music (Foamy)" to the defiant, driving groove of "We're Not Adult Orientated." The sweet, close harmonies on "Ronco Symphony" and "The Groop Play Chord X" edge closer to the sophisticated, lounge pop-inspired sound explored during the rest of Stereolab's career, while the vibes of "Avant Garde M.O.R." and the fizzy keyboards of "Space Age Bachelor Pad Music (Mellow)" spotlight the band's more texturally complex arrangements. However, the immediacy of "We're Not Adult Orientated (Neu Wave Live)" and the hypnotic, fuzzy guitars on "U.H.F. - MFP" prove that while Stereolab gained more polish and ambition on Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, the band didn't lose any of its kinetic edge.

Stereolab - Mars Audiac Quintet (1994)

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Stereolab - Mars Audiac Quintet (1994)

Stereolab - Mars Audiac Quintet (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 426 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Post-Rock, Dream Pop, Indie Rock, Experimental | Label: Elektra | # 61699-2 | 01:06:40

By the time of 1994's Mars Audiac Quintet, Stereolab had already highlighted the rock and experimental sides of its music; now the band concentrated on perfecting its space-age pop. Sweetly bouncy songs like "Ping Pong" and "L' Enfer des Formes" streamline the band's sound without sacrificing its essence; track for track, this may be the group's most accessible, tightly written album. The groove-driven "Outer Accelerator," "Wow and Flutter," and "Transona Five" (which sounds strangely like Canned Heat's "Goin' Up the Country") reaffirm Stereolab's Krautrock roots, but the band's sweet synth melodies and vocal arrangements give it a pop patina. Even extended pieces like "Anamorphose" and "Nihilist Assault Group" – which could have appeared on Transient Random Noise-Bursts With Announcements if they had a rawer production – are more sensual and voluptuous than edgy and challenging. It's equally apparent on layered, complex songs such as "New Orthophony" and "The Stars Our Destination," as well as spare, minimal tracks like "Des Etoiles Electroniques," that the members of Stereolab focused their experimental energies on production tricks, vocal interplay, and increasingly electronic-based arrangements.

Giant Sky - Giant Sky II (2023)

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Giant Sky - Giant Sky II (2023)

Giant Sky - Giant Sky II (2023)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 368 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 163 MB | Covers - 43 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock, Post-Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Imaginary Friend Records (IMF002)

A new Norwegian act Giant Sky were founded as a side project of Soup by the founder/composer/keyboardist Erlend Viken in 2020.
Giant Sky expands their universe, delivering a highly ambitious sophomore double album. Draped in a fusion of electronic-, ambient-, and grungy elements, this folktronic/post-rock album honors both the album format and its ambassadors. Praised by critics and listeners worldwide, their debut album received a warm welcome, and its vinyl edition sold out in just a few hours.
Curiously pitched as a union between Mogwai and Nick Drake - making the new Blade Runner soundtrack with Tame Impala - the bar of reference is set high…

God is an Astronaut - Live at Dunk​!​Fest (2024)

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God is an Astronaut - Live at Dunk​!​Fest (2024)

God is an Astronaut - Live at Dunk​!​Fest (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 476 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 174 MB
1:15:40 | Post-Rock | Label: God Is An Astronaut

The legendary live set by post-rock giants God Is an Astronaut captured in full at dunk!festival 2023! The full set + a very special feature by Jo Quail captured live and mastered exclusively for vinyl pressed on two beautiful Moon Cream Marble 180g vinyl. This special 2xLP vinyl comes in a gatefold cover design by Error!Design in collaboration with the band.

Dirty Three - Horse Stories (1996)

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Dirty Three - Horse Stories (1996)

Dirty Three - Horse Stories (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 343 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 130 Mb | 00:56:45
Post-Rock, Art Rock, Experimental Rock | Label: Anchor & Hope Records

Dirty Three have a gift for creating unforgettably emotive instrumental soundscapes, and Horse Stories demonstrates this to great effect. The versatility of Warren Ellis' violin playing is what drives Horse Stories, but although the violin is the focal point, Mick Turner's guitar and Jim White's drumming are vital elements in making Dirty Three's sound so compelling. The tracks here are widely varied, from slow, languid pieces like "1000 Miles" and "At the Bar" and wild dances like "Red" and "I Remember a Time When Once You Used to Love Me" to stunningly beautiful tracks like the aptly titled "Hope." It is fitting that Horse Stories helped Dirty Three reach a wider audience than they had with their earlier efforts, as it was an album that saw them reach new heights in creativity.

Crippled Black Phoenix - White Light Generator (2014)

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Crippled Black Phoenix - White Light Generator (2014)

Crippled Black Phoenix - White Light Generator (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 421 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans ~ 36 Mb
Label: Cool Green Recordings | # CGR 7430 2 | Time: 01:10:53
Experimental Rock, Progressive Post-Rock, Neo-Psychedelia

2014 album from the British Post-Rock/Progressive Rock band. Although originally having an unorthodox start, since all the band members were part of and busy with other projects at the time of the band's founding, Crippled Black Phoenix remained committed to staying together and forged their sound. The band writes what they call 'endtime ballads,' signifying both the slightly macabre nature of their songs and their unusual blend of styles as the final evolution in music. This blend has led to them being called everything from Stoner-Prog to Freak-Folk to Doom.

Alcest - Le Secret [EP] (2005) [Reissue 2011]

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Alcest - Le Secret [EP] (2005) [Reissue 2011]

Alcest - Le Secret [EP] (2005) [Reissue 2011]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 339 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 129 MB | Covers - 74 MB
Genre: Post-Metal, Post-Rock, Blackgaze | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Prophecy Productions (PRO114)

After six years, the French group Alcest's now legendary Le Secret EP their first foray into what is now commonly known as "shoegaze metal," gets re-recorded and re-released with the original EP in tow, creating a very unique, and beautifully unsettling 54-minute listening experience. The question of "why re-record a classic?" is answered by Neige - who sang and played all of the instruments on the original: "I was never really satisfied with the original production on it." In hearing the new versions of "Le Secret" and "Élévation," it's easy to hear why. Though he followed the arrangements almost to the letter, Neige did employ a collaborator in drummer Winterhalter here, who is more proficient on the kit. The fidelity - made possible by a bigger recording budget - is infinitely better…

Alcest - Kodama (2016) [2CD Limited Edition]

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Alcest - Kodama (2016) [2CD Limited Edition]

Alcest - Kodama (2016) [2CD Limited Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 307 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 114 MB | Covers - 220 MB
Genre: Post-Metal, Post-Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Prophecy (PRO 190 LU)

On Shelter, 2014's precursor to Kodama, Alcest sounded like they had finally abandoned metal for dreamy indie pop. While the direction wasn't new - founder /multi-instrumentalist Neige had been incorporating shoegaze elements with post- and black metal since the very beginning - it seemed he and drummer Winterhalter had finally surrendered to them wholly. Apparently, two years makes a difference. Here, Neige has rediscovered dynamics and his love for metal without sacrificing his deeply aesthetic lyricism.
The title Kodama is a Japanese word meaning "tree spirit" or "echo." And true to form, this date is a conceptual offering heavily inspired by animator Hayao Miyazaki’s film Princess Mononoke, which explores the interrelationship of mankind and nature and their imbalance in post-industrial society…