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About Stereolab

With their hypnotic rhythms and mesmerizing vocals, Stereolab became one of indie's most distinctive bands. On early releases like 1993's Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements, Stereolab combined '60s pop melodies with an art rock aesthetic that recalled Faust and Neu!; on 1996's Emperor Tomato Ketchup, they incorporated jazz, hip-hop, and dance music. Their approach grew increasingly experimental on 1997's Dots and Loops and 2001's Sound-Dust, but they eventually returned to a poppier style with 2008's Chemical Chords. Stereolab's unmistakable sound had a lasting impact: Pavement and Blur aped their style in the '90s, while J Dilla and Tyler the Creator sampled the band's music or collaborated with its members in the 2000s and 2010s. In the 2020s, Stereolab's steady stream of reissues and revival as a touring band reaffirmed their innovative reputation.

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