Stereolab Ready New Compilation 'Pulse of the Early Brain'

Hear the previously unreleased "Robot Riot" ahead of the album's arrival

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jun 23, 2022

Stereolab have announced the next instalment of their Switched On compilation series. The band will share Pulse of the Early Brain (Switched On Vol. 5) on September 2 via Warp/Duophonic UHF Disks.

Following last year's Electrically Possessed (Switched On Vol. 4)Pulse of the Early Brain collects a pair of tracks from Stereolab's collaborative 1997 EP Simple Headphone Mind with Nurse With Wound, 1992 EP Low Fi, a live version of "Cybele's Reverie" recorded at Hollywood Bowl and more.

"Robot Riot" arrives alongside today's news, and you can hear it below. This previously unreleased comp inclusion was written for a sculpture made by Charles Long, who collaborated with Stereolab on 1995 EP Music for the Amorphous Body Study Center.

As previously reported, Stereolab will embark on a North American tour this September and October, with Canadian stops coming in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

Stereolab's most recent studio effort is 2010's Not Music. See where past Switched On compilations rank in our Essential Guide to Stereolab.

Pulse of the Early Brain (Switched On Vol. 5) is now available for pre-order. The compilation's physical vinyl and CD editions feature 21 tracks, while digital editions contain 16 tracks "due to digital licensing restrictions."

Pulse of the Early Brain (Switched On Vol. 5):

1. Simple Headphone Mind (with Nurse With Wound)
2. Trippin' with the Birds (with Nurse With Wound)
3. Robot Riot
4. Spool of Collusion (Remastered)
5. Symbolic Logic of Now!
6. Forensic Itch (Remastered)
7. ABC
8. Magne-Music (Remastered)
9. Blaue Milch
10. Yes Sir! I Can Moogie
11. Plastic Mile [Original Version]
12. Refractions in the Plastic Pulse [Feebate Mix] - Autechre Remix
13. Unity Purity Occasional
14. The Nth Degrees (Remastered)
16. Cybele's Reverie [Live at the Hollywood Bowl]

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