A 10 disc CD and DVD celebration of the influential, innovative hip-hop and dance act Stereo MC’s will be released globally on October 27th 2014 via UMC.
The Stereo MC’s were the first British group to take hip-hop to stadiums. They have remained resolutely true to themselves and have produced some of the most stunning, inventive music to emanate from the UK in the past three decades.
Relocating to London in the mid 80s, Nottingham-born childhood friends Nick Hallam and Rob Birch soon started making music together that owed little to the glam and punk rock musical tastes of their youth. Heavily influenced by hip-hop and what would become known as urban music, the duo painstakingly taught themselves how to loop beats (initially on an old music centre complete with a cassette deck). Soon learning to sample, the pair (with long-term fellow traveller Owen If on drums, and later, Cath Coffey on vocals) got a deal with the fabled Island Records. Within a handful of years, they had a No. 2 UK album with Connected and were playing as U2’s guests on the Zooropa tour, high on the bill at Glastonbury and winning two Brit Awards in one evening. They have gone on to produce four further high quality albums and are in much demand as a live attraction.
This handsome 9 CDs + 1 DVD set brings together more or less everything recorded by the group to date, plus three brand new tracks. Here fans can enjoy their first tentative steps on 1989’s 33 45 78, their breakthrough album Supernatural, the 1992 Brit Award winning Connected, its long-awaited follow up, Deep Down & Dirty from 2001, together with the albums Paradise, Double Bubble and Emperors’ Nightingale from the past decade. The live-in-concert Connected video is included in the package to sample the unstoppable force that the Stereo MCs are live, alongside all of their promotional videos. To add to this, there are 2 disc’s worth of rare and unheard tracks and remixes, and importantly three brand new tracks, ‘Good Feeling,’ ‘Dance Tonight’ and ‘Autumn Leaves’ recorded in the group’s Brixton studio earlier this year.
The lavish package contains a brand new 32 page book featuring unseen images, memorabilia and an interview with Nick Hallam and Rob Birch telling their story in their own words. After all that the band have achieved it’s time to stay tuned, because in the words of the band “We’ve got our best music to come.”
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