On November 29th, 2019, Stereolab complete their year-long seven-album reissue campaign with the release of 2001’s Sound-Dust and 2004’s Margerine Eclipse as expanded and remastered editions on vinyl, compact disk and digital via Warp Records and the band’s own Duophonic UHF Disks.
The band complete a busy year performing across the globe and gathering acclaim from a range of publications for their reissue package. Ten years since their previous performance, the summer saw Stereolab return to play Primavera with Loud & Quiet noting the band “retained relevance and resonance” and that it was a “joy to have them back” The albums have also garnered high praise across the critical spectrum from places such Pitchfork, Q, Uncut and Mojo.
Today, the band share a reworked version of ‘Mass Riff’ which is included in the forthcoming expanded reissue of ‘Margerine Eclipse’. The track was originally included on the ‘Instant 0 in the Universe’ EP and stems from the same recording sessions as the album.
Listen to the remastered version of ‘Mass Riff’
As with all the expanded album reissues, Tim Gane returned to the original master tapes, working closely with Bo Kondren at Calyx Mastering in Berlin to produce the best sounding reissues possible. In the course of this many tracks were edited differently to how they appear on the original editions of the albums. In the case of ‘Mass Riff’ a spacey drum machine driven electronic intro section has been restored to the beginning of the track and also made available as a separate edit on it’s own. Elsewhere on the album, ‘La Spirale’, the bonus track for the CD edition originally released in Japan, is now back in its original place as the middle section for ‘Hillbilly Motobike’.
The initial vinyl editions will be pressed onto triple clear vinyl with a poster/insert containing sleeve notes by Tim. They will also include a lottery-style scratch card – all winners will receive an exclusive Stereolab record at the end of 2019.
The band continue to produce super limited editions of 500 clear vinyl copies and 250 compact disks – each will have a numbered obi band made from 2″ 24 track Stereolab master tape. These will only be available via mail order from the website.