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Rather than cash in on the ‘90s revival, Stereo MC’s’ ninth studio album finds the British dance-pop veterans looking back a bit further to the sonic textures of their mid-‘80s foundation. Following the dramatic, synth-ridden soundscape of the opening intro “Wooden Heart,” Jamie Cullum cameos on “Boy,” a wonderful throwback to ‘80s electropop that recalls Pet Shop Boys, OMD and Erasure. “Phase Me” follows suit with a funkier bass line and Rob Birch taking back the microphone – he sings for the remainder of Emperor’s Nightingale, save for “Being it On (Path to the Mind and the Soul and the Spirit)” where he flirts with his former hip-hop phrasing style. “Far Out Feeling” is an instantly accessible dance-floor jam with contagious beats and bass groove rooted in raw funk. “Manner” hints more at a new direction as monk-like chanting soon makes way for dark keyboard tones and a clever melodic hook. Standout cut “Desert Jam” dabbles in dub before the catchy bonus track “Waves” plays like a secret single.

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New Stereo MCs is a surprisingly great piece of work

On a first listen of Stereo MCs' newest LP Emperors Nightingale, you might be prone to the belief that the band's better days were behind it like Duran Duran or Nikki Sixx. However, after spending some time with the album, these tracks are far from "ze cakkah" and more the cat's preferred sleepwear. Stereo MCs have got a recipe of Goldfrapp, The Glimmers, Apples in Stereo, but it's also a mixture of the best moves of electronic music wizard Parov Stelar, while balancing these manoeuvres with nods to spacey late 70s Steve Miller and 80s pop from both Prince and Eddy Grant. A welcome return for Stereo MCs and the trilogy of videos Boy, Tales, and Far Out Feeling are snapshots of the importance of spending more time understanding your children and courageously facing your own crossroads.


Formed: 1985 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most successful hip-hop acts to emerge from Great Britain, Stereo MC's formed in London in 1985, when rapper Rob B. (born Rob Birch) and DJ/producer the Head (Nick Hallam) formed the Gee Street label as a means of promoting their music. Gee Street soon signed a distribution deal with the New York-based 4th & Broadway label, and a series of singles followed before Stereo MC's' debut album, 33-45-78, surfaced in 1989. After the departure of founding member Cesare, the group -- now consisting...
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