Sound Tribe Sector 9 / STS9


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Recorded on multiple dates across the country, Sound Tribe Sector 9's Live is at once soothing and highly danceable. Moving beyond the hippie funk of their 1998 debut, Interplanetary Escape Vehicle, and adding percussionist Jeffree Lerner, the band hits their stride early and keeps it up. Paced more like an electronic release than a traditional live album, the band eschews the wanky pyrotechnics often associated with performance and instead focuses on the totality of their sound -- a combination of breakbeats, ambient music, and dub -- which rides on top of Zach Velmer's nearly impossible drumming.

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