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Founded in Georgia in the late '90s, Sound Tribe Sector 9 (later STS9) quickly refined a style of dub-influenced, breakbeat-infused psychedelic music with a heavy emphasis on group improvisation, comparable to the work of jam band peers such as the Disco Biscuits and the New Deal. The group's debut effort, 1998's Interplanetary Escape Vehicle, was recorded soon after their formation and thus provided only scant hints of the sound the band would develop, instead focusing on instrumental funk and jazz grooves. With the addition of percussionist Jeffree Lerner in 1999, the sound of the band -- Hunter Brown (guitar/sequences), David Phipps (keyboards/synths), Zach Velmer (drums), and David Murphy (bass) -- solidified into a powerfully original, highly danceable tapestry. Through constant touring, the group began to work up a large following among jam band fans. Two more releases -- 1999's Live and 2000's Offered Schematics Suggesting Peace -- captured both the band's developing sound and its increasing interest in Mayan mysticism and culture. The former accurately documented the confident tone of the band's relentless live performances, while the latter used analog tape loops, a blend of live and studio tracks, and extensive use of guest flutist Kofi Burbridge to create a more subtle mix. With an emphasis on spirituality, equality, and the freeing of musical egos, the band eschewed solos in favor of small, repetitive parts that added together into a musical mélange at once droning and texturally deep. The group also gained renown for its festival appearances, with shows at most of the major U.S. fests, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella, New Orleans Jazz, and Outside Lands. STS9 relocated to Northern California in late 2000. In addition to spending much of their time on the road, they also formed their own label, 1320 Records, releasing Artifact in 2005. The album -- which was subsequently reimagined on extras like Remixes, Vol. 1 and Perspectives -- peaked on Billboard's electronic chart at #12. They followed with the albums Peaceblaster (2008), Ad Explorata (2009), and Axe the Cables (2010), along with an EP, When the Dust Settles (2011), on the imprint. Before their next release, Murphy left the band in early 2014 and was replaced by Alana Rocklin. In 2016, STS9 released the funky The Universe Inside, inspired by Carl Sagan's "Golden Records," which were sent into space in the hopes of communicating with alien life. Universe's opening track "Supercluster" included samples from the original NASA STS-9 transmission, a fitting full-circle journey for the band. The LP debuted in the Top 5 of both the Billboard Dance/Electronic and Heatseekers charts, as well as the Top 40 on the Independent chart. ~ Jesse Jarnow & Neil Z. Yeung
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Top Tracks

  1.   Track
    Popularity
  2.   Peaceblaster '08
  3.   Get Loud
  4.   Empires
  5.   Metameme
  6.   The Spectacle
  7.   Peaceblaster '68
  8.   Equinox by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  9.   Good for Everyday by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  10.   Thread by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  11.   Artifact by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  12.   Kaya by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  13.   Enceladus
  14.   Beyond Right Now
  15.   Echoes
  16.   Ramone & Emiglio by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  17.   Blu Mood (Chicago - 03.07.15)
  18.   Luma Daylight (Chicago - 03.05.15)
  19.   Between 6th & 7th
  20.   Ramone & Emiglio
  21.   Peoples (Athens - 03.21.15)
  22.   Peoples, Pt. 2 by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  23.   Scheme
  24.   Black Satin (Improv)
  25.   tact
  26.   By the Morning Sun (Athens - 03.20.15)
  27.   purity too
  28.   Dance (New Orleans - 03.14.15)
  29.   Potamus (Athens - 03.19.15)
  30.   This, Us (Chicago - 03.07.15)
  31.   Tap-In by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  32.   Sun, Moon & Stars
  33.   Supercluster
  34.   Aimlessly
  35.   Orbital
  36.   Kabuki
  37.   Shock Doctrine (Chicago - 03.07.15)
  38.   Only Light Remains (Chicago - 03.05.15)
  39.   Possibilities (Aspen - 02.15.15)
  40.   Your It (Aspen - 02.13.15)
  41.   D&B (Improv)
  42.   drone slowly
  43.   like that?
  44.   n'terlude
  45.   oceans ride
  46.   Winter Sun
  47.   When the Dust Settles
  48.   You Don't Say
  49.   South of Here
  50.   Lo Swaga
  51.   Re: Stereo
  52.   Hidden Hand, Hidden Fist
  53.   The Fog
  54.   Jebez by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  55.   By the Morning Sun Remix by Slicker
  56.   Tokyo Remix by Machinedrum
  57.   Kamuy by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  58.   Evasive Maneuvers
  59.   Breathe In
  60.   Vibyl
  61.   Phoneme
  62.   Frequencies Peace 2 > 3 (Chicago - 03.07.15)
  63.   So It Goes
  64.   Click Lang Echo (Athens - 03.20.15)
  65.   Tap-In (New Orleans - 03.14.15)
  66.   Regeneration
  67.   intro
  68.   Approaching
  69.   Kamuy
  70.   Central
  71.   slight shift
  72.   Blu Mood
  73.   Trinocular
  74.   Tooth
  75.   midwest
  76.   By the Morning Sun by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  77.   summit
  78.   Equinox (Aspen - 02.14.15)
  79.   Give & Take
  80.   Really What?
  81.   Rent
  82.   Eclipse by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  83.   Water Song
  84.   Breach by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  85.   Elsewhere
  86.   Out of This World
  87.   Hubble
  88.   Grizzly
  89.   Call Jam
  90.   Tokyo (Chicago - 03.05.15)
  91.   Hidden Hand, Hidden Fist (Aspen - 02.15.15)
  92.   Four Year Puma (Athens - 03.20.15)
  93.   Something in E (Improv)
  94.   Pianoir Outro (Improv)
  95.   A Beautiful Chaos (Improv)
  96.   Totem
  97.   World Go Round
  98.   Click Lang Echo
  99.   care too
  100.   havona ascent
  101.   L1nQs
  102.   manatee
  103.   Golden Gate
  104.   Scheme Reprise
  105.   Musical Story, Yes by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  106.   Moon Socket
  107.   Life's Sweet Breath
  108.   Oil & Water
  109.   Crypto City
  110.   The New Soma
  111.   Shock Doctrine
  112.   Music, Us by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  113.   Wika Chikana(New Orleans - 03.13.15)
  114.   Jebez
  115.   Squishface
  116.   Heavy
  117.   egil
  118.   New Dawn New Day (New Orleans - 03.14.15)
  119.   Life's Sweet Breath (Athens - 03.21.15)
  120.   Stick Like Marimba
  121.   Orbital (New Orleans - 03.14.15)
  122.   Monkey Music (Chicago - 03.07.15)
  123.   power is the people
  124.   The Following
  125.   Music, Us
  126.   Potamus
  127.   Breathe In Pt II
  128.   Crystal Instrument (Chicago - 03.07.15)
  129.   luma sunrise
  130.   Moon Socket (New Orleans - 03.13.15)  
  131.   Four Year Puma
  132.   New Dawn, New Day
  133.   Really What? (Athens - 03.21.15)
  134.   Better Day (Athens - 03.20.15)
  135.   The Universe Inside
  136.   Frequencies Peace 2 > 3
  137.   Gobnugget (Aspen - 02.14.15)
  138.   The Last 50,000 Years
  139.   We'll Meet In Our Dreams
  140.   Kamuy (Athens - 03.20.15)
  141.   linguistics
  142.   Breathe In (Chicago - 03.05.15)
  143.   King Pharoah's Tomb (Athens - 03.19.15)
  144.   Lion
  145.   Atlas
  146.   ...And Some Are Angels
  147.   Satori
  148.   Mobsters
  149.   Real & Imagined
  150.   Dub (Improv)
  151.   Equinox
  152.   Twilight (Aspen - 02.13.15)
  153.   haiku
  154.   believe
  155.   A Gift for Gaia by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  156.   Late for Work
  157.   MOD (Athens - 03.19.15)
  158.   The Unquestionable Supremacy of Nature
  159.   midwest sky
  160.   King Pharoah's Tomb
  161.   Baraka
  162.   Common Descent
  163.   Introductions
  164.   4 year Puma
  165.   Worry No More
  166.   Possibilities Remix by Collective Efforts
  167.   Satori by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  168.   Tap-In
  169.   Modular Improv (Chicago - 03.07.15)
  170.   Call (Aspen - 02.15.15)
  171.   From Now On
  172.   Forest Hu by Sound Tribe Sector 9
  173.   Looking Back On Earth
  174.   Nautilus
  175.   Crying at the Sun
  176.   since 7th
  177.   Phoneme (Chicago - 03.07.15)
  178.   kotamo
  179.   Light Years
  180.   ReEmergence (Aspen - 02.14.15)
  181.   Oh Little Brain
  182.   Peace One (Improv)
  183.   Glen Tells Kengo
  184.   986 Foot Tall Trees
  185.   Modular (Improv)
  186.   Crystal House (Improv)
  187.   EHM
  188.   Dem Be
  189.   Rise Above, Get Loud
  190.   Move My Peeps (New Orleans - 03.14.15)
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