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Once hailed by some writers as the second coming of Gang of Four, the Rapture were the flagship band of the post-punk revival that swept through the indie underground during the early 2000s. Formed in 1998 by New Yorkers Vito Roccoforte (drums) and Luke Jenner (guitars, vocals), the band toured heavily before releasing a mini-album, Mirror, in 1999. More shows with the likes of Sunny Day Real Estate and Nuzzle followed; meanwhile, a string of bassists and keyboard players cycled through the lineup, with Jenner and Roccoforte serving as the only two permanent members. Bassist Matt Safer, who had recently moved from Washington, D.C., officially joined the band in time for Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks, a six-song EP released by Sub Pop in 2001. Gabriel Andruzzi was added to the lineup one year later, handling the keyboard parts that had become integral to the Rapture's blend of post-punk aesthetics and dance rhythms. The Rapture's profile increased with the release of "House of Jealous Lovers" in 2003. The song had been recorded with help from the DFA production team, who added heavy electronics to the band's sound, and its popularity convinced the Rapture to continue working with DFA on a full-length album. The result was Echoes, which was released in late 2003 and spawned two Top 40 singles in the U.K. Its follow-up, Pieces of the People We Love, was released three years later by Mercury and involved production input from Ewan Pearson, Danger Mouse, and Paul Epworth. Tapes, a stylistically broad mix album, came out through !K7 in 2008. Safer left the following year and it would be two more years before the band would release another studio album. In the Grace of Your Love, issued in 2011, saw their return to the DFA label, with Andruzzi filling in on bass. ~ Andy Kellman
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  2.   House of Jealous Lovers
  3.   Get Myself into It
  4.   Whoo! Alright Yeah... Uh Huh
  5.   How Deep Is Your Love?
  6.   Sail Away
  7.   Sister Saviour
  8.   Pieces of the People We Love
  9.   Down for So Long
  10.   Modern Romance
  11.   Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks
  12.   First Gear
  13.   Flowerz by Armand Van Helden
  14.   Can You Find a Way?
  15.   Carvan
  16.   Why Not?! by Alter Ego
  17.   Holy Ghost by Bar-Kays
  18.   Word Problems
  19.   Echoes
  20.   Austin's Groove
  21.   Dance or Die
  22.   Terminus
  23.   Garden of Fugitives
  24.   Its Freak
  25.   16 Bits and Pieces
  26.   10 Raptures
  27.   Triptych
  28.   In The Grace Of Your Love
  29.   Tee's Happy by Northend
  30.   But I Like You
  31.   You're a Monster
  32.   Heaven With You
  33.   Kiss Kiss
  34.   The Pop Song
  35.   Love Is All
  36.   I'm an Indian Too by Don Armando's Second Avenue Rhumba Band
  37.   Bassix
  38.   Olio
  39.   So Far So Good
  40.   Take a Brake
  41.   Where the Earth Is
  42.   Go DJ
  43.   Children
  44.   Blue Bird
  45.   Township Funk by DJ Mujava
  46.   Say U Will featuring Cajmere
  47.   Going Back to My Roots
  48.   Earthquake Shake
  49.   Disco Circus by Martin Circus
  50.   Club Soda by Thomas Bangalter
  51.   Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll
  52.   W.A.Y.U.H. (People Don't Dance No More)
  53.   The Sound
  54.   Calling Me
  55.   The Devil
  56.   Alabama Sunshine
  57.   Alabama Sunshine
  58.   Infatuation
  59.   Killing
  60.   Heaven
  61.   I Need Your Love
  62.   The Jam
  63.   Kid 606 'In Love With the Underground'
  64.   Alienation
  65.   Confrontation
  66.   Raise Me Down
  67.   Put Your Guns Away
  68.   Afro Arps and Minimoogs by Galaxy 2 Galaxy
  69.   Notes
  70.   Hammer and String
  71.   The Word by Junk Yard Band
  72.   Union
  73.   It Takes Time to Be a Man
  74.   Dusk at Maureen's
  75.   Miss You
  76.   Through a Wall
  77.   Scandle in the Wind
  78.   Frames Frames Frames
  79.   Get Get Down by Paul Johnson
  80.   From Never
  81.   The Passion featuring Kiloo
  82.   Mirror
  83.   Where's Jason's K
  84.   Never Die Again
  85.   Part of the Plan
  86.   In Finite Clock
  87.   Cpstyre by Donk Boys
  88.   Get Myself into It
  89.   Use Your Imagination
  90.   Silent Morning
  91.   Come Back to Me
  92.   I Need to Feel
  93.   My Sound
  94.   Styx and Stones
  95.   Live in Sunshine
  96.   Breathe Deep Live Shallow
  97.   No Sex for Ben
  98.   Roller Coaster
  99.   In Love Divine
  100.   Welcome to Mania
  101.   Fantasy Lines by Arcade Lovers
  102.   Everybody's Got to Make a Living by Dances with White Girls
  103.   Don Gon Do It
  104.   Daytona 500 by Ghostface Killah
  105.   Open up Your Heart
  106.   The Coming of Spring
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