Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Warp Records
Size: 12"
Additional Artists: Nurse With Wound
Format: 33RPM,


Stereolab Pulse of the Early Brain [Switched On Volume 5] 3LP


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Fifth & Final Volume of the Switched On Series on 3LP!

Tracking Angle Rated 9/11 Music, 9/11 Sonics!

TAS Rated 4.5/5 Music, 4.5/5 Sonics in the January 2023 Issue of The Absolute Sound!

The fifth and final volume in the classic Switched On series which compiles non-album tracks and sought-after deep cuts by the group Stereolab. This volume is unique in that it does not hone in on one particular period but gathers together unavailable tracks across the band's career, from early EP Low-Fi, to the brain-scrambling mid-'90s Nurse With Wound remixes, to unreleased installation tracks for sculptor Charles Long, culminating in a live version of fan favorite "Cybele's Reverie" captured at the Hollywood Bowl.

...Pulse of the Early Brain feels more necessary than some of the previous Switched On volumes. As it covers a wide swath of the band's career, it provides a few surprises for even the most avid fans - and whether listeners are hearing these songs for the first time or the first time in a long time, they sound equally great.
-Heather Phares,, 4.5/5 stars
As their flexidiscs, split singles, and other rare pieces of their back catalog continue to go up in price, this particular collection does double duty as not only a vehicle for acquiring affordable, quality copies of these tracks, but also as a varied set of entry points into the band's long career.
-JoE Silva, Tracking Angle, Music 9/11, Sound 9/11
All together, this album encapsulates the vastness of Stereolab's sylte, collaborations, and influence, bringing together genres and time periods in a way uniquely their own.
-Hannah Blanchette, The Absolute Sound, January 2023, Music 4.5/5, Sonics 4.5/5


  • Switched On Series
  • 3LP
  • Non-Album Tracks & Deep Cuts
  • Remastered Tracks
  • Custom Gatefold Sleeve
  • Polylined Inner Sleeve
  • 12"x12" Poster Insert
  • Limited-Time Download Card
  • Packed in a Polythene Wallet


Side A:

  1. Simple Headphone Mind (feat. Nurse With Wound)

Side B:

  1. Trippin' With The Birds (feat. Nurse With Wound)

Side C:

  1. Low Fi
  2. [Varoom!]
  3. Laisser-Faire

Side D:

  1. Elektro [he held the world in his iron grip]
  2. Robot Riot
  3. Spool Of Collusion
  4. Symbolic Logic Of Now!
  5. Forensic Itch
  6. Ronco Symphony [Demo]

Side E:

  1. ABC
  2. Magne-Music
  3. Blaue Milch
  4. Yes Sir! I Can Moogie
  5. Plastic Miles [Original Version]

Side F:

  1. Refractions In The Plastic Pulse [Feebate Mix] - Autechre Remix
  2. Unity Purity Occasional
  3. The Nth Degrees
  5. Cybele's Reverie [Live at the Hollywood Bowl]

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