The Future Sound Of London ‎– Dead Cities

Virgin ‎– CDV2814, Virgin ‎– 7243 8 42068 2 6
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1 The Future Sound Of London Herd Killing
Effects [Vocal Processing Tools] – B*Written-By [Guitar Stab, Wah Guitar And Vocal Yell] – D.McDaniels*, J.Mizell*, J.Simmons*, Run DMC*
2 The Future Sound Of London Dead Cities
Voice [Outro Poetry] – Dick Verbatim
3 The Future Sound Of London Her Face Forms In Summertime 5:39
4 The Future Sound Of London We Have Explosive
Written-By [Guitar Stab, Wah Guitar And Vocal Yell] – D.McDaniels*, J.Mizell*, J.Simmons*, Run DMC*
5 The Future Sound Of London Everyone In The World Is Doing Something Without Me
Performer [Intro Breath] – Craig ArmstrongVocals – Cobain*Voice [Layered Voices Sampled From An Improvisation] – Rebecca Caine
6 The Future Sound Of London My Kingdom
Drums – Richie Thomas 'Caught With The Dat Running'*Voice [Sample From "Rachel's Song"] – Mary HopkinWritten-By [Flute Sample From "Once Upon A Time In America"] – Ennio MorriconeWritten-By [Guitar Sample From "Pungent Effulgent"] – Ozric TentaclesWritten-By [Voice Sample From "Rachel's Song"] – Vangelis
7 The Future Sound Of London Max
Piano, Written-By [Midi-files] – Max RichterRecorded By [Child's Voice] – The Bloke's A NutterSaxophone – Richie Thomas*
8 The Future Sound Of London Antique Toy 5:43
9 The Future Sound Of London Quagmire / In A State Of Permanent Abyss
Piano, Written-By [Environment From From A Lost Recording Of "Ripple"] – Max RichterSampler [Environment Sourced From "Childhood Memories Of Pin"'] – Philip PinSampler [Original Samples Collected And Collated] – Baker St. Mythology
10 The Future Sound Of London Glass 5:38
11 The Future Sound Of London Yage
Flute [Moroccan] – YagePerformer ['Jane Jane' Sourced From Shrine 1983] – Riz MaslenPerformer [Some Weird Greek Instrument No One Can Remember The Name Of Apart From The Greeks Who Are In Greece] – Byron ConTechnician [Regurgitated Bits] – Leon Mar
12 The Future Sound Of London Vit Drowning / Through Your Gills I Breathe 5:32
13.1 The Future Sound Of London First Death In The Family
Performer, Recorded By [On An Unscheduled Baker St-Dollis Hill Day Trip] – B*
13.2 The Future Sound Of London (no audio) 1:00
13.3 Headstone Lane Dead Cities Reprise
Recorded By – Simon WellsWhistle [Mouth Whistle From The Best Selling Show Laughter] – Inert Armchair

Companies, etc.


  • Artwork [Choked Up / Sunshine And Brick-image]Riphead*
  • Artwork [Choked Up / Sunshine And Brick-text]Cobain*
  • Artwork [Liquide / Dead Cities Logo]B Dougans*
  • Artwork [Praying Hands / Ecuador / Dead Cities Graffiti / Eggs]Buggy G. Riphead
  • Artwork [Spike And Dome / Old Woman / Herd Killing-art]Riphead*
  • Artwork [Spike And Dome / Old Woman / Herd Killing-concept]Riphead*, Electronic Brain Violence
  • Artwork [Spike Modelling]Olaf Wendt
  • EngineerYage
  • Photography By [Dead Cities-city Ruins]Riphead*
  • Photography By [Dead Cities-human Computer Manipulation]B Dougans*
  • Photography By [Dead Cities-human]Andrea Giacobbe
  • Photography By [Dead Cities-overall Image Construction]Cobain*
  • Written-By, ProducerThe Future Sound Of London


Issued in a standard jewel case with 12-page booklet.

The credits on the CD are misleading as to what the actual tracklist is, the back cover of the CD shows 15 tracks, the CD itself has 13 tracks. Two of the tracks are actually two songs in one. By reading the booklet notes carefully, there are actually 16 tracks.

The last hidden song, track 13.3 - "Dead Cities Reprise", starts at 3:18 min after 1:00 min of silence and is credited to Headstone Lane (Simon Wells). The total running time of track 13 is 4:46 min. The total durations of track 9 and 12 are as credited in tracklist above.

Tracks 1, 4: Guitar stab, wah guitar and vocal yell sourced from Run-DMC's track "Tougher Than Leather".
Track 5: Vocals by Garry Cobain from 'I Need Re-Calibrate' recorded at The Womb - London. Intro Breath environment sourced from an orchestral re-working of Eggshell.
Track 6: Guitar sample swapped with Ozric Tentacles for Cubase.
Track 7: Child's voice recorded 'Outside Of The Web' at Little Venice. Piano fed through the machines - restructured and recollaged from midi-files. Alto-Sax sample mechanically removed from a day's recording.
Track 11: Moroccan flute recorded at Sordid Accomodation - London - 1989.
Track 13.3: 'Honey Sunshine' from a hi-8 'Putts Goes to Sri Lanka'. Recorded at Headstone Lane from Snuff Recordings, 'The Disappearance Of Troy Motherwell'.

Recorded at Earthbeat Studios, London '96.
Printed in Holland (on the rear cover). MADE IN HOLLAND (on the CD).

℗1996 Virgin Records Ltd.
©1996 Virgin Records Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 24384 20682 6
  • Barcode (Scanned): 724384206826
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 842068 2 .1 EMI SWINDON 1-1-17-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 842068 2 .1 EMI SWINDON 1-1-21-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): 842068 2 .1 EMI SWINDON 1-1-23-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): 842068 2 .1 EMI SWINDON 1-1-10-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): 842068 2 .1 EMI SWINDON 1-1-6-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6): 842068 2 .1 EMI SWINDON 1-1-4-NL
  • Mastering SID Code (Variants 2 to 4, 6): IFPI L041
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): ifpi 152C
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): ifpi 1556
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4, 6): ifpi 152F
  • Rights Society: bel BIEM
  • Label Code: LC3098
  • Price Code (On CD): PM 538
  • Price Code (F:): PM 502

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DPRO 1376 Future Sound Of London* Dead Cities(CD, Album, Promo) Virgin Music Canada DPRO 1376 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
7243 8 42068 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Dead Cities(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin Music Canada, EBV 7243 8 42068 2 6 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
DE 3794 The Future Sound Of London Dead Cities(CD, Album, Promo) Delabel DE 3794 France 1996 Sell This Version
CDV2814, 7243 8 42068 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Dead Cities(CD, Album, Unofficial) Virgin (2), Virgin (2), Electronic Brain Violence (2), Electronic Brain Violence (2) CDV2814, 7243 8 42068 2 6 Unknown Sell This Version
SPU 0152 The Future Sound Of London Dead Cities(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (SPU Series) SPU 0152 Russia 1996 Sell This Version


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January 8, 2019

Future Sound of London one of great 90's electronic musician that i used to add for those magical home session days .

Dead Cities the dark cinematic concept album that will haunt you to the endless electronic musical journey .

Everyone in the world
is doing something without me !. No doubt .. spin it !



February 18, 2018

I remember "We Have Explosive" being played in the mighty game "WipEout 2097". It wasn't my favorite track out there but I admit that it was perfectly fitted with the game's atmosphere.

The album "Dead Cities", though, is very different. Dark, industrial but far more experimental and less rhythmic. The whole is also more emotional, with beauty, sadness and obscurity very well matched.

I would posit this album between the dynamism of The Chemical Brothers and the eclectism of Aphex Twin.

For those who don't research music through radio, TV, Beatport, ITunes or Deezer, check this out. It's a real musical trip on its own.


January 17, 2017
Do you think we'll ever see a remaster/reissue of this on vinyl?


October 5, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
Accelerator caught my attention, Lifeforms was good, ISDN different (and better) but Dead Cities was superb (and imo FSOL at their best). A smorgasbord of genres.... funk, groovy, ambient, hip hop, thought inspiring.... a wonderful record.

It also made me realise everyone in the world is doing something without me!


June 4, 2016
Still the best fsol, environments 5 is close. Nvm, this tells a story of what London might be like if neglected even more (the character still shines through). Even with London in the title it still sounds like London... the punk through to the sleazy underbelly. Yet the depth of character is still there. You can't take London away from London, no matter how much you gentrify it; nuke it it will still feel like London, good bad, even if there are no buildings & no people left


January 7, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
masterpiece! the best fsol album ever


November 1, 2011
edited over 7 years ago

I love this album. I used to put headphones on and listen to it before I went to sleep. Dead Cities is not as nice as Lifeforms and it would take my dreams to very strange places, I remember staying up late watching the 40 minute music video that FSOL put together with many of the tracks off this CD, I think it was played on MTV at one point - "chillout zone" I think it was called.
That was bloody strange (fantastic) as well.


July 8, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
I do clearly remember when I first met this album. It was boring and discusting, empty lack of real ideas and musicality and melody. Boring sonic textures. Today I feel the same. Amatheur work, bad soundqaulity. I know many will disagree. I'm sorry, this era is absolutely mindless. FSOL had a great contribution to that all...