The Future Sound Of London ‎– Lifeforms

Virgin ‎– 7243 8 39433 1 9, Virgin ‎– V2722, Virgin ‎– V 2722, EBV ‎– 7243 8 39433 1 9, EBV ‎– V2722, EBV ‎– V 2722
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Cascade
Written-By – Dougans*, Cobain*
A2 Ill Flower
Written-By – Dougans*, Cobain*
A3 Flak
Guitar [Guitar Textures And Bytes] – Robert FrippSounds [Sound Bytes] – Ozric TentaclesWritten-By – Grossart*, Dougans*, Cobain*, Williams*, Fripp*, Nightingale*, Thompson*
A4 Bird Wings
Written-By – Dougans*, Cobain*
A5 Dead Skin Cells
Written-By – Dougans*, Cobain*
B1 Lifeforms
Written-By – Dougans*, Cobain*
B2 Eggshell
Written-By – Dougans*, Cobain*
B3 Among Myselves
Written-By – Dougans*, Cobain*
C1 Domain
Written-By – Dougans*, Cobain*
C2 Spineless Jelly
Written-By – Dougans*, Cobain*
C3 Interstat
Written-By – Dougans*, Cobain*
C4 Vertical Pig
Written-By – Dougans*, Cobain*
C5 Cerebral
Vocals [Vocal Texture From A Session With] – Toni HallidayWritten-By – Dougans*, Cobain*
C6 Life Form Ends
Tabla [Tabla Tronics] – Talvin SinghWritten-By – Dougans*, Cobain*
D1 Vit
Written-By – Dougans*, Cobain*
D2 Omnipresence
Written-By – Dougans*, Cobain*, Schulze*
D3 Room 208
Written-By – Dougans*, Cobain*
D4 Elaborate Burn
Written-By – Dougans*, Cobain*
D5 Little Brother
Written-By – Dougans*, Cobain*

Companies, etc.



A similar edition, Lifeforms, has a different barcode and has not the round black sticker with white writings on the front cover.

Published by Sony Music Publishing, except A3 published by Sony Music Publishing/EG Music Ltd/Marlowlynn Ltd and D2 published by Sony Music Publishing/Virgin Music Ltd.

Recorded at Earthbeat Studios - London.

Special thanks to Ozric Tentacles for sound bytes on Flak.
Toni Halliday courtesy of AnXious Records.

Made in UK

P. 1994 Virgin Records Ltd.
C. 1994 Virgin Records Ltd.

Printed in the UK.

Comes in a gatefold sleeve (with round b/w sticker on the front cover) and printed inners.
[Two cover variants of this release: a matte finishing one and a glossy finishing the other]

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 24383 94331 9
  • Other (Cat#, UK:): V2722
  • Price Code (F:): PM 264
  • Label Code: LC 3098
  • Rights Society: BIEM MCPS
  • Matrix / Runout (Inner Sleeve, Center Label Sides A & B): 7243 8 39683 1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Inner Sleeve, Center Label Sides C & D): 7243 8 39684 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Etchings Side A): V 2722 A-1-1-1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Etchings Side B): V 2722 B-1-1-1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Etchings Side C): V 2722 C-1-1-1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Etchings Side D): V 2722 D-1-1-1 D

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V2722, 7243 8 39433 1 9 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xLP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V2722, 7243 8 39433 1 9 UK 1994 Sell This Version
none The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xLP, Album, RE, TP, W/Lbl) Universal Music none UK 2017 Sell This Version
7243 8 39433 2 6, CDV 2722 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Virgin, EBV, EBV 7243 8 39433 2 6, CDV 2722 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
ASW 6113, 7243 8 39433 2 6, 7243 8 39684 2 8, 724 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Astralwerks (2), Virgin (2), Virgin (2), Virgin (2) ASW 6113, 7243 8 39433 2 6, 7243 8 39684 2 8, 724 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
none The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (The Future Sound Of London) none Russia Unknown Sell This Version


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March 13, 2018

Two outer gatefold cover variants of r83318 (this release): matte finishing one and glossy finishing the other. Have pictures of the both to compare.


January 4, 2018
Preorder available on many sites, just google "fsol lifeforms 2018". Here's link to the one in Amazon:


October 28, 2017
edited over 3 years ago

Oh hell yeah, that's some of the best news I've heard so far! It's most definitely about time that this utter masterpiece was repressed on vinyl! It's sincerely one of the greatest pieces of IDM music ever composed. Can't tell you how long I've been waiting as well as equally wanting to get my hands on this without having to shell out a shit-ton of money for an OG pressing, if you know what I mean. The first time I heard this timeless album, I was completely blown away, if not so completely mesmerized to the point to where I couldn't help but just get lost in the sound and let it subsequently submerge me. Ahh, the memories!


July 30, 2017
The best ambient's album of this genre, good 1994 release...but, I think it's about time for a repress!


May 10, 2017

Lifeforms 2xVinyl limited edition re-release by Virgin in October 2017.


September 20, 2016
Discovered this album by way of Timothy Leary's recommended trip music from a later edition of 'High Priest'. At 0:58, "Among Myselves" blew my mind and countless friends's minds! I'd blast it right before that loud death ray sound and people would lose their shit. This album is still amazing and sounds like its from the future...(sound of london).


February 1, 2016
edited over 5 years ago
The genius of 'Lifeforms' is that it uses sounds and samples which are inherently man-made and artificial to create something which feels very organic,natural and free-flowing,and even conjures up images of lush plant life amidst running water and sunlight.In 2016 that may not necessarily sound like anything particularly new but in 1994 it was,and the extent to which FSOL achieved this,with no small measure of panache and style,remains unequaled to this day (in my opinion).


May 19, 2015
My copy has V2722 A(to D)-1-1-1 on the matrix. What version is this?


October 7, 2014
I think it's about time for a repress. :)


September 30, 2014

Anyone ever see the bootleg/counterfeit copy of this? I bought one YEARS ago on eBay from a shady seller who wouldn't refund my money. The bootleg is a scanned copy of the real thing and the original, round sticker was peeled off the cover before scanning but the glue residue shows up in the scan.