The Future Sound Of London

The Future Sound Of London

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British duo who met in the 1980s in Manchester. Their very influential discography shows off influences spanning acid house, hardcore techno, ambient, krautrock, '60s psychedelica, and more. Previously Dougans, as Humanoid, had a UK Top 10 hit with Stakker Humanoid. Together as FSOL, they scored a major crossover success with Papua New Guinea. Their first full-length Accelerator charted their dancefloor-friendly early career, after which FSOL moved into deeper, more album-oriented world. Lifeforms was a double-disc set spanning long stretches of breakbeat-flavored ambience. It was followed by Dead Cities which added hip-hop, trip-hop, industrial textures, and bleak urban imagery into their mix of influences. Their ISDN album compiled music from their ISDN-uplinked radio broadcasts from the mid-1990s. After Dead Cities came out in 1996, they felt like they were moving in the wrong direction and they dropped off the radar after the A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding In Your Mind Vol.1 mix in mid 1997.

After a 4 year long hiatus in which they were surrounded by rumors of insanity and drug addiction (whereas the real situation was mercury poisoning from teeth fillings and some soul-searching travels), the Papua New Guinea Translations concept remix album came out in 2001, followed by the full-length The Isness and more material under the Amorphous Androgynous name.

In March 2007 they finally went independent and launched FSOLDigital.com releasing dozens of unreleased material (under the From The Archives series), as well as old and new material from their other aliases. One of the most anticipated albums in ambient history, Environments got released 13 years since its recording, and then Environments continued as a series, the first volumes were reproduced old material blended with new neoclassical material. By the time they reached Environment Five in 2014, all recorded material was brand new.
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The Future Sound Of London Accelerator (Album, Comp) Jumpin' & Pumpin', Jumpin' & Pumpin' UK 1991 Sell This Version
FSOL* ISDN (Album) Virgin, Virgin UK 1994 Sell This Version
The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms (Album) Virgin, Virgin UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
Future Sound Of London*, Global Communication, Trans-Global Underground*, Deep Forest Source Music By Jon Anderson Future Sound Of London*, Global Communication, Trans-Global Underground*, Deep Forest Source Music By Jon Anderson - The Deseo Remixes (Album) High Street Records US 1995 Sell This Version
The Future Sound Of London Dead Cities (Album) Virgin, Virgin Canada 1996 Sell This Version
FSOL* ISDN Show Electronic Brain Violence, Virgin UK 1997 Sell This Version
The Future Sound Of London Papua New Guinea Translations (Album) Jumpin' & Pumpin' UK 2001 Sell This Version
The Future Sound Of London The Isness (Album) Phonokol Israel 2002 Sell This Version
PBZ 54012 The Future Sound Of London Presents Amorphous Androgynous The Future Sound Of London Presents Amorphous Androgynous - The Otherness(CD) Psychobaby Records PBZ 54012 US 2004 Sell This Version
The Future Sound Of London Present The Amorphous Androgynous* The Future Sound Of London Present The Amorphous Androgynous* - Alice In Ultraland (Album) Harvest Europe 2005 Sell This Version
FDIG06 The Future Sound Of London A Gigantic Globular Burst Of Antistatic(4xFile, MP3, 320) fsoldigital.com FDIG06 UK 2007
The Future Sound Of London Environments (Album) fsoldigital.com, fsoldigital.com UK 2007 Sell This Version
The Future Sound Of London Environments II (Album) fsoldigital.com UK 2008 Sell This Version
The Future Sound Of London Environments 3 (Album) fsoldigital.com UK 2010 Sell This Version
The Future Sound Of London Environments 4 (Album) fsoldigital.com UK 2012 Sell This Version
The Future Sound Of London Environment Five (Album) fsoldigital.com UK 2014 Sell This Version
The Future Sound Of London Environment 6.5 (Album) fsoldigital.com UK 2016 Sell This Version
The Future Sound Of London Environment Six (Album) fsoldigital.com UK 2016 Sell This Version
The Future Sound Of London FSOL:Digitana - The SX-One Live Improvisations fsoldigital.com UK 2017
none The Future Sound Of London 2017 Calendar Album(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) fsoldigital.com none UK 2017

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The Future Sound Of London Papua New Guinea (Maxi, Single) Jumpin' & Pumpin' UK 1991 Sell This Version
The Future Sound Of London, Smart Systems, Indo Tribe The Future Sound Of London, Smart Systems, Indo Tribe - Pulse Two Jumpin' & Pumpin' UK 1991 Sell This Version
12TOT 11, 12 TOT 11 Indo Tribe & The Future Sound Of London Indo Tribe & The Future Sound Of London - The Pulse E.P.(12", EP) Jumpin' & Pumpin', Jumpin' & Pumpin' 12TOT 11, 12 TOT 11 UK 1991 Sell This Version
The Future Sound Of London Cascade (Single, Maxi) Virgin, Virgin UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
FSOL* Lifeforms (EP, Maxi, Single) Virgin, Virgin US 1994 Sell This Version

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genocyber

genocyber

September 1, 2017
gods amongst men. so far ahead for their time. masters of orgasmic audiovisual delights. not really a fan of the AA stuff but hard to not admire the complete u-turn change of genre and doing whatever the f--- they like musically. do wish yage and cyberface would make a comback with the hourlong mindbending radio broadcasts
AskeladdenBlack

AskeladdenBlack

April 4, 2017
It always intrigued me who they decided to remix or probably more realistically remix offers they accepted. Prefab Sprout, Nomad, Stereo Mc's, Shamen, Curve, Jon Anderson, Robert Miles etc surely artists & labels with closer audiences to FSOL wanted them to do remix work. Why were there no Reload remixes? or Black Dog remixes? or remixes for Rising High artists? did they deliberately steer away from remixing obvious choices? were they slightly ostracised from the cool crew? was it completely based around money? I mean they remixed Bryan Ferry what is that all about, from absolutely everyones perspective it makes little sense. Does everyone know what was going on with the choices of remixes that FSOL engaged in?
Numandroid

Numandroid

August 19, 2016
I love the soundscape albums FSOL have done and are still producing. The Environments CDs allow me to close my eyes and take a dreamlike journey to places I couldn't have imagined before. The Archive series is loaded with weird and wonderful tracks which again fire my imagination.

I appreciate there are those who enjoyed the dance genre material, but what they do now (I am no fan of dance tbh) is a vital part of my listening pleasure.
player

player

September 20, 2014
edited about 1 year ago
FSOL, once a great and respected duo in electronic music sadly now seem to be milking there fans with there continuing Volume and Environmental album series. The Vol and Environmental albums have so-far never really lived-up, equalled, or bettered FSOL previous and much better albums: Accelerator, Lifeforms, ISDN, Dead Cities, Papua New Guinea Translations; and there excellent pseudo 'Amorphous Androgynous' debut. Unfortunately! It now seems that with every Volume release, FSOL simply release a very predictable formula & direction with its music. Each release, so-far (1-7), tracks sadly feel more like leftovers, uncompleted out-takes, or unfinished ideas taken from Lifeforms/Dead-Cities which now seem to be shoved and pasted together with to many tracks added without any real quality control taking place! Every (1-7) new Volume compilation -outtake- album does sound far too familiar to the one before it, yet bland and pale to the original beauties as Lifeforms & Dead Cities. This unfortunately, though to a lesser extent, is the same with the more ambient Environmental album series too and a lack of ideas with nothing really new or captivating in the music, both Volume & Environmental series suffer with this!. Even FSOL pseudo 'Amorphous Androginous' with there excellent acclaimed debut album, and considered classic, with its excellent fusion of techno, ambient, Idm, and dub have now unfortunately gone down the wrong road with its now psychedelic-electronic-rock direction with each new album release losing more appeal, esp. when compared to the excellent debut. I wouldn't mind the albums if they stuck to the formula they help pioneer and invent across ambient-Idm-techno, but having a compilation of outtakes without much change or development, while also delivering the same kind of theme album after album really start to feel sloppy and lazy! I'm sure they could have made wonderful fewer albums simply using the best of what was available rather throw every single leftover that seems to spread across an ever growing series, esp Volume. It now sadly seems that the once the great forward thinking electronic duo have now just become a shadow of themselves. Music has now become a pale comparison !!
ian_s

ian_s

July 15, 2013
Virgin apparently signed the duo for around £200,000.
Crop_Circlemaker

Crop_Circlemaker

January 3, 2008
The partnership of the two FSOL'ers has been nothing short of the meeting of two futuristic sound geniuses. Papua New Guinea, despite having found influences from Meatbeat Manifesto's - Radio Babylon, is without any shadow of a doubt the best dance record ever. The drug extacy was invented for this record and everyone should own a copy. Nowadays they are releasing from the back catalogue the kind of records which defined ambient and took many of todays electronic artists into a new era of melodies and atmospheric soundscapes. You will find their other incantaton of Amorphous Androginous more on the psychodelic rock vibe these days as one half got mercury poisoning from his fillings and almost died, following this event he relaunched his contribution to the pairs sound being more influenced by the sound of live instruments you would expect an lsd user from the 70's to be playing and the other half stayed with the electronic sound of previous releases, an interesting combination. Stick with their 90's sound and you won't go wrong.
Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

September 23, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
In 1992-1993, Brian Dougans and Gary Cobain from The Future Sound Of London made quality live-acts witd a broader, bolder and absolutely avant-garde musical perspective.

Their ouvertures were composed by a large range of amazing samples: "I suggest that you... reach deep down inside yourself there and tryin' find something that will keep you awake a while longer because this transmission comin' up may just... recandle your way to live..."

The English duo knew very well how to build up their personal signature. It was very common to hear quotes such as: "Your are listening to a test transmission for a new form of information transfer. Not only are you receiving audio, but you are also receiving image and text data. Test transmission begin..." on their live-acts.

Their repertory was the result of all you could get from futuristic Ambient to high-level Techno, cleverly influenced by Dub. You could hear from The Future Sound Of London tunes from that time to their creations under the guise of Amorphous Androgynous like "Liquid Insects" or "Mountain Goat", a Hi-Tech Ambient anthem with very powerful dub waves.

The way they manipulated the vocals inside the whole context was equally amazing. From the timbre to the effects used in it, you could hear the sound of new, like on the well-known quote "For further information on any aspect of this board cost contact Pier Box 1871 W10FZL. Copyright has been retained in sound and visual."

Movies, radio stations, declarations, everything could be transformed into vocals inside the FSOL live. There was a very famous one used on their Essential Mix live act in 1993 with a statement from a detective from a movie of that time, saying something like "Nuh, we gotta work together on this ok? Now I want the name of all the places you lived, all the schools you went to, friends, ennemies, acquaintainces, good memories and bad...", followed by odd synthesizer lines.

The imaginary thoughts and feelings were also constant on their works. "I used to imagine what it might be like... used to imagined what it might be like..." fit naturally on the ensemble, probably because the main idea was something different, obscure, uncertain, upcoming. Among the most strange quotes was one saying "You can travel in Space, You can grab the Space..." with very, very strange synth effects, creating a unique ambiance - definitely a mark on FSOL's lives of that time.

Probably that's why their slogan was the robotic vocoder sound "Moving further to the future! The Future Sound Of London!"
i_cnat_tyype

i_cnat_tyype

October 31, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
The best collaboration artists on the planet. They are so far beyond their time its not funny. With jaw dropping tunes such as "Everyone in the world is doing something without me" and "Expander", they paved the way for future electronic artists.I suggest you search high and low for their "teachings from the electronic brain" or "lifeforms" videos, highly entertaining visual/audio trip-out. Great music act.
manchester

manchester

September 12, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
Future Sound of London were part of the Big Five (Orbital, Prodigy, Underworld, Chemical Brothers); of British electronic acts that were spawned from the Acid House period of 88-90. While they have not gone on to achieve the commercial success of the other 4, they have created some of the most brilliant electronic albums and pieces of music of the decade (90's). Their music will certainly stand the test of time and they will always be remembered as true electronic pioneers, RESPECT.
jerry_the_berry

jerry_the_berry

June 29, 2003
I think it's hard to over estimate what a massive impact FSOL have made on dance music.
They brought us kicking and screaming into the modern music age, straight through from the late 80's with stakker (humanoid), then to accelerator with their FSOL incarnation, Accelerator is like looking into a crystal ball, the future is all there for everyone to see, total visionary soundscaping at it's very best.
Accelerator was released in 1992, and even now doesnt sound dated.
FSOL cannot really be judged, because they never stuck to the rules, they can only ever be revered.

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