The Future Sound Of LondonLifeforms

Label:Virgin – CDV 2722, Virgin – 7243 8 39433 2 6
2 x CD, Album
Country:UK & Europe
Style:Leftfield, Techno, Ambient, IDM, Downtempo, Experimental


1-2Ill Flower3:25
Guitar [Textures], Other [Bytes]Robert Fripp
Performer [Sound Bytes]Ozric Tentacles
Written-ByGrossart*, Williams*, Fripp*, Nightingale*, Thompson*
1-4Bird Wings1:30
1-5Dead Skin Cells6:51
1-8Among Myselves5:53
2-2Spineless Jelly4:42
2-4Vertical Pig6:45
Vocals [Texture]Toni Halliday
2-6Life Form Ends
Electronics [Tabla Tronics]Talvin Singh
2-9Room 2086:13
2-10Elaborate Burn3:15
2-11Little Brother5:13

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This version of the release has "Made in the UK" written on the discs and "Printed in the UK" written on back cover. Back cover has the price code "PM 548" (code on the discs is unknown). Rights societies are "BIEM/MCPS" (written on discs).
There exist other versions with different variations of these elements:
* One version also has "Made in the UK" on discs, "Printed in the UK" on back cover and "BIEM/MCPS" as rights societies, but price code "PM 518" on discs and back cover.
* One version has "Made in EU" on discs and "Printed in Holland" on back cover, "BIEM/STEMRA" as rights societies, "PM 518" on discs and "PM 548" on back cover.
* Other versions have "Made in Holland" on discs and "Printed in Holland" on back cover, "BIEM/STEMRA" as rights societies, and either "PM 518" on discs and "PM 548" on back cover or "PM 518" on discs and back cover.

Recorded at EarthBeat Studios, London.
Special thanks to Ozric Tentacles for sound bytes on Flak. Toni Halliday courtesy of AnXious Records.

All tracks published by Sony Music Publishing except 1-3 published by Sony Music Publishing/EG Music Ltd/Marlowlynn Ltd and 2-8 Sony/Virgin.
The copyright in this recording is owned by Virgin Records Ltd. ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd. © 1994 Virgin Records Ltd.

The track, Among Myselves, features samples from the movie, Scanners, with the voice of Stephen Lack.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 24383 94332 6
  • Other (Catalogue Number (Disc 1)): 7243 8 39683 2 9
  • Other (Catalogue Number (Disc 1)): 7243 8 39684 2 8
  • Price Code (F): PM 548
  • Rights Society: BIEM/MCPS
  • Other (Cat# UK): CDV 2722
  • Label Code: LC 3098

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Lifeforms (2×CD, Album)Astralwerks, Virgin, Caroline RecordsASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6US1994
Lifeforms (2×LP, Album)Virgin, Virgin, Virgin, EBV, EBV, EBV7243 8 39433 1 9, V2722, V 2722UK & Europe1994
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Lifeforms (2×CD, Album)Virgin Music Canada, Virgin Music CanadaV2 7243 8 39433 2 6, 7243 8 39433 2 6Canada1994
Lifeforms (2×CD, Album)Virgin, Virgin, EBV, EBV7243 8 39433 2 6, CDV 2722UK & Europe1994
Lifeforms (2×CD, Album, Stereo)Virgin, VirginCDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6Europe1994


  • stylus80's avatar
    Edited 7 years ago
    I still have their Essential Mix from 1994, i think it was FSOL's 2nd appearance on Radio 1's weekend show in a matter of months.

    That was probably my reason for buying this album in 1994, although not exactly the same mix of tracks, the style obviously is.
    • MrZyc
      I loved it ever since I heard it.
      very recommended.
      • Ci-Fi
        Edited 10 years ago
        Lifeforms was released the week before my 21st Birthday. I was unemployed & skint but managed to keep enough of my dole money to buy the CD & some puff. I saved both for the evening of my Birthday whereupon settling down with my 2 best friends had one of the most magical evenings of my entire life.
        • Demon1184's avatar
          No real need to review this album as such, not much i can add that hasn't been said.. but still this album's a favourite. Loved it ever since i first heard it.. been a while too! until today.
          I used to have it on a tape when i was a kid, id listen to it on my headphones at night and conjure up the maddest imaginations. its like a journey through different places and spaces. like some mental trip.

          Sounds like.. Beautiful ethereal ambiance to unnerving dark electronic soundscapes and literally all sorts of instruments and noise in between! Oh yeah and not to forget the wicked art on the sleeve
          • ukiro's avatar
            Quite possibly the best artist album I've ever heard, and the most obvious 5/5 in my entire record collection. No matter if you're into house, techno, ambient, trance, noise or whatever, this is one of the most essential pieces of electronic music I can think of. Everyone should have this album.



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