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Future Sound Of London

First recognized as the dance duo behind the club hits "Stakker" (as Humanoid) and "Papua New Guinea," Future Sound of London later became one of the most acclaimed and respected international experimental ambient groups, incorporating elements of techno, classical, jazz, hip-hop, electro, industrial, and dub into expansive, sample-heavy tracks, often exquisitely produced and usually without easy precursor.

Notoriously enigmatic and often disdainful of the press, the group's Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans worked their future-is-now aesthetic into a variety of different fields, including film and video, 2- and 3-D computer graphics and animation, the Internet, radio broadcast, and, of course, recorded music. Although they usually disdain their earlier work as play-for-pay club fare not representative of their later musical vision, many of the thematic concerns of their earlier 12"s and their first, heavily dance-oriented LP, Accelerator, followed them into their later work. Usually filed under ambient, that work is often much more than that, drawing from the history of experimental electronic music with a relentlessness that has helped to push the calmer elements of that genre's reputation into decidedly more difficult directions.

The pair also grew in repute as remixers, obliterating tracks by Curve, Jon Anderson, David Sylvian and Robert Fripp, and Apollo 440, and rebuilding pieces of almost majestic complexity with the remnants. The duo's works of the mid- to late '90s -- Lifeforms, ISDN, and Dead Cities -- were important stopping points on the road of rabid hybridization characteristic of post-rave European experimental electronica (ambient, jungle, trip-hop, ambient dub, etc.), and the pair's somewhat punk rock attitude (despite their success) did much to underscore the scene's underground roots. After a lengthy hiatus marked by rumors of mental illness and a cottage lifestyle, Cobain and Dougans returned in 2002 with The Isness, a record heavily influenced by '60s and '70s psychedelia. ~ Sean Cooper, Rovi
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My favorite is Cascade....
Indeed ReX!
Good old days when music was indeed listenable in 90s, FSOL just put all the present day's electronic muscian in shame.
What a crappy BIO on them!

Wikipedia:
The Future Sound of London (often abbreviated to FSOL) is a British electronic music band composed of Garry Cobain (sometimes styled as Gaz Cobain) and Brian Dougans. The duo are often credited with pushing the boundaries of electronic music experimentat i o n and of pioneering a new era of dance music.Althou g h often labelled as ambient, Cobain and Dougans usually resist being typecast into any one particular genre. Their work covers most areas of elect
LIFEFORMS all the way!!!! And EVERY other FSOL
The Future Sound Of London And I Sleep...

I've been a fan since I saw the "We Have Explosives" video on MTV/AMP late one night...

Dead Cities...
Indeed I have been a fan for so long and Lifeforms has always been my favorite album by FSOL.Brillia n t work.
I've been hooked on Lifeforms for years. I've never found another electronic album as interesting, layered, terrifying and beautiful since.
A total mind F$@%..<3
The most, consistently , innovative and experimental electronic group. Period. The utilization of the same sounds for twenty years is phenomenal. Afterall, every lifeform may seem a bit different on any given day.
I think The Isness is their most evolved album. tongue in cheek, yeah, but so happy. definitely under-rated.
I was first introduced to FSOL in the WipeoutXL soundtrack and I haven't looked back since.
relaxing and numb ,floating in the sky but falling to my demise slowly
One of a handful of artists I think everyone should be exposed to, no matter their background.
redflyingfox
Fascinating.
I believe a lot of us might have visited different states of consciousnes s while listening to this masterpiece of sweet ambient evil... 90's and beyond... "...share my wings, come fly the teeth of the wind..."
I think Squarepusher falls in the same framework too
Sonically Aphex twin is very different. yet they still can be grouped together in some ways. Much more emotion in FSOL than with Aphex Twin yet both are Phenomenal.
Although sonically they're more close to Aphex Twin, the emotion they evoke in me personally is of Kraftwerk in the late 70's, the genesis of electronic music.
Load up some FSOL, Aphex Twin, Orb, & Orbital and let it play all night all day.
FSOL----Thes e two guys are brillant! Every track brings back memories of the late 90's, which was a very exciting time to be involved with underground electronic music.
nathanielwil l i a m
This sounds just like the soundtrack to lumines.
No one can beat how great this band is.
rmquick
FSOL, by sheer variety and magnitude, evolved or inspired nearly every form of techno there is today. Genius!
FSOL is excellent. They're practically all I listen to these days. Best albums: Lifeforms, ISDN, Dead Cities. The Lifeforms EP (as opposed to the double CD of the same name) is hands down their best work.

Also check out the Amorphous Androgenous CD Ephinedra. It's the same guys under a different name but the music is similar to and as good as Lifeforms.
crystal_zac
i'm 34 y/o and i grow up on this great music. and i love it they were the first and still the best in what they are doing
Great stuff!
Some of the best music just to sit back and groove to...
They are true masters of their craft. They take electronic music, and push it to new and fascinating horizons.
do i hear the orb and maybe meat beat manifesto very once and a while the their stuff? and if so, who's using who?
This music defines the perfect example of ambient loops and includes some of the best best, drums / trans ambient selections. A cross between The Orb, Aphex Twin, Pink Floyd and Nightmares On Wax.
This is Ron from Albuquerque, New Mexico and F.S.O.L. as inpired me for years! The creativity level is over the top. Underground will live forever! We're just like roaches, never die just keep on liven.
A true back-bone to the electronic and techno sound, very very good.
The most diverse electronic band EVER!!! They can do it all!
this group is soo sick. their music is unrivaled

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