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Lifeforms
Artist
The Future Sound Of London
ReleaseProduct
Lifeforms
Label
UMC
Catalogue Number
5778707
Release Date
January 2018
  • Vinyl 2×LP Out of Stock
    • Remastered
    • Housed inside a gatefold sleeve
    • 180-gram vinyl pressing
    • Includes download code redeemable from the label

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The long-awaited vinyl reissue of The Future Sound Of London's flagship album Lifeforms (arguably one of the most influential albums of the 1990s) finally lands - almost two and a half decades since it first set sail from the dancefloor to the outer-reaching corners of your mind.

While many will know FSOL for the instantly recognisable rave hymn 'Papua New Guinea' the group's true skills lied in crafting long-form (with its gatefold sleeve, dare we even say, prog?) indebted ambient electronica albums. Albums that were as equally inspired by the halcyon days of chewy techno/rave as they were the ambient zonal drone outs of artists such as Robert Fripp (who guests on Lifeforms), Brian Eno and even the more glacial end of the Neu! spectrum.

Not having had the sort of luxury of endless repress vinyl editions that the years have seen bestowed upon its fellow cornerstones of '90s ambient-tech i.e. Boards Of Canada, Aphex Twin, Leftfield, Massive Attack, Underworld. It's only really Global Communication's 76:14 and FSOL's Lifeforms left within the hiding in plain sight yet criminally hard to find moments of truly classic '90s "dance" music, these left-untouched classics are now possibly more relevant than ever with the continuous evolution of the hardcore continuum's move away from more traditional track structures.

In all honesty, though, Lifeforms' return to vinyl above all else acts as a time portal to show just how experimental and expansive the post-rave boom of '90s home-listening electronica truly was...

  1. 1 Cascade 5:59 The Future Sound Of London
  2. 2 Ill Flower 3:24 The Future Sound Of London
  3. 3 Flak 4:53 The Future Sound Of London
  4. 4 Bird Wings 1:30 The Future Sound Of London
  5. 5 Dead Skin Cells 6:50 The Future Sound Of London
  6. 6 Lifeforms (Feat. Elizabeth Fraser) 5:18 The Future Sound Of London
  7. 7 Eggshell 6:45 The Future Sound Of London
  8. 8 Among Myselves 5:52 The Future Sound Of London
  9. 9 Domain 2:48 The Future Sound Of London
  10. 10 Spineless Jelly 4:41 The Future Sound Of London
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