Mar 31, 2013

Sundaze 1313


Hello, ready for some more Future Sound, yesterday not enough? You want that Sundaze brain stimulated electronically ? Be my guest and... N'Joy

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Future Sound Of London (FSOL) was formed in Manchester, England, in the mid 1980s. Dougans had already been making electronic music for some time when they first began working in various local clubs. In 1988, Dougans embarked on a project for the Stakker graphics company. The result was Stakker Humanoid. Cobain contributed to the accompanying album. In the following three years the pair produced music under a variety of aliases. Stakker Humanoid re-entered the UK chart in 1992, followed by the breakthrough ambient dub track "Papua New Guinea" featuring a looping Lisa Gerrard vocal sample, which was their first official release. Virgin Records looking for electronic bands and quickly signed them. With their newfound contract they immediately began to experiment, resulting in the Tales of Ephidrina album, released in 93 under the Amorphous Androgynous moniker. Thus preceding FSOL 's first album release Lifeforms (94)

Lifeforms followed in 1994 to critical acclaim. The new work featured unconventional use of percussion interspersed with truly ambient segments. The eponymous single from the album featured Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins on vocals. The album was a top 10 hit on the UK album chart. 1994 also saw the release of ISDN, which was as close to a live album as most electronic acts get - it featured live broadcasts FSOL had made over ISDN lines to various radio stations worldwide and to The Kitchen, an avant-garde performance space in New York. Its tone was darker and more rhythmic than Lifeforms.
In 1996, FSOL released Dead Cities. The new material was a curious mix of ambient textures and hard, gritty dance music. This album also featured a collaboration with the composer Max Richter. However, critics suggested that the duo's musical output seemed to dry up following this release, save for a few 12" singles and remixes.

After a long hiatus, and rumors of mental illness ( de facto mercury poisoning from teethfillings), Cobain and Dougans returned in 2002 with The Isness, a record heavily influenced by 1960s and 1970s psychedelia and released under their alias Amorphous Androgynous. It was preceded by Papua New Guinea Translations, a mini album which contained a mixture of remixes of FSOL's seminal track as well as new material from The Isness sessions. Three years on, Dougans and Cobain followed the album with a continuation of the Amorphous Androgynous project, Alice in Ultraland. Rumoured to be accompanied by a film of the same title, the album took The Isness' psychedelic experimentation and toned it down, giving the album a singular theme and sound, and replacing the more bizarre moments with funk and ambient interludes. The album was ignored by the press, but more favourable among fans than its predecessor. Unlike The Isness, which featured almost a hundred musicians over the course of it and the various alternative versions and remix albums, Alice in Ultraland featured a fairly solid band lineup throughout. In 2006 FSOL released a best of album, Teachings From The Electronic Brain, then a year later they released 4 Archives albums thru their own FSOL digital platform (yage.co.uk) where all their releases are available for .

In early March 2008, the band released a new online album as Amorphous Androgynous entitled The Peppermint Tree and Seeds of Superconsciousness, which they describe as "A collection of psychedelic relics from The Amorphous Androgynous, 1967-2007". The release retains the sound of their last two psychedelic albums, while expanding on the element of funk first introduced on 2005's Alice in Ultraland. They recorded their following album, The Woodlands of Old, under the alias of their imaginary engineer Yage. Unlike the techno work recorded as Yage in 1992, this new record was darker, more trip-hop and world music-oriented and featured ex-Propellerheads member Will White.

Following on from the band's 1997 DJ set of the same name, a series of "Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding In Your Mind" mix CDs were begun in 2006. The first two were released under the Amorphous Androgynous alias, subtitled "Cosmic Space Music" and "Pagan Love Vibrations" respectively, with the first taking over two years to compile, mix and gain sample clearance, both featuring the band's psychedelic influences. A third is set for release sometime in 2010, and will be more electronic, mixed by The Future Sound of London.Further mixes in the series are expected up to 6 now available on line (Pod Room) Aswell as 6 Kiss 100FM transmissions from theearly nineties.

Between 2008 and 2010, the band showcased a series of radio broadcasts and podcasts called The Electric Brain Storms. Proton Radio hosted the first on 16 June 2008, PBS radio in Australia were due to showcase the second, and Frisky Radio broadcast the third. The remaining shows appeared on the band's official site.The shows featured electronic, krautrock, experimental and psychedelic favourites of the band mixed in with known and unknown FSOL material, including newly recorded tracks, archived pieces, and new alias recordings such as EMS:Piano. Many of the new tracks featured on Environments 3, but some pieces remain unreleased and are planned for the next Future Sound of London album. They keep up a fascinating The Future Sound Of London YouTube Channel under the guise of the electronic brain.

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The second installment of the ongoing series. From The Archives is a collection of songs spanning the duo's 25 year recording career including rarities, remixes and previously unreleased recordings from FSOL's archives. Future Sound of London are one of the most respected international experimental ambient outfits, incorporating elements of many styles into their musical stew: Techno, Classical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Electro, Industrial and Dub are just a few of the aural touchstones that are often felt if not heard in their expansive, sample-heavy tracks. 21 tracks including 'Brujo', 'Fractional Difference', 'Distant Nebulus' and many more.



FSOL - Archives vol2 ( flac 425mb)

01 Brujo 5:38
02 Distant Nebulus 4:31
03 Wanting 5:26
04 Environment Thunder 0:39
05 Cellular Control 5:20
06 Insected 3:03
07 Night Lapsed 2:19
08 Slow Of Motion 1:21
09 Head Kick 4:15
10 Dark Matter 2:43
11 Mas X-XX-XX 2 3:29
12 Skinny Ribbed Fu**er 4:14
13 Fractional Difference 4:22
14 Offerings 3:37
15 Mains Interupt 1:46
16 Futura 2:18
17 Museum 5:09
18 Nadir 3:35
19 Were Not Here 3:07
20 Mumble 3:23
21 Insulin 2:28

FSOL - Archives vol2 (ogg 173mb)

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The third installment in an ongoing series. From The Archives is a collection of songs spanning the duo's 25 year recording career including rarities, remixes and previously unreleased recordings from FSOL's archives. Future Sound of London are one of the most respected international experimental ambient outfits, incorporating elements of many styles into their musical stew: Techno, Classical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Electro, Industrial and Dub are just a few of the aural touchstones that are often felt if not heard in their expansive, sample-heavy tracks.17 tracks including the highly sought after 'Space Squids' and many more.



FSOL - From The Archives Vol. 3 ( flac 409mb)

01 Empires 3:39
02 Long Shadows 7:35
03 Considered 4:51
04 Mango Tree 4:10
05 The Teeth Of The Wind 4:28
06 Room 207 5:58
07 Enviroments T1 0:48
08 Insides 4:08
09 La Tronik 1 2:07
10 Space Squids 6:25
11 Stomach Acid 5:27
12 Dream Sequence 4 2:09
13 Made Contact Internal 3:23
14 Rotation 3:47
15 Hardhead 3:50
16 Popadom 5:07
17 I A I A I A I A I A 2:40

FSOL - From The Archives Vol. 3  (ogg 157mb)

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Yage, better known as producers of Ambient/Electronica duo Future Sound OfLondon. They have stepped out of the shadows to front this album, which sounds like World Musicmeets Psychedelia. From the deserts of the Middle East to the rain forests of Brazil, Woodsman Of Oldcontains odd rhythms and melodies like you have just entered a hashish bar in Morocco. The albumfeatures Propellaheads' Will White on three tracks. This is extremely good music, to be played when you have time to savor it, because there is a lot going on and too many opportunities to hear a track without really "hearing" it. Yeah it's dark and, at times, VERY dark. But this is not what I would consider a bad thing by any stretch.



Yage - The Woodlands Of Old (FSOL) ( flac 371mb)

01 The Woodlands Of Old 4:12
02 An Odd Question From A Forest Bird 3:33
03 From Thunder That Shakes 3:21
04 The Yage Letters 3:42
05 The Hunter's Moon 3:22
06 Mountain Cloud Descending 3:58
07 Procession 4:03
08 Crow Hushing The Floating Woods 5:18
09 The Mahogany Tree (Shelterd) 2:39
10 He Laughed Himself To The Centre 5:54
11 Unsettling Sky 2:44
12 Humbled Before Your Presence 3:24
13 Who Had Such Foolish Care 3:58
14 Circle The Corn 3:02
15 Centipede 3:01
16 Dry Wind Blown 3:44
17 Haxaal's Dream 4:03
18 Heavily He Flies 4:12
19 The Dark Pines 3:16
20 The Sun Lends Warmth And Comfort 2:32
21 A Welcome Beneath Night's Darkness 0:59

Yage - The Woodlands Of Old (FSOL) (ogg 160mb)

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previously

The Future Sound Of London - Lifeforms (flac 234mb)
The Future Sound Of London - Lifeforms (ogg 127mb)
re-up
The Future Sound Of London - Archives Vol 1 (flac 386mb)
The Future Sound Of London - Archives Vol 1 (ogg 127mb)
re-up
The Future Sound Of London - ISDN (flac 374mb)
The Future Sound Of London - ISDN (ogg 166mb)
re-up
The Future Sound Of London - Environments (flac 280mb)
The Future Sound Of London - Environments (ogg 113mb)
re-up
The Future Sound Of London - Environments II (flac 299mb)
The Future Sound Of London - Environments II (ogg 127mb)

re-up
Amorphous Androgynous - Alice In Ultraland (05 175mb)
re-up
The Amorphous Androgynous - A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Vol 1 - Cosmic Space Music 1 (153mb)
The Amorphous Androgynous - A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Vol 1 - Cosmic Space Music 2 (154mb)
re-up
The Amorphous Androgynous - A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Vol 2 - Pagan Love Vibrations 1 (148mb)
The Amorphous Androgynous - A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Vol 2 - Pagan Love Vibrations 2 (148mb)


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7 comments:

Peter Tron said...

hi rho!

just a heads up:
all the 'Amorphous Androgynous' links are dead.
i'm very interested to try out some of there archive stuff. i haven't heard any of their material for a while.

br

baz

Rho said...

Hello Peter
Ah well i didn't check them, didn't add re-up before it, now I have as all have been re-upped just now, so take them when they are hot...

Anonymous said...

Hi Rho,

As an avid follower of your blog, I was not at all surprised, but a wee bit disappointed to see the AA links had died again.

Would it be a massive ball-breaker to ask you to put them up again? Don't worry if so.

I've been reading your posts pretty much since you started posting and your taste remains as excellent as ever, so thank you!

Best regards, Lizard Brain

Inertia from Oz said...

Hi Rho, Inertia from Oz again! Would love a re-up of flac versions of The Future Sound Of London Life Forms and Life Forms II please.

Cheers!

Inertia from Oz

Rho said...

Confusing requesnt here Inertia,what is it that you want, please from the original posting page to avoid confusing

Anonymous said...

Hello Rho,
would you please re-up the AA in flac if possible.
Thank you very much for your phantastic work!!!

Elmar

Rho said...

There's no AA on this page Elmar, i don't re-up previously listings so if you want AA go to the page i posted these