Artist: Future Sound of London
Title: Teachings From The Electronic Brain (Album Sampler)
Label: Virgin Records Ltd
By: Simon Jones | 27 September 2006
  • A1: Lifeforms (Wighnomy Brothers & Robag Wruhme 'Siketikon 001-06' Re-Edit)
  • A2: Lifeforms (Wighnomy Brothers & Robag Wruhme 'Siketikon 002-06' Re-Edit)
  • B1: We Have Explosive (King Roc Mix)

Future Sound of London "Teachings From The Electronic Brain (Album Sampler)"

Out Now on Virgin Records Ltd

The Future Sound Of London are one of the longest standing electronic acts of all time, and since the mid 1980s have consistently remained at the forefront of people's minds, even though both Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans tend to be enigmatic and rarely give interviews or acknowledge the media or public. Their work not only spans music, but over the years has seen them embrace technology for their innovative live shows, in addition to using animation, film and video and the Internet as mediums to illustrate their work. Now, some 20+ years after their debut, comes 'Teachings From The Electronic Brain', a collection of their best work, from which this DJ album sampler of the same name is taken.

The A-side features two edits of the fantastic track 'Lifeforms' from the album of the same name. Fresh from reworking one of Underworld's latest tracks, the Wighnomy Brothers and Robag Wruhme step up to the plate, with the '001-06 Re-Edit' taking us down a shimmering minimalist ambient path, whilst the '002-06 Re-Edit' is an extended excursion through the soundscape of 'Lifeforms', reinterpreted in such a creative and innovative way that it's quite easy to get lost in it's glorious ambience and deep intricacies. Not only is this a spectacular piece of mix, it's one that when put into a club environment will bring a different tangible to a DJ set - a definite late night set piece, that will both change the mood and capture the minds of the listener at the same time.

On the flip, FSOL's biggest single 'We Are Explosive' gets brought kicking and screaming into 2006 as the currently on fire 'King Roc' grabs the track by the jugular and sets to work, turning out a brooding and twisted that is likely to become a mainstay in the record boxes of many. A subtle bass lead drives the mix forward, with the familiar hook of the original piercing it's way through the centre of the mix as it builds to a crescendo. Once the drop hits, King Roc shifts things up a gear, as the mix becomes a driving and dirty tech house mix, drawing on the futuristic moods of the original to further enhance the dark, industrial tone of this brilliant remix.

The Future Sound Of London, whilst never prolific, have always managed to stay in tune with current events and the progressive of both the dance scene and world events in general. This album sampler embraces that same mentality. Whilst both tracks are timeless classics, both sets of remixes bring them into the present day respectfully. As such, this album sampler is a must for both Future Sound Of London fans and DJs alike.

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