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The Future Sound Of London - Lifeforms album
Title: Lifeforms
Country: UK
Genre: Electronic
Style:Leftfield, Illbient, Dub Techno, IDM, Ambient, Downtempo, Experimental
Released: 1994
MP3 album szie: 1728 mb
FLAC album size: 1427 mb

Lifeforms is the second studio album by British electronica group The Future Sound of London. The album was released on 23 May 1994 by Virgin Records and later by Astralwerks. With time, it has become their best-known album and is considered to be an important and influential classic of avant-garde electronic music

Формируйте собственную коллекцию записей The Future Sound Of London. There are several unique variations of the UK & Europe double CD release with only minor differences: Lifeforms Version 1 has "Made in the UK" on discs, "Printed in the UK" on back cover, rights societies "BIEM/MCPS" on discs and distribution code "PM 518" on discs and back cover; Lifeforms Version 2 has "Made in the UK" on discs, "Printed in the UK".

Having indulged in more explicitly ambient realms with the Amorphous Androgynous side project, FSOL returned to full action with Lifeforms, a double-disc effort that ranks as one of the best experimental techno releases of the '90s. If not as immediately memorable on a song per song basis as, say, Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works collections, as an overall piece, Lifeforms makes for an inventive, fascinating aural experience, as rich and detailed as the Orb's best work

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Lifeforms: the state of the musical art in 1994. After having a dancefloor smash like the seminal Papua New Guinea, most producers would swiftly follow up with more of the same. Not The Future Sound of London

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Album · 1994 · 19 Songs. Lifeforms The Future Sound of London. Listen on Apple Music.

Tracklist

Cascade
Ill Flower
Flak
Bird Wings
Dead Skin Cells
Lifeforms
Eggshell
Among Myselves
Domain
Spineless Jelly
Interstat
Vertical Pig
Cerebral
Life Form Ends
Vit
Omnipresence
Room 208
Elaborate Burn
Little Brother

Versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
V2722, 7243 8 39433 1 9 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(2xLP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V2722, 7243 8 39433 1 9 UK 1994
ASW 6113 The Future Sound Of London Lifeform ‎(Cass, Album, Promo) Virgin, Astralwerks ASW 6113 US 1994
CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 Australia 1994
CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 UK & Europe 1994
7243 8 39433 2 6, CDV 2722 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Virgin, EBV, EBV 7243 8 39433 2 6, CDV 2722 UK & Europe 1994
CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 UK & Europe 1994
7243 8 39433 2 6, CDV 2722 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Virgin, EBV, EBV 7243 8 39433 2 6, CDV 2722 Europe 1994
V2 7243 8 39433 2 6, 7243 8 39433 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(2xCD, Album) Virgin Music Canada, Virgin Music Canada V2 7243 8 39433 2 6, 7243 8 39433 2 6 Canada 1994
ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(2xCD, Album) Astralwerks, Virgin, Caroline Records ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6 US 1994
ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(2xCD, Album, Jac) Astralwerks, Virgin, Caroline Records ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6 US 1994
7243 8 39433 1 9, V2722, V 2722 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(2xLP, Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin, EBV, EBV, EBV 7243 8 39433 1 9, V2722, V 2722 UK & Europe 1994
TCV 2722, 7243 8 39433 4 0 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(Cass, Album) Virgin, Virgin TCV 2722, 7243 8 39433 4 0 Europe 1994
FSOL1 F.S.O.L.* Lifeforms: Extracts ‎(CD, Promo) Virgin FSOL1 UK 1994
none Future Sounds Of London* Lifeforms ‎(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Moon Records none Ukraine 1998
none The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(2xLP, Album, RE, TP, W/Lbl) Universal Music none UK 2017
5778707 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(2xLP, Album, RE, 180) Universal Music 5778707 UK & Europe 2018
none The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(19xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Virgin none UK Unknown
ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(2xCD, Album) Astralwerks, Virgin ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6 US Unknown
0946 3816122 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Gala Records 0946 3816122 6 Russia Unknown
CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(2xCD, Album, RP) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 UK & Europe Unknown
none The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (The Future Sound Of London) none Russia Unknown
ASW 6113, 7243 8 39433 2 6, 7243 8 39684 2 8, 724 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms ‎(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Astralwerks , Virgin , Virgin , Virgin ASW 6113, 7243 8 39433 2 6, 7243 8 39684 2 8, 724 Russia Unknown
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Reviews: (112)
Faell
Faell
We started a campaign to demand a deluxe remastered with extra material multiple CD edition of Lifeforms. More info and signing it: http://chng.it/FRLMJrSN If you care, please support.
Bolv
Bolv
Today - May 23rd 2019 - is the 25th anniversary of the release of The Future Sound Of London's seminal "Lifeforms" album.A true monolith of electronic music, Lifeforms provided the soundtrack to chill out rooms, the drive home, "all back to mine" after parties and in some respects, the dancefloor itself - the place that this album was seemingly designed in contrast to, and to provide an alternative and hallucinogenic escape from.The interpretations of "Lifeforms" vary, but for me, it always created visions of a murky, alien swamp, with fleeting glimpses of it's inhabitants. Then, as now, I find it completely immersive, with the claustrophobic sequences interspersed with moments of dazzling and euphoric beauty.It's often criticised as a rip off, or a sample fest, and whilst I can understand why someone may think that, I would argue that looking beyond the samples - and indeed FSOL themselves have never made any secret of the fact that they utilise them extensively - Lifeforms as a whole equates to something that is far, far greater than the parts that have been foraged to create it.I was lucky enough to grow up when electronic music, and in particular UK electronica was coming of age and there's no doubt that Lifeforms was an undeniable, monumental epiphany for those seeking a release and an escape from mainstream music and media. As a teenager beginning their journey into club culture, learning to DJ, experimenting with drugs, this album provided a gateway and stepping stone that proved to be the start of an entirely different way of life.It's importance within electronic dance music, modern culture and the true spirit of escapism cannot be understated.My favourite album of all time - I don't think that will ever change.
Small Black
Small Black
Perfect review! - 10/10 (At least 10 words must be entered. Please enter at least 6 more.)
Enone
Enone
i just downloaded it. i like FSOL. but 'lifeforms disc 1' is a mix a rip-offs and generic techno. 'cascade' is a rip-off of 'transient generator' by spacetime continuum.'dead skin cells' is a rip-off of 'A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld' by the orb.'eggshell' is a rip-off of 'midnight' by orbital.'lifeforms' is a good, original song. but every other song on disc 1 is a rip-off and / or generic, unoriginal techno.i haven't listened enough to disc 2 to review it.p.s. 'dead cities' is my favorite FSOL album.
Zaryagan
Zaryagan
Are you joking, man? Rip-off? Really joking.Dead cities is a pop album instead of Lifeforms.
Garne
Garne
Ah, rolling all night in the early 90s... joyful electronica. Just add Papua New Guinea 12 inch with Lisa of DCD, and you've got playlist to reach ecstasy. The single Cascade has a 40 minute remix / journey thru the song with sampled Cocteau Twins' Liz.
Marg
Marg
One of many releases that made 1994 such a magical year for ambient/techno
SlingFire
SlingFire
Excellent repress. Sounds fantastic - no ticks or pops in my copy. Great artwork sleeve and sounds original and not remastered - love it. One thing though: has anyone noticed that side A is A-symmetric ? So the needle goes from left to right (it's not straight). It's a press fault - but I think it's barely notice-able in playing the music from this side (a little bit) - thank God for that. My 2nd album has a small wobble - but doesn't effect playing at all… transport damage or storage. After all I am very happy with this excellent album on vinyl !! A must-have for the collector !!
Tehn
Tehn
Immaculate repress, I've only compared it to Spotify and this classic is definitely worth every penny on vinyl, I listen on a quite simple turntable still breathtaking dead silent background, stunning soundscape and very deep and warm bass.
Ventelone
Ventelone
check if side D has a "side 2" label on it. mine does and i think someone else mentioned it here. might need an entry for a mislabled variant if it variesGreat record, really clear and quality sound!
Felolune
Felolune
Check if the numbers are different, side B "Side 2 / 5778722" and side D "Side 2 / 5778732"
Thomand
Thomand
Sad to say, my copy has surface noise and the occasional but repetitive click. Since I ordered from Amazon UK shipped here to the US, not worth returning.
Tenius
Tenius
After a few cleans and plays, it sounds better, still a few clicks, but it's a great way to have the album on wax.
Valawye
Valawye
I ordered a copy direct from FSOLDigital.com and only in the last week so way off first presses. It arrived with a separate package containing a limited numbered and signed postcard print artwork, and a small booklet entitled "Ramblings of a Madman" with notes and artwork. So impressed, wonderful extra touch. Puts them up there with Beastie Boys going the extra mile with vinyl releases both for quality of reissues and box sets, and bonus extras!
Adrierdin
Adrierdin
Yeah, top quality from start to finish, highly recommend! Straight from the source.
Mallador
Mallador
I never ordered from FSOLDigital, how well protected are the vinyls? Good packing?
Siralune
Siralune
Sound quality NOT destroyed through remastering like everything else nowadays. Thanx, that's the best info you could have given us.
Freaky Hook
Freaky Hook
Two outer gatefold cover variants of r83318 (this release): matte finishing one and glossy finishing the other. Have pictures of the both to compare.
BroWelm
BroWelm
Beautiful packaging, nice heavyweight vinyl (totally flat too), superb sound.Not a single tick or pop. A deep, immersive sound.No, it's not remastered. Thank god!Turn it up...
Zymbl
Zymbl
Could someone tell me how it compares to:a) the original vinyl pressing from back in the day ?b) The cd from back in the day.Many thanks
Fhois
Fhois
Original vinyl bar code : 4018110297520Original vynil A : 3-200-153-1-AOriginal vinyl B : 3-200 153-1-BOriginal vinyl C : 3-200 153-2-AOriginal vinyl D : 3-200 153-2-B
Vudogal
Vudogal
Its clean, no noise whatsoever, so I am really pleased. Really wish it had been given the full remaster treatment, but it is what it is, and its a firm thumbs up.
Felhann
Felhann
Bleep site states it was remastered but no such info on any of the liner notes.
Grinin
Grinin
Take the Orbs Adventures Beond The Ultraworld 4LP reissue, the work done on that record was masterful and released potential locked in that album for 25 yrs... deep dub bass / 3Dfeel....With mastering equipment / techniques so advanced, landmark albums like this deserve the best treatment, which I'm sure we'd all be happy to pay a little more for when resurrecting them as they sound so good on the right turntable. I spoke with Miles Showell, who mastered UFOrb (for example) and he said the analogue mastering equipment they used, that the band insisted they use, produced an unimpressive end result, despite the bands incredible compositions. The reissue is the same rolled off result. I'd kill to see the same treatment for that record / FSOL back catalogue...
invincible
invincible
May I ask - why remaster? It was ok first time around. The re-master trend , i personally don't understand it... the records end up sounding worse, that is why i never buy modern / current re-issues. I think the only important thng here is knowing where the masters came from.
POFOD
POFOD
After the success of prompting to Virgin/EMI/Universal the repress of Lifeforms on double vinyl, we changed the name of the group and its new mission now is to ask for reissues of all back catalogue (Virgin years from '93 to '97) in expanded/deluxe versions/formats to Universal Music Operations Ltd. Here our public facebook group: https://m.facebook.com/groups/1696814860617600Feel free to join and to express all your ideas/projects/requests.
Sharpmane
Sharpmane
Any success with this so far? I'm not a facebook user so I can't contribute.
Raniconne
Raniconne
This is a superb reissue. Spectacular pressing, deep bass. Made with love.
Daizil
Daizil
I had Dead Cities which I’ve always loved so couldn’t pass the chance to get Lifeforms as it was reissued. Superb album - up there with the best electronic downtempo albums of all time. The pressing is excellent. No crackles or noise at all and very good sounds including atmospheric bass which goes very low. Brilliant piece of wax.
Zut
Zut
Alas, quality control these days - my copy arrived a bit dirty with some paper/glue debris floating around the printed (hence paper, no poly) inner sleeves causing some damage in the process; especially the 2 last tracks are disrupted with a pop on every rotation, caused by deep scratch from said mess in the sleeve. At least not a super-limited kind of release so replacement is possible.Also, side 1 is a little bit off-center but not in a dramatic way.Edit: I just noticed the both records have the very same label reading ‘Side 2’ while the tracklisting mentions Side 1 & 2 and Side 3 & 4 respectively.
Bradeya
Bradeya
Sound is exceptional. Very good pressing. Need to up the gain a bit but that is normal for a recording of this length. Fortunately the vinyl is dead quiet. Very pleased with my copy.
Altad
Altad
Quite possibly my favourite electronica album of all time. 2018 repress sounds good. no complaints here
Flarik
Flarik
Got a nice copy today. No warping, no damage. The sound is good, not so excellent - but it is ok and no distortion.
Zargelynd
Zargelynd
Also supplied to the UK version (may apply elsewhere) is a Sound Of Vinyl download code in .WAV format 16bit/44
Ygglune
Ygglune
Funny, the recent reissue of The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld did the same thing, CD quality WAV files instead of say mp3s or FLACs.
Rgia
Rgia
I've added the matrix numbers, a lot there! F.T. may indicate who cut it, no idea who that might be though. My pressing sounds good, I was surprised as generally re-issues don't Despite a lot of press mentioning it, I see no evidence to suggest it has been "remastered", merely "reissued" on vinyl.
Mpapa
Mpapa
mine sound very good too! it's a pleasure to listen :)
Arador
Arador
Any thought on this pressing? LP 2 is around 50 mins, hope they cut it well, that and I hope they cut the first LP quieter so the volumes match.
Ramsey`s
Ramsey`s
I've had the original vinyl pressing since it was new, and I hear zero differences here on the re-press. Any album where there's 50 minutes of music on it is going to sound degraded to some extent, but I don't hear any downgrades on the LP2 repress compared to the original. The repress has been reproduced identically as far as I can tell, from the sound quality, to the inner sleeves, to the gatefold jacket.
Meri
Meri
Seems perfectly acceptable to me both in 'cut' and the 'balance' of both discs, not any marked difference in the volumes.Well presented in my opinion. Had this for more years than I can remember on CD and am very happy with this vinyl reissue. Means I'll hear it more often as I rarely play CDs no matter how much I like the content.
MOQ
MOQ
Preorder available on many sites, just google "fsol lifeforms 2018". Here's link to the one in Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lifeforms-VINYL-Future-Sound-London/dp/B07892R4J6/
Daigami
Daigami
https://e.snmc.io/lk/o/w/9b5bee099aedb3511d0d981e3c83c512/6757409.jpg Still such a classic album. Love all of them works.
Lestony
Lestony
Oh hell yeah, that's some of the best news I've heard so far! It's most definitely about time that this utter masterpiece was repressed on vinyl! It's sincerely one of the greatest pieces of IDM music ever composed. Can't tell you how long I've been waiting as well as equally wanting to get my hands on this without having to shell out a shit-ton of money for an OG pressing, if you know what I mean. The first time I heard this timeless album, I was completely blown away, if not so completely mesmerized to the point to where I couldn't help but just get lost in the sound and let it subsequently submerge me. Ahh, the memories!
Velellan
Velellan
As reviewed by me in May 1994 (see also my less charitable review from 2005):Summary: I didn't need of change of underwear after I first heard it, but I think I just didn't have enough to eat that day. If you like electronic music at all, any kind, you must, I repeat, you MUST buy this album. If you don't like it, I'll send you a free gift in the mail.I'm sorry. At the risk of being dipped in the Bog of Eternal Stench, I have to say that Future Sound of London are as overrated as Richard D. James and their new album Lifeforms, although it is the best thing they've ever done and I really do like it, is actually in some respects a turd of a CD that gives electronic music a bad name. Now before I get a flood of hate mail from the Intelligent Dance Music mailing list, hear me out. In a recent interview in MixMag promoting the album, Gary Cobain stated that he felt ambient music was 90% bollocks, full of bandwagon-jumpers, and that it was all a bunch of regressive crap, sounding like Tangerine Dream. Anyone who knows me knows that I am rather fond of Tangerine Dream, so I didn't take to this lightly. But what really struck me as odd is that their album is so full of artificial squawks, burbly galoops, zaps and pointless "hey, listen to this novel sound! oo! wasn't that cool?! buwahaha!" distractions that I have to compare it to early electronic music, like from the 50s and 60s, when self-righteous academics played artsy-fartsy noisescapes for each other. At times while listening to Lifeforms I think that without the extra effects, the links between the proper songs are extracts from those old compositions. It's like being stuck in a noisy aquarium.On the other hand, I must say that I also listen to it and think, "This is also some of the most advanced electronic music I've ever heard." When the songs get going, man, parts of my brain I didn't even know existed turn on and start to hum, and goosebumps light across my neck. The press release says they blur the lines between ambient and techno to the point where you can't say it's either, and they're right. These two men are perfectionists of the highest order, and it shows. Taking the "noisy aquarium" analogy with a grain of salt, the textural merits of the less appealing parts are blessedly sweet, and every track is a standout. Absorbed in whole or in part, I don't come away unsatisfied. I think they don't realize that regression, no matter how unintentional, is a form of progression, and when they come to grips with that they'll be able to avoid the recklessness of making noise for the sake of noise. Perhaps with their next album, Amorphous Androgynous: Environments. As you can see, I've got mixed feelings about Lifeforms... but in the end I have to give it the highest rating. After all, I'm not one to complain. :)
Lilegha
Lilegha
Repress soon. November i heard5 more words please blah blah
Dogrel
Dogrel
The best ambient's album of this genre, good 1994 release...but, I think it's about time for a repress!
Rias
Rias
Still no news of preorder availibility? About a month for release seems awfully short. It's the favorite album of my youth, one that I often come back to. I would be gutted to see these go without a chance to buy one and then see them on Discogs for 100€ a piece.
Buriwield
Buriwield
Actually the reissue got postponed (yet again) to Jan 26th 2018:http://fsolnews.blogspot.de/2017/11/011117-lifeforms-lp-delayed-but-date.html
Bukus
Bukus
Vinyl reissue is scheduled for November release - test pressings got approved recently. :)
Jeronashe
Jeronashe
Genuis Album . If anyone asks me where to start with regards to collecting Electronica I always tell them to start with these guys.
Jerinovir
Jerinovir
Lifeforms 2xVinyl limited edition re-release by Virgin in October 2017.
Kanal
Kanal
This - googling "FSOL Lifeforms reissue" became my morning and evening routine last month. I'll be gutted in the event I end up missing it. Kind of hoping for generally available release, not something sold out hours into pre-orders made available.
Anaginn
Anaginn
Hey, if FSOL have personally approved the test presses then that is a good indication of the sound quality.All we can hope for is a solid, decent gatefold sleeve. That, and sound quality as the original (no compression!) will be enough.
Chilele
Chilele
Technically and sadly, Lifeforms is not in the hands of Fsol: the repress will be done by the rights owners, once Virgin then EMI now Universal Music Group. Probably some copies will be available at fsoldigital.com but the major label will be the "main actor".....many of us were willing to see a different "movie", with art direction of Dougans/Cobain...instead we will get a straight replica of the original vinyl release with no extras. Anyway, this will be very good at the end even in that way....
Kazimi
Kazimi
Excellent news, vinylsvinyls!Do you think FSOL will sell it on their website (fsoldigital) or will it go through somewhere like Bandcamp? eatdogs lol good luck finding one of the tp's, I doubt they'll ever reach the market. Kept by the lads and maybe given to close friends.
Hawk Flying
Hawk Flying
Sweet! Thanks for the new information! I checked out the link and it's legit! I want one of those TP's lol
mym Ђудęm ęгσ НuK
mym Ђудęm ęгσ НuK
I haven't heard anything either buddy. Hmm... I expect it to show up on a vinyl news site like The Vinyl Factory or Slyvinyl soon.
Snowskin
Snowskin
Still no news on the date of the reissue or when the preordering is available? Seems like I'm googling away daily for any info.
Dark_Sun
Dark_Sun
Of course, as soon will get new info about the pre-order status, i'll share them for all :)
Jeb
Jeb
Keep me in the loop if this gets pre-order status. I will snap one up immediately.
Fearlessrunner
Fearlessrunner
Sorry but not yet any info about pre-ordering the re-press.... we have to keep an eye on Virgin official communications about it
Perdana
Perdana
Ok us FSOL fans better buy the vinyl then, I know I will. Do you reckon there'll be a preorder opportunity? I really, really don't want to miss out on this.
Cointrius
Cointrius
Well..we have the feeling that could follow a reissue campaign from their Virgin's years after the straight Lifeforms 2 vinyl re-press... quite sure label owners will be encouraged in that way if the October output will sell fast and in large numbers: my personal opinion, the whole limited re-press will be out of stock in 1 or 2 weeks if you consider how much people are waiting for it :)
Ubrise
Ubrise
Fantastic! Thank you! Any hints of reissues for ISDN or Dead Cities as well? A bit pricey for their vinyl releases.
Wal
Wal
Really? Best news of the year if true. What's the source?
SING
SING
Just want to thanks real FSOL experts that made light on this release. In a first moment i thought it was bootleg but it seems a genuine version from 1994 so...99.99% possibilities that is not a counterfeit. Many apologies for my wrong point of view - apologies also to Discogs team of contributors on this release.
Garr
Garr
vinylsvinyls Done and updating database - want to avoid other people getting deceived by bad infos Was in mistake myself...this release is not a counterfeit.
Waiso
Waiso
Please add scans of album to see differences, it seems could be a bootleg very well.
Fenritaur
Fenritaur
The sound, production and mixing is ahead of it's time.
Nea
Nea
the most creative album I've ever listened by now in any music genre. truly an exceptional piece of art.
Kigabar
Kigabar
Discovered this album by way of Timothy Leary's recommended trip music from a later edition of 'High Priest'. At 0:58, "Among Myselves" blew my mind and countless friends's minds! I'd blast it right before that loud death ray sound and people would lose their shit. This album is still amazing and sounds like its from the future...(sound of london).
Kulalas
Kulalas
misterdimond Discovered this album by way of Timothy Leary's recommended trip music from a later edition of 'High Priest'. At 0:58, "Among Myselves" blew my mind and countless friends's minds! I'd blast it right before that loud death ray sound and people would lose their shit. This album is still amazing and sounds like its from the future...(sound of london). Any chance you can share this list with me?
Ckelond
Ckelond
The genius of 'Lifeforms' is that it uses sounds and samples which are inherently man-made and artificial to create something which feels very organic,natural and free-flowing,and even conjures up images of lush plant life amidst running water and sunlight.In 2016 that may not necessarily sound like anything particularly new but in 1994 it was,and the extent to which FSOL achieved this,with no small measure of panache and style,remains unequaled to this day (in my opinion).
Thordira
Thordira
Agree. This was a totally mind bending experience in 1994. Listening to my vinyl copy tonight, it's right up there for me as one of the greatest electronic albums ever.
Doukree
Doukree
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.
Flathan
Flathan
My copy has V2722 A(to D)-1-1-1 on the matrix. What version is this?
Gaua
Gaua
I think it's about time for a repress. :)
Malodred
Malodred
Yes, been waiting on the repress for some time now. I have their albums on CD from when they were first released but I would much prefer to have them on vinyl. That would really suck if they have no intention of rereleasing it. Doesn't make sense to me. It's such a great album and should be experienced in the best way possible. Hell, they'd even make some money from doing it. I can't see how it benefits anyone but the sellers ripping people off.
Paster
Paster
And why's that? :/
Whitebinder
Whitebinder
I don't want to be a downer but Gaz from FSOL told me he has no plans for reissue...neither their old label..
wanderpool
wanderpool
Anyone ever see the bootleg/counterfeit copy of this? I bought one YEARS ago on eBay from a shady seller who wouldn't refund my money. The bootleg is a scanned copy of the real thing and the original, round sticker was peeled off the cover before scanning but the glue residue shows up in the scan.
Kazracage
Kazracage
I loved it ever since I heard it.very recommended.
Dominator
Dominator
A 180g vinyl repress of this album wouldn't go amiss! ;)
Otrytrerl
Otrytrerl
You know A3 (track 3) "Flak"?You know that lush melody 15 seconds into it?Check A7 here: Atmospheric - Elements/Weather
Unereel
Unereel
Thank You Great Music Man Genuin Musci for the soul
Ganthisc
Ganthisc
Wow, wasn't expecting that. It's great discovering things like this.
Rare
Rare
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.
avanger
avanger
If you want 'more' then try out Arbor Bona Arbor Mala by The Shamen.
Flash_back
Flash_back
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
Vudomuro
Vudomuro
This is not a double album, but two albums in one package. The first has a strong nature influence and does inspire thoughts of life and nature in me. The second album is more typical ambient with more prominent drum beats and synth sounds.
Modifyn
Modifyn
Typical ambient often doesn't have any beats at all, though... try another description?
watching to future
watching to future
Time to review another classic ambient album: well, Lifeforms is THE classic ambient album. It's widely available and evokes the most wonderful of atmospheres. Really the magnum opus of FSOL, Lifeforms made the duo and is always referenced as their best.The atmosphere conjured up by the album is stunning. Lifeforms really shows the oxymoron better than any other album - an organic, breathing jungle is being created purely with electronic sounds and some instrumentation. Cascades begins as such, with a guitar supported by an ambient landscape. Flak builds up the dense environment with magical chimes and plodding herds. Dead Skin Cells is the beautiful and sad call of a lonely animal. Lifeforms showcases the darker and more hostile side of the jungle. Amongst Myselves - the death of an explorer lost in glimmering caves below the rainforest.Disc 2 should be listened to straight after Disc 1 since it's here that the journey becomes really exciting. Domain is a wonderfully fragile piece which borrows Pachelbel's Canon. Vertical Pig is apocalyptic - humans have come to raze down the jungle. Cerebral is the sad cry of the animals who are having their habitat destroyed. The layers slowly decrease and fold up - the lifeforms abandoning their dying realm. The end of Little Brother is the final call of helplessness from the forlorn creatures.Truly one of the masterpieces of ambient since it achieves a special, ineffable kind of atmosphere with ease. I feel like an adventurer, exploring the rich textures of this beautiful album. Towards the end the lifeforms slowly die out as the forests are cut down by men in place of Dead Cities...
Warianys
Warianys
Bought this one when it first came out cos i liked the picture on the cover and inside.Not perhaps the best criteria for choosing music but it seems to work for me every now and then and in the case of this album it was the best gamble i have ever made. Plenty of long winded reviews have been written about this album but all i can say is that the two discs are to me just two very different but fantastic musical journeys that need to be enjoyed with a like minded soul on with the stereo on loud or just on your own with youre headphones on and good wine or any combination of the above. Never do i get bored of the music or switch it of early or answer the phone. You get the picture !
Minha
Minha
Truth be told, I bought this album on a whim when I was first getting into electronic music purely because the cover looked cool and because I liked what I had heard on the Astralwerks label. It took me a few tries to really "get" what I was listening to but what I heard grew on me exponentially once I did. It has been almost 14 years since I first heard this album and yet I still consider "Lifeforms" to be by far one of the best ambient/downtempo albums I have ever come across. The entire album is filled with very lush and layered soundscapes. Anyone interested in this album should also listen to the "Lifeforms" remixes. That release can be considered a very definite continuation of this album. I rated this album (and the remixes) 5/5. Highly recommended.
Kefym
Kefym
This is what I would call a timeless album. To fully appreciate this music you need to devote enough time to listen to both discs in one sitting... Whether thats while you're sleeping, surfing the web or even playing videogames. The result will be the same: you will be overcome by the world The Future Sound of London have created with this release. Impossible to describe. This is just something you have to hear for yourself. If you like electronica and ambient stuff then you could never go wrong with this release. Its worth noting that 2 additions for this release exist. The first being "Cascade" and the second is "Lifeforms (remixes)". Both are EPs and include tracks from the album reworked by FSOL themselves. Must-haves if you enjoyed this release. I hope someday FSOL will return to their 90's sound.
BlackBerry
BlackBerry
This is the ambient album which pretty much got me into the whole ambient thing really back in 1993 and i can honestly say that there is rarely a month goes by when i dont listen to it inspite of having hundreds of other albums to choose from. I never get bored of it and always find myself hearing something which i hadn't noticed before.I dont think they ever really got close to this although i like pretty much all of their stuff. Still sounds way out there even now.
Nidora
Nidora
My introduction the FSOL was a different sound entirely (with the great noise-electro track "We Have Explosive") than what this album had to offer. In 1994, when more and more electronic acts were throwing together cheap ripoff music of one another, there were handfuls of bands like FSOL who evolved to make beautiful music without the use of many 4/4 kick lines and standard trance melodys. I would call this a very chill 2xCDs, mixing funky moments with ambience, mixing light-industrial drum beats with native American instruments, and taking the listener on a trip to an alien desert where all lifeforms are forced to get along and create harmony. No track on here should be considered a single (or better than others really) because the whole album has to be experienced altogether at one time. It's as if a travelling circus of sound made a CD in space and broadcast it for you to hear in your most vulnerable of times. Listen with extreme joy and experience the flavors of FSOL.
Heri
Heri
Among myselves is the core track on disc 1, although the liner notes mislead you to believe that Flak is the hit song. It says that Robert Fripp's guitar is featured, but it is just a guitar sample. They also make use of Pachelbel's Canon (did I spell it right?). Beware of the sudden volume spike in Among Myselves, though. There is a nasty arpeggiation/sweep type of effect running in the beginning of the song. On disc 2, Room 208 is the highlight. Like the artwork that is featured, the album as a whole makes you feel like an invertebrate floating in a saltwater tank. A sort of aural Discovery Channel experience. Very distant from the club scene and from wild, rampant youngsters with a die another day attitude.
Kagrel
Kagrel
Indeed, I made the fatal mistake of listening to disc 1 in bed one night with the intention of nodding off to this sublime album. I was more than past the stage of consciousness when, one minute into Among Myselves, I nearly suffered a heart attack (well, you get the idea)!A word of warning as you rightly point out.
Ieregr
Ieregr
Lifeforms was my introduction to FSOL. At first.. I didn't much like what I heard. The music and beats didn't seem to have any real direction and they seemed, well, weird. However I gave it a few more tries and now realise what a classic this really is. I still openly admit that a lot of the tracks seem to have no direction - but maybe thats what makes this release so fun. Disc 1 is more ambient while disc 2 seems to be a little more club friendly. Both must be listened to in 1 sitting in proper order to fully appreciate though. Some favorites of mine are Ill Flower, Omnipresence and Room 208.
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