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Future Sound of London
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
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2006 release by this ground-breaking electronic/dance duo, recorded under their druggy, psychedelic Amorphous Androgynous pseudonym.. Featuring the single 'Alice In Ultraland', this release collects out-takes from The Isn...  more »


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All Artists: Future Sound of London
Title: Isdn
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Astralwerks
Original Release Date: 1/6/1995
Re-Release Date: 6/6/1995
Album Type: Limited Edition
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Styles: Ambient, Electronica, Trip-Hop, House, IDM, Techno, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Isdn
UPCs: 017046614429, 017046614412, 017046614443, 0724384038755


Album Description
2006 release by this ground-breaking electronic/dance duo, recorded under their druggy, psychedelic Amorphous Androgynous pseudonym.. Featuring the single 'Alice In Ultraland', this release collects out-takes from The Isness sessions, several previously unreleased tracks, a song from the original U.K. vinyl version of the album, and a handful of remixes from associated singles and EPs. Future Sounds.

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FSOL's Best
Blackout9 | New York City | 06/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This record is usually overlooked in discussions of FSOL's work because it's considered a "live album" and hence different from their studio productions (which, it seems to me, is completely wrongheaded given the nature of the medium - how exactly is an album of remixes different from a real time dj set, especially if it's transmitted direct from a recording studio?) Another reason might be its lack of snappy album graphics. Too bad, because it's far more sophisticated than Accelerator (a basically competent trance record) and much more consistant than the self-indulgent Life Forms, whose length should have been halved. The only other FSOL record that's at the same level is Dead Cities. FSOL's strong suit is its ability to layer several strata of sound, creating dense aural environments which reward attentive listening, preferably on headphones. Unlike other composers, FSOL often avoid the pat maneuver of building tracks on top of rhythms; this lends some of their compositions a uniquely organic or formless quality (think of an audio version of Abstract Expressionism or something). These are typically bridged by beat-oriented passages which are described elsewhere as jazz- or hip hop-inflected. The latter impose structure on the former, creating a complex yet legible whole that transcends arty preciousness or heterogeneous chaos. It's a tightrope act and FSOL got it exactly right on this album - ISDN is basically perfect in every respect and I've yet to find anything as completely satisfying."
Best FSOL album yet
B. Allen-Trick | Madison, Wisconsin, USA | 11/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"the first time i heard FSOL was on the Wipeout XL soundtrack. The only CD i could find of theirs was Accelerator. THat was okay, but not exactly to my fancy. I looked 'em up on the ol' AMG and they recommended Lifeforms. Lifeforms was great, but only if i was trying to meditate or fall asleep, it was too sparse for normal listening. I was reluctant to get ISDN, but after seeing it at Circuit City for 10 bucks, i said "what they hey" i must admit i was pleasantly surprised! what they seem to have done is boil down the innovations from Lifeforms (yes i know Lifeforms was made AFTER ISDN, so sue me) into tangable, dancable even, songs. ISDN is simply a feat of modern music, encompassing every genre of music imaginable (though shying away from the FSOL maligned 'rock & roll') but concentrating on mostly techno, ambient and 'trip-hop'. A great buy to techno ambient and 'trip-hop' fans as well as anyone interested in progressive electronic music or free jazz. Magnificent!"
ISDN sends you to pure euphoria
B. Allen-Trick | 04/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was the first Future Sound Of London album I bought. I absolutely love it. I'm not a huge fan of electronic music, but this cd is defintely an exception. FSOL has such unique sounds that no one else can seem to capture the way they have done. The shining works of art on this cd are: The Far Out Son Of Lung And The Ramblings Of A Madman, Smoking Japanese Babe, Amoeba, A Study Of Six Guitars, Snake Hips, and It's My Mind That Works. If you are a fan of almost any genre of music, then you will be able to appreciate this album."