The Pulse EPs gathers together some of the strongest tracks FSOL recorded before the release of Accelerator (1991). Originally pressed as four 12" EPs between 1991 and 1992, the record collects 16 pieces under the band's more well known aliases of Mental Cube, Indo Tribe, Yage and Smart Systems, plus the first ever Future Sound of London tracks (which, "Hardhead" in particular, are far removed from the layered, abstract work the name is most famous for). On that level, there is little here for those wanting another Lifeforms or Dead Cities, but any fans of Accelerator are urged to get ahold of this, and it works as a more singular and focussed effort than the similar Earthbeat compilation, which veers jarringly from vocal house to ambient breaks and acid house…
The Future Sound of London’s long and varied history stretches back almost 25 years and as such a vast amount of unrealised material exists in the FSOL Archives. Archived 8 brings together another 12 such tracks; in some cases these are completed but unreleased songs from that time, in others the songs have been reconstructed or enhanced and then further mixed to form the journey. This album is not just a collection of random off-cuts. It is a fully realised album, worthy of sitting alongside the rest of the band’s critically acclaimed work.
The Future Sound of London (often abbreviated to FSOL) is a British experimental electronic music duo, formed in 1988 in Manchester, United Kingdom, and made up by Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans. Their music style covers most areas of electronic music, such as techno, drum and bass, house, trip-hop, ambient, dub, and often incorporates elements of jazz, classical and psychedelic rock. The original Environments album was conceived and written back in 1993, now on to its 6th instalment Environment Six and Environment 6.5, when combined, create a double album of 46 tracks. Sweeping between luscious dreamscapes to delicately melodically compositions to intensely highly programmed electronics sculptures Environment Six and Environment 6.5 continue the journey towards the boundaries of the future of sound.
In Ancient Rus’ rivers were referred to as “God’s roads” and along their banks settlements and cities bubbled with life. During the summer, river currents served as highways for many boats and merchant caravans while in the winter the rivers’ frozen waters provided a track for sledges. Rivers also served as a stimulant in the development of new lands. Russians travelled to both the Ural Mountains and the lands of Siberia by water as back then rivers were used as the main route of travel. Hundreds of years have passed since this time and nowadays masses of tourists follow the paths that traders and travellers took before them.
Pristine nature, magnificent mountains and rushing rivers are just a few of the great treasures Karachay-Cherkessia has to offer. One hundred and seventy two rivers flow throughout the republic and RTG TV host Stanislav Salnikov decided to pay the area a visit and check things out for himself. Almost all of Karachay-Cherkessia’s rivers originate from glaciers in the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range. It is in the mountains that people have the chance to breathe clean air and drink clear, fresh water straight from streams. Perhaps living in such a healthy environment is the reason why mountaineers often tend to live so long.