The acidic and naturalist IDM duo returned with a follow-up to their record 'Environments' with more eclectic bliss. The Future Sound of London have never been one to stick to their genre tags, and so decided to mess up the whole process with this sequel, offering an hour of music that bended together the archetypes of classical music (string swells, brooding cellos, and a choir, because why not?) with their usual landscape of beats and electronic beard-stroking. These guys have grander ambitions (and probably better writing skills) than James Cameron: 'Environments 2' was one of five entries into the series.
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- Environments 2 by The Future Sound Of London
9/10 Andrew Customer review, 21st December 2014
Wow, I love this record, beautiful atmospheric vibes from beginning to end. Whilst it is tempting to say it drifts by wrapping you in a lovely embrace of soundscapes, textures and ambience that would, whilst being true, also be something of a disservice. This is more than ambient whale noises. The Future Sound Of London clearly have a rich heritage, both in clubland and ambient electronica. This album encapsulates that experience with tracks of beauty, and just enough movement to provide a perfect soundtrack to a morning after, or an early evening warm up.
The two part 'Glacier' is lovely, particularly the second installment, which adds gentle guitar to give it a real Cafe Del Mar vibe. 'Factories and Assembly' has a mid tempo beat, acid squelches make it a perfect balearic shuffler. Nearly Home sounds Frequencies era LFO ish with its low end and emotional use of synths. Really, this is superior stuff that deserves a far wider audience than it is going to get.
Really I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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