I have worked several months on a FSOL tribute and finally released it about 3 weeks ago on Soundclound. When I started digging their music I was amazed to discover a lot of the samples from the classic ambient iconic album Lifeforms. The sheer musical eclecticism, the brilliance of taking just a simple six seconds of music and turning it into a catchy bassline. A good example of that could be Ozric Tentacles’s Phalarn Dawn (1989) a progressive outfit FSOL sampled on My kingdom on the album Dead cities (1996). I have always been a massive fan of hip-hop and DJ Premier, then a fan of funk and the process of sampling have always fascinated me. Needless to say that in that domain, FSOL, in the area of electronic music, are hailed as god-like figures..My mix is trying to show a glimpse into the world of FSOL, their influences, their remixes (very few of them), their love of dub, world music, progressive, old electronica, jazz and so on. The duo are often credited with pushing the boundaries of electronic music experimentation and of pioneering a new era of dance music.
Their influences are also a representation of their music, never the same, and ever changing : although often labelled as ambient, Cobain and Dougans usually resist being typecast into any one particular genre. Their work covers most areas of electronic music, such as ambient techno, house music, trip-hop, ambient dub, acid techno, and also breakbeat. I have included here The Mental cube’s Q song, a total classic of the rave era for those old enough to remember! That song was released in 1991, 3 years after another classic which is now 25 years old : Humanoid by Stakker. A compelling article by The Guardian can be found here. Cobain has said that FSOL’s mentality has always been about making a journey of an album rather than focusing on trying to have hit singles. An understatement by one member of one of the most important outfit in the history of electronic music.