Future Sound of London
Having originally made their mark producing club-oriented dance hits like "Stakker" and the classic "Papua New Guinea," the duo of Brian Dougans and Gary Cobain has since incorporated nearly every innovation in electronic music into their creations. Progressing from the pulsing, trance-inducing Techno of Accelerator through the ambient constructions of Lifeforms to the twisted breakbeats of their more recent albums, FSOL have shown an omnivorous interest in sound and the different ways it can be combined. They bring a truly experimental attitude to what is often a convention-bound form, and their records are always an adventure, breaking fresh sonic ground and then moving on to the next challenge. The music is never difficult for its own sake; in fact, what makes FSOL so successful is the way they integrate their sonic investigations into a funky, listener-friendly format. Their releases are always accessible and danceable, allowing them to present new ideas more easily -- and pushing the whole scene forward as they do so.