The Life and Times of the Future Sound of London, pt. 4

Artist: Amorphous Androgynous

Title: Liquid Insects

Released: 1993

Label: Astralwerks

Format: 12” vinyl (clear or black)

Genre: Ambient, trance, techno

To go alongside their debut album under the AA guise, this single was released on vinyl.  It’s a simple three track single, so this might be a very short review, especially since the first two tracks are featured on the album. 

The first track is the title track, and it swings on in with an ambient flare before a nice pulsating beat kicks in with some trance-esque/ambient synth.  This is a good way to start off the album it originates from and stands out as a great track to be awarded a single. 

I sort of wish a second B-side would have appeared on this rather than two album cuts.  “Mountain Goat” was good enough to stand on its own as a single or EP if given the chance, but it was unlikely if the label would have given the band that much leeway.  But, alas, it appears here, and it really isn’t a bad track, please don’t get me wrong.  It’s mellow, features a nice guitar sample and has the most soothing synth for an early ambient track, in my opinion.  It just kind of defeats the purpose of buying the album if two of its stand-out tracks appear alone here.

The only exclusive track to this release is “Skyscraper.”  It pulses with a beat more along the lines of their early dance material prior to “Accelerator.”  It is very dance floor oriented and would not have fit anywhere on the album, let alone on this single, despite how “Liquid Insects” fits that dance theme as well.  This track seems older despite having a similar sound to the material presented here.  It’s not a bad track, but does seem to be a throw away tune, though through no fault of its own.

Should you buy this single?  Two tracks on this appear on the album, as mentioned earlier, and you’re really only getting one bonus track here.  This is nice sounding on vinyl, so if you’re an audiophile who craves analog, pick this up.  This is available on both clear and black vinyl (rarer on black vinyl, surprisingly) with prices ranging between a few bucks to $30. 

3 out of 5.

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About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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