Accelerator (The Future Sound of London album)

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Accelerator
Studio album by The Future Sound of London
Released 1991, 1992 (United Kingdom)
1996 (United States)
2001 (Worldwide)
Genre Techno, acid house, electronica, ambient, IDM
Length 52:20 (original)
62:11 (1992 re-release)
Label Jumpin' & Pumpin'
Producer FSOL
The Future Sound of London chronology
Global
(1989)
Accelerator
(1992)
Earthbeat
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Q Magazine 4/5 stars[2]

Accelerator is the debut album by British electronica group The Future Sound of London. It is widely regarded as their most "club-oriented" album in that almost all the tracks have a sonic, dance-friendly vibe and it does not contain much of their later, more off-beat, complex, ambient techniques.

The album[edit]

Accelerator was released in Britain in 1991, and re-released a year later with two remixes after the commercial success of the single "Papua New Guinea". Due to record label difficulties, it could not be released in the United States until 1996, where it contained a further remix. It was re-released, enhanced, in 2001 worldwide, with a bonus CD entitled "Papua New Guinea Remix Anthology", which contained both old and new remixes of the band's most famous song. Half of the tracks from the album had already been released on previous singles by the pair, making it, a sort of compilation album.[3]

"Papua New Guinea" became an instant club hit in Europe and the States and was featured in the soundtrack for the film Cool World.

Accelerator marked the first time that Future Sound of London worked with frequent collaborator, artist, Buggy G. Riphead, who created the album's cover art.[3]

Track listing[edit]

1991 release[edit]

  1. "Expander" – 5:40
  2. "Stolen Documents" – 5:12
  3. "While Others Cry" – 5:27
  4. "Calcium" – 5:22
  5. "It's Not My Problem" – 4:02
  6. "Papua New Guinea" – 6:45
  7. "Moscow" – 3:35
  8. "1 in 8" – 4:36
  9. "Pulse State" – 7:14
  10. "Central Industrial" – 4:27

1992 re-release[edit]

  1. "Expander" – 5:40
  2. "Stolen Documents" – 5:12
  3. "While Others Cry" – 5:27
  4. "Calcium" – 5:22
  5. "It's Not My Problem" – 4:02
  6. "Papua New Guinea" – 6:45
  7. "Moscow" – 3:35
  8. "1 in 8" – 4:36
  9. "Pulse State" – 7:14
  10. "Central Industrial" – 4:27
  11. "Expander (Remix)" – 4:51
  12. "Moscow (Remix)" – 4:53

1996 re-release[edit]

  1. "Expander" – 5:40
  2. "Stolen Documents" – 5:12
  3. "While Others Cry" – 5:27
  4. "Calcium" – 5:22
  5. "It's Not My Problem" – 4:02
  6. "Papua New Guinea" – 6:45
  7. "Moscow" – 3:35
  8. "1 in 8" – 4:36
  9. "Pulse State" – 7:14
  10. "Central Industrial" – 4:27
  11. "Expander (Remix)" – 4:51
  12. "Moscow (Remix)" – 4:53
  13. "Papua New Guinea (Graham Massey Mix)" – 3:45

2001 bonus disc "Papua New Guinea Mix Anthology"[edit]

  1. "Papua New Guinea (Blue States Full Length Mix)" – 5:46
  2. "Papua New Guinea (Mellow Magic Maze Mix)" – 5:28
  3. "Papua New Guinea (Simian Mix)" – 3:43
  4. "Papua New Guinea (Oil Funk Dub Mix)" – 5:08
  5. "Papua New Guinea (Dub Child of Q Mix)" – 4:22
  6. "Papua New Guinea (Hybrid Full Length Mix)" – 8:31
  7. "Papua New Guinea (Satoshi Tomiie Main-Path)" – 10:42
  8. "Papua New Guinea (Monsoon Mix)" – 4:49
  9. "Papua New Guinea (Andrew Weatherall Full Length Mix)" – 11:37
  10. "Papua New Guinea (Dub Mix)" – 1:20

Crew[edit]

  • Written and produced by The Future Sound of London, except:
  • Expander produced by Mental Cube
  • Stolen Documents produced by Luco
  • Calcium written by Yage
  • These three credits were removed for the 2001 release, which simply states: all titles written by Brian Dougans / Garry Cobain. Produced and mixed by The Future Sound of London
  • Samples of "Radio Babylon" by Meat Beat Manifesto, "Dawn of the Iconoclast" by Dead Can Dance and "Shelter Me" by Circuit on "Papua New Guinea"
  • Graphic design by Eunah Lee – 1996 US version only
  • Artwork and profile control by Buggy G. Riphead – all other versions

Press & accolades[edit]

[4]

The album (and single Papua New Guinea) was also included in the British music magazine Melody Maker '​s, end-of-year, best albums / singles retrospective.

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Melody Maker United Kingdom "Albums of the Year"[5] 1992 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Q (11/01, p.138) – 4 out of 5 stars – "...Largely excellent..."
  3. ^ a b http://www.secondthought.co.uk/fsol/
  4. ^ Future Sound of London : Music News Feature | Clash Music
  5. ^ "Melody Maker – Albums of the Year". AcclaimedMusic.net. Archived from the original on 28 April 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 

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