Thursday, 20 October 2016

REWIND: Future Sound Of London - 'My Kingdom'

Time once again to rewind back exactly 20 years ago for more of the wonderful music that entered the charts this week in 1996. If you weren't around or were too young to remember the mid 90s, consider this a lesson of enlightenment. If you (like me) were lucky enough to experience it all first time around, then these posts make a fine nostalgic blast from the blast. 

The UK singles chart from 20 years ago this week (20 - 25 October 1996) featured a varied mixture of the great and not so great. We'll focus only on the great ones. See the full chart rundown from that week HERE.

Despite lots of mistaken critics saying that Britpop made people's tastes completely unadventurous, the indie scene of the mid 90s led me to a much more diverse selection of music than I would've experience if I just listened to pop, dance and hip hop. It was a few years ago that I heard that Noel Gallagher would be making a collaborative album with psychedelic duo Amorphous Androgynous, who I realised were also known as Future Sound Of London. It was very soon after that I found a CD copy of FSOL's 1996 album 'Dead Cities' for only £1 in a charity shop, and eventually found time to listen to the album last year. The record combines breakbeats, ambient moods and dark, dystopian sounds to brilliant effect, and the awesome 'My Kingdom' was the album's lead single. The CD single format features the song extended into four different parts, in a theme-and-variation style. 'My Kingdom' reached number 13 in the UK singles chart.

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