Future Sound Of London

Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


Offered to dance music punters as the ‘intelligent way out of blind-alley hardcore’, Future Sound Of London emerged in the 90s, the brainchild of Garry Cobain (Bedford, England) and Brian Dougans (b. Glasgow, Scotland). They met at college in Manchester in 1985, but Cobain soon left in order to set up his own studio under an Enterprise Allowance scheme. Both went on to earn their spurs in the Manchester house scene, Dougans completing 1988’s groundbreaking Top 20 hit (as Humanoid) with ‘Stakker Humanoid’, after it had been adopted by the BBC as the theme tune to a ‘youth’ television programme. Their other projects together spawned Semi Real (‘People Livin’ Today’), Yage, Metropolis (the industrial Metropolis EP), Art Science Technology, Mental Cube (the ambient ‘So This Is Love’), Candese, Intelligent Communication and Smart Systems. However, as Future Sound Of London they enjoyed a major crossover success...

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