“Yes, it’s back. But this time there is no actual calendar. However, as before, a FSOLdigital track is delivered each month to make a new 12 track album.
The first track is ready and waiting for 2019 – The Future Sound Of London – DAK 5053 TMY”
A nice surprise start 2019 there. With no physical calendar appearing by the end of 2018, it was believed that the project had come to a close. Thankfully this wasn’t the case. Very thankfully, in fact, as the 2019 Calendar Album is by far my favourite of the series, and one that I feel actually stands up to some of the band’s ‘core’ albums. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is the track selection, which is largely outstanding, featuring some of the band’s finest tracks to date. The second is the way the lack of crossfades is dealt with. Many of the tracks in the first half begin and end abruptly, which goes quite a long way to making it feel like a single flowing entity. This seems to stop later in the record, but even so, those few gapless moments are very much appreciated.
With ten tracks by FSOL, it also feels very slightly more focused than the first two editions, with only the ravey Smart Systems track sounding out of place. It feels like there’s a real effort put into creating a stylistically and tonally consistent album here, and it pays off.
As with the previous two calendars, the album appeared in lossless format for the first time with its addition to Bandcamp in 2021, with a different cover to the initial FSOLDigital edition.
Release date: 3rd January-29th December 2019.
1. The Future Sound of London – DAK 5053 TMY
2. The Future Sound of London – Frozen Air (Shortened Mix)
3. The Future Sound of London – Artificial Placement of Emotion
4. The Future Sound of London – Petroleum
5. The Future Sound of London – Cellular Glitch
6. Humanoid – Kuhn Tig
7. Smart Systems – The Nu Generation
8. The Future Sound of London – Retracing
9. The Future Sound of London – Parliament
10. The Future Sound of London – The Shed
11. The Future Sound of London – Obscured by Dark Intervals
12. The Future Sound of London – Musell