Here is an artist that has made the transition from harsh drum and bass to wonderful pastoral downtempo.


Future Loop Foundation is Sheffield-lad Mark Barrott. He traces his influences back to a 1981 Kraftwerk gig. Over the next decade Mark honed his craft, moving from the early techno sounds of Juan Atkins and Derrick May to ambient and ultimately onto the burgeoning sound of drum and bass which was seeping up from London, lead by the creative force of LTJ Bukem. In fact, Mark used the energy and inspiration he heard in all these underground musical revolutions to create his debut Future Loop Foundation album in 1996.


In 1999, Mark steered Future Loop Foundation into a new cutting-edge jazzier sound. At the same time he relocated to Berlin, seeking refuge in a new post-Wall economy and the social dynamism which was distilled in the city’s flourishing creative movement. Here he experienced the explosion of the chillout scene first hand during the hey-day of Kruder & Dorfmeister and others. Downtempo compositions went on to form the heart of Mark’s fourth album, the eclectic sounding This Is How I Feel.


In 2004, he started what he calls ‘Aural History’ – using his music and composition to soundtrack spoken word samples and stories from around the world that showcase different aspects of life from a social and historical perspective. The resulting album, The Fading Room: Memories and Remixes (2008) is constructed using recordings from family interviews that have laid dormant in an attic somewhere in the north of England for almost a quarter of a century. Amassed back in his childhood days, the vocal snippets document a simpler existence, when family took pride of place in the carefree mind of a teenager. This is a wonderful album. Anyone who has ever liked Lemon Jelly or Kruder & Dorfmeister is urged to buy it. You won’t regret it.


Future Loop Foundation – A Very English Summer with Mr Kipling (really)


Future Loop Foundation – Another English Summer (Hesso Mix)


Future Loop Foundation – The Sea And The Sky (Ashley Beedle’s Earth Mix)



~ by acidted on May 21, 2009.


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