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Before signing to Virgin and releasing such plaudit-defying works as ISDN and Lifeforms, Brian Dougans and Gary Cobain spent the first couple of years of the 1990s operating undercover. The pair turned out an array of EPs under a fistful of pseudonyms including Mental Cube, Semi Real, Yage, Intelligent Communication, Smart Systems and Indo Tribe - all of which are long since deleted. Originally released in 1991, Accelerator acted to collate the more memorable moments from this period with a scattering of exclusive tracks and although the straight-up techno orientation of the album is perhaps not as experimental as their later output, the material is well constructed with occasional interludes, clinical production and a fastidious attention to the finer details a pointer for what was to come. The inclusion of "Papua New Guinea" accepted by many as one of dance music's finest moments, ensures the recommendation. --Kingsley Marshall
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Standout tracks include Expander (and its furious remix), the very tropical Calcium, Pulse State and several others, including of course the album version of Papua New Guinea. The downfall is that some of the tracks sound cheesily dated, almost like the backing music to Streets of Rage or some 90s 16 bit beat-em up.
Then there's the bonus disc, which is essential if you want to own Papua New Guinea on CD, as there are some cracking remixes that almost top the original. At the end of the day this is the real reason to buy the album, as its hard to dish out for several tracks which don't quite cut the mustard any more. Still its essential for ambient dance fans.
I'm frankly surprised to see words like 'nothing special' used to describe this album... It set a benchmark upon release and is a classic example of Nineties cerebral techno. There are plenty of deep rhythms and vibes to get into on this album, and it contains the organic blueprint of future FSOL releases to come...
Rather than lightweight, this album is accessible, up tempo and very listener friendly. You don't need to sit in a room and think seriously about the concepts at work to enjoy it (as with some FSOL albums). It's far more immediate than that whilst retaining a good degree of intelligence...
This record's like a favourite pair of trainers. You forgot how good they were until you dug em out the wardrobe and gave em a run out...
I won't even delve into the second PNG remix disc, the album stands up far too well on its own!
An absolutely ESSENTIAL purchase for any fan of Electronic music (and it's many sub-genres)...
If you like intelligent Dance music this is one not to be missed.
This was and still is a stone cold classic from the golden age of dance music back in the early 90s.
This is quite different to most of FSOL's later ambient output, but you can clearly hear early indications of what was to come. 1993's awesome 'Tales Of Ephindrina' album, released under the Amorphous Androgynous pseudonym was like a stepping stone between this album and what was to follow - 'Lifeforms', 'ISDN', 'Dead Cities' and the 'Environments' series.
I originally had this on tape back in the day and have just bought the CD from Amazon. Admittedly, the production is not as polished as the later FSOL albmus but thats just due to the technological limitations of the time. Compare for example 'Experience' with the later Prodigy albums, or '...Ultraworld' with the later Orb albums and you will notice a similar jump in production values.
Every track on this album is really solid - slabs of soulful, melodic techno, perfectly weaved together with lovely ambient atmospherics.
To be honest with you, I find the 2 remixes pointless (the tape version never included them anyway), and the bonus disc is really neither here nor there. I've listened to it once but I don't think I will listen to it often again. Some people love to have endless remixes of big tunes, but no remix will ever come close to the album version of Papua New Guinea which is just incredible. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that it was one of the biggest anthems of the early 90s and still sounds beautiful today. Absolutely timeless and quite possibly one of the best dance tracks of all time.
If in doubt, buy this album!
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Bought to replace older formats of the same album in my collection - it was always going to get 5 stars!!Published 9 months ago by The Pantsman
1,82 L for shipment is reasonable, 3,6 L is an abuse, please consider maintain the charge of 1,82 LPublished 13 months ago by mesek
What a cracking CD this is, JUst love it and it has one of the all time great tracks on it in 'Papua New Guinea' buy it just for that and youll be glad you did..Published on 26 Feb. 2013 by Gary Martin
It's unusual for me to listen to an album with no lyrics, but not unheard of, and although I dont go clubbing anymore I sometimes reminisce, so I had hoped for great things from... Read morePublished on 28 April 2003 by F. W. Bristow