Lifeforms (album)

Lifeforms is the second studio album by British electronica group The Future Sound of London. The album was released on 23 May 1994 by Virgin Records and later by Astralwerks.


The Future Sound of London began work on the album around the same time as they were finishing Tales of Ephidrina, and the more complex, ambient direction they were taking resulted in Lifeforms. The artwork also progressed from previous works, with soon-to-be familiar images of the "Witch Girl" Sheuneen Ta and the "Spike" computer model having been previously used on the group's Cascade EP.


Lifeforms achieved commercial success and produced hit singles such as "Cascade" and "Lifeforms". The album was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for over 60,000 units sold.

AllMusic called it "one of the best experimental techno releases of the '90s" and "an inventive, fascinating aural experience, as rich and detailed as the Orb's best work."

Track listing


  • The Future Sound of London – production, writing ;Additional musicians
  • Robert Fripp – guitar textures and bytes on "Flak"
  • Toni Halliday – vocal texture on "Cerebral"
  • Ozric Tentacles – sound bytes on "Flak"
  • Talvin Singh – Tabla Tronics on "Life Form Ends"
  • Yage – engineering ;Additional personnel
  • The Future Sound of London – art direction
  • Buggy G. Riphead – art direction
  • Peter Atkinson – photography
  • Stephen Marks – photography
  • P. Knott – photography
  • Alistair Shay – photography
  • Martin Poole – photography
  • Olaf Wendt – CGI design
  • Rob Manley – A&R