Ambient techno stalwart, Future Beat Alliance, has dropped a sneak peek at his upcoming 21st anniversary retrospective album, FBA21: Collected Works 1996-2017. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight has the info.
Techno and electro fans across the globe should be rejoicing right now. Why? Because one of the scene’s most well-respected underground artists, Future Beat Alliance, is due to release a retrospective compilation of the past 21 years of his career.
FBA21: Collected Works 1996-2017 is a 16-track collection of compositions spanning the whole of FBA‘s career. The artist has straddled the divide between electro and techno for some time, creating his own hybridised sound. There is certainly a touch of the IDM to the producer’s creations, which would make sense given the musical landscape at the time when he first entered the public conscience and the popularity of the genre below the surface of more commercial electronic music.
The entire album is filled with nuggets of electronic goodness, from 1997’s electro beast, Intruder, which was released on the (now, sadly, defunct) Void imprint, right up to 2017’s rave-tinged braindance workout, Chemical Cloud, which is released alongside Beginner as an AA single. There’s plenty of techno there for the purists (don’t miss out on the demonic cyber-storm that is Dark Passenger).
The 1996 unreleased track, Beginner, has been pushed out today, with Chemical Cloud, via Future Beat Alliance‘s SoundCloud profile, in advance of the November 3rd release date for FBA21: Collected Works 1996-2017. The track offers a rare insight into what influenced Matthew Puffett‘s earlier productions. It contains some lush, evocative pads, which throb and swell below some perfectly programmed electro percussion. A real treat for us all.
You can listen to the tracks, below. Keep an eye on The Waveform Transmitter for a full review of the album in the coming weeks prior to its release. It would seem that, given the seeming resurgence of the electro sound (one that this writer, in particular, welcomes), Matthew has chosen the perfect moment to release his retrospective works. You can pre-order the 3xLP/digital album, here.