Have You Heard? – (42) “Papua New Guinea” by The Future Sound Of London


An ambient-techno-rave classic from 1991. One of my favourites from the era. Have a listen while you read. It takes a little while to get going, but then is magnificent.

I’ve been listening to FSOL as I write about all the brilliant electro-dance music in the early 1990s. “Papua New Guinea” is just about the best. This is what I wrote about it for my book:

“1991 was a good year for electro-dance. One of the best was “Papua New Guinea” by The Future Sound Of London. It was at the ambient end of the rave sound, with a hymn-like chant, which sounded at first like la-di-da-di-da. And maybe it was – I never bothered to find out. It was spacey and somehow eastern – it was called “Papua New Guinea” after all. It was music to watch waterfalls by. The torrent pounding, fragmenting, refracting the light. The vocals looped over an alternatively shimmering and pulsating beat, which would have been highly danceable in the right place, the right frame of mind. I simply found it an entrancing piece of music, and timeless. It’s as magical today as the first time I heard it.”

I bought “Papua New Guinea” first as a twelve inch single – ah the days of vinyl! – but then got it again on the band’s CD “Accelerator”. The track here is off the album. It’s worth a listen. Nothing else quite matches “Papua New Guinea”, but there are some great beats and loops and blurps to keep your electro-buds stimulated. Give it a go, if you like this sort of thing.


About John S

I'm blogging about the things I love: music, sport, culture, London, with some photos to illustrate aspects of our wonderful city. I’ve written a novel called “The Decision”, a futuristic political thriller, and first of a trilogy. I’m also the author of a book on music since the 1970s called “ I Was There - A Musical Journey” and a volume of poetry about youth, “Growin’ Up - Snapshots/ Fragments”. All available on Amazon and Kindle.
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6 Responses to Have You Heard? – (42) “Papua New Guinea” by The Future Sound Of London

  1. I never heard this music before. I like it. It was neat to read something from your book which I hope is coming along nicely! _Resa

  2. Karma Comedian says:

    Indeed, I find I have the “Blue States” mix of this one on a compilation CD set called The Karma Collection. This also features, among many others, The Thievery Corporation, Ghostland, Moby, Nitin Sawhney, Bjork, and a tasty bhangra-driven mix by Steve Hillage (of all people) of Stereo MC’s Fever. I guess if we were ten years younger, we would have been goofing around on a beach in Ibiza to this stuff. Kinda sorry we weren’t……

  3. John S says:

    Now there’s a thought. Still there’s always hope we might get to La Manga!

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