Future Sound Scientists
conceptual electronic music record label
Phun Thomas – Ignition
In the fifteenth release, we’re happy to bring a debut album called “Ignition” from Lithuanian artist Phun Thomas. The long-awaited debut album contains thirteen original compositions including several collaborations with Monikaze, Gūzas, Kamar, and Artfcl.
Phun Thomas is an electronic music composer, producer, and live performer who goes deep into Techno, Breakbeat, and Ambient or combines it together with a wide variety of other electronic music genres. Phun Thomas and his other scene names Andy Lau & L8M8 has released music under KMS, CR2, DTL, Runemark, Future Sound Scientists, Balkan Connection, Stripped, The Purr, Sounds Of Krafted, Unrivaled Music, Kubu Music, and other respected electronic music records labels.
The debut album “Ignition” delivers thirteen original compositions including collaborations with Lithuanians Monikaze (“What If”), Gūzas (“Bendrom Jėgom”), Artfcl (“Fire”), and UK based rapper Kamar (“Maybe”). This time Phun Thomas digs deep into Breakbeat, Breakcore, Electro, and IDM, and combines it all into one eclectic and inspiring tale of futuristic conceptual electronic music. Album also includes three earlier released tracks: “The Scream” and “Break The Attitude” on FSS Recordings, and “Ray” previously released on Runemark Records.
Phun Thomas’ “Ignition” is available in all digital music stores as well as all music streaming platforms. The album is sponsored by Lithuanian Council for Culture.
“Grow the ignition within!” – Phun Thomas.
The Last 2 Brain Cells – Legosonic
The fourteenth release in the catalog brings “Legosonic EP”, a debut of a young free-impro music duo named The Last 2 Brain Cells.
Music for “Legosonic EP” was recorded in a continuous improvisation session with no frames drawn in advance and no concrete form or structure. Nevertheless, spontaneously occurring musical textures and ideas naturally overlap with each other by constantly evolving and transforming into a musical form of microstructures. The overall soundscape created by using a modular synthesizer and a chain of guitar’s effects pedals as an instrument. The EP itself becomes a magical musical journey with different influences from music genres like Jazz, Rock, Metal, Avant-garde, and Classic.
The Last 2 Brain Cells is the initiative of two young Contemporary Music graduates from Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. It is a unique project where both performers guitarist Klaudija Indriliūnaitė and saxophonist Matas Samulionis merge their instrument knowledge and skills into a weird atonal, electro-acoustic world.
Phun Thomas – Kepler
In the thirteenth release, we deliver a categorical Techno “Kepler EP” from Phun Thomas. EP includes three original pieces of dark underground Techno music.
The first track in the pack “Gliese” opens the release with tight beats, highly energetic acidic sounds, constantly moving arpeggiated patterns and a monotonous trippy atmosphere.
The title composition “Kepler” brings dark and raw Techno spiced with tasty industrial yet minimalistic bits.
The closing track “Ross” shows the more electrified Techno side of the release. Completely raw and dirty synths with tight rhythms build a dark and aggressive groove.
Phun Thomas’ “Kepler EP” is available in digital music stores and music streaming platforms.
Artfcl – Artificial
We are honored to deliver our already twelfth release in the label catalog and a debut album called “Artificial” from Lithuanian duo Artfcl.
Artfcl is an idea that perfectly reflects current times, where the boundary between the living and digital or electronic worlds sometimes disappears, sometimes human being becomes a machine and a machine becomes a human being. In music, the band makes sense of this not only by combining live sounds with electronics but also by aligning their roles in the flow of music. An acoustic melodic instrument can mimic electronic rhythmic elements while electronics “sing” their melody. In this way, Artfcl creates a multi-faceted and highly diverse musical language, interweaving many seemingly incompatible styles of music such as IDM, Jazz, Techno, Breaks, Avant-garde, Acid Jazz, Pop, Ambient, Alternative, Electro or Trip-Hop.
Artfcl was formed in January 2020. Created by itself, because it was time for two peers to come up with one name that unites them. Andrius Laucevičius (creator of electronic music under the pseudonym of Phun Thomas) and Matas Samulionis (out-of-frame virtuoso of harmonies and modular synthesizers, saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist) have been working purposefully for several years and in 2019 presented an electro-acoustic ballet called “Newborn”, expanding electronic music with professional ballet soloists, video projections and light art.
With the creation of “Newborn”, several conceptually unsuitable ballet pieces were born that inspired the debut album “Artificial”. Artfcl’s debut album “Artificial” consists of 16 tracks. All created by the duo themself, except “Drawn In(to) Soundscape” was edited by Marijus Adomaitis a.k.a. Ten Walls, whose artful injection into the composition is invaluable. According to the authors, efforts have been made to create the album in an extremely eclectic manner, so that neither the mood nor the musical styles nor the timbres will be repeated while listening to the album. The result is great – each track tells its own story, but at the same time complements the overall concept of the album.
All tracks of the album were created and recorded by Andrius Laucevičius and Matas Samulionis at MAMA Studios, mixed and mastered by Andrius Laucevičius at MAMA Studios, except “Drawn In(to) Soundscape” was edited, mixed and mastered by Marijus Adomaitis at Ten Walls studio. Wonderful album artwork by @Frendako.
Artfcl – Alauda Arvensis
The eleventh release in the catalog brings a single called “Alauda Arvensis” from Artfcl including two opposing versions.
“Alauda Arvensis” is a Latin name for the bird that first announces the coming spring in Lithuania. Though the composition delivers totally electronic sounds, the general energy of the original piece is as powerful as the news in the spring from Alauda Arvensis.
Artfcl’ remix draws ambient soundscape and deep mood. Opposing the original version with its calmness and coziness.
Artfcl’s “Alauda Arvensis” is taken from their debut album “Artificial”. All tracks in the album were created and recorded by Andrius Laucevičius and Matas Samulionis at MAMA Studios, mixed and mastered by Andrius Laucevičius at MAMA Studios, except “Drawn In(to) Soundscape” was edited, mixed and mastered by Marijus Adomaitis. Wonderful album artwork by @Frendako.
Artfcl – The Turn
In the jubilee tenth release Future Sound Scientists deliver a colorful “The Turn” EP from Artfcl. EP contains three original pieces from Artfcl’s debut album “Artificial”.
Opening and the title track “The Turn” sets the mood for the rest of the release. IDM’ical clicks & cuts create the groove with deep pads and subtle bassline.
“Colored” brings jazzy freedom. Accompanied by saxophone cuts, composition evolves into eclectic darkness full of piano sounds.
Last but definitely not least track in the pack is called “Heaven Behind those Eyes” which is an acoustic composition filled with tiny piano cuts. “The Turn” is available in digital music stores as well as music streaming platforms.
Artfcl’s “The Turn” EP is taken from their debut album “Artificial”. All tracks in the album were created and recorded by Andrius Laucevičius and Matas Samulionis at MAMA Studios, mixed and mastered by Andrius Laucevičius at MAMA Studios, except “Drawn In(to) Soundscape” was edited, mixed and mastered by Marijus Adomaitis. Wonderful album artwork by @Frendako.
Artfcl – Bigger Than Us
In the ninth release, we deliver a two version single from Artfcl called “Bigger Than Us”.
The original version is a breakbeat anthem, full of electro and modular synthesizers accompanied by acoustic strings. The composition tells a dramatic story of the sense of community that is “Bigger Than Us”.
Artfcl remix paints a different approach to the original version. It has a more IDM’ical resound with an ambient atmosphere.
“Bigger Than Us” is available in digital music stores as well as music streaming platforms.
Artfcl’s “Bigger Than Us” is taken from their debut album “Artificial”. All tracks in the album were created and recorded by Andrius Laucevičius and Matas Samulionis at MAMA Studios, mixed and mastered by Andrius Laucevičius at MAMA Studios, except “Drawn In(to) Soundscape” was edited, mixed and mastered by Marijus Adomaitis at Ten Walls studio. Wonderful album artwork by @Frendako.
Artfcl – Decadence
Future Sound Scientists come back with the eighth release in the catalog which is a single from Artfcl “Decadance” from their debut album “Artificial”. Single includes the original album version, Phun Thomas Dancefloor, and Radio edits, and a wonderful remix from Auren.
The original version of “Decadance” is a post-disco and Electro hybrid. Created using modular synths and TR-505 beat machine. Phun Thomas delivers two edits for a more DJ friendly and radio usage.
An original point of view and totally different approach declares Auren in his deep and slow remix. The constantly evolving structure of the composition brings unexpected turns and drops followed by groovy patterns.
Artfcl “Decadance” from their debut album “Artificial”. All tracks in the album were created and recorded by Andrius Laucevičius and Matas Samulionis at MAMA Studios, mixed and mastered by Andrius Laucevičius at MAMA Studios, except “Drawn In(to) Soundscape” was edited, mixed and mastered by Marijus Adomaitis at Ten Walls studio. Wonderful album artwork by @Frendako.
Artfcl – Artficial
The seventh release in the label catalog delivers a fresh single “Artificial” and the title track from Artfcl’s upcoming album. Single contains three versions – the original version, Artfcl’s “Rethought” version, and a remix from Phun Thomas.
The original piece includes a live sax as the main idea of the composition, as well as many percussion sounds produced using extended sax techniques. Created in the sound and style of the early 90’s Funk, Acid Jazz, and Hip Hop. From the artists’ point of view, it’s jazzy instrumental Hip Hop.
Artfcl’s Rethink draws a totally different soundscape with its own attitude. Darker mood with raw and dirty synthesizer sounds creates that underground and alternative concept towards the original version.
Last but not least comes a remix from Phun Thomas. A dark-post-disco version of the original brings the arpeggiator upfront that was originally in the background and drops heavy beats for the harder groove.
Artfcl’s first single and an album title track “Artificial” is available in digital music stores as well as music streaming platforms.
Auren – Hidden Notes
In the sixth release, we deliver one of the finest electronic music creators from Vilnius – Auren, and his laid back “Hidden Notes” EP. EP contains four original musical pieces, each with its own sound combining into one lasting concept of the whole release.
Introductory “Dopamine” sets the mood for the whole release with its natural background sounds and beautiful atmospheres evolve into a relaxing and calm journey. “Sometimes It Hurts” is full of clicks and cuts, overdubbed with moody vocals and deep synths. The third composition “Anything” contains a nostalgic saxophone lead and brings bright and chilly atmospheres. Last but definitely not least track in the pack “1-1=1” delivers dark and deep dubby drops along with the funky beats and recorded soundscape sounds.
Despite the differences between the original works, they all beautifully form the overall concept of the release, which reveals and highlights the creator’s alternative approach to sound and artistic subtleties. The EP features many characteristics of Trip Hop, Clicks’N’Cuts, IDM, Dub, and Breakbeat, intertwined with authentic and just Auren-like sound.
The cover artwork was created especially for this EP by @frendako. A special thanks!
Auren’s “Hidden Notes” EP is available in digital format in digital music stores and music streaming platforms.
Phun Thomas – Break The Attitude
On the fifth release in the catalog, we come back with another EP from Phun Thomas called “Break The Attitude”. EP contains four original compositions, one of them is featured with Lithuanian techno artist Guzas.
The title track “Break The Attitude” comes as an introduction composition. Breakbeat in slow motion and full of fat basslines, “Break The Attitude” slowly evolves into a massive dancefloor breaker.
The second one in the pack is another breakbeat gem called “Scream”. Heavy kick drum and screaming synths create a trippy tension through the whole composition.
“Automotion” is a collaborative result of Phun Thomas and Guzas. Guzas mainly concentrates on dark Techno sounds, this time together with Phun Thomas went a bit deeper direction with an acidic bassline and monotonic structure.
Last but not least comes “You Make Me Pheel Alright” to close the release. The most energetic track combines tight breakbeat rhythms with dark acid grooves and delivers an underground ravish atmosphere.
Phun Thomas “Break The Attitude” EP is available in almost all digital music stores worldwide as well as streaming platforms.
Phun Thomas – The Vision
In the fourth release, we come back with “The Vision” EP from Phun Thomas. Phun Thomas previously has released music on Runemark Records, Click Records, and DTL Records, this time delivers a four composition EP full of Ambiental and relaxing moods. Starting with the introductory “The Waiting”, moving to a bit sad “Memories”, evolves into the title track “The Vision” and fulfills with “Slon”. The whole release presents the relaxed and chilled side of the artist’s creativity, oriented to personal listening.
Re:Carl – Reversence
FSS Recordings comes back with some fresh compositions. This time we bring another Lithuanian, new name to our label – Re:Carl and his debut single “Reversence”, including two dance-floor-friendly remixes from Abs O’Loot Love and L8M8.
Abs O’Loot Love – Splash
We’re very excited about our second release from our label project Abs O’Loot Love debut “Splash EP”. And it’s OUT NOW! EP contains three original compositions: the acidic “Bring It On”, the title track “Splash” and the groovy “Super Sexy Strike”. Debut Abs O’Loot Love’s EP brings pure underground feeling towards the dance floors.
L8M8 – Timelight
FSS Recordings aims to deliver the best conceptual electronic music as well as audiovisual releases. It’s all about technologies, acidic waves, underground sound, alternative views to electronic music, conceptual, minimal, and interdisciplinary arts. But as every good piece of art needs a good intro, we’ve decided the first release to be total Ambiental. And we’re happy to share the whole album called “Timelight” from a Lithuanian producer L8M8.
The album suggests 12 original ambient pieces of music from Ambiental synth-pop to drone music, from the cinematic atmosphere to dark ambient. The conception of the whole album lies under a minimalistic composing with an ambient music aesthetics. All album is created in all 12 tonalities. Every track is linked to different tonality and the first letters of the names describe the semitone, according to the author. The name of the album “Timelight” is combined with two obvious things that one can feel in the album: one is the tempo – it all the same in every track – 60 (or 120) bpm. That makes the album in time. Synchronized in a way. The other thing is the light that brings all the pieces into one album. Everything sounds really bright and peaceful except “Face To Face” and “Singularity” sounds dark but still peaceful. So “Timelight” means the Light of Time.
The leader release is already prepared and waiting for its publishing date just before Christmas – on the 21st of December 2015 exclusively on Junodownload.com for the first two weeks and it will also appear in all other good digital stores on the 4th of January 2016.