Post-acid alchemy, with sleevenotes by Donovan
Somewhat overlooked and critically undervalued when it was originally released in 2002, The Isness was a tabla-driven, sitar-wielding psychedelic behemoth of a record that proved once and for all that The Future Sound Of London had soared way beyond their dance music peers. For devotees, the album’s only flaw was that it wasn’t twice as long. Well, now it is. The abundance of extra mixes that accumulated during Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans’ five years of obsessive tinkering have now been gathered together as The Otherness, and they display the same interstellar dynamics and richness of texture as the original did, never more so than on the fully restored version of “Morning Sky”, which out-brasses even “Penny Lane”. Music for modernists.