Tony Fordham and LTJ Bukem Disintegrate! The revelation comes as PFM releases new music that was signed three years ago for the 'Earth' music series under Good Looking Records. Likely, the "Check It Out' track by PFM was for Earth '7' or a possible Earth '8' compilation that will not see the light of day.
Not to be confused with the '70s Italian prog-rock group of the same name, PFM
were the source of some of the most popular ambient/intelligent jungle
tunes -- including "One and Only" and "For All of Us" -- during the style's 1995-96 heyday. Pairing hard, rolling amen breaks with warm, fizzing analog melodies and lysergic atmospherics, PFM's
best material sits next to early Photek
, Source Direct
, and LTJ Bukem
tracks such as "Dolphin Tune," "Stone Killer," and "Music
" as spearheading a more listener-friendly style of drum'n'bass, one which has since attracted the widest audience of jungle's many offshoots.
The duo of Mike Bolton
and Jamie Saker, PFM
(longform: Progressive Future Music
) were among the earliest artists associated with LTJ Bukem's
Good Looking/Looking Good labels
, releasing such early tracks such as "Wash Over Me" and "The Western Tune" to great acclaim and helping to solidify the now-prevailing label's characteristic sound. The duo released a few more singles in 1996 before dissolving their relationship with Good Looking in 1997.
However, after the release of 1999's Arrival
on Session Group, they returned to Good Looking for an EP that also featured Alaska
and Cedar. Producer 02 followed in spring 2002.
"Chill out with PFM on a jazz meets soul fusion journey inspired by Amy Winehouse . This track was signed to GLR [Good Looking Records] for release on an Earth compilation 3 years ago, as you probably know its not going to happen now as Dan [LTJ Bukem] and Tony Fordham have parted company." - PFM (October 2015)
"I just needed to share it with everyone whose followed me and my music for so long now. Thank you all so much for the support and kind words over the years. It really means a lot to me " - PFM (October 2015)
You can visit PFM's soundcloud page here: https://soundcloud.com/pfm-2