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Recorded live at the National Centre for Popular Music in Sheffield, England, Middle of Nowhere represents the atmospheric and breakbeat inoculated sounds of Mark Barrot: aka Future Loop Foundation. Joining the Sheffield native on this November 1999 performance is the dance-driven syncopation of Break Division, the sampled effects of Michael Dog, and D-Flava's sometimes toasting, sometimes boasting verses. Unlike most electronica-ambient techno-jungle CDs, which are staid studio productions that have been sterilized by way of overzealous editing and mastering, Middle of Nowhere has an intensity about it precisely because it was recorded live. Beginning with "Espionage," a gelatinous tune full of sonar pings and pangs, the set ramps up and then plateaus about halfway through with "Conditions for Living." The last two songs of the set, "Live at the Apollo" and "Clusterfunk," are breakneck numbers that help end the concert on high and quickly paced notes. In short, Future Loop Foundation pulls it off with The Middle of Nowhere, precisely because it was recorded live, in the middle of somewhere.