Released to capitalize on two obsessions of 1997 -- the rise of electronic music and Fox-TV's series The X-Files
-- Future: A Journey Through the Electric Underground
nevertheless does a good job of introducing the listener to several of the best techno, ambient and jungle acts (Chemical Brothers
) as well as providing tracks by ambient innovators like Brian Eno
, Harold Budd
, David Toop
, and Paul Schutze
. Gillian Anderson
, co-star of The X-Files'
(who also hosted the British documentary of the same name) appears on two abysmal tracks with the previously unheard of Hal
. Other than her weak performances, the choices are impeccable.