NUMBERS: 808 STATE (1)

Manchester’s 808 State have a long and illustrious career. And in “Pacific State” lay claim to one of dance’s classic tracks. We’ll have a few posts of non-album mixes.

808 State was formed back in 1988 in Eastern Bloc, a DJ record shop in Manchester England run by Martin Price. Customers Graham Massey of Biting Tongues fame and Gerald Simpson got talking with Martin and soon realised how much they had in common. After recording a Hip-Hop flavoured EP as the ‘Hit Squad Manchester’ together with MC Tunes, they decided to call themselves 808 State. They got the name from the Roland drum machine TR 808 and the state-of-mind that they shared.

Their first album ‘Newbuild’ on Price’s Creed Records, a raw Acid House album, was released during the Summer of ’88 and has since become a very collectible item. During the making of the second album ‘Quadrastate’, Gerald Simpson departed to continue with his solo project ‘A Guy Called Gerald’. DJ’s Andrew Barker and Darren Partington, a.k.a. the Spinmasters, got recruited on a permanent basis to fill up the gap left by Gerald.

First up, from 1993, a personal favourite:

808 State – Plan 9 (Guitars On Fire Mix)

808 State – Olympic 93

808 State – Nbambi (April Showers Mix)

~ by acidted on February 8, 2010.

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