“We’re trying to make a future for other people to immerse themselves in. It feels a bit like an imaginary landscape. That’s always been a big part of 808 State, when you go back through the music: these kind of landscapes of futurism.” so says Grahm Massey from the legendary Manchester acid house duo 808 State on reconvening after a considerable period of time – their last new material Outpost Transmission came out back in 2002.
It isn’t that the duo, Massey alongside Andrew Barker haven’t been working, its just up to this point its always been on remixes, edits and live shows, its just that it’s taken until now for something new to appear.
Taken from the forthcoming ‘Initial Granada Report’ EP, the first of two releases this summer and named after the old TV Studios where they recorded them, Toyko Tokyo is the first glimpse of whats to come.
It seems that the band have gone back to those acid house roots in order to move forward, with this gluey, almost gooey acid house beat undepinning some smart bubbling synth/electro-lines and scattered percussive beats. Over the top there is this vocal cut up, a mantra like repeating of the title. Always at the cutting edge, they’ve moved things forward once again. Brilliant stuff.
Check it out, here
808 STATE – LIVE DATES 2019 (MORE TBA)
13 July – Dreamland, Margate
20 July – Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank