Issue 58 & Vinyl Bundle
Happy? You bet we are. Weve got smiley faces and everything. Were happy not least because 808 State acid house pioneers, rave provocateurs, electronic pop stars by accident are back with their first album for 17 years. Recorded at the old Granada TV Studios in Manchester, its called Transmission Suite and its a corker, which is why weve interviewed 808 States Graham Massey and Andrew Barker for the lead feature of this months cover story.
The return of 808 State isnt the only reason to be cheerful. Theres also Luke Viberts Valvable and Paranoid Londons PL, two albums weve had on heavy rotation in the Electronic Sound office over the summer. Theyre both soaked in the squelch of the Roland TB-303, the little silver box that powered the late 1980s acid house revolution. There have been lots of other great 303 records over the last couple of years, to the extent that it feels like theres a bit of an acid revival going on, so we figured this was the perfect opportunity to talk to some of those responsible.
And since weve got our happy hats on, it also seemed like a good time to cast back three decades to remember how the first generation acid house records, records that were raw and fierce and challenging and hugely exciting, changed the cultural and social landscape of the UK on a scale we hadnt seen since punk. In fact, in many ways, on a much bigger scale. The police didnt have a Punk Rock Squad, but they did have an Acid House Squad.
Weve plenty of other great stuff elsewhere in this issue, including Stephen Mallinder, Anna Meredith, M83, Dave Ball, Jenny Hval, Greg Wilson and Neil Arthur. Plus Floating Spectrum and also Floating Points. See what we did there? Enjoy the trip.
Limited Edition Seven-Inch Singe
We have a terrific 808 State seven-inch to accompany this issue. On one side is Ozawa, a synth-heavy out-take from the Transmission Suite sessions. On the other is a 21st century reworking of the bands 1990 hit Cubik, which 808 man Graham Massey describes as having a massive weight compared to the original. Both Ozawa and Cubik 80890 are unavailable elsewhere and, as with all our releases, this seven-inch is a limited edition pressing exclusively for readers of Electronic Sound.
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