808 State are back in 2002 with thier eagerly awaited new album Outpost Transmission. Featuring sublime guest vocals from Alabama 3, Simian and Guy Garvey of Elbow. This album continues the dance pioneers' tradition of producing some of the best music around and keeps them at the forefront of the dance world. Whilst it sticks close to the 808 formula, it still has enough new touches to be something different and unique, and as with all of thier work you never quite know whats coming next. Superb tracks 606, Crossword and Suntower could easily be single hits, whilst the rest of the album is as elaborate and sophisticated as you would expect for a band of 808 State's calibre. Touches of breakbeat, acid and ambient mix in with intricate melodies and strings, which make it a varied affair, parts of the album have an overall japanese feel to them. (as well as some of the track titles) The Japanese version boasts the superb bouns track Quincy's Lunch and the US version has 4 different tracks including the exhilirating Long Orange.
All in all this ranks as one of 808 State's best works and in my opinion only reinforces the argument that they are perhaps the best electronic artists of the last 15 years. My advice? try it, you WILL like it!