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Hypnotic and addictive?.........it must be 808 State
on 27 September 2011
Blueprint. What to include, what to exclude? Upon reading the track listing many would question as to why certain tracks made the cut and others omitted, but upon listening it becomes clear that as a history of electro and of 808 State, every track belongs.
Spanning all seven albums and featuring highlights from each, Blueprint is much more than a lazy 'trawl the archives and copy it to CD' release. Tracks have been reworked exclusively for this CD, while others contain mixes never heard before, and just as euphoric as the original.
From early beginnings and acid tweaks with 'Flow Coma' and 'Firecracker', 808 then showcase what the dance community had been waiting for.
The original 'Pacific State' gets a rare outing, 'Cubik' gets a glorified makeover from Monkey Mafia, while the other top ten hit which 'made' 808, 'In Yer Face', is given a 2011 inyerfacelift. The reworked `Timebomb' is relentless from start to finish, never losing its momentum. `Cobra Bora' merges the old skool rave with the subtle sax tones of `Pacific' to create a monster punch, surely the track of the decade. While `Nimbus' punctures the emotions and senses with breathtaking beauty. Instrumental music can be emotional.
But 808 don't rest on their dance laurels. Blissful collaborative efforts, most notably with the Manics James Dean Bradfield on the sumptuous 'Lopez', and Elbows Guy Garvey on 'Lemonsoul', give 808 the kudos of a dance act with the ability and talent to be able to crossover to ever more genres.
Hypnotic and addictive, Blueprint is a feast of musical flavours. 'Spanish Ice' enduces visions of gliding between the planets and Saturns rings. While the genre defying 'Metaluna' is proof that 808 State can still create the musical 'blueprint' for the next generation of music makers to follow.
808 State: Blueprint, 808 State: Saluted
P.S If you are thinking of buying 808s previous albums based on this, then note that the original albums were remastered and re-released TWICE, once in 2008 then 2010. The track listings are the same, but the 2010 release contains additional background info. Look out for (audio 2010) after the title.