“808 State : 30” sees the band perform fan favourites from their five major albums in an entirely new set which also features exclusive new material from the band’s upcoming sixth album, “Transmission Suite”.
Now some three decades since 808 State first came out with their game changing electronica, the band remain in a unique position as one of the prime originators of UK dance music, having arrived on the scene early which saw them shape dance music from their first releases.
Now recording their sixth full studio album “Transmission Suite”, tracks from which are to be premiered exclusively on the upcoming tour, “808 State : 30 Live” will highlight the bands contribution to dance music’s past and present forms with the band set to perform the better and less known tracks form their remarkable catalogue alongside the new material in a new set with reworked arrangements across all nine shows.
Across the concerts on the tour the band have personally chosen two of the very best new UK young electronic producers to join them. R&S Record’s LONE plays across all dates and Pearson Sound AKA David Kennedy, part of Hessle Audio, has been added to the bill for the Manchester Academy pre Christmas homecoming date.
Pearson Sound with their widely acclaimed debut album release in 2015 have become one of the most lauded UK producers and synonymous with cutting edge UK dance music. Combining house, garage, drum and bass and dubstep within his innovative sets have landed him regular appearances on BBC Radio One who called a “a key figure in the UK Bass scene” and a weekly show on Rinse FM.
A prolific remixer who has taken his talents to the like of The XX, M.I.A and Depeche Mode, Kennedy’s 2016 single “XLB” was voted the No.2 best track of 2016 by Resident Advisor and his vinyl only Leeds based club night, Acetate is similarly highly regarded.
The “808 State : 30” tour showcases the impact and originality of the group as well as the vitality of the current UK electronic music scene, highlighting that Manchester’s acid house heroes have remained at the forefront of electronic music for some 30 years & counting.
With the Manchester concert the final of the nine dates, back in Manchester at The Academy, with a 2AM finish and the last Saturday before Christmas 2018, tickets have already been moving quickly for this special homecoming celebration which looks set to prove one of the nights of the year.
Initially fuelled by the emergent music technology of the late Eighties, 808 State came to define their inimitable style and sounds, combining human warmth and delicacy to modern machine music to creating abstract, artistic techno with harder melodic edges that has remained timeless throughout their career. Initially defined to many with their breakthrough singles “Pacific”, “Cubik” and “In Yer Face”, released across fine imprints such as ZTT and the Tommy Boy in the United States, the band were the first electronica band to craft long form dance music albums, well before the likes of Leftfield and Orbital to whom they are often compared released their debut LPs.
Realising early on that the future of dance music lay with the album format, 808 State came to issue genre defining LP’s from their first with ZTT Records “Ninety”, which came to characterise that period of early acid house. Then as part of the explosion of Manchester artists, the band began to cross over to rock and indie crowds, something that then found its way into their music with their next, the still hugely rated release, 1991’s double album “ex:el”.
Across their subsequent albums “Gorgeous”, “Don Solaris” and then “Output Transmission”, 808 continued to experiment with new forms and styles, bringing drum and bass and other elements to techno whilst always seeking to move forward and create.
The band were also the first to bring in guest vocalists across their output and have collaborated with the likes of Bjork, Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield, Elbow’s Guy Garvey and a whole host of others which set the format for many subsequent cross over indie / dance tracks.
Now based at Old Granada Studios in Manchester, recording new material, it is the ongoing inventiveness, sense of adventure and their well-honed production craft that have kept 808 State at the top of their production games throughout their career.
As one of the very first fully live techno acts to hit the road, their live reputation has always been formidable with recent concerts at the likes of London’s Printworks and Moogfest in North Carolina highlighting that they remain one of dance music’s best live performers.
Don’t miss the opportunity to catch one of dance music’s most revolutionary acts in a reworked and remodelled outing with “808 State : 30 Live” later this year.
Sharing similar soundscapes to 808 State themselves, LONE’s eminent discography includes such critically acclaimed albums as “Galaxy Garden” and “Reality Testing”, has seen him signed to the legendary R&S Records to release the classic “Airglow Fires” and remix the likes of Radiohead, Disclosure, Friendly Fires and Underworld.
LONE’s sets sees him weave in and out of his considerable catalogue alongside an audio visual tapestry and his approach takes in elements of house, soul, hip hop and techno, all combined with the artistic touches one has come to expect from one of UK electronica’s most respected breakthrough producers.