Sunday, December 18, 2016

808 State - Ninety & Utd. State 90 - 1990

I discovered and fell in love with 808 when I purchased their Ex:El album in1991.  I had to have it once I heard the Bernard Sumner guest vocals on it.  As I listened to the album, learned the history behind the band and it's association with this new music called Techno, I soon became an avid follower, buying all the vinyl I could of their releases.

From Discogs -
Manchester’s techno pioneers were formed in 1988 when Martin Price, owner of the city’s seminal Eastern Bloc underground record store, teamed up with Graham Massey, formerly of Factory Records’ Biting Tongues and more recently renowned as a producer. The debut EP, Newbuild was cut in collaboration with fellow Mancunian Gerald Simpson. The trio were also responsible for mixing tracks for local artists, including Inspiral Carpets. In 1989 Simpson departed to launch his own vehicle, A Guy Called Gerald, and DJ duo the Spinmasters (Andrew Barker and Darren Partington) were drafted into 808 State.
The new quartet cut the Quadrastate EP, a huge club hit, and the single Pacific which crossed over into the national top ten at the tail end of 1989. The timing of their rise to prominence worked in their favour, as the Madchester explosion began dominating the UK music and style press. 808 State were cast alongside the likes of the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays which aroused interest from the rock world and broke down barriers between the indie and dance factions. 808 State signed to ZTT in 1990 and delivered the classic 808:90, which was immediately adopted by the rave generation as a soundtrack to post-gig chill out sessions, as well as becoming a favourite with DJs and rock concert audiences.

From Wikipedia -

Ninety is the second full-length album and first on ZTT Records by British electronic music group 808 State, released in 1989 and featuring the single "Pacific State" which reached number 10 in the UK Singles Chart on November 1989. It was released in the US as Utd. State 90, without "The Fat Shadow (Pointy Head Mix)," but with other bonus tracks.
Slant Magazine listed the album at number 54 on its list of the "Best Albums of the 1980s" saying "A thrilling expansion of the possibilities for acid house and arguably the best LP ever produced in the style".

For my version, I combined 90 and Utd State 90, plus the relevant mixes.  I additionally added the mixes that they did for other artists from the same time period.  I specifically left the Quadrastate tracks separate, as I will include those on my Newbuild version, along with the Blue Monday mix.  I tried to hold true to the art from the original album cover, while adding my own style.  I hope it looks legit...

I'll see you all tomorrow, back to normal.


  1. Thanks my friend you have, how you say, TASTE...

    First a shameless plug, sorry:

    Second, further listening to you and anybody else who may be listening;

    Fluke: Techno Rose of Blighty, Out In Essence, Six Wheels on My Wagon
    Aphex Twin: 26 Mixes for Cash
    Orb: Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld
    Carl Craig: Most things, really, you won't be disappointed
    Derrick May / Rhythim Is Rhythim: Soundtrack For The Tenth Planet
    Harthouse Records: If only for Acperience 1, which could be the best acid house record ever
    Boards of Canada: Everything. Yeah, everything. Even the stuff they didn't make.
    BBC Radiophonic Orchestra / Delia Derbyshire et al: The pioneers

    Have fun...


  2. Hashim: Al Naafiysh (The Soul) - 1983, bloomin hell!
    Frankie Knuckles / Jamie Principle: Everything, both were before their time, geniuses. Waiting on My Angel was 1985, long before a label was put on that type of music.
    Juan Atkins: Techno Music
    Stakker Humanoid
    Tyree: Acid Over (Spectrum Mix)
    Sven Vath: Ritual of Life
    Stasis: Artifax
    Air Liquide: Liquid Air
    Orbital: Chime, Nothing Left 1&2
    Guillotine Hairshaver: Reverse Rain
    Ultramarine: Kingdom
    Goldenscan: Ascension
    The Space Brothers: Everything, really, unashamedly commercial, but, hey....

    and shameless plug No. 2, NoHipster on Youtube. I'm not connected, just great music :-)

  3. Oh, yeah, if I don't post again, KidChaos, you and your family have a good Christmas.

    You've put a smile on my face today :-)

    1. That's great, dude! I love it! As for your awesome list, some of those I am already planning on doing in the normal posts. This week I wanted to bring out the obscure no-names and labels. It would be a sin to throw these under the label of Techno, as they are so much more. This is also why I posted 808 LAST, as I didn't want to lump them completely in the group, even though they sorta helped with it's formation...

  4. hi friends what happen with the links?,i miss you,tell me something or where i can find , please thanks always,here u have my email adress too: