Self-Release – October 11th
Seventeen years after their last release, I guess 808 State have been slowly digesting the enormous buffet that’s been their career and now the acid reflux is forcing its way up. Full of sci-fi waltzes and intricate samples layered beneath tongue-in-cheek hooks and hefty basslines, Transmission Suite is understated, disjointed and masterful. It’s only halfway through lead single, ‘Tokyo Tokyo’, when the beloved TB-303 finally shows its face, that you remember just how fucking cool acid house is. Recorded in the now-abandoned Granada Studios, where they first performed on television in 1989, you can really hear the clunks and whirrs of all that obsolete machinery, underpinned with the welcome return of the acid break.