In 1980s Manchester one of the most terrifying things to do (and there were a lot of terrifying things to do in 1980s Manchester) would be to go into Eastern Bloc records and ask for... I dunno the latest dance pop smash by Paul Hardcastle. Behind the counter was Martin Price who would later go on to form 808 State. As you can imagine he had exquisite taste which lent itself to the techno and house explorations he would go on to produce. Gorgeous was their fourth album and features a Joy Division sample, a UB40 rework and the vocals of Liverpool gob Ian McCulloch.
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7/10 Jack 7th June 2017
No, this isn't on par with the greatest 808 works, but there are still complex, creative beats and soaring synths on this album. I would love to hear this stuff performed at a club. Tracks like "Plan 9" and "Nimbus" are brilliant displays of technical skill with soul. There's also an organic grind to many of the songs that, chronologically speaking, fits in perfectly as a stylistic transition from the spacey sounds of Ex:El and the gritty Don Solaris. A smattering of talented vocalists adds to the complexity and variety of this playlist as well.
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