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Techno Pioneers 808 State Reuniting…


The original lineup of 808 State is set to reunite, according to co-founder Gerald Simpson. More than 20 years after the group’s debut, Simpson and Graham Massey reportedly plan to return to their acid-house roots for a tour and even new recordings.

Simpson, better known as jungle legend A Guy Called Gerald, reportedly revealed his plans in an interview at London’s Red Bull Music Academy. According to Exclaim, he and Massey had a “serious discussion” about reuniting the original 808 State and will make an official announcement “in the months to come”.

Simpson, Massey and Martin Price founded 808 State in 1988, but Simpson quit the group after their first album, Newbuild. While 808 State eventually embraced the melodic dance music of 90s contemporaries such as Orbital, Simpson had a huge solo hit with the acid-house single Voodoo Ray. Price left in 1992, and 808 State’s revised lineup of Massey, Andrew Barker and Darren Partington released four more albums, most recently 2003’s Outpost Transmission.