808 State 1989
The story Manchester's seminal acid-house pioneers, formed by musician/producer Graham Massey and Eastern Bloc record shop founder Martin Price.
The vibe A lush, mellow, even jazz-funk vibe built on a synth/sax combo over a burbling bass groove.
The electric shock That first identifiably squiggly acid Roland 808 sound is a joy, but when the beats kick in, it's a blast. (0:35)
Since you ask... One of 808's founding members was Gerald Simpson, who left to start the equally seminal A Guy Called Gerald. (EC)
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