Mancunian legends and pioneers of dance 808 State (Graham Massey and Andrew Barker) can still whip up sounds that are fresh and fierce as the days they were the vanguard of a movement that created the blueprints of fun music made for serious clubbers. The upcoming Initial Granada Report EP shows they’ve after a 16-year break from releasing material they have not lost that ability to tear up the dancefloor – and the mind – to shape them anew, as on new track Tokyo Tokyo.
Where to begin? Well there’s that bass sound which launched a million mashed weekends and is as identified with Manchester as much as Chicago. The sparse intro builds from a techno abstraction to become something ominous and overpowering but at its centre, Tokyo Tokyo is about getting people to dance. 16 years was too long to wait but it was worth it!
Massey had this to say about the track that broke their recorded but not creative silence: “We’re trying to make a future for other people to immerse themselves in. It feels a bit like an imaginary landscape. That’s always been a big part of 808 State, when you go back through the music: these kind of landscapes of futurism.”
Tokyo Tokyo is on now and Initial Granada Report is on July 12th via 808 State, and available on all major digital services – you can find out more here. Catch up with news on the EP, upcoming gigs and the band themselves by checking them out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.