March 3, 2015

808 State - Ninety (1989)

Around this time last year I was confined to an awfully boring dorm room with nothing to do. My friend had an iPad with Rockband on it. Naturally I would turn on the drum machine and just go absolutely ham on it--especially the synthetic 808 cowbell and my interest with this group peaked with my new fascination for Roland drum machines. Shimmering soundscapes, acidic grooves, and surreal vocals make this a rewarding listen. Ninety pulls techniques from Detroit techno and electro and would influence artists like Richard D James and Tricky, but seems more complete and consistent than all of that stuff. This might as well be my favorite album that resides under the electronic umbrella and is many peoples' first choice for greatest acid house album ever put out there.