A Guy Called Gerald (dj set), 808 State Soundsystem, Saytek (live), Robin Ball
MEMORY BOX 1ST BIRTHDAY
A History of Acid House
A GUY CALLED GERALD (DJ SET) // 808 STATE SOUNDSYSTEM
SAYTEK (LIVE) // ROBIN BALL
SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY @ PLAN B, BRIXTON
22:00 – 05:00
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On Saturday 25th January 2014, Memory Box turns 1 year young with celebrations coming from legendary club culture heroes A Guy Called Gerald and 808 State! In its inaugural year, Memory Box has captured and celebrated defining moments in the last few decades of electronic music. Delving deep into its rich history, Memory Box trawls the archives to produce a broad selection of sonic memoirs.
Heading to Plan B in Brixton for the first birthday, Memory Box celebrates one of the most acknowledged sub-genres of our generation, Acid House. With one of the most iconic names in dance music, A Guy Called Gerald on the bill with old band mates and revolutionaries from the late 80’s 808 State Soundsystem, both digging through their crates to play specially crafted sets showcasing the defining movement known as Acid House. One of the most exciting UK electronic artists of recent time, Saytek will bridge the gap between old and new with a special Memory Box live show of oldskool Detroit, Chicago and acid inspired material. While Memory Box creator Robin Ball lights the birthday candles with a warm up of acid-tinged electronica.
As A Guy Called Gerald muses: "This will be my journey of music starting with the drum. There will be one minute of silence before the show so I can contact my ancestors. I'll be taking you from the jungles of Africa, to the music of slavery, to the music of Jamaica, to the automated cold grey music of the industrial era. I'm going to take you from the soul to the coal."
Previous explorations through the Memory Box have heard Tom Middleton giving a history class on the Roland 808, Altern-8’s Mark Archer playing his warehouse rave classics, Rennie Pilgrem playing an old skool breaks set, Justin Robertson on a classic acid house tip, and Jerome Hill spinning old skool techno. Upcoming parties include Shades of Rhythm hosting the Memory Box Christmas Party and February’s party dives deep into a History of Bass with Pinch, Plastician and Altern-8.
Memory Box creator Robin Ball says “A Guy Called Gerald is the perfect guest for our 1st birthday. He encapsulates everything Memory Box parties are about. Steeped in electronic music history and yet still breaking down musical boundaries, 'Voodoo Ray' has become the Memory Box anthem. Whether its a night of straight up retro fun at a Memory Box Social or a serious musical Memory Box moment, that track always grips the dance floor then makes it explode! And on a personal tip Gerald's 'Emotion Electric' is one of my all time favourites! It melts my soul.”
As an early birthday gift, 808 State gave us their top 10 acid house tracks to wet our whistles (no rave pun intended).
808 State - Top 10
Corporation Of One – ‘The Real Life’
Liaisons D – ‘Future’
Unique 3 – ‘The Theme’
Joey Beltram – ‘Energy Flash’
Da Posse – ‘Strings’
Fast Eddie – ‘Can U Dance’
Rhythim Is Rhythim – ‘Strings Of Life’
Sueño Latino – ‘Sueño Latino’
Charles B – ‘Lack Of Love’
Slam – ‘Positive Education’
A GUY CALLED GERALD
An iconic name in dance music, A Guy Called Gerald stands out for consistent innovation, excellence and refusal to compromise. A Guy Called Gerald kick started Europe’s acid house frenzy with his ’88 classic ‘Voodoo Ray’ and 'Pacific State' (as part of 808 State) and went on to lay down the blueprint for jungle / drum n bass. Nine albums and 25 years of independence later, he continues to push the boundaries of electronic dance music touring worldwide bringing his "true school" flavour to a world overloaded with pop pap.
Although his remixes are relatively enviable including the likes of David Bowie, Cabaret Voltaire, Black Uhuru, Finley Quaye, Lamb, Tricky and The Stone Roses, it is Gerald’s own productions and refusal to plough anyone’s furrow but his own which has marked him out. A Guy Called Gerald is responsible for the birth of British dance music as you know it today and continues to explore what is possible in the studio.
UK club culture has many people to thank for transforming the imported sound of America into the biggest youth movement my generation has experienced, but nobody else has redefined it so much with the character and soul of Britishness, creating music for both the feet and the head, and indelibly altering our cultural landscape." Joe Roberts, DJ Magazine
808 STATE SOUNDSYSTEM
The story of 808 State defines an era of electronic dance music and sets a blueprint of possibilities for future generations. As the NME observed “808 State revolutionised a whole genre of music in the late-80s, inspiring Underworld, Orbital and the Chemical Brothers in the process."
Formed in Manchester in 1988 by Graham Massey, Martin Price and Gerald Simpson, 808 State's first album – Newbuild - is now regarded as a milestone in UK electronica.
Quadrastate followed, including Pacific State, becoming an end-of-night anthem at the Haçienda and breaking out of the dance underground when it was picked up by daytime BBC Radio 1. The band pushed against dance-celebrity culture with intentionally minimalist record sleeves and a reluctance to self-promote. During this time Gerald recorded his own hit Voodoo Ray and decided to pursue his own career as A Guy Called Gerald. He was replaced by the 808 State DJs, Andrew Barker and Darren Partington.
In 1989 Paul Morley signed the band to the ZTT label, and the first fruit of this partnership, the albumNinety, was awarded 10 out of 10 by the NME. The Guardian declared that with this record, "808 State mapped out the future of club music, utilising techno, ambient and rock..."
Between Ninety and it's follow-up, ex:el, 808 State delivered two of the most brutal and absorbing instrumentals ever to enter the UK top ten: Cübik, with its squalling abstract guitar and über-riffs, followed quickly by In Yer Face.
In 1991 they released their biggest selling album ex:el, drafting in guests such as Björk and Bernard Sumner from New Order, as well as producing MC Tunes' album The North At Its Heights. At the peak of chart success and the 'Madchester' era, 808 celebrated with a massive hometown gig filling the G-Mex stadium.
Signing in the USA to influential hip-hop label Tommy Boy, they collaborated with the likes of Quincy Jones, David Bowie and Afrika Bambaataa. With the 1993 album Gorgeous, they delivered their most successful album in the States, acquiring a large popularity on the college radio station scene. Around this time, Martin Price had decided to leave the band.
Following the success of Gorgeous, 808 State took their global touring experience into the studio recording the 1996 album Don Solaris - exploring a more organic post rave sound. After the release of their first greatest hits package 808:88:98, they delivered further explorations on the Outpost Transmission album in 2002.
In the following years the band's entire back catalogue was re-issued in expanded form, by ZTT, the Aphex Twin's Rephlex label and UMAA in Japan. Rephlex also released Prebuild, a collection of very early Acid House recordings, pre Newbuild era.
2011 saw the release of the career overview album Blueprint, including rare and unreleased as well as reworkings spanning two decades worth of 808 State material. The back catalogue re-issue cycle was completed in late 2011 with the expanded reissue of the 1990 MC Tunes album The North At Its Heights.
As one of the UK's most exciting acts, Saytek has carved out a unique position for himself over the last few years. Having built a reputation for innovative, improvised hardware heavy live sets that span the house and techno spectrum he is now widely regarded as one of the nation's very best live performers. Saytek built his name at one of London's most legendary contemporary clubs, The End, alongside regular stints with Ibiza's seminal Zoo Project. A solid reputation means Saytek now has a constant tour schedule and an ever growing list of live performances, which includes gigs at many of the world's best-known and most respected clubs including fabric in London and Space in Ibiza. In the last year alone he's had releases with some of the industry's most respected labels such as My Favorite Robot, Soma, Bedrock ,Monique Musique, Lucid Flow, Love Not Money and Wiggle to name but a few. Keen supporters of his music include Carl Cox, Seth Troxler, Richie Hawtin, Luciano, DannyTenaglia, John Digweed, Steve Lawler, Claude Von Stroke, DJ Sneak, Dubfire, Derrick May, Laurent Garnier and Nic Fanciulli. On top of his regular flow of singles and EPs, Saytek's series of live albums, initially released via Zoo's own label and, more recently, through his own Cubism imprint have further bolstered his reputation for innovative projects. The most recent, Live On Cubism II, is a diverse yet cohesive composition which combines flecks of acid with tough analogue Detroit flavours and irresistible bumping Chicago grooves. It picked up the Album Of The Month accolade in dance music bible Mixmag, as well as receiving plaudits from across the board, much like his previous efforts.
* Nominated Best Live act 2012 by DJ Mag Best Of British **
“An amazing live set journeying through Saytek’s distictive vision of house and techno ” – DJ MAG on his live show.
“Maverick Saytek seems to be getting things right his spontaneous sets being the back bone of both his reputation and releases , His improvised response to the crowd marks him out from the standard dance act”- The Guardian newspaper
“A jaw dropping insight into on the fly creativity” Till Late Magazine
“One of the UK’s freshest and exiting acts, all the music written and produced by the man himself – Amazing!!! ” – Carl Cox on his Global show to 13 million listeners worldwide
Memory Box creator, Robin Ball whose passion and knowledge of electronic music both old and new inspired him to start the Memory Box moniker. In 1988, when he was first exposed to the acid house phenomenon, he caught the DJ bug and has been putting on parties, making records and DJing around the globe ever since.