Inspired by the past and present of their hometown Manchester, the LP is out in October.
The core duo of Graham Massey and Andy Barker have reunited for Transmission Suite, which is the first 808 State album in 17 years, since 2002's Output Transmission. The LP has a historical bent focused on the duo's hometown of Manchester—it was recorded at the old Granada studios where 808 State once performed live on television in 1989, and the music was inspired by the classic Manchester and Detroit records that have informed 808 State since the beginning.
The duo also note an influence from Manchester's modern club scene, name-checking parties like Swing Ting and Eyes Down.
"It's often quite broken, abstract, urban music," Massey says in the press release. "They might play weird shit: like [Bauhaus's] Bela Lugosi's Dead being played next to a dubstep tune, played next to a proper Jamaican reggae electronic B-side from the '80s next to drum & bass."
Watch the video for lead single "Tokyo Tokyo."
A1 Tokyo Tokyo
A3 Cannonball Waltz
B1 The Ludwig Question
D1 Angol Argol
D2 Bushy Bushy
D3 13 13
D2 Crab Claw
808 State will self-release Transmission Suite on October 11th, 2019.