State 808* ‎– Newbuild

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Sync/Swim 6:14
Flow Coma 5:57
Dr. Lowfruit (4 A.M. Mix) 7:27
Headhunters 4:55
Narcossa 5:17
E Talk 3:55
Compulsion 5:20

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
STATE 002 State 808* Newbuild(LP, Album) Creed Records STATE 002 UK 1988 Sell This Version
STATE 002 State 808* Newbuild(LP, Album, Promo, W/Lbl) Creed Records STATE 002 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CAT 080 LP 808 State Newbuild(3x12", Album, RE) Rephlex CAT 080 LP UK 1999 Sell This Version
CAT 080 CD 808 State Newbuild(CD, Album, RE) Rephlex CAT 080 CD UK 1999 Sell This Version

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laughing-gor

laughing-gor

October 8, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Newbuild, LP, Album, STATE 002

While Londoners were still stroking their beards while listening to "rare groove", while waiting for a bunch of journos to come back from Ibiza so that they could play Mandy Smith records at their exclusive "underground" club, things were very different "oop North". We didn't care that poncey Southerners thought that house music was "just gay hi-NRG", we were gradually building our collections of Chicago classics as well as adding some early home-grown productions. And out of that Northern scene came masterpieces like this.

It wasn't quite "all downhill from here", because the later style was actually so different to this album.

While "Pacific" could be easily be regarded as the UK's "Strings Of Life", this earlier album was simply pure acid house; raw, with occasionally ill-advised fade-outs and other mixing errors - and if my copy is anything to go by, a terrible pressing which looks like it shouldn't play in some places at all.

But that's EXACTLY what I love about records like this: none of that over-compressed "perfection" which dominates electronic music today. Live, raw, dirty, messy analogue noise - with a purity and honesty you just can't get from digital plugins.

I bet Hardfloor had a good listen to this album, too - "Flow Coma" even features a 303 line which sounds like it was pinched for "Hardtrance Acperience".

"Millennials" really don't have a clue - you can keep your autotuned iPod-friendly rubbish, I'll stick to acid :p
djdstone

djdstone

October 14, 2015
referencing Newbuild, LP, Album, STATE 002

A masterpiece - pure and simple. Still sounds fresh today and you can't say that about many albums from this era. Everything was downhill from here.
exranza

exranza

June 8, 2015
referencing Newbuild, LP, Album, STATE 002
Narcossa is the highlight. The groove on this track is insane.

UK Acid peaked at its creation!
robcypher

robcypher

September 16, 2012
referencing Newbuild, LP, Album, STATE 002

Compulsion is the best track on this LP, IMO.
acidica

acidica

August 14, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Newbuild, LP, Album, STATE 002
Surely One of the greatest acid lp`s to ever be produced
Barry_Crumbcheeks

Barry_Crumbcheeks

October 8, 2010
referencing Newbuild, CD, Album, RE, CAT 080 CD

Utter masterpiece of brain frying acid snap clang and squelch. Rhythms programmed with less thought for jack and his house than emulation of the snapping on and off of neural connections as burbles, growls, clonks and echoing voices scour your brain folds clean. What it amounts to in my mind is a late 80s equivalent of the rawest 60s psych, the same frazzled immediacy and lysergic urgence and emergence, messy and liberated/liberating. A high water mark for 808 state and for acid, i think, as all these ideas pour out at this same time from the collective unconscious. A similar blend of rawness and acid dissarray versus primal rhythm to, say, Interstellar Overdrive, only in this the spaces are the cavernous and dark warehouses of the mind and midwinter northern england, echoing with disorientated voices, dripping water, shorting electrics and machines threshing out sequences of fourth dimensional chatter and chants to each other. There's not often you'll find 'acid' quite as unique minded as this. Still just as effective and weird 22 years on. Also check Prebuild for some foundations, diversions, and the electronic meltdown that is thermokings. Benchmark album.
scherben

scherben

December 18, 2009
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Newbuild, LP, Album, Promo, W/Lbl, STATE 002

808's best work by a mile, with the A side alone worth the price of admission. Hot squelchy aciiiiid programmed expertly by Gerald and lots of madness programmed by the listening brain.
newbuild

newbuild

April 19, 2009
referencing Newbuild, CD, Album, RE, CAT 080 CD
On 4 April 2008 I met Graham Massey in Los Angeles. Massonix was opening for Autechre on their american tour for Quaristice. We spoke about Newbuild and he told me that like the recent Quadrastate reissue on Rephlex, half of the Newbuild cd was mastered from a clean vinyl pressing. Graham asked me if i could tell if this was obvious. We agreed it wasn't and concluded that Rephlex had indeed lovingly remastered Newbuild.
The liner notes of the cd reveal: "the master tape, long-since disintegrated, was nicked out of a skip from the back of the bbc, manchester. It had been spliced and diced heavily enough to get binned, even before 808 got their hands on it."
Darius23

Darius23

July 27, 2003
referencing Newbuild, LP, Album, STATE 002
The lightbringer of early UK acid house, Flow Coma still stands as an incredibly complex, dribbling mass of giggling insanity that leaves dancefloors in a state of lysergic meltdown.
DJTURN

DJTURN

October 31, 2002
referencing Newbuild, LP, Album, STATE 002

I bought this one in 1990, after 808 state was a bit better know - I think Pacific and Cubic had become pretty big club hits in Seattle. It was the only copy in a record store in Seattle called - Record gallery. The owner couldn't get any more copies and said it was probably the only one in Seattle. Anyway, this is a great acid house album - doesn't sound anything like what 808 state became later on. If you like early minimal acid house, this is a great album.