808 State ‎– Outpost Transmission

Shadow Records ‎– SDW156-2
CD, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 606
Featuring, Written-By – Simian
2 Chopsumwong 5:18
3 Wheatstraw 4:55
4 Lemonsoul
Vocals, Written-By – G. Garvey*
5 Suntower 5:57
6 Bent 4:59
7 Souflex 5:05
8 Crossword
Featuring, Written-By – Larry Love (2), Rev. D. Wayne Love
9 Lungfoo 4:24
10 Quincy's Lunch 4:49
11 Dissadis 5:50
12 Doctors & Nurses 6:39
13 Brown Sauce 5:33
14 Long Orange (Testa) 5:00

Companies, etc.



Recorded @ Testa Rossa Studios, Longsight Mcr Summer 2001
Quincy's Lunch mislabeled as Qunicy's Lunch on back cover of CD

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 06172 01562 9
  • Barcode (String): 706172015629
  • Matrix / Runout: ***1/1DCA12995* 808 STATE - OUTPOST TRANSMISSION
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI F700

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CIRCUS CD012 808 State Outpost Transmission(CD, Album) Circus Records CIRCUS CD012 UK 2002 Sell This Version
BACY-20 808 State Outpost Transmission(CD, Album) Bad News Records BACY-20 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
S160005 808 State Outpost Transmission(2xLP, Album) Simply Vinyl (S12) S160005 UK 2002 Sell This Version
CIRCUS FYL012 808 State Outpost Transmission(CD, Album, Promo) Circus Records CIRCUS FYL012 UK 2002 Sell This Version
none 808 State Outpost Transmission(14xFile, FLAC, Album) Not On Label (808 State Self-released) none UK 2011


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October 19, 2011
edited over 7 years ago

808 State has always been on the forefront of techno since the early days, and on OUTPOST TRANSMISSION, they show no sign of retreating. The vocals from Simian on "606" harken back to GORGEOUS and DON SOLARIS, but they take a darker turn, despite the vocal harmonizing. But the brightness of the earlier albums shines through on "Chopsumwong," which glistens like morning dew, and on "Wheatstraw," which has a mesmerizing thrum even as the high pitched wavering tosses in its two cents. The vocals on "Lemonsoul" from Guy Garvey of Elbow find themselves in a slower and more meditative place, but the darkness comes back on "Bent" with its deep timpani hits and Middle Eastern-sounding melodies. Alabama 3 offer their growl to "Crossword, which has a gravelly edge. But 808 State also plays to the IDM crowd as well: "Dissadis" could be vintage Black Dog, while "Doctors & Nurses" has a thunder that wouldn't have been out of place on the old GPR label. "Long Orange (Testa)" brings things to a slow (and some would almost say romantic) close. Don't call it a comeback: 808 State have been here all along.

April 24, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
Not sure why, but it seems half of 808 State fans tend not to find much in this album at all...which is suprising, because I really don't see what's the big deal...I find this album to be among the best 808 has put out in years, at least a much more solid and focused album then the last two full lengths (Gorgeous, and Don Solaris)...not to mention, FSOL had the same problem with "The Isness", returning from their own hiatus with a complete transition in sound, but the difference with them (FSOL) was that it was a complete re-invention in sound altogether...a little bit of soul-searching, put out something interesting, and different, and the fans will feel alienated...on the other hand, 808 State re-visited familiar classic territory after their hiatus...the album opens up with with a cold gabber-flavored breakbeat and the spine-chilling vocals of Simian on "606"...a wise way to open up a long awaited release, like an alarm awaking one from a long sleep, the rest album continues on the trip of very sophisticated electronica (may be the reason why some fear this release, I just think some of the fans are still stuck in the year 1990)..."Outpost Transmissions" has the cleanest sound, and the most slickest production than any other prior 808 State release so far...some of the tracks are so tightly meshed together, two tracks sound like one whole piece.

"Outpust Transmissions" is indeed a bit darker than the last few albums, and the music is much more playful than ever, in result "Outpost Transmissions" sounds a lot more like "Ex:El"...between the lines, it appears as if Graham Massey is heading back to his earlier inspirations: EBM, early rave culture and synth pop...still in 808 State fashion, the warmth of "Gorgeous" and "Don Solaris" is still there...it's just not entirely dominating the whole set. For any true fan of 808 State, this one should not be missed, so don't believe the "hype".

July 14, 2003
808 State! Amazing release, recorded in the summer of 2001 (two years ago!). It brings all the musical imagery that 808 State is famous for; ethereal soundscapes, downright evil beats, and the most meaty, full-blown synths ever! For all 808 State heads, this will be immediately recognizable as them. If you were expecting Cubik or Pacific though, you've come to the wrong place; this is true musical progress without sacrificing anything.