808 State ‎– ex:el

ZTT ‎– XECZ-1003-1004
CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
CD, Compilation
All Media, Deluxe Edition, Gatefold Cardboard Sleeve

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The Original Album, Remastered
1-1 San Francisco 4:58
1-2 Spanish Heart
Lyrics By, Vocals – Bernard Sumner
1-3 Leo Leo
Featuring – Raagman
1-4 Qmart
Lyrics By, Vocals – Björk
1-5 Nephatiti 4:49
1-6 Lift 5:13
1-7 Ooops
Lyrics By, Vocals – Björk
1-8 Empire 4:21
1-9 In Yer Face (In Yer Face Mix) 4:55
1-10 Cübik (Original Mix) 3:45
1-11 Lambrusco Cowboy 3:58
1-12 Techno Bell 4:56
808 Archives Part II
2-1 In Yer Face (Facially Yours Remix) 4:20
2-2 Olympic (Euro Bass Remix) 5:46
2-3 Lift (Heavy Mix) 4:44
2-4 Cübik (State To Pan Am Mix) 4:29
2-5 Open Your Mind (Sound Garden Mix) 4:31
2-6 Lambrusco Cowboy (Alt Mix) 4:17
2-7 Ski Family 5:14
2-8 Ooops (Mellow Birds Mix)
Lyrics By, Vocals – Björk
2-9 In Yer Face (Cheadle Royal Mix) 3:26
2-10 Olympic (Unreleased Mix) 4:55

Companies, etc.



Deluxe gatefold cardboard sleeve.
Recorded at Revolution Studios, September to December 1990.
Engineered at Square One.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4580132732292
  • Rights Society: JASRAC
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1 CAT#): XECZ-1003
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2 CAT#): XECZ-1004

Other Versions (5 of 33) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
9031-73775-2 808 State ex:el(CD, Album) ZTT 9031-73775-2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
ZTT 103CDX, ZTT103CDX 808 State ex:el(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Comp + Dlx, M/Print, Car) ZTT, ZTT ZTT 103CDX, ZTT103CDX UK 2008 Sell This Version
SALVOMDCD05, Element 02 808 State ex:el(CD, Album, RM + CD, Comp + Dlx, RE, Car) Salvo, ZTT SALVOMDCD05, Element 02 UK 2010 Sell This Version
MOVLP1615 808 State ex:el(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Yel) Music On Vinyl, ZTT, Salvo MOVLP1615 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
9031-73774-4 808 State ex:el(Cass, Album) ZTT 9031-73774-4 Malaysia 1991 Sell This Version



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October 4, 2008

Back in 1991 just as the Rave scene was really taking hold I found myself too young to get into the clubs so the only way to get a fix on what was going on was on pirate radio and mix tapes. One weekend at a house party there were a bunch of older lads there who were into the scene and one of them had some cassettes of music which were not labelled up with anything. After much begging I managed to borrow a tape which totally blew me away. However, I had no idea what it was. It was another 13 years before I found out that it was 'ex:el'.

Listening back to this album now I realise just how important 808 State were. This album sums up everything that the early 90's was about musically. 808 State were important becuase they made credible music which had melody yet still packed the punch that the dancefloor craved. They were also very versatile. On 'ex:el' rave monsters like 'Cubik' and 'In Yer Face' sit alongside spacy, tripped out ambient led pieces like 'Qmart' and 'Ooops'. The tracks featuring Bjork are absolute genius and were apparently written by her in the space of just 2 days. ex:el is one of the most important albums of the Rave era and still sounds fresh in 2008.