A Guy Called Gerald ‎– Essence

Studio !K7 ‎– !K7088CD, Rough Trade ‎– RTD 387.0088.2 [43]
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1 The Universe
Featuring, Words By [Spoken By] – Jennifer Neal
2 The First Breath 4:43
3 Humanity
Featuring, Written-By, Lyrics By – Louise Rhodes
4 Multiplies
Featuring, Written-By, Lyrics By – Wendy Page
5 Fever (Or A Flame)
Featuring, Written-By, Lyrics By – Wendy Page
6 Could You Understand
Featuring, Written-By, Lyrics By – David Simpson
7 Alien Report
Featuring, Lyrics By – Public Domain
8 Glow
Featuring, Written-By, Lyrics By – Wendy Page
9 Beaches & Deserts
Featuring, Written-By, Lyrics By – Wendy Page
10 Final Call 3:12
11 I Make It
Featuring, Written-By, Lyrics By – David Simpson
12 Universal Spirit
Featuring, Written-By, Lyrics By – Wendy Page
13 Hurry To Go Easy
Featuring, Written-By, Lyrics By – Lady Kier
14 Scale Circle 0:45
15 Landed
Featuring, Written-By, Lyrics By – Wendy Page



A Guy Called Gerald is published by Chrysalis.
Jennifer Neal appears courtesy of Nanoplasmic.
Louise Rhodes appears courtesy of Mercury and is published by Warner Chappell.
Wendy Page appears courtesy of Libertine (East West) and is published by Chrysalis.
David Simpson appears courtesy of Nanoplasmic.
Lady Kier appears courtesy of Lady Kier and is published by Sampladelic Publishing.

Under worldwide exclusive license courtesy of Gerald Simpson via Nanoplasmic to Stud!o K7 Records P+C 2000.
Made in France.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 7 30003 70882 4
  • Matrix / Runout: K 7088 CD MPO 01 @@@ 4
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L033
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 1216
  • Label Code: LC 07306

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May 9, 2014
I started DJing around 2000 and did not own a single vinyl and was just about to start collecting. "Essence" was the first electronic album i bought on vinyl. I remember i loved Ashley Beedle´s angelic take of "Humanity" at the time. And me, a rookie in the field thought it would be on this album (didn´t have a clue back then you know). And so i was disappointed when it wasn´t on here after quick listen but on a separate 12". However, still i had the album and it would prove to become an educational purchase at the time for me to understand electronic music more. Drum & Bass? no idea what it was, and i found the album weird sounding an hard to digest. But i grew to love this album and played it proudly (it was my first DJ tool :) Eventually, what really grabbed me was the cosmic & lush but incredible beautiful vocals on these tracks. So good that the rhythmic section came second for a while. But today i can only say that this album as a whole is a masterpiece. Drum & Bass i something i listen to from time to time and this was to me, a major ladder into the educational teachings of music in general and the barrier breaker of genres. It taught me that genres is generally bullshit to hang on to.


December 16, 2008

This album has been and still is my favourite album of all. Humanity still gives me shivers as it represents the best possible combo in the particular genre: Louise Rhodes of Lambs + A Guy Called Gerald.

AGCG is the pioneer. The skill involved to make these compositions Re the drums programming and bassline, is unbeatable. The fills, deep and partly dark vibes combined with true jazzy vocals make this album a masterpiece with the sounds that even after 8 years of the release still sound like the ones of the future.


March 4, 2004

Mystical, sensual, thought-provoking, political, and with a beat you can dance to Essence is what music today should be! Louise Rhodes, Wendy Page, David Simpson, and Lady Kier provide excellent vocals to match AGCG's amazing breaks. The production of the album alone is awe-inspiring, but add beautiful vocals and meaningful lyrics to make the ideal perfect album. High points include the introspective Bell and Bass track "Humanity" a jazzy break w/ bells and synths plus Louise Rhodes' singing about breaking free of humanity to become something more (?), "Could You Understand" is a ragga style breaks track with pumping bass about understanding the difference between life in the innercity and anywhere else (?) w/ David Simpson trying to explain to us and questioning if you'd ever really know what it's like, and "Beaches and Deserts" a slow summertime track about knowing every region of a person's personallity, very relaxing, comforting, and almost epic in it's style. Every track is great though, not one miss on the whole album!


May 3, 2001
edited over 17 years ago
An amazing mix of jazz and Drum n Bass. Unlike any break beat i'v heard. And fu**ing excellent. Personal faverite track: Humanity.