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Electronic/Dance - Released February 1, 1993 | ZTT Records

Gorgeous is 808 State's most vocal-oriented effort, and features a number of fairly anonymous and forgettable guest singers. The record is most successful when it sticks to the group's trademark atmospheric dance instrumentals, although even those are fairly run-of-the-mill. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Electronic/Dance - Released April 15, 1991 | ZTT Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released May 30, 2006 | ZTT Records

In 1993, 808 State's label culled together a series of flip sides and bonus tracks for the Japanese audience. As a self-contained release, Forecast was difficult. The band was generally pretty lenient toward using multiple remixes as B-sides, which made it hard to digest the collected material in an uninterrupted sitting, but it was all the more of an unnecessary exercise due to a heavy focus on "One in Ten" reinterpretations, never one of the band's better singles, and the lack of any real rarities. Later bits were made up of tracks from the bonus disc to 1993's likeably flawed Gorgeous. Though "Lemon" and its whiff of drum'n'bass percussion, their evangelical excitement for acidic fruit, remains an inspired production, there weren't a lot of appealing moments for fans or non-fans alike. ~ Dean Carlson
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Electronic/Dance - Released May 30, 2006 | ZTT Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 17, 1996 | ZTT Records

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Dance - Released October 11, 2019 | 808 State

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Electronic/Dance - Released February 8, 2014 | Shadow Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released August 26, 2016 | 808 State

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Electronic/Dance - Released August 26, 2016 | 808 State

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Electronic/Dance - Released August 26, 2016 | 808 State

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 1, 1991 | ZTT Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released May 18, 1998 | ZTT Records

Celebrating, as the title hints at, ten years of work together, 808:88:98 makes the brilliant case for 808 State's place as a modern techno pioneer. Time has shown that while a rougher breakbeat approach ended up defining much of dance in the broad public eye during the '90s, 808 State's own slightly cleaner approach was no less energetic and instantly compelling. Starting with the hyperactive shimmer and smooth flow of "Pacific," an instant trip back to the acid house days of the late '80s, 808:88:98 merrily makes its way through the years, touching on both the smash hits and some side diversions. The guitar mania and prototypical synth riff blare of "Cubik" provides the second blast, while both tunes reappear at the end in 1998 remixes. 808 State practically invented the "famous guest vocalist" cameo in techno and a slew of its various collaborations are sprinkled throughout. Bernard Sumner and Ian McCulloch aren't included, while regretfully the resolutely unspectacular MC Tunes is ("The Only Rhyme That Bites" isn't even much musically), but otherwise it's a feast of choices. Björk's playfully dark spin on "Ooops" (the clear harbinger of her eventual solo career), the Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield's winsome turn on "Lopez," and even UB40's work on "One in Ten" all make for reasonable crossover winners, though Lamb's Louise Rhodes steals the show with "Azura." For all that, the group's own work stands out most of all, from the threatening vocal snippets and drum slams of "In Yer Face" to the multi-percussive clatter and charge of "Bombadin." An appreciative essay makes the case for the band's landmark work and broad appeal, among other things noting that 808 State played for American crowds numbering in the thousands well before the major labels thought techno even existed. ~ Ned Raggett
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Electronic/Dance - Released June 17, 1996 | ZTT Records

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Dance - Released July 12, 2019 | 808 State

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 21, 2019 | 808 State