Outpost Transmission

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Barnes & Noble - Piotr Orlov
As one of the Madchester acid-house scene's original grande dames, techno pioneers 808 State have earned the right to be more eccentrically grandiose than most. Pushing sonic envelopes is no longer the point; giving the punters what they want is. As such, Outpost Transmission -- Graham Massey, Andrew Barker, and Darren Partington's first album in five years -- is a study in professionally conceived and delivered underground grooves. Rather than a hyperspace trip into a new dimension, it's a squelchy exercise in stadium-size beats, finely executed and happily received. The trio have been enlisting rock-minded vocalists to further their mission since the 1991 classic ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Piotr Orlov
As one of the Madchester acid-house scene's original grande dames, techno pioneers 808 State have earned the right to be more eccentrically grandiose than most. Pushing sonic envelopes is no longer the point; giving the punters what they want is. As such, Outpost Transmission -- Graham Massey, Andrew Barker, and Darren Partington's first album in five years -- is a study in professionally conceived and delivered underground grooves. Rather than a hyperspace trip into a new dimension, it's a squelchy exercise in stadium-size beats, finely executed and happily received. The trio have been enlisting rock-minded vocalists to further their mission since the 1991 classic Ex:El, and here they employ Elbow's Guy Garvey, who adds Peter Gabriel–size heft to the ambient folk of "Lemonsoul," and the post–Beta Band pranksters of Simian, who chime in on the menacing clash of electro-rock sensibilities and blip-hop beats on "606." Far more interesting, however, are the State's adult takes on the technotronic ambient-house they've long perfected and given to the world, here personified by the acidic five-note hook of "Wheatstraw" and the skitterish Detroit beats flying over the top of the eerie, gorgeous "Suntower." This is the kind of workmanlike turn one hopes Tom and Ed Chemical will be able to churn out in their 15th year of existence.
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
It would have been hard to imagine 808 State having such a low profile during the days of the massive "Cubik." Outpost Transmission is the first album by the group since entering their second decade in 1998. Five years in the making, it's not an up-front stunner but a slowly developing well-rounded collection of electronica falling outside contemporary subgenres. There's nothing to easily latch onto like back in the early days, but Outpost Transmission gives the listener more cheeky psychedelia to nose around in than any previous releases. The clever "Chopsumwong" sounds like old-school 808 being remixed by Mike Paradinas with a melody just about to fall apart, and the delicate "Suntower" brings to mind Graham Massey's work with Björk. Simian's Simon Lord guests on the stomping "606," a great track that looses some impact due to a murky mix. Elbow's Guy Garvey does well enough on the Scott Walker-meets-Yellow Magic Orchestra-flavored "Lemonsoul." Alabama 3's vocalists have less to work with on "Crossword," with its corny "no chillout!" call-out hook. When the vocal tracks are skipped it all seems much more focused. It's a mature 808 State on Outpost Transmission, and the album does take more listens than usual to appreciate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2003
  • Label: Shadow Records
  • UPC: 706172015629
  • Catalog Number: 156
  • Sales rank: 149,557

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 606 (4:59)
  2. 2 Chopsumwong (5:17)
  3. 3 Wheatstraw (4:55)
  4. 4 Lemonsoul (3:22)
  5. 5 Suntower (5:56)
  6. 6 Bent (4:58)
  7. 7 Souflex (5:05)
  8. 8 Crossword (2:57)
  9. 9 Lungfoo (4:24)
  10. 10 Qunicy's Lunch (4:49)
  11. 11 Dissadis (5:50)
  12. 12 Doctors and Nurses (6:38)
  13. 13 Brown Sauce (5:33)
  14. 14 Long Orange (Testa) (4:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
808 State Primary Artist
Technical Credits
808 State Producer
John Walsh Art Direction
Graham Massey Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Darren Partington Producer
Andrew Barker Producer
Andy Rossa Engineer, Digital Editing
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