A - "...exhilarating..." Ranked by EW as the #10 Album of 1990.
808 State: Graham Massey (keyboards); Andy Barker (synthesizer); Martin Price, Darren Partington (samples).
Liner Note Author: Ian Peel.
Recording information: Spirit, Manchester (10/1988-10/1989).
The precursor to 808 State's triumphant EX:EL, 808:90 is largely a warm-up for that British techno classic, with keyboardist Graham Massey and his ensemble offering up atmospheric yet animated dance tracks. Highlights include the appropriately ethereal "Magical Dream" (sort of a dress rehearsal for Massey's later work with Bjork) and the breezy, busy "Pacific 202." The 2008 reissue of 808:90 includes a bonus disc with remixes and previously unreleased tracks.