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A pioneer of the acid house sound, 808 State formed in Manchester, England in 1988 when Martin Price, the owner of the city's legendary record store Eastern Bloc and the founder of the independent label Creed, first joined forces with local musician and producer Graham Massey. After teaming with collaborator Gerald Simpson, 808 State recorded its debut EP Newbuild in 1988, and also began remixing tracks for groups like the Inspiral Carpets. After Simpson exited to form his solo project A Guy Called Gerald, Price and Massey enlisted DJs Andrew Barker and Darren Partington (known together as the Spinmasters) for the recording of 1989's Quadrastate EP, which earned the group a huge club hit with the track "Pacific." After signing with ZTT, they released the album 808:90, which was embraced by the burgeoning rave culture. 808 State's next single, "The Only Rhyme That Bites," recorded with hip-hopper MC Tunes, marked a dramatic shift into hardcore rap, but was another huge hit. A series of diverse singles followed, culminating in the 1991 album Ex: El, which featured guest vocals from New Order's Bernard Sumner and Bjork; the same year, 808 State also wrote, produced and performed the music for the MC Tunes LP The North at Its Heights. In 1992, Price left to work as a solo producer, later forming his own label, Sun Text. The remaining trio continued on in 1993 with Gorgeous, and handled remix work for the likes of David Bowie, Soundgarden, and Bomb the Bass before returning with the experimental Don Solaris in 1996. The 808:88-98 compilation followed two years later. ~ Jason Ankeny
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  2.   Pacific 202
  3.   Cubik
  4.   In Yer Face
  5.   Nimbus
  6.   Ancodia
  7.   Boneyween
  8.   Relay
  9.   Southern Cross
  10.   Intro
  11.   Paradan
  12.   Pacific State
  13.   Roundbum Mary
  14.   Long Orange (Testa)
  15.   808080808
  16.   Azuza
  17.   Lambrusco Cowboy
  18.   Spanish Heart
  19.   Sexy Dancer
  20.   Colony
  21.   Bonded
  22.   Souflex
  23.   Bent
  24.   Slowboat
  25.   Kabuki Disco
  26.   The Chisler
  27.   Wheatstraw
  28.   Voiceprint by Jon Hassell
  29.   Lift
  30.   Fuzz Nasty
  31.   Hooked
  32.   Kong King
  33.   Rotator
  34.   Psalm
  35.   Flutronic
  36.   Swimperial
  37.   Olympic (Tokyo 1993)
  38.   Atlas 7
  39.   Eastern Standard
  40.   Pacific B
  41.   Yoyo
  42.   Boogieman
  43.   Insane Lover
  44.   Icecream on Elm Street
  45.   Freak
  46.   Mondays, Pt. 1
  47.   Life
  48.   Brown Sauce
  49.   Dissadis
  50.   Qunicy's Lunch
  51.   Lungfoo
  52.   Chopsumwong
  53.   Naphatiti
  54.   Baton Rouge
  55.   808091
  56.   Marathon
  57.   Sunrise
  58.   Donkey Doctor
  59.   Revenge of the Girlie Men
  60.   Magical Dream
  61.   Ancondia
  62.   Pacific
  63.   Pump
  64.   Goa
  65.   Spanish Marching
  66.   Sexy Synthesizer
  67.   Stormin Norman
  68.   Timebomb
  69.   Black Morpheus
  70.   Europa
  71.   Moses
  72.   Pacific 808:98
  73.   Crash
  74.   Bombadin
  75.   Ooops
  76.   Banacheq
  77.   Jerusahat
  78.   Kohoutek
  79.   Balboa
  80.   Joyrider
  81.   Black Dartangnon
  82.   Bird
  83.   Azura
  84.   La Luz
  85.   Lopez
  86.   10X10
  87.   Bond
  88.   Olympic
  89.   Cobra Bora
  90.   State to State
  91.   Olympic '93
  92.   Purple Dust
  93.   Lemon
  94.   Femme Deluxe
  95.   Nbambi
  96.   Reaper Repo
  97.   One in Ten
  98.   Plan 9
  99.   Crossword
  100.   Leo Leo
  101.   The Ten Ten
  102.   Empire
  103.   The Fat Shadow
  104.   Kinky National
  105.   Mooz
  106.   Argento Nastro
  107.   606
  108.   Doctors and Nurses
  109.   The Jackson Fraction
  110.   The Only Rhyme That Bites
  111.   Shellfish
  112.   Lemonade
  113.   San Francisco
  114.   Open Your Mind
  115.   Techno Bell
  116.   Quincy's Lunch
  117.   Cassius
  118.   Ski Family
  119.   Mondonet
  120.   Flow Coma
  121.   Lemonsoul
  122.   Suntower
  123.   Villains and Nerds
  124.   Mondays
  125.   Nephatiti
  126.   Orbit
  127.   Qmart
  128.   Contrique
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