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808 State announce first album in 17 years, 'Transmission Suite'

Listen to their new single, ‘Tokyo Tokyo’

Famed UK duo Graham Massey and Andy Barker, better known as 808 State, are returning with their first album in 17 years.

Transmission Suite follows 2002’s Output Transmission, and focuses largely on the musical history of Manchester, the duo’s hometown. For instance, the LP was recorded at the old Granada studios, where 808 State performed on live TV in 1989. They also namecheck popular club nights like Swing Ting and Eyes Down.

"It's often quite broken, abstract, urban music," Massey said in a press release. "They might play weird shit: like [Bauhaus's] Bela Lugosi's Dead being played next to a dubstep tune, played next to a proper Jamaican reggae electronic B-side from the '80s next to drum & bass. It’s interesting how timelines can be ridden. You can jump through time-zones, and access everything. It’s not about what you bought in the record shop on a Friday night, which is how it used to be.” 

Transmission Suite lands on October 11 and is available to pre-order now

You can watch the video for the lead single from the album, ‘Tokyo Tokyo,’ below. And read our 2018 interview with 808 State, in which we looked at how the band changed the game, here.  



01. ‘Tokyo Tokyo’

02. ‘Skylon’

03. ‘Cannonball Waltz’

04. ‘The Ludwig Question’

05. ‘Huronic’

06. ‘Landau’

07. ‘Westland’

08. ‘Trinity’

09. ‘Ujala’

10. ‘Carbonade’

11. ‘Pulcenta’

12. ‘Angol Angol’

13. ‘Bushy Bushy’

14. ’13 13′

15. ‘Crab Claw’