12 May 1990
Gerald Simpson, one of the foremost purveyors of British house music, is also one of the most elusive. His admiration for the anonymity of Detroit's finest led the self-deprecating ex-McDonalds' employee to shun the limelight, even when 'Voodoo Ray' hit the charts last summer. Inspired by techno wizards like Derrick May, Reese, and Juan Atkins, A Guy Called Gerald is probably their nearest UK equivalent - a man dedicated to technology rather than applause.
No surprise then that deft Derrick is the man for remixing Gerald's latest single, 'Automanikk'. With all the hallmarks of Motor City's new sound, crazed high-hat intro, sparsely punctuating synth lines and the ever pounding bass drum, 'Automanikk' is another milestone in British techno, and the title track from an excellent LP. Content at home with his synthesizers more than anywhere else, Gerald says "I'd be happy to stay in my bedroom and do my thing, put it on my Walkman and walk down the street listening to it". Modesty gets you everywhere, Gerald.
'Automanikk' is out now on CBS
[Author: Richie Blackmore]