December: New Gerald single "First Try" out on K7 Records on 7th December
| Gerald will be releasing a new 12" single on !K7 on 6th December,
called "First Try" - limited to 1000 copies only.
"An icon returns. A Guy Called Gerald - Manchester legend, outstanding producer, DJ extraordinaire. Since the late eighties A Guy Called Gerald has provided groundbreaking singles and albums: The rave classic "Pacific State" with the original 808 State, the acid house anthem "Voodoo Ray" and genre defining albums like 28 Gun Bad Boy, Black Secret Technology and Essence.
And now it's First Try, A Guy Called Gerald's new EP. Produced in his new homebase Berlin, this EP demonstrates that Gerald is at the front row, yet remains true to his own personal style. The opening "Track First Try" is a typical A Guy Called Gerald tune: mighty, epic sounds, a racy, forward pushing kickdrum, paired with minimal acid sounds which easily prance on the groove - a track that will give instant pleasure to any dancefloor. Something that quite likely will also be produced by the follower "Meaning, a deep electronic track attached to a breakbeatish groove.
The B-Side opens with "Pump", a straight house stomper in which string accents and funky chords create an irresistible drive. "Tajeen" the final track of the First Try EP glistens with a digital jazz feeling, instrumented by a double bass, live percussions, synthie strings and 303-beats.
The First Try EP by A Guy Called Gerald. A single that leaves the listener with eager expectation for A Guy Called Gerald's new album To All Things What They Need. The icon is here to stay."
Check out the Boomkat Record Shop for an excellent review of "First Try".
FR 2004 12"; Studio !K7: K7173EP [Limited to 1,000 copies only]
5:05 First Try
12" Single released 6th December 2004.
All tracks produced by Gerald Simpson
20th October: Derrick May remix of "Automanikk" available on compilation CD
| The Derrick May remix of Gerald's "Automanikk" (Derrick May The
Force Be With You) has been released on a Belgian compilation CD,
Years Cafe D'Anvers". This is a mix CD, so the track is not the
full-length track - instead it's been mixed, side by side, with
Release date: 18th October 2004:
BE 2004 2xCD; Super Belgium: superten002
3:57 Automanikk (Derrick May The Force Be With You mix) [Edit]
Written by Gerald Simpson and Rohan Heath).
The Derrick May remix of 'Automanikk', presented here for the first time on CD, although (as this is a mix CD), the full mix is not included - rather an edited down version.
17th October: Warp's bleep.com website offers Gerald !K7 MP3 Downloads
|bleep.com digital download site. Tracks cost 99p per song, and the songs are encoded at 320Kbps using LAME encoding techniques. The songs available include the mixes of Humanity, some of which were previously vinyl-only (apart from a very rare CD-R promo release). Presumably, future !K7 releases, including the new single "First Try" and album "To All Things That They Need", will be available at some point?|
September: David Bowie's "Earthling" album issued as a Special Edition - includes Gerald's remix of "Telling Lies" - out now
David Bowie's "Earthling" album has recently been issued as a "Digibook Expanded Edition" 2xCD set, including Gerald's "Paradox Mix" of "Telling Lies" on the second disc.
A triple CD box set, comprising the special editions of "Outside", "Earthling", and "Hours" has also been released. This, of course, also includes the Paradox Mix of "Telling Lies". (This is a numbered limited edition of 2000, so be quick)!
Release date: 27th September 2004:
UK 2004 6xCD; Columbia: 5175352 [Box
set feat. the enh. editions of Outside, Earthling and Hours]
5:12 Telling Lies (Paradox Mix by A Guy Called Gerald)
Remixed by A Guy Called Gerald.
A numbered limited edition of 2,000 only in a silver box, of the remastered digibook versions of David Bowie's "Outside", "Earthling", and "Hours" albums. The version of "Earthling", now includes a second CD of mixes, including Gerald's mix of "Telling Lies".
September: New Order - "Acid House Mixes By 808 State (1988)" out now
808 State - "Prebuild" was finally released by Rephlex on 4th October 2004.
Wind the tape back to around '87/'88, and the machines are there. Hip Hop is a powerful carrier signal on Manchester's dance music scene. Electro is aligning the sound of the Roland 808 drum machine with the glittering promise of the future. 'The 808 had such a history before the British dance music revolution, mostly in soul music, I guess. It had connotations.' The Roland 303 Bass Line had also been around for some time before '88. However, the minute you knew it was the 303 being used on Acid records you pulled it out of the cupboard and started using it again.
'We knew we were copying American music, but often what we heard on Acid Trax compilations and dance imports didn't hit the mark. The charm of a decent Acid record didn't necessarily happen every time. There was maybe one in ten that really rocked, and it was almost accidental that a track was successful. The formula was there, and we knew that we weren't coming up with anything new when we started to make Acid records. It was more the urge to take it over the edge and do that transcending thing with it.'
Prebuild follows that line of transcendence, comprising studio recordings from the period, a reel-to-reel of a radio session jammed live on air, a clutch of demos recorded by Gerald Simpson in his bedroom and a cassette of the first ever 808 State performance. An ecstatically extended fourteen-minute workout that took place at the end of a Hip Hop night at The Boardwalk Club, 'Thermo Kings' is a glistening wall of radioactive sludge, the sound of industrial waste undergoing a profound chemical change.
'That was the accident that formed it all. It was unplanned but had a definite magic to it. Gerald and Martin were on stage, and I was at the back of the hall working the mixing desk. We hadn't done any recordings before then, but we wanted to try and get that on tape again. The Roland gear did seem limiting but that's all we had, plus studio time was at a premium so you did what you could with what you had. The cheapness of the gear at least meant that we could get in the water with electronic music.'
The result was a series of barbed and energetic dance abstractions that were derived from a specific scene but yielded far wider implications. Technology both preserved and united 808 State's disparate elements.
Massey was running a basement cafe across the road and was learning sound engineering at Spirit studios a few blocks away on Tarif Street. It wasn't long before Martin was organizing Hip Hop crews into club nights and bringing them to the studio to record. Gerald Simpson and MC Tunes formed one such crew. Gerald had a Roland 808 drum machine, the sh101 mono synth and a 303 Bass Line machine.
'One of the reasons we got together was we all had bits of equipment but not enough to experiment with. The more boxes we could wire together the better. Gerald never had plugs on his gear and would jam bare wires into the mains with matchsticks. If we needed a new lead, we would cut an old one in two. I remember a scary moment when we played a rave in Victoria Baths with the pool open, and everyone's in the water dancing water-hockey style, and there's all Gerald's bare wires.'
Safely plugged into the mixing desk at the back of the hall, 808 State's wild-style circuitry left bands like Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets free to take over the stage at concerts, giving them a connection with dance culture they might not otherwise have made. 808 State own sets of the period would include early versions of 'Voodoo Ray', plus House remakes of New Order's 'Blue Monday' and 'Confusion'.
This volatile first rush of activity was probably over within a few months, but in that period, 808 State cracked the Acid code, laid down a methodology and shifted the number of beats per minute, unleashing tracks like the fearsome 'C.I.S.' and 'K.Narcossa' on Stu Allen's radio show or dropping twenty-minute tapes into sets at the Hacienda or at warehouse parties. By then Price had sorted out a distribution deal, forming Creed Records to release Newbuild and the 'Let yourself Go' 12" . Gerald recorded 'Voodoo Ray' and the Hot Lemonade album as A Guy Called Gerald for Liverpool's Rham label. Masking their identities as the Lounge Jays, the 808 trio also put out the sleazy driving funk of 'Sex Mechanic' and 'Massagearama' as a 12" for Sheffield's Mr Modo label. 'I think you have to take into account that there's a certain amount of automatic writing with that kind of technology,' Massey recalls. 'It's trial and error a lot of the time. You'd only press the record button when it was happening.' Now press rewind and play.
Ken Hollings London 2004
Word from Gerald:
"There's an LP with 808 State coming out on Rephlex called Prebuild first of all. It's a load of demos I did in 86/87 and I thought they were gone but Graham Massey from 808 State found them behind the cupboard when he was moving. He's compiled them into a CD and should be out mid-year."
date: 4th October 2004:
808 State - Prebuild
UK 2004 2xLP; Rephlex: CAT 807 LP
CosaCosa, Johnnycab, Clonezone recorded by - Gerald Simpson
Automatic - Simpson/Massey
Automatic and Ride recorded at Spirit Studios Manchester, direct to two
track analogue tape, summer 1988.
September: New Order - "Acid House Mixes By 808 State (1988)" out now
New Order - "Acid House Mixes by 808 State (1988)" was finally released by Rephlex on September 27th 2004.
Release date: 27th September 2004:
New Order - Acid House Mixes by 808 State (1988)
UK 2004 12" Single; Rephlex: CAT 806 EP
07:46 New Order - "Blue Monday" - So Hot Mix by
Remixed in 1988 by Graham Massey, Gerald Simpson and Martin Price.
"Blue Monday" written by - Bernard Sumner,
Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris.
"Blue Monday" published by Be Music, administered by
Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
August: Strangest Changes Update
Update: 'Strangest Changes' is now not being released as a single - purely a promo. Thus, the track, 'Danger' (from that promo that features David Simpson on vocals) is (so far) exclusive to this promo, as is the mix of 'Strangest Changes'.
March: Little Detroit Website hosts two Gerald DJ Sets
There are two Gerald DJ Sets to download from Little Detroit.
The first DJ mix is called "Choice Of A New Generation", and can be downloaded via the Little Detroit website here. "At LD towers this man is an absolute legend, even in the D he's held with the greatest respect by all of the players (no easy feat any day of the week) for never fearing the media boundaries or peer pressure, for taking Techno/Drum & Bass to new ground and for never being the exploiter or the exploited. Gerald always sticks to his guns and is very much a man of honour, no one can question this man integrity. He could have taken the easy option but he's never been one to tread the well worn path - he went with his own self belief and the beats. The lone wolf. This mix is a classic mash-up of the kind you just don't hear out these days, genius! The choice of a new generation!"
The second DJ mix is called "Steel Breeze" and can be downloaded via Little Detroit's webpage, here. "How do you like yours? Deep, Dark and Funky with a dash of Acid, thought so. A roller-coaster journey with some absolutely filthy samples along the way - it's like a NYC taxi ride on warm acid with someone beautiful driving, classic AGCG on the steel breeze and LCD. From the skuzz of the Chelsea Hotel to Central Park, sit back, spark a phat one and come with us..."
March: Voodoo Ray, Hot Lemonade, 28 Gun Bad Boy, Black Secret Technology, Machine Room Sessions Volumes 1 & 2 to be reissued
"Voodoo Ray" gets the remix treatment (by Jeff Mills), and is released as a 12" and CD single via Sugoi.
The "Hot Lemonade" album follows in 2005, together with some 12" singles. Both of Gerald's genre-breaking Drum'n'bass albums, "28 Gun Bad Boy" and "Black Secret Technology" will follow in 2005, also with some 12" singles from Black Secret Technology.
In addition to Hot Lemonade, 28 Gun Bad Boy, and Black Secret Technology albums, there are also going to be some 12" singles from both Hot Lemonade and 28 Gun Bad Boy, as well as two compilation albums entitled "Machine Room Sessions Vol 1 (1992-1998)" and "Machine Room Sessions Vol 1 (1992-1998)" - these are going to be compilations of previously unreleased and released Juice Box-era tracks. Fantastic!
All of these have been remastered versions (more bass!) of the original - looking forward to these!
As Gerald states: "Also, you'll see some new tunes out on my own record label, Sugoi Recordings. My back catalogue will also be re-issued on Sugoi. 28 Gun Bad Boy and Black Secret Technology haven't been available for years and need to be. You'll also see a compilation of tracks from 92-95 that were only ever released on vinyl. My aim with all this is to hopefully stop people asking what I've been doing since Voodoo Ray." and You're just about to re-release all your back catalogue, any idea when we'll see them back in the shops? The wheels are turning... Very, very soon.
Check on the website over the next month
February: Humanity (Ashley Beedle Mix)" included on !K7 Mix Compilation
"Mixed by SST and Superdefekt this is a compilation to compete with the greats: the Kruder & Dorfmeister DJ Kicks, Qbert's 'Demolition', the Avanlanches 'Gimix' and even Coldcut's seminal '70 minutes of Madness'. And with a back catalogue like !K7, is it any wonder? Er, nope.
The album is called "MTV Mash Presents !K7 Clash", and is mix-up of 42 different !K7 tunes on one CD (so don't expect the full Ashley Beedle mix of "Humanity" to appear)!!!
More info from !K7 here.
Release date: 16th February 2004:
Title: "MTV Mash Presents !K7 Clash"
Humanity (Ashley Beedle Mix) (?:??)