This morning dance music pioneers 808 State announced Transmission Suite, their forthcoming album and the duo’s first LP in 17 years.
Transmission Suite is “named after the defunct control room at Manchester’s Old Granada TV studios,” 808 State announced in a tweet – the seminal broadcaster where Factory Records’ Tony Wilson worked and which served as a catalyst for Manchester’s burgeoning music scene in the late 1970s.
In the studio where we housed our vintage synth collection we built up a catalog of new music worthy of sitting alongside our 30 year old discography.
— 808 State (@state808) July 24, 2019
The album was recorded in Granada’s former home. “The space the band used to record hadn’t been cleared out for what seemed like decades and was full of now defunct technology: a teleprinter, teletext stuff, boxes of floppy discs,” a statement announcing the album reads.
The video above is from the lead track on Transmission Suite, “Tokyo Tokyo,” directed by Michael England. The original mix appeared on the Initial Granada Report EP, released on July 12.
Transmission Suite will be out on October 11; pre-order here. The full tracklisting for the new 808 State album:
808 STATE – TRANSMISSION SUITE
01. TOKYO TOKYO
03. CANNONBALL WALTZ
04. THE LUDWIG QUESTION
12. ANGOL ANGOL
13. BUSHY BUSHY
14. CRAB CLAW