British electronic architects 808 State have remixed Berlin-based NHOAH’s ‘Abstellgleis’ set for release on December 1st via R.O.T respectortolerate Records. The acclaimed “pioneers of the UK acid-house sound,” 808 State boast a long history of commercial success, with a discography spanning nearly 30 years. Their 1988 breakthrough album Newbuild saw a 2005 re-release via electronic mastermind Aphex Twin’s notorious imprint Rephlex Records. Experimental-techno giants Autechre have also cited 808 State as a major influence on their work. Collaborating with the likes of David Bowie, Björk, Quincy Jones and Brian Eno amongst others, 808 State’s music successfully charted with singles ‘Pacific State’ and ‘In Yer Face’ reaching #9 and #10 in the UK, as well as being hailed by NME as the band that “revolutionised a whole genre of music in the late-80s, inspiring Underworld, Orbital and the Chemical Brothers in the process.”
The remix will be released as part of a package alongside the astounding rework of the same track by Planet Mu’s µ-Ziq.
NHOAH, a skilled producer, engineer and drummer in his own right, boasts a back catalogue which includes work alongside the producers of The Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, and Bronski Beat’s Larry Steinbachek. His previous album Tangowerk was nominated for the German Record Critics’ Award Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. His extensive list of achievements includes work with Jayne County and Romy Haag, arranging and composing for David Hasselhoff, as well as contributing to material by contemporary French rock-star M. His own band Peacock Palace, whose song ‘Like A Snake’ sold more than 2 million copies, was the first German band to have their video on heavy rotation on MTV London. Alongside this, his work writing and producing for German pop-rock band MIA, earned him several Gold awards.
The original track is lifted from NHOAH’s West-Berlin, which was written in just 6 weeks. The album saw NHOAH reducing his instruments to only a modular synthesizer system, a few controllers, and a computer – exploring new developments in software and technology.
‘Abstellgleis’ has been effectively remixed by the legendary Manchester-based acid-house pioneers 808 State, crafting NHOAH’s original ideas into their own brand of electronica-fueled acid-house-bliss. Known for their plentiful, eclectic remix work, 808 State have perfectly captured the original track’s atmosphere while still maintaining their authentic sound; sawtooth bass lines, percussive clicks and pops and bubbling synthesizer work.
808 State’s Graham had this to say about the remix; “We were happy to remix veteran Berlin producer NHOAH, I feel we share the longer timelines in electronic music, both drawing from a broader Well, while attempting to keep the chrome shining.”