Q (UK) - - Girl Ray -

A for­mer break­dancer who grew up on Manch­ester’s Moss Side, Ger­ald Simp­son (pic­tured below) had started pro­duc­ing elec­tro beats as a teenager, even­tu­ally form­ing the group 808 State (named for Roland’s TB- 808 drum ma­chine) with fel­low hip-hop fans Gra­ham Massey and Martin Price, who worked at Eastern Bloc records in the city cen­tre. To­gether the trio recorded New­build, one of the first UK acid house EPs wor­thy of com­par­i­son with those com­ing from Amer­ica. But it was the solo sin­gle Simp­son re­leased as A Guy Called Ger­ald that made the big­ger im­pact. Re­leased in the sum­mer of 1988, tribal acid groover Voodoo Ray went on to reach Num­ber 12 in the sin­gles chart and re­mains a land­mark in the evo­lu­tion of UK dance mu­sic.

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