Q (UK) - - Girl Ray -

With its trop­i­cal bird calls, soft focus synths and lan­guid sax riff, Pa­cific State, the lead track on 808 State’s 1989 Quadras­tate EP, marked a new di­rec­tion for acid house. It was also the prod­uct of a Manch­ester scene which had evolved in par­al­lel to the Ibizan-in­spired hap­pen­ings in Lon­don – Mike Pick­er­ing and Graeme Park’s Nude night at the Haçienda even had its own “E corner” where Shaun Ry­der and Bez from the Happy Mon­days per­fected their freaky danc­ing to a mix of house, elec­tro and old-school hip-hop. Co-pro­duced by Ger­ald Simp­son, whose own Voodoo Ray sin­gle had bro­ken into the charts ear­lier that year, Pa­cific State be­came an end-of-night an­them at the Haçienda. It also fed into a lo­cal revo­lu­tion which had its own dis­tinc­tive tribe, not least the youths in flares and proudly re­gional T-shirts (“Born in the North, Live in the North, Die in the North” read one) who crossed freely from off-grid raves to the in­die dance fu­sions cre­ated by the Mon­days and The Stone Roses. Even­tu­ally cracks started to ap­pear, but for a time “Mad­ch­ester” re­ally did show the world how to rave on.

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