If the name A Guy Called Gerald doesn’t mean anything to you, you ought to be ashamed of yourself.
A founding member of 808 State, Manchester’s Gerald Simpson helped create some of acid house’s most future-rushing and globally successful moments. He worked on the ‘State’s Newbuild LP and Quadrastate EP (home to ‘Pacific State’) before going solo, and hitt #12 in the UK charts with the completely nuts ‘Voodoo Ray’.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Simpson began to embrace influences from the nascent hardcore scene, issuing a number of groundbreaking 12″s on his Juicebox label that culminated in the release of the 1992 album 28 Gun Bad Boy (check the title track for an all-time British soundsystem classic). He followed in 1995 with the gloriously knotted, soulful and uniquely psychedelic Black Secret Technology, arguably the finest jungle LP ever made.
While many producers of the same vintage have settled for a life of creative water-treading, stuck-in-a-timewarp DJ sets and dodgy film cameos, Gerald has really kept his end up, and then some. Relocating to Berlin some years ago, he has focussed his sound into an instantly recognisable brand of sleek, organic techno, releasing records on labels like Sender and Perlon. Next month he’s set to release Tronic Jazz, his second LP for the Laboratory Instinct imprint, and this Saturday, April 10, he’ll be headlining Feeding Werk, a very special night at Plan B in Brixton, celebrating the sounds of Werk Discs (home to Actress, Lone and Lukid, who’ll all be making appearances, along with Pariah, Dave ID and more).
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Trompetenrohren – Matt Star
Redemption (Original Mix) – Deep Naked
Frank The Janitor – Voodeux
Zit – Martin Woerner
Hebbie Jeebies – Voodeux
Grainy Lines – Lucy
Journey To Afrika – Wesen and Khaan
La Gorgona (Franco Cinelli Remix) – Lineas De Nazca
Just A Spoonful – Voodeux
2 De Noviembre – Lineas De Nazca
The Paranormal – Voodeux
Kaktus (Original Mix) – Josia Loos
Places – Latenight Society vs Ken ECB
The Mantra – Lee Curtiss
Live At Coliseum – Svensol & Bender
Whet Garage Rave (Original Mix) – DJ Plast
Neuralverschiebung (Alec Troniq Remix) – Tickles
Wurm – Krause Duo
Pwous – Ultrakurt
Basilisk – Jin Choi
Shine – Super Flu
The Black & The White – Jin Choi
Steady Politics (Nuclear Ramjet Remix) – Tapwatr
Close To The Heat – Jin Choi