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BabyStep Curate 808 State Playlist Celebrating The Life Of Andy Barker
The legend that is Andy Barker, a longtime member of Manchester electronic music group 808 State, has sadly passed away. The band took to social media, confirming the sad news “after a short period of illness” on Saturday. “His family and friends ask that people respect their privacy at this time but remember him for the joy he brought through his personality and music,” the group’s statement reads. “You’ll be sadly missed.”
Barker was an artist whose music soundtracked many people's introduction to electronic music, leaving a longstanding legacy on the landscape of the culture. He started DJing as a teenager, inspired by hip-hop and electronic music. He was one half of DJ duo the Spinmasters with Darren Partington, and he eventually joined 808 State after Gerald Simpson departed the group. His first records with the group were 1989’s Quadrastate EP and the subsequent 1989 album 90, released in America as Utd. State 90 (updated to include their landmark single “Pacific State”). The group’s 1991 follow-up ex:el featured guests including Björk and Bernard Sumner. Barker’s last album with 808 State was 2019’s Transmission Suite.
Barker is credited as a songwriter and producer on multiple 808 State records. Many artists, DJ's and co-writers took to social media to express their sincere condolences including Special Request, HAAi, The Chemical Brothers.
The magazine has put together a collection of tracks from 808 State we particularly loved. Thank You Andy for all your wonderful contributions to electronic music: