Black Secret Technology (Remastered)

by A Guy Called Gerald

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Gerald's role in the development of drum n' bass cannot be over stressed. But whereas early jungle experiments, like '28 Gun Bad Boy', were rough and ragga, 'Black Secret Technology' is dreamy, ethereal, other-worldly even. Gerald's sound has taken flight, soared away from street-tough realism and now dwells in the fluffy, weightless clouds of the imagination.

'Black Secret Technology' refers to the effect of TV and radio's subliminal messages on the brain and it's an apt title, because Gerald himself is creating a soundscape of the subtlest seduction. 'Finley's Rainbow' provides a glorious visual apex, whilst 'Voodoo Rage' explores the communication disturbances of the album title more literally, scuffing up Gerald's acid house classic with muffled snatches of interference. 'Energy', a Goldie collaboration, simply drifts - a thick smoky mass gently punctuated by tingling snares.

Gerald's gift is to invert melody, so that it takes on the off-kilter improvisational qualities of harmony, or emulates the patterings of rhythm, as on the 'Gloc' Remix. The result, combined with his hallmark multidirectional pattering drums is a sophisticated assault on the senses. Somewhere between the second and third hearing of this album, you'll be hooked and you won't quite know why. But then that is how 'Black Secret Technology' works. – Mixmag, Bethan Cole, February 1995

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released February 1, 1995

All tracks written and produced by Gerald Simpson except track 5 co-written Goldie / Gerald Simpson.
Digital surgery at Grooveriders.
Recorded at Machine Room Studios England.

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A Guy Called Gerald Manchester, UK

Breaking beats since 1988. A Guy Called Gerald has been an iconic name in the electronic music scene worldwide for over 20 years. One of the UK's finest, most respected, innovative and forward thinking home-grown electronic music producers.

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