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Like many of his peers who innovated throughout the late '80s and early '90s, Gerald Simpson has settled into production work that, while mostly enjoyable, isn't nearly as inspired or individualist as his early material. Play the blindfold test with a disciple of early 808 State and the first couple dozen Juice Box releases and see if various parts of To All Things What They Need aren't mistaken for latter-day Smith & Mighty or mildly diverting soundtrack work heard during episodes of any crime investigation drama. To his credit, Simpson has made a uniform album despite pulling from disparate sources (crunching IDM, swirling ambient, dark 'n' moody Detroit-style techno, middle-of-the-road drum'n'bass, trip-hop), but it's all but guaranteed to make longtime fans antsy by the end of track four.


Born: 16 February 1967 in England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Mancunian house and techno innovator Gerald Simpson is the odd post-rave musician who's been able to find a successful voice in a wide variety of different styles. Starting with Chicago house and moving through Detroit techno, acid house, electro, hardcore techno, and currently drum'n'bass, Gerald's been an influential contributor to most of recent dance music's most important stopping points. Although his highest-profile moment came in the form of the late-'80s ubiquitous club hit "Voodoo Ray,"...
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