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Album Review

Manchester's drum'n'bass man, A Guy Called Gerald (also known as Gerald Simpson), last appeared in 1995 with the Black Street Technology album. After that, he toured and worked on a new album, Essence, released in mid-August of 2000. The album features guest appearances from David Simpson (who serves up the only big doozer on the album), Lady Kier (Dee-Lite), Louise Rhodes (Lamb), and Wendy Page (UK songwriter). Though his solo tracks are fine compositions, its when Gerald mixes the dark drum'n'bass beats with sultry elements and star female vocals, does his production come alive and the album become worthwhile.

Biography

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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