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808 State - Pacific State

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Published on May 15, 2011

"Pacific State" is a single by 808 State released in 1989. The song peaked at #10 on the UK Singles Chart. The track first appeared on their album Quadrastate in 1988. It was then remixed to become the group's first release on ZTT Records. Although the overall title is "Pacific State", the remixed versions are individually known by variant titles: the main 7" and 12" versions are "Pacific - 707" and "Pacific - 202" respectively. Most compilations which feature the track include either "Pacific - 707" or the original Quadrastate version of "Pacific State".

The track has an unusual and distinctive arrangement. Where techno usually uses short, repeating basslines with melodic parts layered on top, in "Pacific State" the bass part is used as a melodic element in its own right, constantly changing over the course of the song, with a horn-like sound being introduced as counterpoint.

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