Memory Box seminal album- A GUY CALLED GERALD ‘BLACK SECRET TECHNOLOGY’ (1995)
Not only does Gerald make excellent Acid House but he can turn his hand to supreme drum & bass as well. And what an example this album is.
It’s also a very poignant post for us as Gerald is playing at our ‘Memory Box 1st Birthday this Saturday titled ‘A History of Acid House’ plus we’ve got our first ‘History of Bass’ event next month.
"1995′s BLACK SECRET TECHNOLOGY, a bewildering mix of tight breakbeats, techno textures, and flickering, dream-struck voices, has been often imitated but never equaled’. Gerald credits much of his work to serendipity, but that doesn’t explain the staggering cybernetic wallop packed by “Alita’s Dream” and “Survival,” or the supreme sensuality of “The Nile.” The album is woven through with perfect techno-pop bridges, confronting the harsh realities of technology with the life-affirming spirituality of Gerald’s club-classic debut, HOT LEMONADE. Balanced on the razor edge between mysticism and frenzy, TECHNOLOGY remains a powerful comment on the eternal struggle between man and his future.
Pretty much a forerunner to the work produced by Photek, Goldie and the Metalheadz crew, amongst others, ‘Black Secret Technology’ is an underrated gem of an album… ‘Black Secret Technology’ is one of those albums which extends way beyond reality into an almost shamanic euphoric experience as if it recorded ‘itself’ in the studio and has taken on a life of its own ever since… growing wiser and never tiring on repeated listens.” – UNSUNG MAGAZINE