Honey Dijon pays tribute to U.K. rave group 808 State on dreamy new single

The Chicago artist’s debut album, Best Of Both Worlds, is out now.

Honey Dijon pays tribute to U.K. rave group 808 State on dreamy new single Honey Dijon   Photo by Yann Weber

There exist dozens upon dozens of types of house music — it's one of the most fertile of genres — and they can all be traced back to Chicago, where the city's queer black community gave birth to the sound in the '80s. On her much-anticipated debut album, Chicago producer and DJ Honey Dijon explores the expansiveness of house, including a stopover in the U.K.'s Second Summer of Love era on the dreamy, sunrise-ready "808 State Of Mind."

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"'808 State Of Mind' was a tribute to 'Pacific State' by 808 State," Honey Dijon said over email. "That was a very special record to me because it was the first time I was introduced to the Balearic sound. Growing up in the early heady days of Chicago house, which was very raw, this was something entirely different. Atmospheric, melodic, blissful, yet a dance floor monster. This originally started out as a remix for Shaun J. Wright and Alinka, however it took another direction and I decided to keep it for myself lol! It’s one of the many facets and sounds of house music that I hold dear to my heart!”

Honey Dijon's debut album The Best of Both Worlds is out now on Classic Music Company. Buy it here.
Honey Dijon pays tribute to U.K. rave group 808 State on dreamy new single