Some sounds seem to short-circuit our perceptions of new and old, of future and past. No matter how many songs have been made, no matter how many dancefloors have vibrated to their modulations, but the acid sounds is timeless.
Acid House was born in North America, into Chicago’s most underground clubs, from the hypnotic sounds of Roland TB-303 electronic synthesizer-sequencer thanks to the experiments of the collective “Phuture”. The group founded by Spanky, DJ Pierre and Herb J produced the first Acid House record of history, called “Acid Tracks”, played in preview a year before by the legendary Ron Hardy.
After a short time, Acid invaded Europe and exploding in UK club scene with the first “free parties”, organized in abandoned warehouses, old plants and parking areas where Acid and all the genres that will derive make the suburbs of London shaking by what will become the Second Summer of Love. Rave Culture was born and dance revolution has begun.
As wave of parties swept through Britain in a rush of joy and unity, a new world emerged from the swirl of laser shows and pulsing beats, one that was to shape our culture and outlook for the next generation.
In November 1988 a record by the name of “Stakker Humanoid” crashed its way into UK mainstream. The record, released by a mysterious artist called Humanoid, became the first truly credible UK Acid House record to break into charts. A harsh, uncompromising slab of raw Acid House created by a Glasgow-born part-time lecturer at Salford College of Technology, the record broke down barriers between the emerging youth movement and mainstream society.
Away from the mainstream, the track was gaining similar plaudits on the dancefloor, something that has surprised its creator, Brian Dougans, who later formed Future Sound of London with Gaz Cobain, one of the most important electronic music experimentation duo and pioneer of a new era of dance music.
Dougans has explains that the original record was created as the result of a collaboration with video artists Stakker Communications, met at the Hacienda in Manchester. It wasn’t just a hit on underground dancefloors but it was regularly played on radio shows. Only at this point Dougans realised that the record has achieved mainstream acceptance; something really unusual for those years cause there was a huge dissent of public opinion against the Acid House scene.
In celebration of 30 years of Acid’s on the dancefloor, we dedicated the first drop of “The Ultimate Acid Experience” collection to the longs night of raves in which millions of young people found their outburst and insipiration.
HERE ALSO 10 ACID CLASSIC TRACKS DEMONSTRATING ITS VITALITY IN THE NOW.