30 Years (give or take) of Acid on Wax
January 21, 2017 9:38 AM   Subscribe

2017 marks 30 years since acid was put on (commercial) wax, if* you're crediting Phuture's Acid Tracks as the first Acid (House) song/EP. BBC Radio 1 recently celebrated this history with the first Essential Mix of 2017 by DJ Pierre, one third of Phuture, the Chicago group that recorded an epic 12 minutes of Roland TB-303 knob-twiddling and spread the acid madness via Ron Hardy in The Music Box. For more acid in the mix, B. Traits preceded that set and played a 2 hour set acid, with a 3rd hour by Luke Vibert, who stated (via a track title) "I Love Acid."

* Another contender for the first (commercial) acid record is Sleezy D's 'I've Lost Control' (released in 1986), though neither this nor 'Acid Tracks' made much of an impact at first. And while we're digging through the bins of history, Genesis P-Orridge's claim to have named the genre are often disputed, FWIW.

(And then there's Charanjit Singh's accidental acid that predates all that.)

Whoever gets credit for being first and for naming the genre, the sound and label stuck. If you're looking for some more "top picks" of acid, Fact Mag compiled a list of their favorite 20 tracks from the 1980s (previously), while DJ Pierre and Danny Rampling each pick 10, with some overlap but more diversity over all.

If you want more of modern acid, here's a snapshot of Seth Troxler's Acid Future festival, which "[payed] homage to London's acid house history ... but rather than looking backwards we're looking forward, inviting artists from all over the world which I feel embody the spirit of acid house in 2015."

A sampler from that lineup:
posted by filthy light thief (17 comments total) 42 users marked this as a favorite
 
Fixed link: .first Essential Mix of 2017.
posted by zengargoyle at 10:21 AM on January 21


Thanks! Yes, the 4th link from the top is broken, and zengargoyle's link is the correct link.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:34 PM on January 21


Fixed!
posted by LobsterMitten at 2:37 PM on January 21


Thank you for this! That was peak dancing for me
posted by samelborp at 2:57 PM on January 21


Happy to share!

If you're worried this is 100% squelchy acid, the bulleted mixes are quite varied (I tried to find more "acidic" mixes, but I got lazy).
posted by filthy light thief at 3:30 PM on January 21 [1 favorite]


Ha! Thanks filthy light thief - you inspired me to put on an old Nightmares on Wax CD ('Smoker's Delight') from 1995.

Or rather, the youtube of the album, since I no longer have a CD-reading device connected with an audio-producing device anymore, despite the CD being on my shelf - why do I even have CDs (in their original cases)?
posted by porpoise at 6:39 PM on January 21 [1 favorite]


Great jams!
posted by oceanjesse at 6:50 PM on January 21


why do I even have CDs (in their original cases)?

To assuage your guilt over streaming the album? For the day you once again obtain a CD-reading device connected to an audio-producing device? To remind yourself of days of yore, of those simpler times where a world of audio wasn't at your fingertips? ;)
posted by filthy light thief at 7:28 PM on January 21 [1 favorite]


aceeeeed
posted by Zerowensboring at 7:29 PM on January 21


...just when I'd finally gotten Energy Flash out of my head. *sigh*
posted by softlord at 8:21 PM on January 21




...just when I'd finally gotten Energy Flash out of my head. *sigh*


why did i click that
why
why do my gums feel numb
posted by lalochezia at 11:04 PM on January 21


why do I even have CDs (in their original cases)?

And for days when your internet access is down or unreliable.


...just when I'd finally gotten Energy Flash out of my head. *sigh*

I tend to get drumloops stuck in my head. Drum'n'bass'n'such. But I feel ya.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:26 PM on January 22


why do I even have CDs (in their original cases)?

On the shelf is the whole lot of VHS tapes with Buffy the Vampire Slayer recorded when originally broadcast.

NEXT TO THEM is the entire DVD set of the series.

I can't play either, but they look pretty.
posted by mikelieman at 1:55 AM on January 23 [3 favorites]


And for days when your internet access is down or unreliable.

I run an instance of the Subsonic Media Streamer, pointing to my local /storage/media/Music directory in case I want something locally.

And then there's the mpd stream from my computer available via URL from anywhere... Just in case...
posted by mikelieman at 1:58 AM on January 23 [1 favorite]


I dunno; I'm not that interested in chemistry posts...
posted by grubi at 10:50 AM on January 23


This is absolutely spectacular. Thanks!
posted by Sutekh at 6:47 PM on January 23


Cross-posting from the Bandcamp supports ACLU thread: here's some lush new acid - Tin Man's Dripping Acid.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:15 PM on February 1


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