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Acid Classics

by Jonathan Buttrick
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Tuesday Jun 22, 2004
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The underground word is that Acid is back this summer and it’s here to stay. Trax Records, “the orginial home of House Music,” brings us yet another collection of dance classics. This time around it is Acid House, the electronic genre that surfaced in the late 80s, later giving birth to other styles like trance.

This collection is being dubbed “The (Second) Summer of Acid,” the first of which happening some 15 or 16 years ago in the Techno Rave scene in Chicago clubs. This hybrid of house music that supposedly originated in Detroit rooted itself in Europe between 1987 and 1988 and later developed into Trance, Hardcore and Gabber.

Mistakenly associated with ecstasy and other drugs, the term “acid” actually came from the slang phrase “acid burn,” meaning to rip off others’ ideas. The music combines the repetition that trance is known for with the production of dub. It is the purest extraction of house music, and Trax provides over 70 minutes of this type of raw, bare bones dance.

Nostalgic for those that experienced the first coming of Acid, this collection will also please anyone who is into trance and other newer forms of electronica. Included in the compilation (and starting the disc off) is “Acid Trax” by Phuture, the track that began the whole fad. You can’t help but imagine yourself in a rave or at a white party while listening to the demanding technical aspects of repetition and barest essentials. Other highlights include “This is Acid” by Maurice Joshua with Hot Hands Hula and “That Shit’s Wild” by Van Christie.

by Various Artists

Release Date: June 29, 2004.
Label: Trax Records

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