S everal years ago, for the 20th anniversary of acid house and Britain's "second summer of love", I interviewed some of the main players of those early days for the Observer Music Monthly magazine. It was a brief oral history, weaving together snippets from the main DJs, promoters and original ravers. When the 25th anniversary came around, it felt like the right time to speak to those people and others to pull together all their stories, many of which had never been told, for a book. I interviewed more than 80 people, from DJs such as Sasha , Paul Oakenfold and Andrew Weatherall , musicians such as Boy George and State , to promoters, ravers, dealers and police. Everyone had a slightly different take on proceedings, depending on where their initiation came. Each had experienced their own epiphany. But it was a very evangelical secret, so they had this desperate itch to tell everyone and spread the word. Powell couldn't have been more mistaken.
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Or browse results titled :. Some sounds seem to short-circuit our notions of new and old, future and retro. The gurgles, burps, whoops and warbles of acid are some of the most easily recognizable and timeless—the Roland SH, the Roland TB bassline generators and the many, many synthesizers that have tried to copy them. Spanky , of house hall-of-famers Phuture , at the behest of his bandmate Nathaniel Pierre Jones a. It was the match that lit the tinderbox of ecstasy culture in Europe, creating the explosion of rave genres that would follow. But now, 30 years on from that first night in Chicago, the sound that Smith—who sadly died this year—first wrung from the somehow retains its power to surprise and delight. No matter how many tunes have been made, no matter how many dancefloors have vibrated to its modulations, acid remains a sound that seems to be wired straight to the nervous system. It is alien and inhuman, yet feels as familiar to us as the human voice. It crops up, constantly, in DJ sets from the most commercial to the furthest underground.
Carefully crafted track by track it walks the listener through an enchanted forest within the progressive realm of the eighth dimension. Release page Bandcamp. Tracklist: Acid Cat — Ket
This year marks the 30th anniversary of acid house , the dance music subgenre that started it all by kicking off the modern rave generation. For the uninitiated, acid house was first created back in the s by a tight-knit band of local Chicago DJ aficionados. We had a beat, and the was playing.