Tuesday, November 23, 2010



I can only wish these were the tracks I was listening to when I first dropped acid, but it was the late 90's and I was living in suburban Wisconsin, which although close in proximity was a far cry from 80's Illinois. I am pretty certain I was listening to Animals by Pink Floyd and I am quite ok with that.
Acid Tracks by Phuture is the defining moment when the Acid sound exploded out of Chicago House thanks to some innovative dude named Spanky and a little bass line machine made by Roland called the TB-303.

The rest is history and I will let Discogs fill it all in:

Phuture only released a handful of tracks (plus an album a full decade after their debut), but have remained a legendary act in the development of Chicago house for their stomping 1987 single "Acid Trax", the track that began and defined the acid house sound. The group was formed by DJ Pierre, synthesizer fan Spanky and Herb J in 1985 as a recording entity to produce records for Pierre to mix into his sets at several crucial Chicago clubs. After being turned on to the high-pitched squelch of the Roland TB-303 synthesizer (marketed as a bassline machine for solo guitarists), the trio emerged from the studio with a track they called "In Your Mind". Ron Hardy previewed the track at his legendary club the Music Box - where it became known as "Ron Hardy's Acid Track" - and Phuture re-made the cut with production by Marshall Jefferson. Released on Trax Records in 1987, the single created a dividing point between the Chicago sound before and after it, with hundreds of "Acid Trax" imitations flooding the local market. After it caught on in Britain as well, the single soundtracked the wave of club madness which coalesced in the rave movement by the end of the decade.

Also have here a brand new exclusive track from the mysteriously talented new artist, Xosar. Xosardonyx is a pretty brilliant cut with a deep 808 beat that reminds me of early house blended with a modern feel. Classic.

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9 comments: to “ ACID TRAX

  • November 23, 2010 at 11:03 PM  

    ah dude i listened to "this is acid" by maurice when i first entered the LSD dimension, good times, haha such a cheesy but fun thing to do. ive never tried the floyd while in that space but i'm sure it would be amazing, intense and crazy. I think music that isn't too intrusive blends well with the journeys of the mind.,

  • November 25, 2010 at 11:21 AM  

    you didn't trip acid until the late '90s...damn dude, just how young are you guys...?! That makes your stellar taste in music even more impressive to me. Way to.

  • November 25, 2010 at 12:33 PM  


    that Xosar tune is sick lads!

    Anymore info on them or tunes for that matter.

    Killer tunage!

  • December 1, 2010 at 5:03 PM  

    really diggin the xosar track! where is it from? who are they? i want more!

  • December 1, 2010 at 8:42 PM  


  • December 3, 2010 at 10:02 AM  

    Actually i remember hearing this song during the summer break in '88 on 102FM WBMX and Bad Boy Bill was on deck! Damn near 40 and still loving the track...

  • December 5, 2010 at 3:42 PM  

    Random, shot in the dark question here. Tried asking BlackShaq but he was stumped.

    Do you know the name of this track? It goes "make it last, make it last, make it last yeah you and me baby."

    There's also another part which goes, "we can work it out, leave old situations in the past."

    It's a man vocalist and fairly upbeat.

  • December 10, 2010 at 3:18 PM  

    Hmmmm really trippy ... for the beats sounds like a 707 not a 808
    au début du track ou peut être les deux

  • December 10, 2010 at 4:20 PM  

    I love how hard hitting and janky sounding that drum machine is in Acid Tracks. I haven't been able to figure out what it is.