Dance Music Explained: Acid House


BPM – 120 – 140

Emphasised by distorted, fast bass beats and utilising the squelching Roland TB303 synthesizer, Acid House was an original offshoot of Chicago House and first appeared in 1987 via DJ Pierre (AKA Phuture) on the “Acid Tracks” EP.

From these humble roots the music continued to multiply with experimental variants such as Deep Acid developed by Richie “Plastikman” Hawtin under the alias F.U.S.E.

And Trance via CJ Bolland.

The key to the success of Acid House lay largely with the TB303 which revolutionised the recording of traditional bass beats as it was modifications of sound patterns as opposed to playing single notes and gave the rhythms the unique squelching and buzzing that would become popular in many dance hits of the future. The sound was embraced by The KLF for the single “What Time Is Love?” in 1988.

Other early incarnations of note included German producer Oliver Lieb under his Spicelab moniker on 1992s “Spicelab” EP.

Northern Irish DJ/producer David Holmes, with help from Ashley Beedle and Lindsay Edwards and calling themselves The Disco Evangelists released “De Niro” in 1992.

Former journalist Kris Needs teamed up with vocalist Wonder Schneider to create the Trance duo Secret Knowledge on the Sabres of Paradise label for “Sugar Daddy” in 1993.

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