Humans love acid and the wide range of its effects.
We love to watch the blood of the Aliens as it burns its way through the spaceship, we love to trip balls and we also like the twisted noise of the 303.
Acid house is like a fundamental building block of the house universe. There's not much of it on the surface, but the acid sound emerged among the very first subgenres of house and it's still here. It's so far from spotlight that finding "The Art of Acid" was a bit of miracle. Looking at "Modulations: Cinema for the Ear" (brilliant movie, recommend) for the zillionth time had its result. It took 20-30 seconds and a bit of onscreen text to find Hardfloor's "The Art of Acid". As it turned out, it was quite a big find with 10 tracks on the album which is kind of rare these days.
"Analogue Bubbletea" kicks you out of your chair The first two tracks are a good treat if you haven't heard acid since ages or, if you're younger, never. "Necessary Roughness" is a reminder from the era when Phuture's "Acid Trax" was banging on the dance floors of Chicago in the late 80's. This is the sound, the tempo, electronic 'squelch' that made acid house as mind-bending as it is. Perfect upper-mediocre production, nothing less, nothing more unless the third track finds its way to speakers. It's not a coincidence that the album was named after the third track, "The Art of Acid". It's still acid, but it has a warm, almost sweet melody that turns the dark nature of this music into something that is filled with light, joy and a tender love. It's like seeing the devil playing a piano while wearing a suit and drinking a glass of vine.
After the sweet surprise things are getting only weirder and more delightful. "RWNDRB" is something totally beyond genres, since it could only be labeled as Deep Broken Acid. It shifts the pumping rave into a seamless surfing on the top of the clouds. "P.E.L.F." gives a little bit more of smooth kindness before "Analogue Bubbletea" kicks you out of your chair, only to find yourself raving alone in the middle of the room. It's filled with dark energy and pumping power, just to put back the feel of the rave where it belongs.
"The Art of Acid" has way more than anyone could wish for when thinking of an Acid album. For 10 euro or more it is an absolute no brainer on Bandcamp. It's both friendly with those who haven't heard acid before and it's a good fix for those who've been stuck with it since ages. Good news everyone, the sound of the 303 is alive and well.
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