Acid House – the sound of the Roland TB-303 part two

So as part one looked at the roots of the acid house sound, this will look at how it has influenced generations of producers, some of whom have generated the 303 sounds from a multitude of DAW emulations, such as Rebirth RB-338 , AudioRealism Bass Line 2 and Phoscyon. The tracks chosen here span much of the last 15 years, and just go to show how influential the 303 sound has become to dance music.

Soul Mekanik – Lil Silver Boogie Box

Whats instantly apparent from this first record is how groove and funk play a much stronger role in the make up of the tracks. As software developed, the ability to make purely computer generated music sound more fluid and organic has helped to propel house music into the global force we know it to be today. This is taken from RIP Records circa 2003 and was written by the production team behind Sure is Pure, Disco Brothers and Cavern 3.

Fatboy Slim – Everbody Needs a 303

A classic from the Big Beat era of the mid 90s. A musical subculture originally from the south east of the UK and brought to media attention by artists such as The Chemical Brothers, The Crystal Method, Cut La Roc and the Propellerheads. This 1996 track peaked n the UK charts at 191 and was later re-edited as Everyone Loves a Carnival which made it to 34. The song also contains samples from Edwin Starrs 1970 song Everybody Needs Love.

Chemical Brothers – Electronic Battle Weapon 6

The electronic Battle Weapons series of singles aimed solely on the dance floor. Firmly rooted in techno, this track is a remix of their single Hoops which featured on the forth album Come With Us.

Tilt – Whats This?

The B side of the chart topping Invisible single, saw Tilt heading in an altogether darker tribal direction. Featuring a host of 909 sounds, this was viewed very much at the time as an ode to all things acid house whilst at the same time beings of the moment, and as the acid line creeps in around the 3.30 minute mark you could see the faces of the crowd change and the rooms arm raise. Truly inspiring.

Mory Kante – Yeke Yeke (Hardfloor Remix)

Originally written in 1987 by Guinean musician Mory Kante, it became number one across Europe and one of Africas best selling singles ever. It returned to fame, and the dance floors of the world in 1994 when german techno kings Hardfloor remixed it to much acclaim. Among the many compilations this track features on, its first known use (to my knowledge) was on Trancemaster X – Natural Energizer.
Underground Resistance – The Final Frontier

The collective of Detroit based artists known as Underground Resistance were a force to be reckoned with in early 90s dance music. Brilliant, subversive and throughly engaged in the music, they went on to release 3 albums and a host of singles and remixes. Often compared to the ‘Black Panthers’ of 1970s America, UR stood against the socio-political agenda of post Regan America through music. And in writing Final Frontier, UR co founder Mike Banks created one of the finest techno records ever made.
Mr White – The Sun Cant Compare

You’d be forgiven for thinking this is a mistake, but no, this came out in 2006 and took the world by storm. Written by Larry Heard one of the original Acid pioneers, its quality is undeniable and goes to show what Acid would have sounded like had it all kicked off in the 21st Century. A proper song in a time when minimal had taken over clubland.

Abe Duqee and Blake Baxter – Acid

A techno groover with an inappropriate male vocal, this was a late night jam for the dark rooms when life becomes a dream world and the crazy comes out to play! This is the B1 track of his 2004 EP What Happened?
Josh Wink – Higher State of Consciousness

Although it was the Dex & Jonesey mix which stormed the UK charts in 1996, it was this track, the Original Tweaking’ Acid Funk Mix that got the party started for Josh, a native of Philadelphia and pioneering US DJ and producer. What set this apart from the Acid House of the previous decade was its manipulation of the 303 sounds. Its as if he is scratching the acid in time with the breakbeat rather than it being a whole tune. A classic, and still played the world over to this day.
Man With No Name – Teleport

Acid House’ legacy is that it not only awakened a generation tired of the Punk ethos and ground down by the 1980s ‘greedy is good’ mentality, it also spawned sub genres of music. Acid Trance became incredibly popular in Southern India where beach parties could last serval days and featured a whole cross section of sounds. The Goa Mix by Paul Oakenfold bought its popularity to the worlds attention. This style of trance is still popular the world over and has undergone a few changes, but the core values and sound remain intact.