Barbryn mentioned in a comment during his ’88 ‘spill years post:
I’m not at all a dance music expert, and could be wrong, but my impression is that the acid house scene didn’t leave behind many records that you’d want to listen to if you weren’t off your face at a rave. But it did cross-fertilise with indie to give us the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and so on, and came into full flower a few years later when DJs and dance acts became superstars (as Fuel alluded to in last week’s thread).
So I thought I’d sling together a playlist because the rise of acid / house / techno music and it’s euphoric beats is to me just the equivalent of someone sitting in a field and getting emotionally involved in the intricacies of a ’60’s guitar/sitar/drum wig out …. you can experience it in that field on drugs or analyse and enjoy it on a record player without added stimulants. Acid House, Techno, Hip Hop that sampled dance/disco beats and using it as a backing, are just as listenable and simply the same thing as an extended guitar solo or drum workout… it’s your personal preference as to what you will drive to, work to, relax to, or jump up and down to .. my children are as happy listening early 80’s electro, Congotronics, 2tone or The Velvet Underground, they will obviously listen to unimaginative crap when they teenagers – but good on them for that – I hope its too cool for the authorities/adults.
The reactionary idea of acid being all unlistenable bleeps and repetitive soulless machine made music isn’t actually true – there is shock of the new in ’80’s acid – Mantronics and Phuture give us a taste of that – but the soul in 808 State or some of the first chill out in Sueño Latino is stunningly beautiful.
At a rave the tracks are mixed with extended beats – like a guitarist re-working and flamboyantly extending their solo – the beats might be rewound (returning to a particular part of the track that gets a reaction from the dancing masses) – and breaks added for effect where the record doesn’t possess one – it’s the DJ playing the crowd, to tease and create that euphoria.
The original tracks, unique, beautiful, euphoric in the own way, revolutionary in another – yet strangely just a track in the same sense as music has always been, it hits the spot, bring memories flooding back and will be played by some of us until the strings of life fade out. I’ve selected these so it makes the playlist interestingly listenable (if you can cope with this sort of thing) – the date line is ’79’s Dan Hartman showing the disco influence all the way through the decade to 1989 – if I continued into the ’90’s you’d hear musicians taking these ideas far beyond the structures of an acid track – our ears had become attuned so they could push it farther – LFO, The Apex Twin, etc pushed Detroit Techno, electro, and disco to it’s boundaries – but we were used to it by then because the pioneers had given us the gateway recordings.
Sterling Void – Runaway Girl 1989
Young MC – Know How 1989
The Stone Roses – Fools Gold 9.53 1989
Mantronix – King Of The Beats 1988
Dan Hartman (feat. Loleatta Holloway) – Vertigo / Relight My Fire 1979
Nitro Deluxe – This Brutal House ( US Version ) 1987
Keep On Movin’ – Soul II Soul 1989
808 State – Pacific State (Original Extended Version) 1989
Stetsasonic – Talkin all that jazz 1988
Kariya – Let Me Love You For Tonight (Original House Club 12″ Mix )1988
MARSHALL JEFFERSON – MOVE YOUR BODY [The House Music Anthem] 1986
Hashim – Al Naafiysh (The Soul) 1983
Sueño Latino (The Latin Dream Mix) 1989
Lil Louis – French Kiss (Original 12″ Mix) 1989
A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray 1988 Frankie Knuckles – Your Love 1989
The Source – You Got the Love – (Love / Rock) Original Bootleg 1989
Phuture – Acid Tracks (1987)
Inner City – Good Life (Mayday Club Mix) 1988
Mr Fingers – Can You Feel It (Trax Records 1986)
Rhythm Is Rhythm – Strings Of Life – Original Piano Mix 1988
The Nightwriters – Let The Music (Use You) (Club Mix) 1988
Joe Smooth featuring Anthony Thomas – The Promised Land (Underground Mix) 1987
Ce Ce Rogers Someday (Club Mix) 1988
Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full (Seven Minutes of Madness – The Coldcut Remix) 1987