2019 marks thirty-five years that DJ Pierre has been DJing and creating acid house music. This seven-part series of 35 remixes of Acid Track by Phuture is a celebration of the first monumental record for DJ Pierre and the spark for a new genre and movement in dance music history. 35 - 001 is the first volume in this series and features 5 remixes from KiNK, Bloody Mary, Paco Osuna, Analog Kitchen, and Beyun.
In 1987 the first acid house record, Acid Track, was released by the Chicago group Phuture—DJ Pierre, DJ Spank-Spank and Herb J. It was DJ Pierre who thought to play and twist the knobs on the Roland TB-303 in such a way that it created an entirely new (and at that time, totally bizarre) instrumental sound often described as “squelchy”, trippy, psychedelic, futuristic, and out of this world. Spanky laid the beats and, together, Acid Track was born. The legendary Ron Hardy, a resident DJ at the Music Box in Chicago, gave this strange track a listen and played it not once but four times on the dance floor until it created a frenzy.
News of the Acid “squelches” quickly spread around Chicago and then across the Atlantic, inspiring the next wave of pioneering acid artists in the UK to create their own. From here the Acid House movement began, known as the Second Summer of Love (1988). It was this movement that spread across Europe and the world, becoming the rave and festival scene we know today. Thank you, DJ Pierre, for your legendary contribution and innovative spark to dance music. This world would not be the same without Acid Track and acid house. Here’s looking forward to another thirty-five years.