Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Phuture - Acid Trax


Phuture, "Phuture Jacks" (YSI link)

Phuture, "Your Only Friend" (YSI link)

Okay, I feel like we had to start here, in lieu of the essential mix and the fact that this 12" by Phuture pretty much created acid house music. DJ Pierre, Spanky and Herb J dropped "Acid Trax," Ron Hardy played it at The Music Box and the rest is history. However, I'm gonna give you the B side to that 1987 Trax release, a little curveball so to speak. Actually, "Phuture Jacks" isn't exactly some unknown little ditty, it too is one of the foundational songs that changed dance music. It's starts slow and minimal, then just goes crazy with a massive acid bassline. The drums drop out occasionally, giving it a greater feel of peaks and valleys.

The real treat here is "Your Only Friend," a bizarrely sick house track about cocaine addiction. "This is cocaine speaking. I can make you do anything for me." From there, you get a male speaking as the drug, detailing the power coke has over the user, although like any drug song, I think it tends to have a rather less than impressive impact as an anti-drug statement. It's got these spooky ghost sounds in the background,

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