94-96 Acid and Hard Trance | Mixcloud [2010]
January 17, 2011

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Ive been jonesin’ for some really banging tunes while at the gym so I dug out a stack of old Acid and Hard Trance and got to work. There’s so many absolute classics this mix could have gone on for days but I managed to keep it short and sweet, down to an hour. Enjoy!

A GUY CALLED GERALD My skool! mix 2010-08-10 18h58m30 [2010]
August 13, 2010

A Guy Called Gerald mixes some of the best Acid of the day into this incredible mix. Listen. Now.

Hallucinogen – LSD [1994]
November 12, 2009

Posford pretty much standardised the Goa trance sound right off the bat with this legendary (and I dont use that lightly) release. Prior to this, the Goa Trance (or Trance Dance) sound was merely a variant on the acid house / prog house sound that had been doing the rounds in the early 90’s. With the release of Alpha Centauri / LSD, Posford literally jumpstarted the expansion of soundscapes that would come to embody the Goa sound of the mid to late 90’s.

“ I believe with the advent of acid we discovered new way to think and it had to do with piecing together new thoughts of mind. Why is it that people think it’s so evil? What is it about it that scares people so deeply? Because they are afraid that there is more to reality than they have ever confronted. That there are doors that they’re afraid to go in and they don’t want us to go in there either because if we go in, there we might learn something that they don’t know. And that makes us a little out of their control. ”

From Discogs
I have had few experiences as powerful as the first time I heard this track at sunrise on a remote beach with 200 crazed party people. Nearly 10 years later, this track sends sends chills through my body. When the bassline hits in the second half, it brings tears to my eyes still. Probably the best Goa/Psy-trance track ever made, because so few understand how really difficult it is to make an authentically positive and uplifting track without being cheesy. It’s too easy to make something dark and heavy.

Lochi – London Acid City (Original Mix) [1996]
November 10, 2009

Epic techno stormer, i’d like to say overplayed but seriously, an unstoppable Acid Techno track from Chris Liberator.

From Discogs
‘Waterloo Sunset’ by The Kinks, ‘London Calling’ by the Clash, ‘Down At A Tube Station At Midnight’ by The Jam, ‘West End Girls’ by The Pet Shop Boys… This is right up there with the best of them as an all time London anthem. Even without the vocals this would be a grade A kick arse acid trancer. The beats are tight and hypnotic, the acid is frenzied, and the builds and drops are masterful.

For us Londoners though, this is extra special. The rest of you will be left wishing you were a cockney, yes even you mancunians! ‘London acid city, London acid city, our time is now’.

Cybersonik – Technarchy [1991]
November 2, 2009

Cybersonik were Daniel Bell, Richie Hawtin and John Acquaviva. All hailing from Detroit during those Cybersonik years producing a slew of classic acid driven stormers.

From Discogs
Daniel Bell
While living in Detroit during the 90’s, Daniel Bell created a new musical vocabulary for techno music based on “Blips” and “Bleeps” and streamlined repetetive rhythms. His music went on to influence a generation of producers from Josh Wink and Richie Hawtin to the minimal house sound in Germany. Best known for his timeless classic “Losing Control” and releases on his label “Accelerate”.

Richie Hawtin
Canadian (British born) producer, label boss & Dj. Although mainly influenced by Detroit techno, Hawtin developed his own style ranging from harder noisy techno to deep minimal abstract acid, particularly under his best known alias Plastikman. Was involved in the development of the Final Scratch digital Dj technology and has continued to use new technology as it becomes available.

John Acquaviva
Ever since the founding of Plus 8 Records with partner Richie Hawtin in 1989 and the fame and success that came with it, John Acquaviva has been a driving force in the international music and club scene. Well known for his vast record collection of over 50.000 pieces of vinyl, spanning virtually the entire length of club music history AND having played through it as well, he is acknowledged by many as a DJ’s DJ. Recent projects include the development and introduction of Finalscratch.