Phuture – Acid Trax (Red Vinyl) (12″)

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Label: Trax
Format: Limited red vinyl 12″ reissue
Cat: TX142 / TX142RED
Released: 10 April 20
Repressed: 22 May 20


Acid House / Jack Trax Fave Originally Released in 1987 – Gets Repressed on Splatter Vinyl. The original title for the song ‘Acid Tracks’ was ‘In Your Mind’. DJ Pierre had given a tape of the track to Ron Hardy to play at the Muzic Box in Chicago it then appeared on a tape Hardy had labelled ‘Acid Tracks’. So this name stuck and Phuture decided to issue it under this title. According to DJ Pierre the ‘acid’ in the title of the tape was a reference to LSD as this was a popular drug at the club. It was not a reference to the sound of the Roland 303.

Phuture only released a handful of tracks (plus an album a full decade after their debut), but have remained a legendary act in the development of Chicago house for their stomping 1987 single “Acid Trax”, the track that began and defined the acid house sound. The group was formed by DJ Pierre, synthesizer fan Spanky and Herb J in 1985 as a recording entity to produce records for Pierre to mix into his sets at several crucial Chicago clubs.

After being turned on to the high-pitched squelch of the Roland TB-303 synthesizer (marketed as a bassline machine for solo guitarists), the trio emerged from the studio with a track they called “In Your Mind”. Ron Hardy previewed the track at his legendary club the Music Box – where it became known as “Ron Hardy’s Acid Track” – and Phuture re-made the cut with production by Marshall Jefferson. Released on Trax Records in 1987, the single created a dividing point between the Chicago sound before and after it, with hundreds of “Acid Trax” imitations flooding the local market. After it caught on in Britain as well, the single soundtracked the wave of club madness which coalesced in the rave movement by the end of the decade.

This 2020 red vinyl repress of one The most important records in dance music history is an essential to have in any record collection. This red vinyl version was limited to 300 copies and is now out of press at the suppliers. It has been superseded by a white and red splatter vinyl repress which is also limited.

A Acid Tracks (Vocal Mix) (12:26)
B1 Phuture Jacks (7:46)
B2 Your Only Friend (4:53)

Producer, Mixed By – Marshall Jefferson

Additional information

Weight 0.25 kg

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