Though it may have seemed like a spring flower in bloom only to quickly fade, Acid House became a widely influential and hugely popular subgenre of electronic music that blended the beats of House with the melodies and synth of Techno. Still, the echoes and influences of Acid House can be felt throughout music today.
If anyone could arguably have been said to impact Acid House at its foundations, DJ Pierre is likely the first name that comes to mind. Both as a solo artist and with the group Phuture, DJ Pierre is largely credited with being the primary impetus behind arguably the first Acid House track pressed to a record. The fact that he was a popular and influential Acid House DJ on his own only goes to show what kind of impact he had.
Danny Rampling is unique on this list in that he is not known for being a DJ–though he too spun records. No, instead Danny Rampling is known more for being one of the driving forces behind Acid House’s climb in the U.K. in the late 80s. As the owner of the club Shroom, Rampling was one of the first clubs to play Acid House. He was also instrumental in orchestrating the Second Summer of Love in the U.K. in 1988
Phuture – Acid Trax – This is almost a prerequisite when talking about the most influential and genre-defining tracks of Acid House. Though there is plenty of debate, this track is often credited with providing Acid House a firm foothold in the underground music scene.
Regardless of whether it was first or not, “Acid Trax,” sometimes also referred to as “Acid Tracks,” set the tone for proper Acid House production for years to come with a TB-303 bass line coming to be one of the hallmarks of Acid House.
808 State – Newbuild – Though there are more than a couple tracks that could conceivably fit the bill we are looking for, the full album itself deserves a proper mention.
Out of all the acid house produced in the U.K., perhaps no other record influenced the growth and progression of Acid House in the U.K. more than this one. Numerous future artists would refer to this album as being widely influential to them like ambient techno producer Aphex Twin.
DJ Pierre – As has already been mentioned multiple times, it is fairly difficult to overstate the impact DJ Pierre has had on Acid House.
Aside from the fact that he helped produce perhaps the first Acid House track, he went on to record many of the more notable Acid House tracks under numerous variations of Phuture as well as solo.
Gerald Simpson – Gerald Simpson was one of the early members of 808 State and eventually went on to be a popular solo act on his own named, “A Guy Called Gerald.” Though he might be more influential for early Acid House with 808 State’s “Newbuild,” his solo track “Voodoo Ray,” also became a huge success and further influenced the subgenre by expanding the boundaries of what defined the music.
He would continue making music until the scene died out in the early to mid-90s following the Summer of Love.
Though not genuinely reminiscent of the original Summer of Love, the Second Summer of Love still held many of the same values and has been described as the next closest moment to the 1960s. Started by 5 club owners who all wanted to recapture a unique experience while on holiday in Ibiza,
The Second Summer of Love would become far more for its influence on the underground drug culture at electronic music events and parties than it would as rebel howl of the day’s youth.
Due to the introduction of ecstasy, the Second Summer of love would also inspire a swift response from the police who would regularly shut down entire clubs.
Though its emergence may have seemed short-lived, the impact of Acid House can still be felt in the reverberations of modern music. Whether it is the characteristic screech of Acid House used in any number of tracks across virtually all subgenres of electronic music or musicians and DJs that still produce music today, Acid House is alive and well, and thanks to its mark, it always will be.