Cocaine speaking

This EP is one of the most well-known ones in house music circles.

“Phuture was me and two other guys, Spanky and Herbert J. We had this Roland 303, which was a bassline machine, and we were trying to figure out how to use it. When we switched it on, that acid sound was already in it and we liked the sound of it so we decided to add some drums and make a track with it. We gave it to Ron Hardy who started playing it straight away. In fact, the first time he played it, he played it four times in one night! The first time people were like, ‘what the fuck is this?’, but by the fourth they loved it. Then I started to hear that Ron was playing some new thing they were calling ‘Ron Hardy’s Acid Trax’, and everybody thought it was something he’d made himself. Eventually we found out that it was our track so we called it ‘Acid Trax’. I think we may have made it as early as 1985, but Ron was playing it for a long time before it came out.”

DJ Pierre quote from ‘The History Of House’.


Artist: Phuture
Genre: Acid house
Release: 1987

    1. Acid tracks

      No doubt this is one of the anthems of house music. Written by the legendary DJ Pierre and produced by Marshall Jefferson this song is one of the few that started the ‘acid’ movement in Chicago. 12 minutes of floor-stomping madness.

    2. Phuture jacks

      Different 303 bassline with a more ‘Chicago’ feel to the percussive elements. A scary voice is whispering ‘Jack’ in parts throughout the song.

    3. Your only friend

      This is also an acid anthem. It reflects on the reality of the nightclubs of that time. Acid and cocaine were both largely consumed by the underground audiences at that time.


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