Acid House

Acid House

Characterized by the "squelchy" sound of the tweaked knobs of Roland's 303 electronic bass machine, Acid House was developed in Chicago by Phuture and at the close of the 1980s had become a worldwide phenomenon. Acid is still popular in electronic music with a constant stream of new tracks created both by the original 303, soft synths and gear which emulate the original sound.

Earl Smith Jr

The Phuture Belongs to Him: Remembering Earl Smith, Jr

There was music before Phuture, and music after, and every single day, the legacy of Earl Smith, Jr will grow larger.

We Lost a Giant of a Man: Phuture’s Earl Smith, Jr

Earl Smith, Jr.'s obituary will mention his role in the creation of Acid House. We remember him for so much more.
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Roland Releases Schedule for #909 Day Celebration

Music festival meets product launch-a-palooza with DJ Pierre, Ian Pooley and others.

Acid House on the Radio: Armando on WBMX 1987/1988

Armando Gallop live set recorded in 1987 or 1988 on Chicago's WBMX radio.
mr fingers

Mr. Fingers Outer Acid EP

Larry Heard's records stick around for a long time. Outer Acid is going to be with us for awhile too.

DJ Spank-Spank from Phuture in Recovery Following Stroke

Earl Smith, known in the dance music community by the moniker DJ Spank-Spank from the legendary Acid House creators Phuture, suffered a stroke on Saturday and is currently in recovery following surgery. A post from...

Rock The House: Rodney Bakerr and Rockin’ House Records

Averaging just one record a year since 1986, Rodney Bakerr's Rockin' House Records makes a fair claim for being considered one of Chicago's greatest House Music labels. Chicago celebrates things that last until they're dead...
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DJ Pierre Givin’ The People What They Want: Back 2 House

The House Sound of Chicago stomps forward with another fiery plate from DJ Pierre, this time alongside Italian production duo Supernova and Afro Acid youngblood Raskal. "Back 2 House" bangs the favorite vocal of jack...

Win a Free Roland TR-8 for #808Day

The 808 drum machine has inspired a documentary and now a holiday. Roland and the team behind the AIRA product line are marking the adorable advent of #808 day by teaming up to offer...

Phuture Perfect: DJ Pierre on the Return of the Original Acid House Band

For the first time in decades, Acid House creators DJ Pierre and Spank Spank are touring together as Phuture. They want you to know that it all began in Chicago. Acid House emerged from the...

Phuture Past: DJ Pierre’s First Party Was In a Barn

Seems like every time I sit down with DJ Pierre, we wind up with a lot more material than we can squeeze into print. Last time, we had a lengthy discourse on the meaning...

Phuture In Conversation with 5 Magazine – July 15 2015

The Apple Store in conjunction with 5 Magazine present a special talk with PHUTURE on the creation and rise of Acid House Music. Acid House revolutionized dance music worldwide, but it was a sound created...
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STREAM: DJ Pierre Rides The Underground

While we're making up new genres, how about "Wild Pitch Disco"? DJ Pierre is back with a new release on his Afro Acid label. "The Underground" leads you by the end through a dark,...
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808 The Documentary Makes its Chicago Premiere April 17

Fresh off a debut at SXSW, the documentary on dance music's quintessential machine is set to debut in Chicago this April 17. 808 The Documentary, the film about the ubiquitous drum machine that powered House...

Kstarke Records & The House That Jackmaster Hater Built

FIRST, OPEN A RECORD STORE. Open it a few months before Tower becomes the first of the major record chains to liquidate, and preferably at a time when the industry in general is lying...

Zernell: A 5 Mag Mix Vol ++002

New mix of rare and vintage Acid House and an interview from Zernell, proprietor of Grimy Edits and Grimy Trax for 5 Magazine's new mix and interview series. The 5 Mag Mix is 5 Magazine's...
James Jack Rabbit Martin

5 Records with James Jack Rabbit Martin, the Greatest Acid House Producer Ever

A year ago I published a piece on the legend behind the mysterious Chicago acid house producer James "Jack Rabbit" Martin. I had it posted here without much fanfare. In truth it was a...
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DJ Pierre: The 5 Magazine Interview

"We were struggling so hard to make something we thought sounded good," DJ Pierre says today of the early days of Phuture. "That struggle ultimately lead to us getting a 303. And once we...
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DJ Pierre Describes Wild Pitch – And Some Straight Talk About Acid House

In the movie A Pure Formality, the reclusive writer Onoff dismisses interviews as an exercise in which "a man asks questions he already knows the answers to, for the pleasure of hearing you repeat...
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There Are Dreams and There Is Escape: The Legend of James Jack Rabbit Martin

If there is a Robert Johnson of Chicago House Music, it's James "Jack Rabbit" Martin. No one has ever claimed that Martin walked down to a crossroads and had his 303 caressed by the Devil's...

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