Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Acid Anecdotes: Don't Lick the Paper

In 1993, a skinny kid from Canada named Richie Hawtin released a landmark album featuring the other-worldly sounds of the Roland TB-303.

The album: Sheet One.

The CD insert: a replica of a blotter sheet.

Recording under the Plastikman moniker and others, Hawtin was (and remains) an instrumental figure in the Detroit techno scene.

And beyond his minimalist tracks, he's still considered an absolute wizard in the DJ booth.

Rough Trade Records took a similar artistic approach with Jenny Lewis' album Acid Tongue, released in 2008.

According to the promo copy: "The all analog, no pro-tools [sic] sessions were all part of a shared aesthetic between Lewis, her producers, and her musician collaborators, working quickly and tracking her vocals entirely live and without embellishment."

But back to the TB-303. German friends Oliver Bondzio and Ramon Zenker, recording as Hardfloor, released their own classic acid-house album in 1993, TB Resuscitation.

Their output, including guest remixes, has remained constant. And though some critics consider their tracks too formulaic, few electronic artists have remained such a popular festival draw for so long.

Hardfloor's most recent release, The Life We Choose, just joined our music collection.

If you want to add some bounce to your next house party, this is the disc!

Or check out the likes of Carl Craig's mixing, the Midnight Juggernauts, and The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld for the a.m. chill-down.

1 comment:

dyLAB said...

those were some to tunes