Various Artists – Trax Records, Mad On Acid Vol. 1 CD3

Andy Battaglia

By Andy Battaglia

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Mad On Acid Vol. 1 CD3

Joe Smooth
A solid, simmering collection of ’80s acid classics

Sizzling inside the cold hearts of machines, the acid house heard on Mad on Acid makes for a study in contrasts: ceaseless, jacking funk oozes from the stiffest mechanical rhythms, virtuosic solos get played by equipment on the fritz and vocals that would seem to make things personal sound unfailingly alien, freaked out, inhuman. Pulling from the archives of the seminal Trax label, this two-disc primer serves as a solid collection of the original '80s acid classics from Chicago, where shifty DJs and producers set the stage for rave culture the world over. The beats and synths scan as minimal in retrospect, but the moods fan out to evoke lost nights in underground clubs where disco broke from its spangly past and slithered into the future. The snaky synth squeals of acid-house feature in most tracks here, but they're just one part of a style that sounds no less immediate decades down the line.