Acid house is etched into the very fabric of British electronic music. It’s been that way since 1988, when the combustible genre landed a UFO on various muddy fields around the UK, ushering in a period known as the ‘Second Summer of Love’. The heyday of the unlicensed rave has well and truly passed, but the essence of those infamous parties lives on vicariously through the music. That’s not to say acid house is stuck in the past, resting on the laurels of former glories and wallowing in the nostalgia of a time when the drugs were better, the people went harder, blah, blah.
As disciples of the 303, cousins Josh Doherty and Rich Bevan aka Posthuman can be credited with breathing new life into all that is acid. Also regular party starters, the duo’s exalted I Love Acid nights have spearheaded a renaissance of sorts in London, booking luminaries like Luke Vibert, Andreas Gehm, B12 and DJ Pierre over the years. It’s a wonder how they find time to work on their productions, especially when juggling studio time with the day-to-day running of the Balkan Vinyl and I Love Acid labels, but they manage, somehow. Maybe they have Josh and Rich clones stored underneath the Posthuman HQ, cryogenically frozen until needed.
Gearing up to release an album of “rarities, unheard mixes, and previously vinyl-only tracks”, we’re delighted to share a fourth contribution to our podcast series, courtesy of the duo themselves. As you probably guessed, it’s an acid-fuelled journey, recorded after a night out drinking on the Thames. Meandering through a forest of 303s and rugged percussion, Josh and Rich explore sounds both classic and contemporary, taking us from Maurice Joshua to Paranoid London in just over an hour.
Back To Acid is out on April 25th – preview the album via Juno.
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