Ten years ago, Acid Test began with a simple concept – each track the label released would make use of the Roland TB-303. Like a producer purposefully paring down their studio setup, or the continuous imperative within underground electronic music to reduce, this concept engendered creativity with the introduction of what seemed to be an aesthetic limit. However, the decade that followed, which now culminates in the triple-LP compilation Ten Years Of Acid Test, proves acid is limitless. That the Berlin-via-LA label would expand upon the classical conception of acid house and techno is no surprise considering the cast of characters that have come in fold over the past decade. Ten Years Of Acid Test gathers key material from the label’s extended family of acid acolytes. There’s that Vienna-via-LA maestro of sad, elegant acid Tin Man (Johannes Auvinen), whose “Afters Acid” is both a highlight within his prolific catalogue and a distillation of his symphonic approach to the 303. Detroit giants Erika and Marcellus Pittman, both of whom have released remixes on Acid Test, present their respective and singular Bass Line visions. Erika, the Interdimensional Transmissions lynchpin, crafts a dark, delicate take on broken techno on “Violet Fungus” while Pittman continues his cubist house explorations on “Unknown Species,” both tracks straying from typical acid lines in favor of the intricate textures achievable on the 303. This variation in approach applies to tempo as well. Irish-based master Lerosa, as well as Delsin affiliate VC-118A, delve into downtempo atmospherics. Meanwhile, Japanese deep techno virtuoso Wata Igarashi, SUED co-founder SW. (a regular on Acid Test’s leftfield sub-label Avenue 66) and Patricia (one-half of Acid Test act Ociya) use acid as a creative jumping-off point for complex melodic concepts. Wata layers an orchestra of synth-bliss drone overtop a squelchy bassline on “Ephemeral.” SW.’s “ChaIAnJAzzz” cycles through an array of dusted chords eventually landing in skewed, fuzzy rave nostalgia, anthemic chords held aloft by a wicked UK-flavour bass line. Patricia’s “Higher Still” explores dreamy, IDM-flavoured acid, cinematic synthlines counterbalanced by propulsive, squelching acid. Acid Test devotees will be thrilled at the return of various luminaries from the catalogue, including Achterbahn D’Amour, Skudge, AAAA, John Tejada and Donato Dozzy, whose memorable remix of Tin Man’s “Nonneo” from Acid Test 01 served as a kind of proof of concept for the label. There’s new blood too. San Francisco up-and-comer Sepehr makes his label debut with the excellent “Persian Acid Prince,” as does Andreas Tilliander’s beloved hardware techno project, TM404. Ten Years Of Acid Test is a valuable portrait of a group of artists linked by a dedication to innovation within acid, in line with the genre’s storied roots. Over ten years, Acid Test has gracefully made a case for the 303’s past, present and future, the story of acid continuing to unfurl in unpredictable, addictive patterns.
Achterbahn D’amour – Acid Test 13 [ASD030]
Acid Test continues their journey with the return of Achterbahn D’Amour. On their first proper release in three years, Jool & Iron Curtis patiently craft an intricate sound world – with the opening track, major-key pads hearken towards a bright future, hi-hats rustle like leaves and on “Dehaveland,” percussive elements fall into beautiful, random unison like factory machines staging an after hours dance. Samuel Van Dijk’s vaunted VC-118A project steps up for a remix, turning in a taut techno version that unfurls smoke pillars of ghostly ambience. The duo wraps up the four-tracker with an unexpected dreamy electro turn, “Don’t Talk To Me.” Throughout Acid Test 13, they remain in lockstep with the label’s ethos – to bend, hammer and flatten acid lines into new, imaginative shapes.
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Achterbahn D’ Amour – Odd Movements The Remixes [ASD024]
Achterbahn D’Amour’s machinefunk opus, “Odd Movements.” gets reworked with 4 sonically diverse remixes. Detroit don Marcellus Pittman kicks things off with a massive, unsettling flip of “Holy Roman Empire.” The Italian producer Chevel is up next with a virtuosic take on the LP’s title track. His cubist, artfully restrained version ends with over a minute of icy techno snap. Convextion, as well, chooses to hold back for maximum impact, infusing the moody “Passagen” with subdued electro bounce. Finally, SW. imbuesthe duo’s “Konigstr” with dubbed-out breakbeat pressure, occasionally allowing the original acid line to seep through a skittering rave rhythm.
Andy Ash – Connections EP [FBV008]
Leeds based Fullbarr sees the turn of Liverpool based Andy Ash, offering up fresh house that ranges from deep and moody to acid laced and angst ridden.
Achterbahn D’amour – Odd Movements [ATLP003]
The debut full-length by Achterbahn D’amour (Johannes “Iron Curtis” Paluka and Jurgen “Jool” Albert), captures two artists coaxing the most emotional sounds to date out of classic Roland boxes. The album is the natural extension of the duo’s live-rooted sound, further defining the oblique dance moves contained on their three Acid Test EPs. They demonstrate a true reverence for the 303 and 606. On “Odd Movements”, lush pads and abrupt toms create a literal pedestal for the bassline machine. The duo have hit on a sound well-suited for dark rooms and towering sound systems.
Achterbahn D’amour / Albert & Albert – Heart Warming Hard Hitting [FM12012]
Frank Music drops another double bomb on wax. Achterbahn D’Amour is back with a bouncy track called JX3. It is Techno-Yes-Techno Music with all ingredients needed for a bumpy ride. Imagine fog machine and strobe lights over the top. Another 9 minutes and 31 seconds into XTC. Fasten your seatbelts. Flipside comes with Albert & Albert and a song that goes on … well … Forever. You will feel good along those strings.
Achterbahn D’Amour – Acid Test 06 [ASD020]
Achterbahn D’Amour is delivering the latest 12 inch in the Acid Test series from L.A.’s Absurd Recordings. “Cardbox” is a laid back, stripped down and tripped out groove with a spacey dubbed out remix from Chicago’s Innespace Halflife on the B-side along with the bonus cut “Harmonia”.
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Samuel André Madsen – Moodsy EP [NSYDE004]
Samuel André Madsen from Denmark knows how to combine single elements into a groove collage defying all stereotypes. Northwest Cave Groove is brushed lightly against the grain, against all expectations, opens up once the chords hit. Moodsy opens with a warm hypnotic sound carpet that is hard to resist. The following breaks sends the track into stasis. Finally, Achterbahn D ´Amour rebuild the original track into an epic, tercet-laden, 9 min. acid monster with a classic 808/909 barrage. At the end elegiac strings convert it into a and yet surprisingly thriving field of flowers.
Achterbahn D’Amour – Frank Music 03 [FM120036]
Achterbahn D’Amour is courtesy of Edit Piafra & Iron Curtis. ‘JX2’ is a slammer, guided by lush pads and some quirky acidish bassline that cuts from your left brain to your right brain and then straight to the next dancefloor. ‘The middle of’ is a high standard dj tool with heart. Repetitive loops all over and no end in sight. ‘Into the wilde’ is a mix of pop music with a certain love for jackin house music, pitched down and pitched-up vocals, a live bass and drum machine workouts galore.
Achterbahn D’ Amour – Trance Me Up [ASD019]
After their debut, Achterbahn D’Amour (aka Iron Curtis & Edit Piafra) return to Absurd, with 2 new tracks plus a massive remix from Skudge.
Achterbahn D’Amour – Your Love (In A Jam) [ASD016]
This is the 2nd Acid Test 12” from Absurd Recordings done by Iron Curtis. Features the original mix of Your Love along with two remixes from the Idjut Boys.