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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.

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808 State, From the Beginning

Bruce Tantum's groundbreaking interview with Graham Massey and the late Andrew Barker on the history of 808 State.
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The real house sound of Chicago on “Chicago Is Home Vol 1”

A new four track track EP on vinyl from Chicago producers Kid Enigma, Chicago Skyway, Dan Ryan and Ed Nine with the real house sound of Chicago circa November 2021.
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Ian Pooley strips it down for Rekids on “Studio A”

Studio A showcases a raw return to brass tacks, analog gear and a stripped down aesthetic for Ian Pooley's latest on Rekids.
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Viva Chicago, Viva Acid

Viva Acid is a cultural celebration, lecture and event series this weekend October 23 and 24 in Chicago.
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New York’s WTCHCRFT debuts on I Love Acid

SQLCHY: the soundtrack for an uprising on vinyl from WTCHCRFT and I Love Acid.
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Traxman to reissue his Westside Boogie Vol 3

Traxman is pounding that 303 like he's blowing space invaders out of the sky on the classic Westside Boogie Vol 3, reissued on vinyl by Factory Music Chicago.
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Braxton Holmes’ Princeton Park is one of the best records of the year

Princeton Park is a few months old, it's solid gold and as far as precious metals go Braxton Holmes' marvelous EP still relatively plentiful in your local record shop.
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Planet Love draws upon the early work of dance music’s psychonauts and visionaries

Safe Trip compiles a retrospective of "the roots and formative years" of the more psychedelic strains of electronica from 1990 to 1995.
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Mr. Bakerr’s Half Dozen: 6 rarities from Rodney Bakerr & the Rockin’ House catalog

From Mike Dunn to Michael Ezebukwu: here are 6 tracks we love most from the small but hugely influential early Chicago house label, Rockin' House, and the late Rodney Bakerr.
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Kick.S makes their 303s sing on Acid 2021 Vol 1 & Vol 2

Stoned drunk on acid: more than 130 minutes of tweak & squelch on Kick.S's Acid 2021 out now from AcidWorx.
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Nate Manic releases his self-titled debut album

The former music director at Chicago's Smartbar Nate Manic steps out as a producer and vocalist on his self-titled debut album.
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Review: Maelstrom: Expression Directe

On Expression Directe, Cultivated Electronics delivers an EP of electro cool to the touch by Maelstrom.
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Ellen Allien’s UFO Inc releases Alien Rain’s Empire of Illusion

Bad ass new tracks on Alien Rain's Empire of Illusion EP, out now via Ellen Allien's UFO Inc.
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#Rejuvenate – inside the new 5 Mag

Franck Roger, Ed Nine, Rodney Baker, Berlin under lockdown and more in the new issue of 5 Mag, out now.
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Chicago House pioneer Rodney Bakerr has died

Rodney Baker, known professionally as Rodney Bakerr and the brilliant artist behind early Chicago label Rockin' House passed away last week.
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Review: Jordan GCZ drops the nodding Introspective Acid EP

Dark occult sciences in the key of bleep: Jordan GCZ drops the nodding Introspective Acid EP on Rush Hour.
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Jon Delerious drops acid, lofi jazz and more on Can’t Hold Back

Two b-side tracks highlight an EP full of flavor by Jon Delerious for Luke McKeehan's Nordic Trax.
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Acid joyride: 30303 rides the Interstellar Rhythm

Atlanta's 30303 taps into the interstellar rhythm of the universe that takes the DJ and the listener on a cosmic joyride.
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The Techno Agnostics: Rediscovering the Ecstasy of Phil Western & Off and Gone

The beautiful genre-agnostic experimentation of '90s electronica on Off and Gone's 1996 Sigma Receptor, from Dan Handrabur & the late Phil Western.
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Hakim Murphy’s Analog Scriptures

What happened to Hakim Murphy? He's right here. The Chicago producer's latest album Analog Scriptures is under his hm505 alias.

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