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PETER HOOK - HACIENDA ACID HOUSE CLASSICS (NEW STATE MUSIC)
 
Peter Hook (of New Order and Joy Division, as well as the Hacienda, the titular club of this 2-disc comp) has unleashed a piece of history into my (and hopefully your) ears. For you lovers of electronica, this is a must hear. It doesn't matter if you are a house fan, or a fan of something else entirely - this is a good, long look into the roots of all things techno. Following the disco era and with the spread of synth technology, house music popped up as a vital piece of underground dance sounds for ears and feet. Clubs popped up (such as in the Chicago area and, of course, the UK, where the Hacienda got the dance floor moving with just such music as this) and perpetuated this post-disco form of beat-driven music. From there sprang trance and more. This, in some ways, is a bedrock of the diverse world of electronica we enjoy today. In fact, one can easily see the foundations being laid for the advent of trance. Some of these psychey tracks very much resemble what has come to be known as goa trance, or psytrance. And regular old trance is easy to envision growing from these sounds. Of course, the underground house of today, represented by labels like Fabric and aritsts like Kukumoto All Stars, very obviously draws from the classic house well. This hooky and immediately likeable (make that loveable) double-disc set of 80s-vintage house music is a reminder that electronica isn't just the music of the future, but also something with more than two decades of history. It's awesome that these CDs don't come off as dated. Maybe it's because music has come full circle again (it happens in most genres) or perhaps it's just that these are timeless tunes. Maybe both. Regardless, this stands to be one of the top ten releases of the year for the electronica field. -- review by Kristofer Upjohn


   

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