Various Acid: Can You Jack?

Partiers may have noticed a rise in the cries of "aciieeed” at their local all-nighters. But few likely remember how, in the wake of disco’s demise, early house music emerged, took acid (i.e. the squelchy Roland TB-303), vacationed in the UK and eventually returned back underground until the current revival. So Soul Jazz has provided a primer tracing the lineage of "Chicago acid and experimental house” from 1985 to 1995 (albeit heavy on the first half-decade) and from the platters spun by pioneering DJs Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy to the beats of second-wavers Roy Davis Jr. and Green Velvet (Cajmere). This two-disc compilation captures the scene’s essence by combining underground rarities with all-time classics like Phuture’s "Acid Traxx” and the Sleezy D/Marshall Jefferson collab "I’ve Lost Control.” Boasting in-depth liner-notes, photos and artist interviews, this package proves it was definitely time for an acid flashback. (Soul Jazz)