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Hardfloor – Acperience 1

When this came out in 1992, it sounded like Acid house on steroids (which it essentially was). It, along with the vast majority of Hardfloor’s output, would have been included in DJ sets that centered around the ‘Acid Techno’ movement, but was far superior to the music from that sub-genre. It was also sometimes classed as Trance at that time, as Trance was in its infancy, and that genre could have travelled down this path (alas it didn’t, and instead became one of the un-funkiest electronic dance genres ever invented). So, in retrospect, and with the gift of hindsight, this was just Acid house beefed up for a generation who were starting to rave to harder House and Techno (and yes, also from the Detroit originators). This due, consisting of Oliver Bondzio and Ramon Zenker from Cologne, were (and still are) Roland 303 fetishists, and wanted to make the most overloaded Acid they could. The good thing about Hardfloor is they rarely let toughness get in the way of groove, which means that this track (massive at the time) along with others of theirs, still does the trick. I remember witnessing Dave Angel drop this in one of his sets back in 2007 at a club in East London. The majority of the revellers were probably too young to have raved to this the first time round, and possibly had never heard it before. The impact the tune had on the dancefloor was comparable to the one it had on its release, with the room exploding when it was dropped.


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