I just came across something that I really should have known about almost 20 years ago and I want to share. A lot of you guys are probably well aware of what I’m about to talk about, but I wanted to post this so anyone who didn’t already know about it can go down this particular insane rabbit hole as well.
Apparently, back in 1982 a Bollywood music producer got the idea to buy a Jupiter 8, an 808, and a 303, and use those instruments to play classical Indian ragas. He banged it out in a couple of days, recording the first takes, and released it as the album below. Does something about this weird Indian electronic musical experiment sound familiar to you?
Yeah, I know. That’s acid house, from well before that genre was supposed to exist. And amazingly for such an early experiment, it’s fucking great! It sounds for all the world like Analord. In 1982. What really kills me is that there are sounds in here (on the first track for example) that were all over '90s trance, but this album flopped into obscurity and wasn’t re-discovered until 2002.
Mind. Blown. This re-writes the history of acid that I thought I knew. But what really kills me is that it seems to be a completely independent development of acid that ended up sounding just like what would later come about in Chicago.
The world doesn’t make sense anymore!