Dig this fully classic vintage acid, retrieved from 1988 to re-energise modern dancefloors. Jaquarias’ acidic anthem sounds both historically prescient and viscerally kick-ass today, and this 12” re-press from Rockin’ House includes five different mixes of the tune, including ‘Acid Rain’ and ‘Acid Love’ versions. Love Is Happiness indeed.
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Love? Happiness? A Normanite knows not these things. But, as we get shown how it might feel through the medium of dance 12 inches, we don’t need to know them. Everyone knows that listening to ancient acid house is the easiest way to get a simulation of the real thing. The title track is certainly jubilant, throwing its hands up into the air and yelling sexual references over a bouncy house beat and bassline combo. Not bad for 1988, despite the Casio orchestra hits. Pam Rose Taylor’s vocals are probably the majority of the tune, but whatever, I guess Jaquarius got it all together. To be fair, the rough-edged production is very nice, and just shows how things worked back then - does it make people move? Then it’s good enough.
Holy crap it’s 5 versions of the same tune. Well the instrumental is fun but not as good. Flip it over and you’ve got 2 more recognisably ‘acid’ takes, with the 303 squelching and squealing everywhere; suddenly I realise why it’s so sought after. These ones swirl into a heady, toxic fume that makes you go a lil bit mad. Not such a fan of the A side myself but wow, that B.
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