Hi-Five - Perc Selects His Five Favorite Acid Cuts
- Words: Glenn Jackson
With records for Kompakt, Stroboscopic Artefacts, and his own Perc Trax label accounting for much of his noteworthy discography, Londoner Ali Wells (a.k.a. Perc) has built a solid reputation over the last decade as a bastion of boundary-pushing techno. Presented in full-length form for the first time on 2011's Wicker & Steel LP, the range of Perc's talents have consistently proven to be far-reaching, as the time-tested producer has evolved and touched on a wide array of techno's hybrid sounds over the years. Now, with Perc's sophomore full-length, The Power and The Glory landing on February 17, we've tapped Wells to share with us his five favorite acid cuts—after all, it's a sound that Perc and the Perc Trax imprint have made use of often over the years. Reaching back to some classic UK fare while also citing some more contemporary Midwest tunes, Wells' selections reflect his longstanding love for the squelching pulses of acid house and techno.
Baby Ford "Oochy Koochy"
This is sample-heavy, anything-goes acid house from one of the best. Part of the Ford Trax double pack, which was one of the true gems of early UK acid house.
Stakker Humanoid "Humanoid (Snowman Mix)"
My preferred mix of one of my favorite acid tracks ever. The introduction is sublime and adds an extra element that none of Humanoid's zillion other remixes have.
A+E Dept "The Rabbit's Name Was…"
Classic London acid techno—relentlessly driving and packed with twists and turns. This is the sound of neverending squat parties.
Jody 'Fingers' Finch "Jack Your Big Booty (BHQ Acid Vocal)"
Chicago-style acid-house perfection from Derrick Carter. This one is simple and effective, and every element does its job with minimum fuss.
Avus "Fancy Arse"
This is from the second release on Perc Trax which, along with its James Holden remix on the b-side, really helped the label grow into what it is today. Grinding and heavy, but still stripped down, I still play it today when I get the chance.
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