Phuture ‎– We Are Phuture

Trax Records ‎– TX165
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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A We Are Phuture
Producer – PhutureRemix, Mixed By – Mike "Hitman" WilsonVocals – Darrel LewisWritten-By – H. Jackson*, N. Jones*
B1 Slam!
Producer, Mixed By – D.J. Pierre*, Gene HuntWritten-By – H. Jackson*, N. Jones*
B2 Spank-Spank
Producer, Mixed By – D.J. Pierre*, Gene Hunt

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© P 1988 Trax Records Ltd.
Sanlar Publ. BMI

Some copies have no B side label.

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  • Matrix / Runout (A side): TX-165-A
  • Matrix / Runout (B side): TX-165-B

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TX165 Phuture We Are Phuture(12") Trax Records TX165 US 1988 Sell This Version
TX 165 Phuture We Are Phuture(3xFile, FLAC, RE) Trax Records TX 165 US 2010
PRMT 001 X Phuture We Are Phuture Remix EP (12", EP) Primate Recordings PRMT 001 X UK 1996 Sell This Version
PRMT 001 Phuture We Are Phuture Remix EP(12", EP, W/Lbl) Primate Recordings PRMT 001 UK 1996 Sell This Version
TX 165 Phuture We Are Phuture(3xFile, MP3, RE, 320) Trax Records TX 165 US 2010


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May 16, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
This is a bit trivial, but my orig trax pressing has a red label (when I say red label, i don't mean the tidied up artworked one with a barcode). It's definitely an early press, and has all the low-quality hallmarks. Dodgy trax pressing/printing/artworking, just wondered if it might be 'special'? All the first edition trax copies i have seen have black labels. Any ideas?


August 28, 2007
edited over 11 years ago

Recently, DJ Pierre gave me an interview which I had the chance to ask about a very special chapter of the history of Acid House music - 'We Are Phuture'. On that matter, he said: "We started this project because everyone else was doing Acid House, and we wanted the future. Something that will always be one step ahead, always growning, moving".

Phuture was different from any other act from the Acid House era, indeed. "I wrote the lyrics, like most of the songs", said Pierre again - but they soon realized that the dark, scaring vocals on the beginning should be from Earl 'Spanky' Smith: "Survival's our mission... Traveling through time... You're growing old but we're changing... The right place, we try to find... In space we journey, through endless emissions... As meteor showers, bad weather conditions... The future will survive! The future will stay alive!"

Another amazing aspect of this classic comes from the main vocals from Darrel Lewis, with a more soulful mood, speaking about future, space, technology, and acid: "I see space... fading down on us, The future is growing near...
With rocket ships and laser guns, and acid music can you hear...", bringing a very unique atmosphere to the tune.

These poetry references to spaceships & laser guns, added to very powerful beat lines by Spanky and amazing bass lines & acid lines by Pierre, make this a very essential masterpiece. The bassline drop, very intense, is a formidable moment of it, exactly when the dark vocals from Spanky say "Phuture, Phuture... Phuture Phuture, Phuture(...)" - sampled and included on several cut & paste megamixes and the like.

The (Ph)uture and evolution were the main marks of this group leaded by Earl Smith, DJ Pierre and Herbert Jackson, as shows the quote "The future grows among you, Through the darkness of our time, You cannot turn us back, 'Cause progress is our sign". This was, by the way, the last time that this trio was behind Phuture.

"I didn't even know that this music reached Europe before 1989", claimed Pierre on the same interview, "Or even which labels got the license or the rights to release it outside the U.S.", refering to the German release by ZYX, another huge hit in the other side of the Atlantic. These young kids from Chicago usually stayed apart from the labels negociations, such as this one between Larry Sherman (Trax) and ZYX staff.


August 16, 2007
edited over 11 years ago

This classic EP is an all round winner. Every track has something to offer in my mind. Whilst the timeless ‘Slam’ will still destroy most dance floors you also have ‘Spank Spank’ (A classic piece of 808 jamming) doing dirty-gritty-percussive things that you didn’t really hear again until Basic Channel / Purpose Maker and beyond. And as for the A-Side vocals: We are Phuture, You can’t defeat us, To no one we compare…. Get ready for the coming age, Cos acid takes control, So slam your body to the beat, We will own your body and soul !....etc

Incidentally, I wasn’t aware that Marshall Jefferson had anything to do with this. I always understood it to be a DJ Pierre, Gene Hunt, Mike “Hitman” Wilson affair….?......


January 31, 2007
edited over 12 years ago

Amazing record, this was one of the first acid house tracks I ever heard and it stands up above a lot of the others still today, a real timeless classic this.

Has the lot, great drum programming, wicked acid lines and the voice/vocals are superb - reminds me of dark warehouses...



May 13, 2004
Perhaps not DJ Pierre´s best work,but this Marshall Jefferson produced wonder spawned a generation of copyists who have since attempted to emulate that twisted bass rumble.Proclaimed the Roland 303 the machine of the century.