Phuture ‎– Acid Tracks

Trax Records ‎– TX142
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Red Labels

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A Acid Tracks
Written-By – Herbert J*, Spanky
B1 Phuture Jacks
Written-By – Herbert J*, Spanky
B2 Your Only Friend 4:53

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Sanlar Publ. BMI
© P 1987 Trax Records

Mastering credit taken from the runout.

Label durations are incorrect. Real durations shown. Durations on label:
A: 11:17
B1: 4:45
B2: 5:10

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Etched in A side runout): TX-142-A ´BP´
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched in B side runout): TX-142-B ´BP´
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): TX142A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): TX142B

Other Versions (5 of 18) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
A1-009 Phuture Acid Tracks Remixes(12") A1 Records A1-009 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
354626 Phuture Acid Tracks(3xFile, WAV, RE) Trax Records 354626 US Unknown
A1-009 Phuture Acid Tracks Remixes(12", Promo) A1 Records A1-009 Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
TX142 Phuture Acid Tracks(12") Trax Records TX142 Unknown Sell This Version
TX142 Phuture Acid Tracks(12", W/Lbl) Trax Records TX142 US 1987 Sell This Version


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January 9, 2016

It's all about that hypnotic squelch...


February 16, 2015
Yup, a real crowd pleaser back the glory days of the Hacienda (Infamous Manchester club)


February 2, 2015
Probably . . . . The best track ever made. . . . Nothing matches, toooo deep. Bought this from Si john, (roni size reprazent) the first month release. Still amazes me.


April 28, 2014
Repress is out now


April 1, 2014
repress incoming according to


November 20, 2013
A commonly overlooked song ( add to the below list) that possessed a Roland TB-303 Baseline is UB40's "She Caught the Train" on Labour of Love (1983). This is actually the only song I've heard anyone use the TB-303 as the manual taught and illustrated in SONG mode... Meaning, instead of a loop, the bass was programmed throughout the song changing pitch in patterns and such. I've owned several TB-303's since 1990 and one thing is true... It was a very tedious instrument to program, especially building an entire song, in which UB40 accomplished only a year after it was introduced. Check it out:


February 11, 2013
There are at least 3 different acid lines in this track


December 27, 2012
Look-up Charanjit Singh "Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat" (1982) and prepare to have your mind blown.


September 3, 2012
the geezer who made this said it all really.either way this is a milestone tune.classic in every sense.


April 9, 2011
edited about 1 year ago
Just to clarify some things for those who came here looking for the roots of the use of the Roland TB-303, acid house, or “the acid sound” in general.

Start with a listen to Charanjit Singh's "Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat" LP (1982). Perhaps the earliest record to use the 303 with an acid bass line. Insane record.


Conventional 303 bass lines:

Paul Haig “Justice” (1983)
Jesse Saunders “On And On” (1984) [recorded in 1983]

Some interesting approaches to the 303:

Sakata Sextet “Trauma” (1982)
Orange Juice “Rip It Up” (1982)
Ryo Kawasaki "Lucky Lady" LP (1983)
Car Crash Set “Imagination” (1983), “Breakdown” (1984)
Somnambulist “Things I Was Due to Forget” (1983)
Shannon “Let The Music Play” LP (1983)
Xena “On The Upside” (1983)
C.O.D. "Uphill (Peace of Mind)" (1984)
Jimi Tunnel “U-Turn” (1984)
Newcleus “Automan”, “Jam On It” (1984)
Ice-T, The Glove, & Dave Storrs "Reckless" (1984)
Chris “The Glove” Taylor “Itchiban Scratch” (1984)
Mark Lane “Who’s Really Listening?”, “Das Nicht (Factory)" (1984)
Mantronix “Bassline” (1985)
Jazaq “All Systems Go” (1985)
Hypnobeat “Slash! Buffalo Eats Brass” (1985)

Now we’re getting a little acidic:

Heaven 17 “Let Me Go” (1982)
Portion Control “All Present and Correct” (1982)
Aviador Dro “Destino Contra Dios” (1983)
Alexander Robotnick “Problèmes D'Amour” (1983)
CTI “Dancing Ghosts” (1984) [recorded in 1982]
Pietro Insipido "Aerobic Tonight" (1984)
Section 25 “Looking From A Hilltop" (1984)
Knight Action “R-Trax” (1984)
Spencer Tune “Nightmare” (1986)
Crystalite “Cut By A Laser” (1986)
Hypnobeat “Can God Rewind?”, “Negen” (1986)
Ice-T “Squeeze The Trigger” (1987)

Birth of acid house:

Phuture “Acid Trax” (1987) [first played out in 1985]
Sleezy D. “I’ve Lost Control” (1986)
Adonis “No Way Back”, "We’re Rockin Down The House” (1986)
Virgo “My Space” (1986)

It was also experimented with very early on in 1982 by Blancmange and Tom Ellard of Severed Heads.

There are examples of proto-acid made without the 303, but anyone claiming it was used before late in 1981 are misinformed, because that's when the box was built.
Pink Floyd used an EMS VCS-3 and Synthi, neither of these really made squelchy, rubbery, or bubbly "acid" sounds on their recordings though.
Queen's "Radio Ga Ga" (1984) uses a Jupiter 8.
Mr. Finger's "Washing Machine" (1986) uses a Juno 6, but should be included in early acid house classics. Proof that you don't need a 303 to make "acid house". You can add No Name's "Jason's Revenge" (1986) to that list.
All of Brian Dougan's Humanoid acid tracks from "Humanoid Sessions 84-88" were made in 1988. The tracks made in 1984, 1986, and 1987 were experimental music made under his Zeebox alias without a drop of acid in them. Just check the credits.
I'd say some Giorgio Moroder produced stuff like Donna Summer's "Our Love" (1979), Nik Pascal Raicevic's tripped out electronics (check out "Light Stimulus" from his 1973 Magnetic Web LP ), or Tangerine Dream's synth manipulations from their live performances in the 70's may qualify as proto-acid.