The vision for this compilation album was to create a collection of tracks that complement each other and are fitting for repeated home listening.
Being somewhat of a conceptual experiment. All the artists on the album were asked to imagine fusing Acid and House with the Virtualsex LP which was released on Buzz in 1993. A 303 sound would be welcomed but not essential with an emphasis on soulful emotion and melody.
We hope you enjoy the results as much as we do.
A1) Postelektrik - SW1
Niall Minogue is fast becoming Chicago Bee’s jewel in the crown with his vintage sounding euphoric pads and tones. This is his third outing on Chicago Bee and one to watch. Check out: So We Thought We Knew Technology EP on Chicago Bee.
A2) Derek Carr - No Surrender
Derek Carr needs little introducing. Based in Ireland, Derek is responsible for releasing some of the best produced techno around today and has a musical output spanning over 20 years. With his deep soulful Detroit sound we are flattered to have him on board for the first time. Check out: Warm Machines EP on Revoke/Trident Recordings its masterful!
B1) Type 303 - Stairway to Jupiter
Another overseas artist, this time from Finland. Dan Kaipio has become a versatile and prolific artist over recent years and this is his second appearance on Chicago Bee. With EP releases on the popular I Love Acid and Downfall Recordings labels to his name, he’s no mug. He nails a vintage acid sound. Check out: Sysi EP on Super Rhythm Trax.
B2) Monofonix - Omega
Craig Stainton is better known for his acid productions under the name Mantra and has notched up an impressive back catalogue including releases on Weapons of Desire. He opted to submit a Monofonix track which had fallen under the radar somewhat. We felt it well deserved more exposure and it fits the brief perfectly. Super chuffed to have him on Chicago Bee for the first time. Check out the album: Thirteen Circles on Cataclyst its proper chilled.
B3) Ivan Golac - Floated
The mysterious and elusive Ivan Golac is a cover name for an artist who wants to be kept anonymous. Its Their second time on Chicago Bee. Their music has been likened to Liddell Townsell. Check out: The Powers That Be EP on Chicago Bee.
C1) Iron Blu - Valtra
Mick Clark’s debut was a solo synthesiser album released in Germany. He then relocated to London and joined the British band Naked Lunch formed in 1979. The band were one of the UKs first ever synth-based bands and are highly acclaimed.
Spin forward 40 odd years and he’s DJing and producing electro / acid and co running the Label Weapons of Desire. Basically, what a legend!
First time on Chicago Bee. Check out the album: Games on Blubber Lips (1978)
C2) Fear-E - Haven’t You Heard
Scott McKay is another big hitter from the UK acid scene and this time from north of the border in Glasgow. Very pleased to have him on Chicago Bee for the first time. He’s well known for his work on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. Check out: Made in the G60 EP on Super Rhythm Tracks, the opening track is a monster of a tune!
C3) Forgotten Corner , Maen Land
Cornwall based Nick Mackrory and Phil Banks like to produce and play there acid deep and slow. Nick has a diverse
production background including library music releases on KPM with Seahawks. Phil , a keen vinyl spinner, can boast to have played at the I Love Acid club night. Together they make a great team. Very chuffed to get them on board for the first time.
Check out Prosthetic Limbo (Forgotten Corner Records)
D1) iNFO - Dreams of Andromeda
Sheffield based Michael Robinson is heavily influenced by early Detroit and UK techno.
His music has slick production and is full of lush pads and strings, so perfect for this album. Another very welcomed first timer on Chicago Bee.
Check out the album: All Possibilities and Outcomes
D2) A-Eno-Acid - Greek Town Casino
Apart from his acid outings on Chicago Bee, label owner Mark Churcher is also known for his abstract techno, dub - electronica and ambient on the mid 1990s label Emote. He’s also in a sound art band called Electronic Sound Pictures. Check out the band V- Neck and the Liquid Lunch EP by Send/Return on Emote.
Much thanks to Kiki Bond for the artwork and Phil Banks for the T Shirts