Prepare for one of acid’s biggest dates in the 2017 calendar! Retro Acid is back with a new date and a line-up stuffed with evil beats and chugging acid sounds.
This one will be extra special, because we are joining forces with our UK friends I Love Acid, a clubnight & vinyl-only label dedicated to all things 303. They are celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2017, their enthusiasm and energy has continued to grow with over a hundred events having taken place in over a dozen cities, countries and festivals - plus their regular stages at Bangface and Bloc Weekend, with their residents recently featuring in Boiler Room's Acid House special.
Together we represent two of the longest running acid events in Europe, and probably in the whole world… On the menu are SIX top notch acid connoisseurs who will bring a hypnotic and infectious selection of our favorite TB-303 Computer Controlled sounds. We’ll be spoiling you with THREE energetic live sets, delivering exclusively bleeping dance floor madness, going from acid house and techno to acidcore.
Long live the 303! 🎹
Ϟ Dave Tarrida (Nachtstrom, Autofake. ES)
Ϟ Acidulant LIVE (Balkan, Bug klinik. MT)
Ϟ Subway Shamans LIVE (Mr Gasmask vs Epidemie .BE)
Ϟ Posthuman (I Love Acid, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. UK)
Ϟ The Doubtful guest LIVE (Planet mu, Arcola. UK)
Ϟ Spacid (Retro Acid, Kozzmozz, FGA. BE)
Pre-sale : €15
@ FNAC, Brooklyn, Vooruit / online: www.retroacid.be/tickets
Doors : €19
ϟ DAVE TARRIDA (Nachtstrom, Autofake. ES)
Protagonist status in one city is high praise indeed; holding key stakes in several is something else entirely. Something that Spanish born and Scottish bred Dave Tarrida can boldly claim.
Tarrida’s timeline begins in 1991 in Edinburgh as founder and resident of the now legendary Sativa club. Here’s where Dave met Neil Landstrumm, Tobias Schmidt and Cristian Vogel, becoming a foursome that would continue to share gigs—the others live, Dave as a DJ—and labels—like Tresor, Scandinavia, Mosquito and Sativae—for the first half of their respective careers. In 1994 the club bore Sativae Recordings, which Dave manned together with Steve Glencross, spawning the sibling Drought Records imprint two years later. Around the same time Dave took to the studio, though it would be another few more years before any records would materialise.
1999 was a turning point that saw Dave return to his native Barcelona, where he would spend the following 11 years honing his production craft and exceptional deck-side manner with local residences at Moog (which he still frequents today) and Nitza, as well as Stardust in Madrid. It was the same year that Tresor released his first solo record, ‘Postmortem Pop EP’, having debuted the year prior in collaboration with Tobias Schmidt on ‘The Test EP’. He produced two albums during this period: ‘Paranoid’ in 2001 for Tresor, and ‘Life’s a Glitch’ three years later—Sativae’s final record.
In 2010 Dave relocated again, this time to Vienna where he is currently based. After two decades of happily playing the role of DJ and promoter, 2013 sees Dave shift focus back on his own productions with the unveiling of a brand new label and pending releases for Housemeister’s soon-to-be re-launched All You Can Beat stable, and Funk D'Void’s Outpost Records.
As a producer, Dave is back on the rails since 2016: he released more that 35 tracks on various labels. In 2017, Dave continues to make his mark in the acid genre: together with Funk D’Void, he made an excellent remix of the acid classic Bang The Acid, which came out on Missile Records. Furthermore, he released other marvelous acid tracks on labels like Nachtstrom Schallplatten and AcidWorx. At Retro Acid, he will certainly justify his name as a convincing acid DJ. Prepare for a hard-hitting DJ-set with a quirky twist.
Ϟ ACIDULANT live (Balkan, Bug klinik. MT)
It’s uncommon to come across someone with a great range of talents: Neil Hales is one of them, a fully-fledged acid freak and a qualified aircraft pilot. Still in his early 20s, Neil writes electronic music with Roland machines that are older than himself. He has released multiple singles and EP's on different labels including Balkan Vinyl (UK), Bug Klinik Records (BE), TrIvmvirate (IT), Plus Records (JP), Tribal Pulse (UK), Cannibald Records (IT), Acid All Stars (US), Pinkpube (MT). There’s no doubt Acidulant is reaching for the stars … maybe someday he'll be the first to write acid on the moon. But before that happens, he will make an incredible passage at Retro Acid!
Ϟ SUBWAY SHAMANS live (Mr Gasmask vs Epidemie .BE)
Subway Shamans is a new collaboration between Mr Gasmask and Epidemie. The duo tries to reach for altered states of consciousness in our psychedelic acid journey.
Epidemie is a young Belgian producer that started his musical career in 2009. Complimented for his fresh raw talent, he represents an oldskool vibe with a modern heavy bass, a cool tempo and wicked song structures. In 2013 he released his first vinyl at the mighty Obs.cur label. His tracks are pure in sound, concept and execution. Epidemie played at the most forefront acid parties in Belgium like Retro Acid, Acid Sounds, Obs.cur Label Nights or the Narcosis parties. Moreover, he’s a resident at Foorcore XL and at Acid Infektion. He’s been doing very well lately when it comes to releases: he launched several mesmerizing tracks on labels such as Subcom, Obs.cur and Ketoksid. Now his style could best be described as a progressive mix of acidic psytrance and old school hardcore/tekno.
Mr. Gasmask got hooked on acid around 1995. It was that year he joined the Christmas Kitchen Lab, where he learned (de knepen van het vak) van Renald vs Teck. His uncontrolled 303 abuse brought about an addiction to sour beats and squelchy sounds. Quality time with figures as Sid.A (Emetic) and Arkanoid resulted into the launch of Binary Bassline Records in 2002. He received big support from mad technician D'naab136 and can always be found around fellow addicts Dr.Evil, Rvooh, Slide303, Eliminator, Sid.A, Monokini Davy, Black Francis. Alliances with Ege Bam Yasi, Dr. Fernando, Woody McBride, Mike Dred and Citric Acid lead to even worse acid abuse and Binary Bassline went into hibernation as Mr. Gasmask went into a live-show overdose. Rehab followed through releases on various labels as Obs.Cur, Transelucid, Winprod, Duracell, 00121 rec, Subcom and Deltakwadrant.net. And now there’s his own Protocol Records as a form of mental therapy. We welcomed Mr. Gasmask several times at Retro Acid, and each time we were blown away by his performance. This time won’t be any different!
Ϟ POSTHUMAN (I Love Acid, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. UK)
Electronic music veterans Posthuman are cousins Rich Bevan & Josh Doherty. Spearheading the UK Acid House revival alongside the likes of Marquis Hawkes, Paranoid London, and Jerome Hill, the duo are residents & bosses at clubnight & vinyl-only label ‘I Love Acid’ – over a hundred parties since 2007 in London, plus occasional events in Edinburgh, Barcelona, Bristol, Antwerp, Berlin, Dublin, as well as their annual summer party in Malta, and guest stages at festivals like Bloc Weekend and Bangface. Posthuman also host the ‘I Love Acid’ Radio show on Hoxton FM, and write a monthly acid house review column for ‘If Only’ magazine.
Their signature sound of slo-mo techno & acid house has been released on Tusk Wax, B12 Records, Body Work, Polybius Trax, plus their own imprints Balkan Vinyl & I Love Acid –with upcoming 12”s in 2017 on Chiwax, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, and Shipwrec. Posthuman’s live shows are a jacked up mix of 303 jams & hardware, spliced with acid house DJ edits, and often featuring live vocals from singer Josh Caffe. We're happy to have them with us!
Ϟ THE DOUBTFUL GUEST live (Planet mu, Arcola. UK)
An ex-opera singer who moved to the UK in the early 2000's to escape the drudgery of the classical music world and chase the weird. She moved into the famous Rephlex house with the likes of Squarepusher and Ceephax and began producing fucked up tunes with the 303, 808, 909, Juno and whatever else she could find lying about. Since then, she's worked alongside John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (who gave her one of her TB303's) and Venetian Snares, released records on Planet Mu, Seed Records and ADADAAT, played crazy live shows moving from hardcore acid techno to gabba to breakcore to ambient (she's a regular Bangface booking) and has most recently signed a new project to Warp Records' vinyl offshoot Arcola. She is both uncompromising and unconventional. Expect acid & chaos.
Ϟ SPACID (Retro Acid, Kozzmozz, FGA. BE)
Our resident Spacid is one of the earliest acid pioneers in Belgium. His first steps playing in front of a public date back to 1990. Four years later he founded Funky Green Aliens, a party organization and booking agency concentrating on promoting groundbreaking music & arts. The parties, mostly illegal, were very successful. At Retro Acid he goes back to his roots: the 303!