808 day went off with a royal bang at London's Tobacco Dock as Seth Troxler and co highlighted the renaissance that acid is currently enjoying in electronic music.
Doing his best to grace the decks for a substantial portion of the day, the party saw the enigmatic Detroit resident take to the decks with The Martinez Brothers - as one third of Tuskegee – as well as DJ Harvey and Craig Richards. He did so whilst repeatedly popping up to witness many of the plethora of DJs he had programmed on the bill, manning the Smokey Tails grill that was pumping out smoked meats on the terrace and interacting with the revellers who were all keen to pass on thanks for a party that has to be one of the highlights of the summer. To say he had a busy day would be an understatement.
The all-dayer was originally billed as paying homage to London's acid house heritage – inviting artists that Troxler feels currently embody the spirit of acid house – and the giant warehouse party did exactly that, seeing back to back sets of music influenced by the bye-gone era. Spread across four main rooms, as well as a terrace and the Tobacco Dock's myriad of tunnels, the attention to detail in the space was incredible, with each room holding its own acid house inspired vibe.
So here's 10 tracks that show just how much Seth Troxler's Acid Future went off. Here's hoping they make a weekend of it next year…
10 Artwork ‘Let Go of My Acid’
Played by Skream in the Car Park: There was no chance to check out the sun drenched roof terrace when we landed as Skream immediately got the party going in the Car Park, playing an early set at 1:30pm where he laid down a series of bona fide acid bangers to an afternoon crowd that were more up for it than a horny teenager.
His three-hour set seemed to take about half that time, and tracks that he did pack in included an acid bootleg of Jamie 3:26 & Cratebug's 'Hit It N Quit It', Format:B's 'Chunky' – which is getting played out pretty much everywhere at the moment – and Boot & Tax's 'Dancin', which all sent the crowd into rapture. But it was his dubplate of the unreleased 'Let Go of My Acid' by Magnetic Man counterpart Artwork that took the roof off the dark and intimate space for the first time of the day.
9 C-Rock ‘Funky Dope Trakk’
Played by Seth Troxler B2B The Martinez Brothers (Tuskegee) in The Great Gallery: Despite the number of duties Troxler partook in over the course of the day, he still managed to pack in a four-hour set with his Tuskegee label co owners The Martinez Brothers. Launched as a "label of cultural heritage" the set felt like the triumphant culmination of all they had hoped to achieve when they introduced it last year.
Despite the fact they packed in a series of acid bangers, it was set opener and all round acid house classic 'Funky Dope Trakk' that topped the lot, with the weight of expectation when the trio stepped up to the plate exploding on the dancefloor to its it thumping low end.
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