Some sad news bringing 2011 to a close this year, as Acid Girls (comprised of Jamie McNeil and Gregory Bowler) have decided to bring their collaboration to a close, marking the end of over five years of amazing memories of dance music – from the hair raising, almost melancholic static drenched remix of Appaloosa’s “The Day We Fell In Love” to the twitchy electronic vocal spasms of “The Numbers Song” (accompanied by one of the most unsettling videos of 2009).
As a parting gift, Acid Girls have gifted us with a collection of 14 tracks that never saw the light of day – an album in the making that never saw the end of the tunnel, and it’s packed with hot little numbers that make the retirement announcement all the sadder.
Producers should take note of “Grayed Out” as exactly the right way to build a track up from silence into a well orchestrated rave workout, and “Palms Dumb Fun” should find a way into everyone’s sets now that it’s been released – a dirty little rising and falling number that reminds me of A-Trak’s “Shake It Down” if it grew a moustache and some more chest hair.
“Crystal’s Apartment” captures how fun it was to listen to Boys Noize’s “Oi Oi Oi” back in 2007, and “I’m Not In Love (Demo Dub)” shows a completely different side of Acid Girls’ production style, an echo lined reflective piece of music with harmonizing angelic hums blending in perfectly with succinct 808 pings.
In short – listen to it, love it, and weep for the loss of these two amazing producers.