Hardfloor “Funalogue” (Acid Techno) 1994 [Music/Review]

8/10

Year: 1994
Genre: Acid Techno
Album Versions: Discogs

Opinion

The holy trio (303) of Hardfloor records released during the same period, 1993-1994, TB Resuscitation, Respect and Funalogue are even now, almost 30 years later is still amazing. Especially the two full-length albums. The mini-album Funalogue as a stand alone release as it was ment to be at first, with only the 5 tracks, Confuss, Roarrh, Rosinenbrot, Funalogue and Alternative is still a solid good album, and I would rate it as a 6/10. But when they decided to include the over 10 minute long Into The Nature (Plastikman Mix) Remix and Into The Nature (Hardfloor Remix) the release reached a whole new level. They are mind-tripping, mind-blowing and both of them should always be played in any Acid DJ set. The other tracks are as I said good, apart from Roarrh, that’s nothing short of embarissing and I chose to ignore.

1Confuss
2Roarrh
3Rosinenbrot
4Funalogue
5Alternative
6Into The Nature (Plastikman Mix) Remix – Richie Hawtin Remix [Derived]
7Into The Nature (Hardfloor Remix)

The Pop Magazine Review (From 1994)

One of my all-time favorite music magazine was the excellent Swedish Pop Magazine. It existed between 1992-1999 and is an awesome time capsule of what music was the cool shit there and then. The following text is a translation of their review from number #8 that was published in 1994.

“Do you like house?” “Ehhh, do you mean jungle, garage, ambient, trance or acid?”

This is still a common question. And it’s as silly, as impossible to answer as the question of whether you like rock. A style of music that has lived and developed as long as house can not be categorized as simple. To love music, to want to follow it into the next millennium, means an obligatory embrace of all forms of expression in dance music.

But electronic music is not necessarily synonymous with modern music. Absolutely not. It’s just that house and techno are such an essential part of today’s popular music that – if we talk for a moment about the journalists who should document the present through music – even the conscience should not allow anyone to try to review a new rock album – whether it is about Meat Puppets or Van Morrison – without a solid interest in techno.

Model 500’s ‘Classics’, Inner City’s ‘Paradise’ and Tyree’s ‘Acid Over’ are as important music journalistic tools as ‘The Sun Sessions’ or ‘The Basement Tapes’.

House music in its most clinical forms is not performed by composers and artists but by musical civil engineers and architects. Professionals who design, change the ceiling height and replace obsolete trunks. And Hardfloor, a duo consisting of the anonymous Central European surnames Bondzio and Zenker, has a number of essays on the subject with VG + at the edge behind them.

On paper, it all looks very European, white and German. In the CD player at home in the living room, it usually sounds just like that. Outside of its natural environment – the dance floor – acid house is often as meaningless as a lousy pirate recording of any rock concert. Communication is lacking and you can only guess how good, or bad, it must have been in place.

Hardfloor’s ‘Funalogue’, a mini-album that follows the winter remixes of the single ‘Into the Nature’ (two versions, Richie Hawtin’s ‘Plastic Man Mix’ and Hardfloor’s own remake, can be found here), is one of the best examples of where the pure house music is in the summer of 1994. Hardfloor touches the recent furious jungle in speed, but is constantly firmly rooted in the acid of the late eighties. If one can now mention firm anchoring and acid in the same breath.

It is also music that places high demands on those who imagine that the music can be analyzed outside its natural context and this review should really deal with a specific club or a DJ set where Hardfloor’s “Into the Nature” was one of the highlights.

Andres Lokko

Hardfloor

Hardfloor consisting of Oliver Bondzio and Ramon Zenker. Their most famous track is “Acperience 1” (often titled more simply as “Acperience”)

Their distinctive acid techno sound is attributed to their skill at manipulating Roland TB-303 bass synthesisers, using up to six of these machines at once. Their UK chart hits include “Hardtrance Acperience” (1992), “Trancescript” (1993) and the remix of the aforementioned “Acperience” (1997). Their 1996 album, Home Run, peaked at No. 68 in the UK Albums Chart.

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