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Top 10 Underrated Techno and Acid House Records

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Charlie is an avid music fan whose music collection and taste spans a wide range of genres.

If you're a DJ, you may be familiar with piles of vinyl like this one!

If you're a DJ, you may be familiar with piles of vinyl like this one!

The Best Albums From Acid House and Techno Bands That Deserve More Love

If you’re a vinyl DJ starting out, it can be difficult to know where to start. You don’t want to be playing every new Giegling record that all your friends have. At the same time, you don’t want to be playing average tunes that people find boring. Well, we've got you covered: This is a top 10 list of underrated vinyl records that loosely fall under the genres commonly known as techno, house and acid house.

If you have started collecting, you have likely realised that the best records get snapped up quickly then resold at inflated prices on second-hand markets like Discogs. Unless you are already rich, you probably won’t be able to afford the best of the best to begin with.

You can pick up all of these records at very reasonable prices. Enjoy and vote for your favourite at the end!

Top 10 Underrated Techno and Acid House Records

  1. 2 For Joy—In a State
  2. Innerspace Halflife—1000 Light Years of Acid
  3. Freaky Chakra—Year 2000
  4. T-Cut-F—Psychedelic
  5. Speedy J—Face the Future EP
  6. Sequential—Sequential 3
  7. District2—Same Idea
  8. Virtual Energy—Infinite
  9. Emeralds—Does It Look Like I’m Here? (Daphne Remixes)
  10. Pacific Blue—Industry (Remixes)

1. 2 For Joy—In a State

Release Year: 1990
Label: Mercury
Lowest Price: $1.67 USD (2021)

There isn’t a great deal of information online about 2 For Joy, apart from their real names (Mark Hall and Phil Beckett). Wherever they are now, they can hang their hat on In a State. This track is oozing rave-love vibes and will take you to paradise. The exquisite top-end sequence is something you just don’t find today. Buy it here.

2. Innerspace Halflife—1000 Light Years of Acid

Release Year: 2013
Label: Skudge
Lowest Price: $2.80 USD (2021)

Innerspace Halflife (aka. Hakim Murphy, Ike Release) can at times sound like nothing else. Other times, their work sounds like quintessential deep house. 1000 Light Years of Acid is a release like nothing else, and was a breath of fresh air to the electronic music scene. The highlight in my opinion is “Exosuit” on the B-side, which is some kind of cosmic proto-techno. Buy it here.

3. Freaky Chakra—Year 2000

Release Year: 1997
Label: Astralwerks
Lowest Price: $30.00 USD (2021)

As the name suggests, this music is definitely freaky. There are four trippy gems on this 12” that could all slot in nicely to a dingy underground club or house party set. Oddly, the song “Dreams” becomes an entirely different track at 05:20, probably you would only mix it in from this point where it really gets good. The scary vocals and acidy noises make “Dreams” my favourite, but the other tracks are equally good. Buy it here.

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4. T-Cut-F—Psychedelic

Release Year: 1989
Label: Spinnin’ Records
Lowest Price: $6.11 USD (2021)

Delroy St. Joseph & Mark Gamble were on the money in 1989 when they put this together. The Psychedelic 12” by T-Cut-F is old school acid house/techno. Considering over 150 people are still wanting this record, you might expect it would sell for a much higher price. Juan Atkins, the “Originator” steps in for remix duties on the standout track: B1 “Searching (Got To Be Tough) (Magic Juan Kool Mix)”. Buy it here.

5. Speedy J—Face the Future EP

Release Year: 1991
Label: Stealth’ Records
Lowest Price: $3.36 USD (2021)

This record is another old-school ripper. While plenty of people have it, plenty of people who should, don’t. To this day, “Evolution” it is still a brilliant dance floor opener. As a whole, Face the Future is a little more acid/house inclined compared to Speedy J’s normal, well, speedy techno. At less than $5 USD, how could you go wrong? Buy it here.

6. Sequential—Sequential 3

Release Year: 1993
Label: Fax +49-69/450464
Lowest Price: $4.02 USD (2021)

Like a lot of underground electronic music, there isn’t much known about Sequential. People will disagree on what this genre is, but it doesn’t matter. For the sake of this blog I’m going to call it some kind of Ambient Trancy Techno. If there is one genre I know very little about it is Trance, since these days it has been associated with commercial rubbish. This is far from commercial, and far from rubbish considering more than 400 people still want it. Buy it here.

7. District2—Same Idea

Release Year: 1994
Label: Friction Media
Lowest Price: $1.10 USD (2021)

Another obscure electronic music act, District2 has only two known releases. Unfortunately, there aren’t even any YouTube videos to share this music—but hey, sometimes you just have to give things a chance. Same Idea is old-school acid house/techno at its finest. Post in the comments below if you can find a stream. Buy it here.

8. Virtual Energy—Infinite

Release Year: 1990
Label: Energy Records
Lowest Price: $2.68 USD (2021)

The available streams for this record don’t encapsulate the energy it has. Virtual Energy has just one listed release and it is a beautiful record. Not dissimilar to In a State (see #1 above), each track has a great top-end synth sequence. Buy it, turn it up loud and bounce around.

9. Emeralds—Does It Look Like I’m Here? (Daphne Remixes)

Release Year: 2012
Label: Jiaolong
Lowest Price: $1.12 USD (2021)

This record came out at a time when the Jiaolong label (founded by Dan Snaith, aka Caribou, aka Daphne) was killing it. If you pay $1.12 USD for this, you've got yourself an absolute bargain. To be honest, the complexity of the music trumps most contemporary dance productions. I hear a funky dark celestial dance-floor ripper and genuinely believe this record has been overlooked, with its modest 4.26/5 rating and cheap price. Buy it here.

10. Pacific Blue—Industry (Remixes)

Release Year: 2011
Label: Pacific Blue
Lowest Price: $6.74 USD (2021)

Pacific Blue has a number of aliases and is more well know as Shifted (aka. Guy Alexander Brewer). Can’t say I care much for the original release of Industry, but a couple of techno heavyweights are on board for the remixes 12”. This is a good staple when you just need some fine techno. Buy it here.

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