Top 10 Underrated Techno and Acid House Records

Updated on September 28, 2018
Charlie Hunter profile image

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

This is the top 10 list of underrated vinyl records, which loosely fall under the genres commonly known as techno, house and acid house.

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.

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.

All of these records you can pick up 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: about $0.66 USD

There isn’t a great deal of information online about 2 For Joy, apart from their real names (Mark Hall & 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: $10.50 USD

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. This isn’t the cheapest record in this list, but the price tag could easily be much higher in the future. Buy it here.

3. Freaky Chakra — “Year 2000”

Release Year: 1997
Label: Astralwerks
Lowest Price: N/A, not currently for sale
Last Sold For: $2.81 USD

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.

4. T-Cut-F — “Psychedelic”

Release Year: 1989
Label: Spinnin’ Records
Lowest Price: $6.00 USD

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: $0.82 USD

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 $1 USD, how could you go wrong? Buy it here.

6. Sequential — “Sequential 3”

Release Year: 1993
Label: Fax +49-69/450464
Lowest Price: $5.89 USD

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 653 people still want it. Buy it here.

7. District2 — “Same Idea”

Release Year: 1994
Label: Friction Media
Lowest Price: $1.0 USD

Another obscure electronic music act, District2 has only two known releases. Unfortunately, there aren’t even any youtubes 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: $1.30 USD

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: $1.17 USD

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 $1.17 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 4.23/5 rating and cheap price. Buy it here.

10. Pacific Blue — “Industry” (Remixes)

Release Year: 2011
Label: Pacific Blue
Lowest Price: $4.69 USD

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.

What is your favourite record on this list?

See results

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, spinditty.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://spinditty.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)