G Jones releases "A2C2I2D," an Homage to the Roland TB-303 Synth
G Jones continues to push forth the modern acid-house revival for today's contemporary listeners with his latest release, "A2C2I2D." The single is his first solo release in two years and the second single from the forthcoming EP, Acid Disk 2. The producer demonstrates his respect and admiration for the acid house movement of the late 1980s, an homage to the inimitable sounds of the Roland TB-303 bassline synth, an instrument recognized as a fundamentally vital tool that led to the founding of the acid genre.
The Roland TB-303 was designed by Japanese engineer Tadao Kikumoto and considered a commercial failure. Discontinued in 1984, Chicago producers Nathaniel Jones and Earl Smith Jr—aka acid house duo Phuture—picked one up in a pawnshop. After seeing it in action, they experimented with its sounds and knobs. The synth produces very distinct noises, making acid one of the easiest subgenres of house to identify.
Phuture's "Acid Tracks" produced by DJ Marshall Jefferson, is credited with inventing the acid house genre. With its iconic squelching bassline, the stimulating song was the first production to prominently feature acid bass in its composition in 1987.
The TB-303 synth's wide availability, relatively cheap price tag, and incredible versatility were a boon to early dance music producers. The way it could be stretched and distorted created a new genre and ushered in the Summer of Love in the UK, creating the rave movement.
Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," produced by Giorgio Moroder, is another acid-house track that heavily utilized the synthesizer and helped define the acid house movement. The bassline is a simple pattern, but it is Moroder's customization of the resonance, decay, and frequency on the synthesizer that elevated the tune into a modulated acid-house sensation.
Today, G Jones is among various electronic artists taking note of the songs, sounds, and innovators of the subgenre and respectfully reimagining the squelching, glitchy music for a new generation of club-goers. The experimental bass producer is no novice to acid-house production—his work is often interspersed with elements of acid and traces of breakbeat. Jumping through sounds from a bygone era and back to a modern, experimental one for a uniquely dynamic sound that's entirely his own is how G Jones continues to gain admiration from his peers and fans. Stream "A2C2I2D" on Spotify and all major streaming platforms.