Baby Ford: Artist. Pioneer. Trendsetter.

When you’re not merely a spectator but you play an integral role in the birth of a new musical subgenre, you’re no longer functioning exclusively as an artist but an innovator of sorts because you’re part of a movement, of the dawn of a revolution.

This is exactly how Baby Ford’s (Peter Ford) groundbreaking career is and should be defined.  A British electronic music record producer by profession, Ford is known for his invaluable contributions to the birth of ‘Acid House’ in the United Kingdom (UK) around the mid-1980’s. To the uninitiated, ‘Acid House’ is the subgenre of ‘House Music’ that is characterized primarily by the  sounds of the Roland TB-303 electronic synthesizer-sequencer (its acid) and deep, rich bass lines with a four-to-the-floor kick-drum beat (its house).

Developed originally by DJs from Chicago such as Larry Heard, Ron Trent,  Marshall Jefferson,  Larry Heard and Armando; Ford took inspirations from these pioneers and founded the ‘Acid House’ scene in the UK. From there, he released a couple of groundbreaking club tracks ‘Oochy Koochy (F.U. Baby Yeah Yeah)’ (UK #58) and ‘Chikki Chikki Ahh Ahh’ (UK #54) via Rhythm King; further invigorating the ‘Acid House’ UK scene he helped created. He crossed over to the US through ‘Let’s Talk It Over’ EP in 1990 which was composed of live tracks from his US Tour wherein he opened for Depeche Mode’s Violator Tour.

Fast forward to today, Ford is still releasing material albeit sometimes under several aliases like Simprini Risin’, Solcyc and Cassino Classix as well as co-managing labels iFach and Trelik and remixing tracks among other things. Whatever Ford does or decides to do in the future, you can rest assured that it’s something groundbreaking because he is more than just an artist; he is the ‘art movement’ pioneer extraordinaire.

 

 

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