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The success of the British dance music scene which still flourishes today can be contributed to the coming together of new music the alien trippy sounds of acid house and a new at the time euphoric love drug known as ecstasy MDMA Yet in order to understand this immense cultural explosion one must examine its development within a historical and social context and examine the re - percussions of this development on music and society As with most successful music scenes in Britain the music was borrowed from the US then used improved and sold back to the US House music was first and foremost music of Chicagos post - disco era The club Music Box and its resident Dj Ron Hardy were pivotal in pushing the house or warehouse sounds of Chicago House music borrowed raw elements from disco Using simple production technologies producers would re - edit existing disco tunes and add booming bass kicks By the mid 80s Chicagos underground scene flourished but no one foresaw the impact the music would have outside the city least of all in Britain The British club scene was tame in comparison Through the 80s until the explosion of Acid House in 87 the music played in most clubs was a predominant mix of soul music in the North and old funk and reggae records in the South Occasionally hip - hop electro and house records would be played but these new sounds were largely dismissed The uptight scene was more about dressing up and being seen about being cool rather than dancing and enjoying oneself Although some house tunes were being imported from Chicago and being played in British clubs the import market would not explode until acid house arrived The North was the first to accept house music The Hacienda club in Manchester was pivotal in pushing the house sounds of Chicago The Hacienda was first and foremost a live
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