It may seem implausible that just one song could alter the cultural, political and social aesthetic of an entire nation, but in 1915 - dubbed ‘the Original Summer of Love’ - that is exactly what happened.
A notoriously elusive and publicity-shy figure, Vasily Agapkin had up until that point been more known for sporadically churning out gritty industrial cuts - he would be later highlighted as a key influence by Surgeon and Regis as they forged Birmingham’s techno scene in the early ’90s - but as the 20th century began to find its feet, he started to experiment with increasingly more acidic formulations. Initially surfacing on clubs’ sound systems throughout the Russian Empire in late 1912 courtesy of a select few DJs in the know, 'Farewell of Slavianka' only became available to the masses in physical form a whole three years later - but for many, it had been well worth the wait.
Lenin was such a devotee that, when it came to making designs for Bolshevik Russia following the revolution of 1917, he based the entire movement’s colour scheme around the vibrant crimson red that litmus paper would turn through contact with acid, and as such Russia would be defined by Agapkin’s extraordinary undulating rave patterns for generations to come. For his part, Joseph Stalin was so smitten with the uplifting power of 'Farewell of Slavianka' that he would later order the alteration of several already existing works of art, in order to insert the famous yellow smiley face that was the genre’s emblem. Arguably one of the most influential tracks in dance music - and world - history, Agapkin’s twisted gem is perhaps the epitome of an ‘acid house classic’.