Love Regenerator – Love Regenerator 1[EP]
It’s always interesting when popular artists step out of their comfort zone and explore genres that they aren’t regularly known for producing. We’ve seen it from the likes of Porter Robinson with his Virtual Self project, Oliver Heldens with HI-LO and Eric Prydz with Cirez D to name a few. Using a completely new name is a good way to allow them to explore other offerings within electronic genres without being confined to their usual sounds. Now joining this movement is none other than Scottish legend Calvin Harris under his Love Regenerator alias.
In a surprising turn of events, Harris has seemingly moved away from the dance/pop hybrid that he’s perfected over the years and moved onto something completely new for the time being. In the past we’ve seen that he has all the skills to perfect any genre – as shown expertly with his 2014 track ‘Slow Acid’ – and now he’s moving on to the tech-house/acid-house realm of electronic music.
The EP starts off with ‘Hypnagogic (I Can’t Wait)’. This track starts off with a trippy, distorted-sounding synth but when the piano kicks in at around 1:30 minute in, it is brought onto an entirely new level. Reminiscent of the 90s rave sound, it seems as Calvin Harris is bringing it back in a massive way (like what Virtual Self has done, but in entirely different ways). ‘CP-1’ is the second track from the Love Regenerator project, and this one has a different yet equally as great vibe to it. Featuring minimalist techno sounds that would fit in straight in at a sweaty underground rave, it doesn’t get much better than this.
“I wanted to rediscover the way I originally began producing music 22 years ago, before I ever thought about how it might be perceived by outside forces. Just pure fun and experimentation with what sounded good to me. The records are inspired by early rave, breaks, techno and house, the music I was obsessed with growing up. In fact, I’ve done everything I can to make them sound like they’ve come from a 1991 time capsule. Every synth and sound used is from that time period”. – Calvin Harris
Check out the trippy visualisers for the first two Love Regenerator tracks below ,and stream on Spotify here.