From Inner City to E-Dancer, Kevin Saunderson’s music has been a presence in Adam Beyer’s life since his teenage years. A visit to Berlin’s Hard Wax in 1993 sealed it. Beyer, a drummer, strongly identified with the music’s rhythms and returned to Stockholm with a swag of records from Motor City artists – Jeff Mills, Underground Resistance and of course Saunderson, under a multitude of aliases.
Detroit techno has been imbued in his musical DNA ever since. Indeed, the ‘Reese bassline’, with its famous ‘hoover’ sound named after Saunderson’s moniker of the same name has featured in various iterations in countless Drumcode tracks right up to this day.
After Saunderson and Beyer initially discussed a collaboration in 2019, the seeds of something a little different were sewn last year when Wehbba delivered a standout edit of E-Dancer ‘Velocity Funk’. Soon after, ‘Re:Generate’ was born featuring artists spanning generations, scenes and continents; a transatlantic stamp of where techno stands in 2021.
For Adam Beyer and everyone at Drumcode this release is also about honouring and celebrating the Black visionaries – Saunderson being one of many – who the scene owes so much to, while simultaneously educating younger fans about the origins of techno.
The label is thrilled that a troupe of Motor City’s finest have contributed remixes to the project, including Robert Hood, DJ Bone, DJ Minx (one of Detroit’s foremost pioneering female DJs), as well as Kevin’s son Dantiez, who is an outstanding artist in his own right.
Connecting the timeless sounds of Detroit with the European techno scene and Drumcode’s leading artists and affiliates, the compilation includes remixes from Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Layton Giordani, Bart Skils, Rebūke and Wehbba, whose remix kickstarted the project. Also featured is label friend and Berghain resident Len Faki who has long been a connection point between Drumcode and the German techno scene.
Elsewhere, the compilation is amplified by cutting-edge contributions from TYGAPAW, the founder of queer party series and record label Fake Accent who lays down a thrilling remix of ‘Banjo’, while Paris-born, Berlin-based iconoclast rRoxymore brings heat with a fascinating multi-layered re-work of ‘Human Bond’. Paul Woolford is another special addition, giving his Special Request touch to ‘Rock the Beat’.