In January 2020, hitmaker Calvin Harris surprised us for launching, under the moniker ‘Love Regenerator’ and with the dopamine structure as a logo, a two-track extended play heavily influenced by the sounds of acid-house and techno. In this sense, ‘Hypnagogic (I Can’t Wait)’ and ‘CP-1’ were a little preview of what was to come this year from the Scottish artist. But why did he decide to explore the essence of the underground with a new alias?
In an interview with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, Calvin Harris (mentioned henceforth as Love Regenerator) explained that one reason to set up a new project with a different alias was due to the negative connotations he started to feel around his stage name (actually his real name is Adam Wiles). According to him:
I didn’t want to put it under my stage name that’s known. I started feeling almost negative connotations with that name. It’s not my name. My name is Adam. The fake name has been around for a long time and it’s served me well. It’s still around but there’s just a little bit of negativity from me creeping around that name. Let’s shepherd in a new little thing and see what happens with it.
Love Regenerator also pointed out that his intention in 2020 is to create music for passion to make him and the people feel good (which is a clear sign that he is not currently making music exclusively for commercial purposes). Moreover, he declared that he wanted to feel again the vibes involved when he started his professional career as a music producer. In fact, that’s why he veered into a rave sound.
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.
Some of the tracks the artist has released until now are highly remarkable, for instance, the aforementioned ‘Hypnagogic (I Can’t Wait)’, or ‘The Power of Love II’, ‘Peace Love Happiness’ and ‘Moving’ (a collaboration with British house-music producer Eli Brown to pay tribute to the 1992 piece ‘Music Is Moving’ by Italian Fargetta).
On July 16, he dropped his latest single called ‘Live Without Your Love’ with Grammy-winner producer Steve Lacy. Indeed, the record is an incredible product which reminds us, one way or another, of the Stardust’s timeless masterpiece ‘Music Sounds Better with You’ (1997).
We encourage you to take a listen to the different records Love Regenerator has been releasing along this 2020. It will definitely cater to you the necessary dopamine doses to go ahead with this challenging year.