Calvin Harris is back with a new Love Regenerator release, this time with Steve Lacy, falling on UK house imprint Defected.
The release is a collaboration called ‘Live Without Your Love’ with Steve Lacey that first came to be known during Calvin’s quarantine live streams and also his guest mix on Defected’s own stream.
As we now know, Calvin has gone on to become one of the biggest musicians in the last decade, but when he was just starting out at the age of 15 he got politely declined by Defected.
Initially, upon receiving the rejection he got a handwritten note from the label boss and A&R Simon Dunmore that read among other things “I’m returning your CD but would like you to know that this is far superior to many of the demos we regularly receive.” If that wasn’t enough, later on Simon went a step further and gave him a phone call. During the call, Simon explained that he wanted to thank him for the demo’s he’d been sending and offered him some further words of wisdom.
Simon Dunmore added: “Calvin Harris and I have a long-standing mutual respect that goes back 20 years when he initially submitted some of his early demos to Defected. I heard ‘Live Without Your Love’, reached out and our discussions led to our involvement on the project. I am all about long term relationships and the fact that Calvin remembers our first exchanges say so much to me, and clearly demonstrates that first impressions are lasting impressions.”
‘Live Without Your Love’, which brilliantly expresses Harris’ proclivity for disco music with his acid house-inspired Love Regenerator alias. Steve Lacy’s contributions are also marvelous, as he lends his soulful vocals and masterful guitar craft to a stunning track that has the potential to be hit whilst the majority of us cannot experience it at a club. With ‘Live Without Your Love’, there is more of a focus on the vocals, which isn’t surprising considering their quality, together with the acid-house infused production, Defected must be thrilled to sign one of, if not the best Love Regenerator release yet.
Originally set to be released under his Calvin Harris alias, it was then re-branded to Love Regenreator, which makes more sense for this sound. It was also set to release June 11th but was later pushed back to July 16th, likely in response to America’s up-rest and the general crazy-ness in the world.