Following the heyday of Detroit House music in the 80s, it was to great delight that the legend that is Kevin Saunderson returned to the forefront for a release alongside Inner City on Simon Dunmore’s Defected Records late last year. Though it was the original mix that was given the heaviest support on the airwaves and dance floors alike, Kenny Larkin’s groove-educed ‘Tension’ remix has been far more than just another runner-up, also seeing steady support from BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong. Where the Larkin remix’s vocal work was a bit too much at times, this second remix package of ‘Future’ offers us an alternative version on behalf of James Talk. Switching the increasingly irritating vocal loops for Inner City’s soulful vocal lines, the slightly and essentially edited James Talk version helps this else outstanding instrumental to make another go on the global charts.
Despite the influx of predictable trends and uninspiring crossovers, the return of bonafide Detroit House legend Kevin Saunderson and the reincarnation of Inner City came to the delight of old school aficionados and next generation enthusiasts alike, suggesting an inspiring step back to the innovative origins of Electronic Dance Music.
Laced with soulful groove and the deep emotive qualities of singer/songwriter duo Paris Grey and Ann Saunderson, Future plays on a vintage quality of House music that until recently was lost upon the world. Playing with slightly more purity than Kevin Larkin’s previous mix, the Deep See Sound System Mix revisits a time of love, happiness and unique energy that only the genres true legends can boast of touching upon. With any luck, this is a nod to the future of Saunderson’s well-served genre to which he has evidently remained a vital contributor.
‘Future’ is out now via Defected Records.
Words by Dan Carter
Kevin Saunderson feat. Inner City – Future (Deep See Sound System Mix)