January 13, 2022
In techno, it doesn’t get more legendary than Kevin Saunderson. One of the Bellville Three (with Juan Atkins and Derek May), he’s credited as one of the founders of techno. His work with vocalist Paris as Inner City produced two of dance music's most classic cuts, "Big Fun" and "Good Life." And the bass line for his 1988 track "Just Want Another Chance" was the first known use of the Reese bass and was hugely influential in the Drum and Bass scene.
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On January 7th, his remix of Swiss-born Andrea Oliva’s “Transit” dropped on Oliva’s freshly minted All I Need imprint.
Saunderson leans heavily on the staccato strings from the original, making them the centerpiece of the remix. The spicy rhythmic play is exposed when it breaks down, accenting the wavering synths and a transcendent layer of strings. While Oliva’s original pops and bounces, Saunderson has crafted a remix that shakes and slides. The breathtaking rework is at once cinematic and club-ready.
Oliva is an iconic act in his own right. He taught himself to DJ at 13 and quickly rose to prominence in Switzerland. Since he was first invited to DJ at Space, Ibiza in 2004, he’s been a fixture of the White Isle’s scene. The longtime resident of ANTS at Ushuaia recorded his Essential Mix live from the legendary party in 2016. However, his impact as a DJ and producer extends miles beyond Ibiza. He’s genuinely a globally lauded talent.
Oliva’s label All I Need (a sublabel of Armada) is an extension of the pivotal role music plays in his life. Part record label, events series, and fashion brand Oliva is cultivating something that will carry his legacy for years to come.
Andrea Oliva will drop one of his iconic sets for OCHO 3 on Diplo's Revolution this January 22, 2022.
Words by Alex Dias