Techno Pioneer Kevin Saunderson Brings Back Inner City
Kevin Saunderson is one of the pioneers of techno and a prominent figure in the Detroit electronic music scene. Saunderson additionally was part of group Inner City, which went on break in the 2000s but recently regrouped. In the second half of the 1980s and early ‘90s, the group scored several dance hits.
Saunderson told Billboard recently, however, that Inner City has regrouped and, in fact, is recording new music. The group went on hiatus originally because singer Paris Gray wanted to take time off to raise her daughter and did not want to be traveling on the road.
Inner City, on the other hand, has been back together for more than a year and even put out a single, a track titled “Future,” on British label Defected Records. The group since went into the studio to record more material, for possible singles and an album. Saunderson told Billboard: "We're going to be as active as we were back in the day. There's going to be a strong push over the next couple years of us putting out material. We've got to love what we do and feel it, of course, but I don't think that's going to be an issue. It feels natural, what we do. And maybe it's a good time for America to catch up to us a little. I feel like America missed the boat with us back in the day, but we were ahead of our time. Maybe it's a little more balanced now."
Saunderson, however, stated that he is unsure of the format the new material will be released in. Physical – especially for singles – is not likely.
As part of the Detroit techno scene, Saunderson managed his own label, KMS Records, for multiple years now and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
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