in the lead up to their 5th year as a label music is love celebrate by continuing their infamous va series the lovebox. sticking to the winning formula of a hefty double vinyl package comprising of 8 tracks from 8 top artists, this time they have some familiar people alongside new faces to the label.
the thirteenth release maybe unlucky for some, but not here. with label head oli furness delivering the weather underground ep featuring a shudderingly good bodyjack remix. music is love records make their own luck as always. comprising of the standard format from music is love with includes 3 tasty originals paired with a killer remix from bodyjack. the crew deliver just that.
london-based artist jonny cade has already enjoyed solid recognition for his releases on the likes of 2020 vision and morris audio. this time round, he raises his game once again for music is loves 10th release, dishing up a serious dose of house goodness aimed squarely at the dance floor.
this november sees the launch of manchester based imprint music is love records, kicking things off with a four-track release of sublime house cuts in the form of back in the dayz by dutch duo new jack city.
MIDDLE GROUND EP (MAK & PASTEMAN REMIX) (180G VINYL)
12" Vinyl NL09.06.17
music is love boss returns to his home label after a few brief excursions on hot creations & viva music last year, and he returns in style. 3 summer time slammers and a stellar remix from the mak & pasteman boys. middle ground is a dusty filtered house track, aligned with a soaring string section, which narrate the warm uplifting journey this track lays down. mandingo was made as a tool for oliís sets last summer and after some huge reactions and some serious demand, mandingo was set for a vinyl release. big stabs and plenty of funk - this track is party ready. on the flip we find mak & pasteman return to music is love after an appearance on the 3rd lovebox va in 2016. piano4 is flipped into what these boys do best, simple stripped back grooves delivered with stupendous power. on b2 is the original take on piano4 which sees oli flexing his power house muscles on this big piano track. piano4 is an unrelenting beast that twists and turns its way through various passages of maximum intent.
returning to music is love after his 2 sell out records is the man liam geddes, and we think this time we ve caught him at his purest. this ep is absolute fire! his 3rd outing for the label is a deep and dubby affair but with a musicality and rhythm thats going to make this one popular with a wide range of djs.
maintaining the focus firmly on the underground and keeping that no-frills party vibe running throughout their output, music is love keep things flowing at a steady pace with their 12th release. dedicated to continually curating original ideas, the premise behind mil012 is all about the label paying homage to their most prominent musical influences. leading the way behind the new concept entitled tribute, head-honcho oli furness teams up with one of his favourite producers - chicago house legend paul johnson - for a four track ep, with two tracks from either producer intended to highlight the impact of johnsons impact and influence as an artist.
mr ks aka jean-pierre baroni is one of the latest emerging talents from french electronic music, alongside a new generation of artists from france who are making a serious impact on the house and techno world. a student of classic chicago and french house, mr ks dishes up an exemplary 4-track ep on the ever-impressive music is love label, complete with high-grade remixes from french compatriot mr g and label boss oli furness.
back in february 2013, shortly after their impressive first release as a label, music is love launched a double va entitled lovebox: an 8 track double-vinyl release that included tracks from 8 talented up-and-coming producers on their roster. by innovatively previewing the producers in this way, the label laid the foundations for what listeners could expect for each artists subsequent eps. the artists who released on it were not hyped up flavours of the month, but rather emerging talents who sat perfectly with the labels musical ethos - quality and original underground house with a contemporary, dynamic feel. since the va, the label have gone from strength to strength and have firmly established themselves as one of the most brightest house labels around in the uk.
music is love is back with its 8th ep, this time coming from label boss oli furness with a remix from u know the drill. furness is the manchester based producer who, in the last couple of years, has established himself as a very real voice in the global house conversation thanks to eps on labels like the legendary nervous, morris audio and skylax.
2013 proved to be an excellent start to life as a label for music is love. as well as truly finding their feet and establishing a breed of music representative of what the label symbolise, they simultaneously introduced us to plenty of fresh new talent and particularly pleasing was the unearthing of numerous promising uk artists
after serving up a vigorous taste of his garage-house approach on the highly successful music is love va earlier in the year, jackmaster k is the latest artist from the mil roster to continue the imprints in-house premise. with each ep the label release, they give us something different amid the infectious house theyre building a reputation for. on mil006 the birmingham-based producer adds to the labels progressing status, with an ep that comes complete with two heavy-weight remixes from liam geddes and new jack city.
the prospect of a music is love release has become an increasingly notable proposition for electronic music fans with their assured consistency of groove-heavy beats having already resulted in four high-grade releases. the label has effectively cemented their reputation as a trailblazing imprint for fresh sounding house and from the introduction of new jack city through to the much hyped maxwell, their latest rendition further emphasises their status as reliable purveyors of effortlessly deep, contemporary house.
attributed with fueling music is loves recent rich rein of form is jamie trench, who himself continues along a flourishing 2013 after a set of very impressive releases on his own imprint roots for bloom as well tsuba limited.
theres plenty of quality on this latest offering from maxwell. the oeuvre of deep textures, warm chords and vocal samples characterises a highly listenable ep, one that demonstrates a fresh and contemporary musical insight of a producer well worth following.