Release Date: 22nd October 2021
Love Love Records are honoured to present two interstellar remixes from the recent album from HENGE, ‘ExoKosm’ which was self-released last year by the band during the pandemic. Acid pioneers and Madchester legends 808 State rework the track ‘Exo’ in their signature ‘acid-house meets rave-hardcore’ big band sound that fits seamlessly amongst their own back catalogue. The second is a heavily clubbed up twist of ‘Goldilocks’ from Brain Rays & Quiet, a spacey slab of sub-slung broken power-house with a sleazy groove like an alien abduction straight to the engine room of the UFO.
a1. HENGE - Exo (808 State Remix)
b1. HENGE - Goldilocks (Brain Rays & Quiet Remix)
Available From: 8th July 2022
Undesignated remixes is an expansive project containing 12 remixes of tracks from dgoHn’s iconic 2020 full-length by some choice artists from in and around the Love Love sphere. Remixes that take dgoHn’s unique razor-sharp original productions and send them through a loop and round the twist, some stripped down, some messed up, most but not all maintaining the speedier tempos that dgoHn likes to work around. The result is a collection of seriously futuristic electronic music with some stylistic leanings towards labels like braindance or drumfunk or jungle but completely genre-eluding as a whole, reshaped from the minerals of the original LP by some absolute dons of their craft.
Opening the album Equinox does a fantastic job highlighting the lushness of ‘Puppet’ layering sky-high sunshine pads before sliding into Meat Beat Manifesto’s heavy sci-fi acid dub version of ‘Daisy Takes Two’. A woozy remix of ‘Lucky Gonk’ by Macc & dgoHn marks the first new material from them as a duo since ’09 and Wisp also makes a rare appearance bringing his inimitable post-rephlexian vibes on an agonisingly wonderful, melody-heavy remix of 'Electryon'. Skee Mask’s choice of remixing ‘Robin’s Windmill’ turns the original into a bundle of writhing rhythms organically unfolding with swelling ambient tones. Homegrown heroes Rognvald & Scrase both opt for pumped up post-breakcore in unconventional time signatures while Djrum emphatically provides the LP’s dose of peak jungle choppage, tempering the drum breaks of ‘Ninnyhammer’ with a blistering amen. Also featured on the LP are crisp and beefy drum workouts courtesy of Coco Bryce and Forest Drive West, visceral and apocalyptic half-time bass from Activia Benz affiliated duo Quavis and virtuosic noir-jazz tearout from fellow East-Anglian Carl Brown.
*AUDIO TO FOLLOW*
a1. Puppet (Equinox Remix)
a2.Daisy Takes Two (Meat Beat Manifesto Dub Selection Remix)
b1. Stachybotrys (Coco Bryce Rework)
b2. Lucky Gonk (Macc & dgoHn Remix)
c1. Electryon (Wisp remix)
c2. Lucky Gonk (Forest Drive West Remix)
d1. Turnips Are OK (Rognvald Remix)
d2. Conty (Scrase Remix)
e1. Ninnyhammer (Djrum Remix)
e2. Robin's Windmill (Skee Mask Remix)
f1. AF0156984 (Quavis remix)
f2. Invisible Sandwich (Carl Brown's Pea & Mint Mix)
Released Date: 22nd April 2022
The third in the LOVLTD series comes from Laurie ‘Pixl’, a young producer from Cambridge who spins regularly for Jungle Syndicate and the West Yorkshire Jungle Collective, as well as appearing regularly on the Jungletrain radio platform with Hollie Anthwax. On this 12 we get 2 original productions and 2 remixes by Tim Reaper and Scrase.
‘Outer Reaches’ is on the A side, the original mix is a smooth but lively jungle popper with detailed break cuts, gorgeous pads and lots of space, bound together by a big bass line. Love Love longtime homeboy Scrase is on remix duties for this one taking it to strange new alien braindance territories. Blaring bass tones lay a foundation for some signature melodic content and nuff slippery choppage.
On the flip side is ‘Frosts Of Neptune’, an amen workout more akin to the old school sound. 94 style rave pads, sharp amen chops and RnB vocal samples provide the ingredients for this ruffneck dancefloor boomer. London legend Tim Reaper gives us his remix for B2 utilising tidal bass and a foaming top end for maximum shake and skank, with some seriously phased out breaks to send your synapses in strange directions and a relentless groove to keep you dancing till the end of the night.
The artwork is again an old snap from the All World Experts photo album, this time featuring the ‘Dragon Bomber’ by Check.
a1. Outer Reaches
a2. Outer Reaches (Scrase Remix)
b1. Frosts Of Neptune
b2. Frists Of Neptune (Tim Reaper Remix)
Release Date: 10th September 2021
Love Love continues the new LOVLTD series with ‘A Mirror Touch’ by Klotang, a collaborative work by young producers Klahrk and Otang that dives deep into the hardcore continuum pulling out huge chunks of authentic euphoria. This is rugged and raw old skool hardcore with some truly iconic rave moments, crafted with a fresh perspective - a must have for DJs intent on keeping the vibe alive.
The EP kicks off with ‘Tritium’ a whistling old skool number opening with rumbling subs before the turbo kicks in about a third of the way through. The in-yer-face rave attack vibe gives way to dreamy pads as the track continues perfect for early morning sunrise in the dance. ’Hells Bells’ is a grimier affair hinting more towards modern influences before a 180 degree midpoint switch-up settles on a stomping ’91 era rave rhythm. The final track on the A side, ‘Hyperthruster’, is big sub mover, propelled by a skanking break and vocal chops throughout, laced with darkside ‘ardcore stabs.
As the tempos continue to increase through the EP, cheeky B-side opener ‘Pressure’ brings the old skool fun. A fast and furious dance workout complete with bass bonks and synth squirts. B2, ‘Funland To Dockland’, is a piano driven vintage happy hardcore anthem pulled straight from the early 90s, whilst Rognvald amps up the choppage and takes it up in tempo for the remix on B3. 6 crucial tracks of killer rave material coming complete with artwork by East London graffiti legends Check & Race from A.W.E. [All World Experts].
a1. Klotang - Tritium
a2. Klotang - Hells Bells
a3. Klotang - Hyperthruster
b1. Klotang - Pressure
b2. Klotang - Funland II Dockland
b3 Klotang - Funland II Dockland [Rognvald Remix]
Release Date: 4th June 2021
After over a year in lockdown Love Love launches LOVLTD, a new series of limited records containing the tuffest system boomers and shakers. Focused towards igniting the dancefloor this series is a celebration of rave in all its forms: Acid Stompers & Wonkers / Hardcore Continuum // Heavyweight Bass Flex. All the 12”s are graced with artwork by foundational UK graffiti legends A.W.E ‘All World Experts’ est 1984- most notably Keen and Check.
To start proceedings Romford-born, Bristol-based producer Ben Pest gives us 4 slabs of lysergic bass-bolstered techno. With records on Don’t, I Love Acid & Earwiggle and following recent collaborations with IMOGEN and Radioactive Man, Ben’s style of techno is some of the slickest and dirtiest going, getting played out by the likes of Bicep and DJ Stingray.
A1 ‘Rugged’ drabs a chunky square 303 over strobing flickers of percussion with a kick drum the size of mars, building to an absolute acid-fuelled fervour. A2 ‘On The Three’ boasts a catchy groove reminiscent of mid-noughties warehouse phunk, brandishing cartoony melodies that will put an unhinged smile on the most cynical of ravers’ mushes.
Whilst the A side ends bouncey, the B-Side starts off crushing and trancey with ‘83 Is The Wan’, featuring a catatonic kick drum in a New York club pattern driving through a hazy technoid labyrinth that’ll have ravers weaving spirit entities for many a dance to come. Final track ‘More Horrors’ is a full on, no-nonsense party banger. Weighty old skool techno heft with a deep murky bassline and acid squelches. Techno doesn’t come much fatter or funner than this.
a1. Ben Pest - Rugged
a2. Ben Pest - On The Three
b1. Ben Pest - 83 Is The Wan
b2. Ben Pest - More Horrors
Available From: 8th July 2022
New music from dgoHn (John Cunnane) is always exciting, this LP especially so. After a recent release on Astrophonica, a self released collection of tracks in 2018 and 3 singles on Love Love since the inception of their partnership in 2016, John comes back to Love Love with the big album. Conceived in the Essex heartland, 'Undesignated Proximate' contains 12 all-killer mega fresh cuts of the kind of boundlessly creative material that we have come to know him for, marking the most comprehensive collection yet of dgoHn's music.
With a meddlesome level of experimentation and a knack for pumping out truly futuristic rhythms, John's ideas are utterly compelling, effortlessly peddling some of the most refreshing sounds to be found in the drum and bass / drumfunk / jungle worlds over a quarter of a century since the birth of the style. Not constrained by genre however his resolute chops, rich sound worlds and melodic structures form very real pieces of music, full of character and feeling. The production here is tighter than ever and while the tracks are technically adept, they drip in pure personality and raw energy. These are tracks made with a brain and a heart.
Likenesses to great Jazz drummers are just as appropriate to his music as they are his contemporaries in braindance or drum and bass and his noisier influences often bleed through. 'Stachybotrys' sees dgoHn's drums at their most frantic and tracks like this, as well as 'Invisible Sandwich' and 'Ninnyhammer' are rinsers of the highest calibre. The depth of these compositions are a complete antidote to mundanity and while the mainstay of the productions on the album are fully sound system-ready, cuts like 'Electryon', 'Puppet' and 'Windy' are so smooth they could almost be considered ambient.
10 years on from the classic album "Some Shit Saaink" made with friend Bob (Macc) on Subtle Audio/Rephlex, John"s music has garnered many notable fans including Aphex Twin, Skee Mask, DJ Food, Thom Yorke, Ben UFO, Lee Gamble and Tom Ravenscroft finding a firm place in the hearts of many. 'Undesignated Proximate' is a timeless collection of music that sets a high bar for what can be achieved with a computer and some nifty ideas.
a1. Daisy Takes Two
a2. Lucky Gonk
c1. Robin's Windmill
d2. Turnips Are OK
e2. Invisible Sandwich