Today we have the very special honor of interviewing with one of Brighton’s newest Bass labels, Love Sick Recordings. Founded by Riskotheque, Marchmellow, and the Southbound Hangers(Screen Age & Mudie), this label has already been off to a great start. Prior to starting the label, each of these artists has had a number of releases from labels such as Disfigured Dubz, Boka, and Skint. With that said, what can be expected other than HUGE sounds? The label’s sound has been recognized by some of the most respected names in the scene such as: Kode9, Skream, DJ MADD, Ramadannman, N-Type, Trolley Snatcha, and Mary Anne Hobbes(And that’s just to name a few). To top it off, they have gained a residency at HOSPITALITY, which is one of the UK’s most successful club nights run by Hospital Records. With the label’s intention of side-stepping “the more aggressive styles of dubstep”, they have made a great appeal to “educated music lovers”. Given the versatility of the genre and Love Sicks production abilities there is no way to identify a distinct sound within the label. Their ability to incorporate influences from a variety of genres only further accentuates the bright future that this label has. In the words of the label, “Love Sick is a bass music label with one thing on it’s collective mind……Love!” Make sure you keep your eyes out for these guys because they’re sure to turn heads, as they already have.
BWS was fortunate enough to get a couple questions answered from these guys aside from their busy schedules:
BWS: What are Love Sick’s plans for 2011 and 2012?
- Love Sick: For 2011 -2012 we really plan to build the Love Sick label/brand. This will include more releases of course, initially from us but with a view to building a strong roster of new talent too, and all within the context we have already established for Love Sick Recordings. We are considering organising Love Sick events too… club nights with a musical policy directly related to the labels output… quality music for music lovers. Maybe even touring with the label too. Our weekly radio shows on the Electric Sound Stage channel of iHeart Radio have been incredibly well received in the U.S. so this could more than possibly lead to some sort of American tour… Watch this space!
BWS: Much respect for keeping the vinyl culture alive. What are some of the challenges that come along with pressing vinyls in today digital age? How do you overcome them?
- Love Sick: In this throw-away digital age we think its important to give people the option to buy a product that is more than just a bunch of 1s and 0s on their hard drive… something they can hold, collect, treasure and show off to friends! Obviously we would never disregard the digital format as many people don’t have the luxury of a turntable these days but in the same way we wouldn’t want to leave out those that still love the whole thing of collecting and playing vinyl. Infact we want to encourage this and to this end we will be adding extra bonuses for those buying the limited vinyl, to show that we appreciate their support…. and we have some really cool things lined up, believe me!
BWS: Who were some of your biggest musical influences growing up?
- Love Sick: All four of us have very different musical backgrounds. I (Riskotheque) grew up with rave culture and was influenced very early on by this but having worked in an indie record store for 6 years my influences have diversified hugely. It would be boring to mention them all… just imagine lots of great music in the melting pot of my brain and you might understand.
BWS: If you had to describe your label’s sound to someone who has never heard ‘dubstep’ or electronic music, how would you do so?
- Love Sick: It’s a combination of the soundtrack to a 70’s porno flick, a Woody Allen romantic farce and that bit in Bambi when his mother dies.
BWS: What about the ‘deeper’ sounds of dubstep appeal to you?
- Love Sick: We love the longevity of the so called ‘deeper’ sound. The fact that you can keep coming back to this music without tiring of it and discover hidden details and intricacies that maybe you hadn’t noticed on the first few listens. It’s music that gives the listener space to attach their own meanings and emotions rather than thrusting it forcefully down their throats.
The labels first release, LUVSIC001, came out TODAY!!!!, November 14th in 12″ and digital format. You can find the it at almost every major site such as Beatport, Chemical Records, Surus, and Juno. This release contains ‘All Alone” on the A side, which is produced by Marchmellow and Riskotheque. On the flip you’ll find ‘You Don’t Understand’ by Southbound Hangers. Both of these tunes exemplify great production skills, and exhibit a sense of maturity in the sound that is hard to find these days. Support the atrists and BUY these tunes!
PS. Don’t forget to envision Bambi’s mother dying next to Woody Allen while he’s watching some old school porno’s when you’re listening to the Love Sick sounds 😉
Below are links you can listen to and follow Love Sick at.
Riskotheque & Marchmellow – All Alone(LUVSIC001)
Southbound Hangers – You Don’t Understand(LUVSIC001)
Von D & Mr. Lager – You’re My ft. Phephe (Riskotheque Remix)
Chase & Status – Time ft. Delilah (Southbound Hangers Remix)
Well folks thats what we got for you today. Check back for more tunes and interviews. If you like the content, please share BWS with your friends and fam.
Peace and as always, one love to the gods.