The British duo Tough Love has only emerged out of London the past year or so, but are already starting to turn heads. Receiving support from Amine Edge, Claude VonStroke, and Lee Foss, they gained critical acclaim from their debut EP on Runnin’ Wild Records, “The Night Is Calling,” which featured an original g-house track that’s impossible not to want to move to as well as a few remixes. Tough Love’s sound is versatile, but their newest release, the “Fake Faces” EP, is all about that gritty g-house. Offered up as the fifth release on rising deep house label Cream Couture Records, it’s become tough not to love Tough Love.
The title track, “Fake Faces” sparingly uses a sample from Dead Prez‘s production over a heavy and powerful bassline, setting the mood for things to come with the album. “In the Air” comes in next, filled with swelling stabbing bass building up and releasing into a dance-inducing dancefloor burner. “Party People” continues the gangster vibes with a vicious synth and chanting vocal samples. Tough Love closes out the album just as they started, heavy and gangster. “Party Amped Up” is sure to be an instant favorite for those into the more ghetto house vibe.
Be sure to follow the duo on SoundCloud, as they offer up some sleazy free goodies from time to time (including the sensually gangster, and personal favorite “Love To Love You”). With another EP due out next month with Lucid Records, as well as a slew of unreleased material, this production/DJ team is sure to make some noise in 2013.