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Record Label Focus: Music is Love

With the record label ready to take over Sankeys, read our insight into Manchester record label Music is Love.

Mike Warburton

Last updated: 12th Feb 2014

Image: Chez Damier (credit Marie Staggat)

In the crowded record label environment, it's tough to stand out. Beatport is littered with new additions on the regular and keeping track of the one's worth monitoring is tough in these saturated times, but an imprint more than worthy of your attention is the Manchester originated Music is Love Records.

The label was "born from the hearts and desires of house music lovers with a desire to push straight up house music", and is the brainchild of two of the city's most prominent faces in clubland of the past decade or so, Paul Fletcher and Oli Furness. So far they've seen releases from the likes of Maxwell, Jamie Trench, Liam Geddes and New Jack City, with their seventh and most recent release 'House of the Rising Funk' from young whippersnapper Mikki Funk (stream a preview above).

The output has been house in its truest form, with classic touches combined with more contemporary beats and a focus on preserving the medium where the music was first delivered to the masses; vinyl. There's touches of other genres too, with the swing of classic New Jersey garage and the snapping rhythms of the UK equivalent permeating the releases, but overall this is machine music how Jack intended. The stable has also taken the sounds outside of the production arena into the lair of clubs as well, with two parties planned in early 2014 at Sankeys.

The first fittingly, for a label built on love, takes place on Valentine's Day, with a glittering ensemble of house music royalty all taking part. Appollonia affiliate Point G plays live alongside deep house doyen Chez Damier, with further turns from pedigree selectors DJ Deep, Marquis Hawkes and Damiano Von Erckert, whilst Furness and Jamie Trench stand tall for the lifeblood of the label's own talent (head here for full listing info, tickets below).

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They return on Friday 14th March with another line up centered around the best in transatlantic house music goodness. Detroit's crown prince of groove Moodymann is centre stage for this gathering, with support from Levon Vincent's primal grooves and visceral tech house via Delano Smith. Once again Furness reps for the label, with New Jack City and Mikki Funk also bring the Love is Music flavour. You can grab tickets for that shindig below with the full listing and room breakdown here.

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