We caught up with Free Love to find out about a few tracks that have influenced their sound ahead of their new EP Luxury Hits.
Glasgow’s disco-pop duo Free Love have announced their new EP ‘Luxury Hits’, due for release November 9th and shared a brand new single from the EP, ‘Playing as Punks’. The duo have also announced their own run of headline shows in London, Manchester, Dublin, Belfast and Glasgow.
Since their seductive Euro disco-flecked single ‘Pushing Too Hard’ came out in late July, the duo have rounded off a busy summer of festival bookings with live performances at Gottwood, Lovebox and supporting Django Django & Sylvan Esso at Edinburgh International Festival and a live 6 Music session for Vic Galloway. Their credentials as one of the best new live acts continues to go from strength to strength – the band will be supporting James Holden and The Animal Spirits on a string of UK tour dates, which started at London’s Southbank Centre on 4th October.
We caught up with the band to find out about a few tracks that have influenced their sound.
Patrick Cowley – Somebody to Love Tonight
We’re both big fans of Cowley in both his hi-nrg italo guise and his sleazy cosmic one (like in this track). Discovering his music was a real eureka moment – like there’s someone else before us who’s seen a correlation between these kind of sounds and made sense of it. Something else we love is the way that across his whole range of works he combines electronic and acoustic sounds in a way that makes the electronic sound natural and free and the acoustic sound at one with the metronomy of the beat. Beautiful.
Electra – Feels Good
Again, that combination of electronic and natural sounds found on this track and others like it from the same era of disco/proto-house was a big influence for Luxury Hits. This is a track we always play out when we DJ and every single time get someone asking for ID – Just a great unrelenting track. If Frankie Knuckles wasn’t listening to this track before making Your Love, I’ll eat my beret.
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Gradated Grey
This song mixes very well into Orinoco Flow by Enya. We’ll put that in a mix some day but maybe just imagine it for now. YMO and the many associated projects were an influence for us on this record in many ways. One of those ways in particular was their relationship with ‘pop’ music – They’re one of these bands that seemed to make pop music without compromising their ability to venture into uncharted territory and kept integrity to the vision of the whole project. Sometimes experimental and odd is right, sometimes kicking out the jams is right and sometimes making a pop song is just right too.
Kate Bush – Delius
I have loved Kate Bush for a long time but hadn’t heard this track until about halfway through writing the record. I listened to it over and over again. It paints a really vivid picture for me in autumnal browns and burnt orange. I love music which tells a story without using many words.
Chris and Cosey – Exotica
I think Luxury Hits was, in general, influenced by artists like Chris and Cosey who obviously came from a background of experimental music but also found a confidence to make something which had a more pop element to it. This is some of our favourite kinds of pop music and this track is a great example of one that maintains a kind of oddness but wouldn’t be totally out of place alongside more commercially interested dancefloor tracks of the time. I think this is the kind of music they listen to in clubs underneath the sea.