TOUGH LOVE – So Freakin’ Tight

Band Members: Alex & Stef

Occupation: DJ & Production Duo

Hometown: London

Influences: Deep // Disco // Garage // House // Soul

Record Labels: Get Twisted / Toolroom/ Sony Epic / Island / OFF/ Nervous / Dope Wax / Suara / Bunny Tiger / Cuff

London based duo “Tough Love” have rapidly risen through the ranks of the house scene over the last three years.

Their distinct productions together with energetic and bass-heavy DJ sets have created a cult following of hard-core fans across the UK and beyond.

Their sound instantly recognisable in their production can be described as bass infused House with plenty of 90s R&B and Garage references and hard-hitting groove.

The duo have released on a series of established international labels, including Toolroom, Off, Nurvous, Suara & Kenny Dope’s Dope Wax to name just a few, …

… and their own imprint Get Twisted Records that is fast becoming one of the most talked about underground labels in the house scene.

Favourites across national radio stations including BBC Radio 1, 1xtra, Kiss, Kiss Fresh, Capital, Capital Xtra and Rinse FM, …

Tough Love have earned support from broadcasters and DJs Annie Mac, Pete Tong, B-Traits, Danny Howard, MistaJam, …

Target as well as gaining industry respect from DJs such as Duke Dumont, Solomun, Kenny Dope and Roger Sanchez.

2014 was a stand out year for Tough Love, who amid touring heavily around the UK with appearances at festivals including We Are FSTVL and Outbreak Festival …

… as well as gigs in Ibiza, host their own weekly show on KISS FM every Thursday from Midnight. Listen back HERE. 👂

Alex and Stef had close to a dozen releases throughout the year.

2014 saw them release their original production ‘Dreams’ on Mark Knight’s Toolroom Records, …

… collaborate with Amine Edge and Dance for their own label imprint Get Twisted …

… as well as enlisted by major labels for credible official remixes for Clean Bandit, Meghan Tranior, Le Youth, and Shift K3y.

They also won ‘Best Single’ in The Bass Music Awards & closed the year signing to the reputable Jamaican born and London based Island Records.

Tough Love saw in 2015 with three gigs in one night for New Years Eve from Manchester to London …

… and continue into 2015 with the impending release of their brand new original release ‘So Freakin’ Tight’ …

… complete with a killer remix package from Hannah Wants and Tough Love, S-man, S.P.Y and Luvstuff, due out on March 16th on Island Records.

Tough Love Are On Kiss Fm Every Thursday From Midnight (GMT) & KissFresh Every Sunday From 9-10pm (GMT) You Can Listen Live Here: KISS 📻

From Facebook, TOUGH LOVE Official and Resident Advisor

Selected discography

– Our sound of violence (refix/bootleg) / Feb 2011
– Vibe (susu records) / May 2012
– Dont Disturb The Bounce (Human Touch records) / May 2012
– Jini Cowan Sunshine (tough love remix) Discotech records / June 2012
– Cold Blood (discotech records) / July 2012

– Taking over (discotech records) / July 2012
– Can’t Find The Words (Love Not Money records) / August 2012
– Everything Hurts (Sleazy Deep / Future Sleaze Vol 2) / Sept 2012
– Telling Me Lies E.P (Dialtone) /Nov 2012
– Thinking Of Your Voice (Prison Entertainment) Nov 2012

– The Night Is Calling (Runnin Wild) / Dec 2012
– Him_self_Her – Inside out (Tough Love remix) Elite records // Jan 2012
– Fake Faces E.P (Cream Couture) / Jan 2013
– Girls Fake it E.P (Lucid Dreaming) / Feb 2013
– Fantasis (Love Not Money) // March 2013

– Manic (Lucid Dreaming) // April 2013
– Cerule – Omission (Tough Love Remix) [Lucid Dreaming // Apirl 2013
– Fahrenheit (Mother Recordings) // May 2013
– Murder One (Get Twisted Records) // June 2013
– Sharam Jey & Tough Love – Do Yur Thang! (Bunny Tiger) // June 2013

– I Feel You / Keep It Burning {Nurvous Records] / July 2013
– Travmatic & Marosy – Got To Work [Dither Down Records] // Aug 2013
– Tough Love & Taylor – In My Way [OFF Recordings] // Sept 2013
– Lee M Kelsall – Cloud 9 [Tough Love Remix] (Dope Wax) // Sept 2013

– Doorly – Rush (Tough Love Remix) [Toolroom] // Sept 2013
– Donae’o – House Party [Tough Love Remix] Nov 2013
– Tough Love – Nobody [Neim] Nov 2013
– Tough Love – Loving You/Hating Me E.P [Get Twisted Records] Dec 2013

– Sharam Jay & Tough Love – Rock The Disco [Bunny Tiger] // Dec 2013
– Tough Love – Bring The Heat VOL1 [Get Twisted Records] //Feb 2014
– Donaeo & Carnao Beats – Gone In The Morning (Tough Love Remix) [Zephron]
– Tough Love – Dreams [Toolroom] // July 2014


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