Album: Ali Love, Love Harder (Backyard)

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The Independent Culture

Ali Love is the Hoxtonite scenester best known for guesting on the Chemical Brothers' "Do it Again" in 2007 and for his own magnificent minor hit "Secret Sunday Lover" which provides the template for much of his second album.

Love Harder's 10 tracks all inhabit a quadrilateral whose coordinates are 1980s soul, Euro-house, P-Funk and Moroder-esque electro, and if the lyrics slump too frequently into lazy dance-music clichés, then killer tunes such as "Show Me" more than make up for it.