Although as a label Music Is Love have only been established a short while (since 2013 to be precise) their sound represents something that resonates back to the Chicago House scene of the early 90’s. With bouncy basslines complimenting those classic 90’s piano chords there’s a distinct yet euphoric feel to the flurry of releases we’ve already been treated to thus far, & the latest release from Mikki Funk is arguably the best yet.
House Of The Rising Funk is the label’s 7th release & sends out a signal of intent for the year ahead. Having already recruited friend of AboutToBlow Mikki Funk for the MIL VA this time last year, it’s time for the Londoner to unleash his first major release which embodies a soulful blend of traditional house right out the Kerri Chandler school of production.
Starting off with the highlight of the collection, Out Of My Head features a groove & retro vocal reminiscent of Bicep’s celebrated ‘Vision of Love’ EP. A definite arm raiser & party starter of an anthem that could do some damage this year if given the support. Need No More is a deeper affair, a track that grows into itself over subtle chords that give the funk-esque bassline a welcome, head bopping groove. Next up the talent’s of LA’s Esteban Adame have been recruited to home his creative craft over Our Love, the darkest track of the lot possessing a heavy bassline interspersed with chunky hand-claps & hi-hats that remind us of Citizen’s brilliant recent work.
With the morning after, chilled out vibes of Our Love rounding things off tastefully, credits must go to Mr Funk as there’s a definite warmth to this EP that could not be more welcomed during an otherwise bleak & rainy time of year. With many producers taking years to successfully craft their sound, you’ll be hard pressed to find an EP that’s more assured as Mikki is already settling on a style he can ostensibly call his own.
House Of The Rising Funk is out now on Music Is Love & can be purchased via Juno here.