Boasting a impressive stream of dynamic, forward-thinking records from label partners Idoru and Sian (amongst others) since its inception back in 2019, burgeoning Indie Dance imprint Manta Recordings now looks to continue its prolific run of first-rate label output with the announcement of its latest EP release, this time from hotly-tipped British Synthwave duo, Maximum Love. Warmly welcoming the budding fraternal outfit for their eagerly anticipated label debut, Maximum Love join Manta this October with their blistering New Wave cut, Sometimes.
Over 25 million streams to the good since emerging onto the scene with their critically acclaimed debut EP Midnight Astronaut back in 2014, brothers Jordi and Taylor now pull out all the stops with this latest retro cut, combining classic 80s influences and evocative, melancholic vocal lines with their unmistakably hazy retrospective soundscapes to masterful effect.
Hi there ! Where can we find you right now? How did you start your day?
Hey! Thanks for having us on – we are at home in England in the UK, and we started our day with a quintessentially British, «cuppa tea».
When did the idea of starting a project start to take shape? Has it always been something you wanted to do?
We always had a great time making music together for fun as kids, and in around 2011, we wrote the song Twin Crimes. The creation of this song was pretty much the moment that made us serious about music. There was a moment of realisation in our minds at the time of: «wait… this is awesome» haha. Since then we’ve never stopped!
How would you define the sound of your latest work? What is the concept behind?
In our new track «Sometimes», we went for a really dreamy vibe. Stylistically, many elements of the song are looking back to our older music, the Under the Shadow era and just before. Whilst at the same time adding new elements with our continuing development as artists and producers. Moving forward and retaining the sounds that people familiarise with Maximum Love.
What artists are you interested in these days?
To be honest, we listen to so many different types of music that it’s really hard to pick out any individual bands and artists at the moment. But recently we’ve been listening to a lot of 70’s music. It has such a nice texture to it, particularly the drums! We’re always looking out for sounds to be inspired by.
How do you manage to combine such disparate genres? How do you manage to give them unity and harmony? What do they have in common for you?
Maximum Love to begin with is already so many genres combined, it’s a huge concoction of different things melted into one. So, it kind of seems normal to us as it has always been that way, many people say that we’re Electro or Synthwave. You probably could categorise us as that, but to be honest, we don’t even know… we’re just making noise that we think sounds good.
How would you define your sound?
That is a hard question, because at the end of the day… Maximum Love sounds like Maximum Love. We try to combine so many different elements of different genres and styles, it all blurs into one big thing which is unique to us.
Can you tell us something about your current or future projects?
We are in the process of crafting our next album, and have been for a while.. hopefully we can get a couple more singles out for 2021 and early 2022 in lead up to the eventual album. We might play more shows too, it really depends what opportunities come to us. It would be cool to potentially get some collaborations going as well. I guess we will have to see what fate has in store for us!
Maximum Love – Sometimes (including Remix from Latroit) is out now via Manta Recordings.