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Ali Love

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You always remember your first time. Not the first time you did it, necessarily, but the first time it really mattered. For Ali Love this came relatively late: he was 23. He’d flirted before of course, with drum’n’bass nights in his mid-teens. But the first club he really loved was Secret Sundaze, a summer party that ran from noon to midnight in various venues in London’s East End.

“We’d been up for a few days, and we just stumbled into this club. It’s been the closest, in recent years, to the real true acid house experience. Eclectic music, people from all over the world just having a great time under a massive disco ball. I started going all the time. And I got into house music. Deeply into it.”

He pays tribute to the club with the track ‘Secret Sunday Lover’, but the whole of his debut album ‘Love Music’ is a homage to hedonism, to the tingle of anticipation when you’re dressing up for a big night out, stepping out into streets heavy with weekend expectation, finding or losing love on the dancefloor – and of course flying to outer space and back, which may be a metaphor for the club experience or just a sign that Ali’s other big influence growing up was Star Wars. (He still owns five light sabres, which seems to be rather more than is strictly necessary.)

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