“Make Love In Public Spaces” reads the tagline on Love Fever’s small yet impressive catalog. The label, inspired by the London parties of the same name, has already churned out of one of the top tracks this year with Bicep’s $tripper, and is back for round two with a diverse collection of floor burners by local producer Citizen. The party’s appreciation for the relatively new fusion of house and garage is clearly the influence for the tracks on display here, all of which are sure to land on many “best-of” lists at the end of this year.
First up is the most straightforward of the release, the slow-building Room Service (official video below). A Blawan-inspired note brings about sinister memories, but that won’t be getting anyone down as warm hi-hats, claps, and synths flood the mid-range, leaving a stuttering bassline to keep bodies in motion. Detroit’s Jimmy Edgar takes the reins on the slowed down Deeper Touch, as intelligent as it is bare. Drums and percussion gradually evolve with the steady, sultry vocals to give the ’90s-inspired track a “slow wind” feel. Finally we get to the best offering on an already strong EP, the Julio Bashmore-inspired You Give Me That Something. Fueled by the desire to stay fresh, Citizen has elected to chop up the bassline instead of the vocals here, layering familiar hats and synths over the low-frequency monster that will surely keep partygoers melting into next year. With a second release as brilliant as the first, Love Fever is well on its way to becoming one of the most important labels of 2012.