Modern Love was founded in 2002 by the staff behind Pelicanneck, the former Manchester record store that would soon morph into the estimable online retailer Boomkat.
Initially acting an outlet for deep, dystopian electro by the likes of Bitstream and iL.EK.TRO, over the past decade its fortunes have become bound up with the ever-evolving artistry of two producers in particular: Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, who have clocked up numerous releases for the imprint both solo and as part of duo/group projects like Pendle Coven, Demdike Stare and Millie & Andrea. While their work forms the backbone of the Modern Love catalogue, numerous other producers have helped shape the label’s aesthetic, and contributed to its success: not just local boys like Mark Stewart (Claro Intelecto) and Gary Howell (Pendle Coven, HATE, G.H.) but also Detroit’s Echospace, Sweden-via-China’s Kaman Leung and Berlin’s Move D, to name but three.
The Modern Love story is far from over, but as the imprint prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary, now seems like an appropriate juncture at which to celebrate some of its most memorable and momentous chapters. And so, over the following pages, we highlight 10 releases that we consider to constitute The Essential… Modern Love.