After the label celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, Glasgow Underground’s founder Kevin McKay recently announced his debut solo album ‘The Love Forever’ alongside the release of second single ‘The Good Life’. Having produced various house tracks over the past two decades, this very cool 12-track collection is released today on the label.
Kevin started producing in 1994, kicking off his debut label Muzique Tropique with ‘Prelude To The Storm’ – a collaboration with Andy Carrick. Gaining support from DJs such as Andrew Weatherall, Dubfire, Danny Tenaglia and Roger Sanchez led to him entering the more mainstream consciousness, discovering local talents Mylo and Linus Loves.
Credited for producing and mixing Mylo’s platinum-selling album ‘Destory Rock & Roll’, the album went on to secure 4 top 40 singles including ‘Drop The Pressure’, ‘Destroy Rock & Roll’, ‘In My Arms’ and ‘Muscle Car’ as well as the UK number 3 hit ‘Doctor Pressure’. For Linus Loves, Kevin produced several tracks including the Ministry record ‘The Terrace’ – which charted at #31.
"I think it is true when people say that most A&Rs are frustrated artists. It certainly was in my case when I was working on the Mylo album,” said Kevin. "’Destroy Rock & Roll’ was definitely the kind of album I would have written at the time if I could. It was an unusual situation that lead to me being both A&R and producer and not one that happened again. I found the step back to just A&Ring records not anywhere near as satisfying and so spent some time developing my writing so I could make the kind of records I've always wanted to by myself.”
Discussing ‘The Love Forever’, Kevin says, “Last year I got to a place where I felt that I'd developed enough to take on an album and ‘The Love Forever’ is the result. The title is not about romantic love but about my love affair with dance music. No matter what has happened in my life, music has always pulled me through and ‘The Love Forever’ is about the kind of dance music I love. It moves from disco to techno to deep, melodic house music and hopefully does it in a way that works just as well at a rave as it does in your living room or by the pool.”
Spanning across 12 tracks, the album is an amalgamation of productions that Kevin has been working towards throughout his career. Inspired by Sub Club’s Harri & Domenic, the essence of nugroove, Italo house and Balearic beats are prevalent throughout, with the album’s single ‘Freaky Dancers’ apparently gaining huge traction across BBC Radio 1’s dance family.
Now with the release of ‘The Good Life’, the single reflects his deeper production style as he creates a synth-heavy cut for peak time sets.