Infinity Ink

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Infinity Ink

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Biography

From the shabby chic of Shoreditch’s Mother Bar to the insanity of Moldovan warehouse gigs, the tale of Infinity Ink has taken a multitude of twists and turns en route to the present day. Consisting of long-term friends Ali Love and Luca C, the duo’s musical voyage has spread from their early days as longhaired rock ‘ n’ rollers through to the Secretsundaze house crew and further collaborations alongside The Chemical Brothers, Justice, Cazals, Roisin Murphy, Robert Owens and Brigante, right up to their current work with Hot Natured and the Crosstown Rebels crew.Fittingly, Infinity Ink emerged from out of nowhere; their first track ‘Games’ was created during downtime on Ali Love’s solo tour of America, on which Luca C joined the trek as the keyboardist for Love’s live band. “We wrote ‘Games’ in transit doing a little bit of the track in each state basically. It was made in transit on a tour bus and loads of really weird hotels,” recalls Love, a man for who the description ‘larger than life’ would be a gross understatement.Rooted by a funk-infused hypnotic bassline, ‘Games’ created an immediate buzz as its irresistible sun-kissed house offered a bittersweet contrast its dark love subject matter: “You tell me that you love me but you’re fucking with my mind… Your calculating ways are infinitely twisted, I can see in the cold light of day it’s just a masquerade.”Back in London, Infinity Ink completed the intoxicating follow-single ‘Infinity’ in the rather more mundane surroundings of Love’s flat. Filed on a computer and largely forgotten about, Infinity Ink played it to boundary-breaking DJ Damien Lazarus. A huge fan of the track, Lazarus broke the track by playing it at the Burning Man festival in Nevada. As Love recalls: “The first time it got played was at this place in the middle of the desert at about six in the morning. With two-thousand mentalists. That…” he pauses, “was a good omen for the tune.”Like ‘Infinity’ before it, the duo’s upcoming track ‘Aya’ takes its lyrical cues from Sixties psychedelic rock, and in particular, the style of Syd Barrett. The genesis of ‘Aya’ neatly encapsulates the Infinity Ink spirit of chaos yielding to creativity: “We went and did a few Ayahuasca rituals in Brazil in the jungle together and when we got back we wrote this very cosmic track. It’s kind of psychedelic but then it’s got the slightly rude kind of garage. It’s like cosmic garage.”One of the immediately enticing elements of ‘Aya’ is Love’s flowing, soulful performance. Where does such a voice come from? “When I was twenty-one and on the dole I got put on to a gospel singing course in Hackney,” he reminisces. “I learned a lot about harmonies but that doesn’t give you soul, that’s just technique. Trouble gives you soul, and I’ve had many troubles.”Ali Love and Luca C have an enviable schedule of activity planned in the coming months with gigs in the States and South America, work on the debut Infinity Ink album which is due to commence in the summer, and two Brixton Academy shows with Not Natured. Infinity Ink is just one of the numerous splinter groups and side-projects which have emerged under the Hot Natured / Crosstown Rebels banner – like North London house music’s answer to the Wu-Tang Clan. “Infinity Ink has a life of its own,” he concludes. “We weren’t trying to get anything out of the music, we just let it be what it is. If you’re looking for a single and trying too hard you’re not being true to the music. People take it in to their lives and their homes and their minds and that’s important. We’re cosmic. We’re space people.”