Taneli & Frankie Soukal : Construct Q / Mr. Prince


Happy holidays from Group Hug! As a special gift from us to you, we’re proud to announce the arrival of FREE HUGS, a new series of split releases from up-and-coming artists we really love.

The first edition of the series sees two previous Group Hug collaborators step up to the plate.

Since dropping his debut EP ‘Positivity’ with us in 2012, TANELI has been going from strength to strength, racking up remix and production credits for the likes of Chvrches and ETML. His Free Hugs offering Construct Q is a downright beautiful piece of low-slung house music, led by a hypnotic, jazzy piano line.

After delivering a cracking remix of Maxime F’s ‘On Monday’ for Group Hug last year, we thought it only right to get FRANKIE SOUKAL back on the label in 2013. Adorning the flipside of this release is Mr. Prince, his club-friendly rework of the Grüvis Malt track of the same name.”

Release page

Format: 2 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps, FLAC, ALAC
Released: 23 Dec 2013
Style: House, Deep House

Attack Yourself! : Hug Life [GPHG005]

“GPHG005 sees Group Hug shot-caller Attack Yourself! finally step up for his own release on the label with Hug Life, a 90s Chicago house throwback with bumping 909 drums and playful, jazzy loops.
On remix duties is Lancashire’s Verlenen (aka Simba) who takes the track up a notch with a relentless pounding groove and some quirky added samples. Like Moodymann if he ate too much Haribo.”

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Direct download (MP3)

Format: 2 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 2 Sep 2013
Style: Disco, House

Maxime F : On Monday [GPHG003]

“Daft Punk, Cassius, Etienne De Crecy… The history of French music is littered with excellent house records, and Grenoble’s Maxime F is carrying on that tradition with his unique, analogue-flavoured beats.
With massive releases on the Stripped & Chewed and Yello Rainbo labels under his belt, Maxime’s first offering on Group Hug comes in the form of On Monday, a thumping slab of filtered disco with a fat bassline and irresistible retro tom fills.”

Release page
Direct download (MP3)

Format: 4 x File, EP, MP3, 320 kbps
Released: 31 Dec 2012
Style: House

Taneli : Positivity EP [GPHG002]

“19-year-old Taneli delivers a mixed bag of deep, bassy delights on his debut EP Positivity.
The title track is a blissed-out slice of future garage, driven by R&B moans and fluttering 808 snare rolls. The track is also given a stripped-back 4×4 makeover by fresh-faced French duo Dusty Corners, who take it down a dark, twisted rave route.
The other two originals here really show Taneli’s versatility as a producer. ‘Heat’ is a bouncy house roller with a bassline that’ll be in your head for days, and ‘Statis’ is teacup-rattling dubstep at its finest.
Keep your eye on Taneli. He’s going places.”

Release & download page (Bandcamp) here

Format: 4 x File, EP, MP3, 320 kbps; FLAC; AAC; ALAC; Ogg Vorbis
Released: 16 Aug 2012
Style: Deep House, UK Garage, Dubstep