Tough Love (duo)

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Tough Love
OriginUnited Kingdom
Years active2011–present
LabelsIsland Records
  • Alex Wintton-Caine
  • Stefan O'Brien

Tough Love are a British duo consisting of Alex and Stefan. They are best known for their debut single "So Freakin' Tight", which peaked to number 11 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] The duo were previously signed to Island Records through their own imprint Get Twisted Records.[3]


Tough Love formed in 2011, and had created a cult following of hardcore dance music fans across the UK. Favourites across national radio stations including BBC Radio 1, 1xtra, Kiss, Kiss Fresh, Capital, Capital Xtra and Rinse FM, Tough Love earned support from broadcasters and DJs Annie Mac, Pete Tong, B Traits, Mark Fowler, Mad Alan, Danny Howard, MistaJam, Target as well as gaining industry respect from DJs such as Duke Dumont, Solomun, Kenny Dope, Todd Terry and Roger Sanchez.[3][4]

They were labeled by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 as "one of the production teams we're excited for"[5] and dubbed as "an act you need to look out for" by BBC Radio 1's Danny Howard.[6] The duo have released on a series of established international labels, including Toolroom, Off, Nurvous, Suara and Kenny Dope's Dope Wax as well as their own imprint Get Twisted Records. They also won 'Best Single' at the 2014 Bass Music Awards for "Lonely Highway".[4][7]

Tough Love provided remixes for Le Youth's "Real" and "Dance with Me", Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne's "Real Love" and "Aint Got Far to Go", Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" and Shift K3Y's "I Know".[4]

In 2015, the duo scored two Top 40 hits with "So Freakin' Tight" (#11) and "Pony (Jump on It)" (#39) as well as cementing their underground prowess with a weekly residency for 'The Redlight' at Sankeys Ibiza alongside DJ EZ, Todd Terry and Matt Jam Lamont. They compiled and mixed The Redlight 2015 album which was released on Get Twisted Records charting in the national compilation chart. In the summer of 2015, Tough Love announced a joint venture deal between Get Twisted Records and Sony Columbia.


Tough Love currently hold weekly radio shows on Kiss FM every Thursday at midnight and Kiss Fresh Fridays from 9 pm, showcasing their signature sound 'The Best of Big & Bumpy Basslines'.[8]


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums
Title Details
Past Present Future
  • Released: TBA
  • Label: Get Twisted
  • Formats: Digital download

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Details
Fake Faces
  • Released: 17 June 2013
  • Label: Cream Couture
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Released: 24 June 2016
  • Label: Undr The Radr
  • Formats: Digital download


List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Dreams" 2014 Non-album single
"So Freakin' Tight" 2015 11 71 Silver (UK), Gold (Ire) Gold (Fin), Gold (Pol) Past Present Future
"Pony (Jump on It)"
(featuring Ginuwine)
39 Silver (UK)
"What You Need Is Me"
(featuring Nastaly)
Non-album single
(featuring Arlissa)
2016 Past Present Future
"Friday Night" Non-album single
"Like I Can"
(with Karen Harding)
Past Present Future
"Hold On"
(with Roger Sanchez featuring Boy George)
Non-album singles
"Dopamine" 2017
"Like a Drug" Past Present Future
"Lose My Mind"
"Closer to Love"
(featuring A*M*E)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Remix credits[edit]


  • "Friday Night" (Get Twisted)
  • "DLNW" (Undr The Radr)
  • "What You Need Is Me" Feat Nastaly (Get Twisted / Sony)
  • Closed the Door featuring Nastaly (LouLou Records)
  • Amine Edge & Dance VS Tough Love – The Perfect Love (Get Twisted Records)
  • Dreams (Toolroom Records)
  • Bring the Heat Volume 1 (Get Twisted Records)
  • Loving You / Hating Me (Get Twisted Records)
  • Tough Love & Taylor – In My Way (Off Recordings)
  • Keep It Burning (Nervous Records)
  • The Night Is Calling (Runnin' Wild Records)
  • You've Been Cheating
  • Taking Over
  • Cold Blood


  • Bass House Music Awards "Best Single 2014" – winner
  • DJ Mag "Best British Newcomer" – nominated


  1. ^ Hymo, Josh (7 October 2017). "UK house duo Tough Love team up with grammy nominated vocalist A*M*E for "Closer To Love"". Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Tough Love | Artists". 1 January 1970. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Tough Love – About". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Annie Mac's Mini Mix: Tough Love's 'Time Machine' Mini Mix by BBC Radio 1 + BBC 1Xtra – Hear the world's sounds". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Reviews – Tough Love – So Freakin Tight Hannah Wants And Tough Love Remix". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  7. ^ "2014". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  8. ^ "KISS FM UK Radio Player | The Beat of the UK". KissFM. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Tough Love" (select "Albums" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Discografie Tough Love". (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 February 2015.