Radar Band Of The Week - No. 114: The Child Of Lov

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Meet The Child Of Lov. That’s him above – well, that’s his chin and torso, to be absolutely precise. He’s choosing to keep the rest a secret for now. While the anonymous shtick of WU LYF, iamamiwhoami, Evian Christ et al may be somewhat tiresome these days, rest assured that not every face-obscuring, interview-shunning muso around has managed to bag a record deal with Domino and employ the likes of Damon Albarn to sing backing vocals on their debut single. The Child Of Lov has.

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Breaking cover from his home in Amsterdam to give Radar his first ever interview, the 25-year-old refrains from telling us his name, but does talk about his early life, declaring eerily: “I was ashamed, I could never tell people I make music.” He kept all of his creations hidden for years, naturally.


But all that’s about to change – ‘Heal’ (the aforementioned single) gets an official release on November 26. Working with Damon has boosted TCOL’s confidence no end, he says: “When he starts getting emotional it helps make you feel like a real musician.” He adds, though, that he doesn’t care too much for Blur, preferring Gorillaz – which, musically, you can totally hear. TCOL also confirms that the pair have recorded a proper duet which is set to appear on his debut album. Also on the record is mask-wearing, impostor-hiring rapper DOOM (and yes, we’re assured it was definitely him in the studio).


However, The Child Of Lov is much more than a mere plaything for other artists – just one listen to the taut pop-funk of ‘Heal’, which mixes James Brown, Prince and vintage Pharrell into an instant hit of joy, will confirm that. “I was hyper-focused when I made the song,” he says. “To me it sounds like a NERD song. I wanted to do something with a rock feel like they created on ‘Fly Or Die’, but with soul too.” Mission accomplished. The name, he explains, is a biological acronym for Light-Oxygen-Voltage, which form the ingredients that make plants move toward the sun. Before we leave, he tells us rather intensely, “I am a product of this music – it influences me as much as I make it.” Reaching out of the shadows and closer to the light, The Child Of Lov is moving in the right direction.

Based: Amsterdam
For Fans Of: Prince, Jai Paul
Buy It Now: 'Heal' is out on November 26
See Him Live: The Child Of Lov currently has no confirmed live plans
Believe It Or Not: TCOL is in the process of getting a band together for dates next year, picking people based on how much they like James Brown

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