After the very successful foray into split EPs, Luv Shack Records continues to explore this concept with LUV013. The EP sees upcoming duo Space Echo make a return after their smash hit “Soul Power”, while the B-side is conducted by Wahlberliner ROTCIV.
“Come Back Home”, the opening track by Space Echo, is a slowly building but effortlessly captivating piece of hypnotic house music with a raw funk attitude. The gently evolving synth line and the strong vocal hook are the spine of this anthemic track.
The seemingly laid back “Hangover” just oozes b-movie sleaze and might be Space Echos little hommage to 60’s lounge music, with an array of distorted guitars and soft pads coming to good use. That is until the synth theme kicks in mid-track and turns the piece into a late night weapon.
On the flipside, brazilian producer and one half of “The Rimshooters” ROTCIV lays down two complex yet dancefloor oriented house tracks. “Old Good Luvin’” is a soulful house hymn that pays tribute to synth driven early italo and classic chicago house. ROTCIV intertwines the different styles to create his very own blend of deep house.
“Just Take Me Higher” evokes similar feelings but has a slightly darker touch to it. Eerie John Carpenter-esque pads contrast the punchy bassline, eprom drumbeat and organ stabs to create a mood coming straight from an 80s elektro joint.
“Deep Down”, the digital bonus track, shows ROTCIV going all the way to 90s Jersey house. Synth stabs and a shuffle beat are the key elements to this track.