Luvless is hardly the most prolific of producers, but the man's had a productive year with a joint 10" release with pal M.ono on his own Rose Records and a handful of tracks on V.A. compilations on the likes of Editors Kutz and Digging Disco Deep. His most recent outing, a record on Slow Down, might push things in the direction of a proper vintage year for the Leipzig-bound beatsmith and all round top geezer, as it's a veritable melter of a release.
While the label's name might suggest a focus on, erm, the slower end of the house spectrum (slouse, anyone?), Slow Down entered the game last year with a wonderful EP by the underrated Aakmael, who seems to specialize in crafting the timeless type of moody mid- to uptempo tackle that Trackheadz and Kevin Yost were famous for back in the halcyon days of deephouse. Aakmael happens to have a killer record out on esteemed label Kolour Ltd at the moment by the way, well worth checking out too. The sophomore release on Slow Down comes courtesy of our boy Luvless and it's another sure shot for the label.
'Sometimes' is basically Luvless doing what Luvless does best: an irrepressible groove, propelled forward by big drums, sweet piano lines and a square, deep as balls bassline. A short vocal loop (a male voice reminiscent of Anthony & The Johnsons singing the word 'sometimes') really carries the track and the clever arrangement keeps things interesting for the duration of the 6+ minute ride. A fairly simple recipe, maybe, but oh so very tasty.
Flip over for Desos' beefed up rendition, a proper headsdown stomper with Kerri Chandler style drums and deep, moody bassline. Excellent peaktime basement gear for the heads. The record is pressed on gorgeous royal blue vinyl and cut very nicely indeed. A real winter warmer for your tired soul.