Rose Royce first released this track in 1978 on an album entitled Rose Royce III: Strikes Again!, which actually doesn’t make much sense as a title. But, it was the late ’70s and everyone was probably coming down/off of something, so we’ll let it slide. The true nature of the song is actually quite depressing, a mournful melody of what once was. It’s relatively surprising that the singer of the lamenting tune was made famous by funkadelic tracks like Carwash and Wishing on a Star.
When you lived inside of me There was nothin’ I could conceive That you wouldn’t do for me Trouble seemed so far away You changed that right away, baby You abandoned me Love don’t live here anymore Just a vacancy Love don’t live here anymore.”
Many an artist have rendered their versions of Royce‘s hit. It’s one of those timeless tracks that seems to emerge every few years. Madonna released her own sentimental rendition in 1984, Robyn and Bounty Killer added a reggae track in 1997 and even producer Meek Mill sampled the track in 2010. Fact: Love Don’t Live Here Anymore is persistently ubiquitous. Don’t deny it. Valentin Huedo, a budding DJ out of Ibiza, Spain, puts his own house flavor on the Royce classic. The young DJ has been making a name for himself in one of the most synthed-out, electronica hotspots in the world.