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Have yourself a bass-filled Valentine's Day

Whether or not you celebrate the aggrandized Hallmark holiday that is Valentine’s Day, enjoy these romantic mixes from some of the finest producers in the bass music world.

First up is the latest installment of Luvstep, by Dirty South Joe and Flufftronix. The previous Luvstep mixes have perfectly encapsulated the leading edge of romantic, melodramatic dubstep, a standard this mix meets. Tracks by Clams Casino, Sinjin Hawke, and Clicks & Whistles mingle with exclusives and obscurities. A highlight is the pitch-perfect Sibian and Faun track “I’m Sorry.”

For the fifth time, leading bass purveyor Hudson Mohawke drops a mix of classic slow jams in honor of the day. This is the music your parents would get down to, and it must have worked, because you exist. HudMo clearly knows his stuff. And in a tasteful – and fitting – tribute to Whitney Houston, he closes with her classic ballad “Didn’t We Almost Have It All.”

Deadboy is no stranger to the soulful side of dance music, and his offering is somewhere between the previous two. His mix for London’s Wifey club night moves effortlessly from Hall and Oates to Dizzy Rascal to (HudMo’s remix) of Blackstreet. There’s something for everyone here; think of this mix as a heart-shaped box of chocolates for music lovers.


Download: Luvstep 3
Download: Hudson Mohawke’s Slow Jams Chapter 5
Download: Deadboy Valentine’s Day Mix for Wifey

Luvstep 2: A Valentine from Dirty South Joe and Flufftronix

With the highly anticipated Luvstep 2 mixtape dropping at the stroke of midnight, Dirty South Joe and Flufftronix delivered the equivalent of chocolate and roses for fans of electronic music. And while the ultimate Hallmark holiday tends to disappoint, the mix certainly doesn’t.

Last year, the Philadelphia based duo identified an emerging trend: the mellow, romantic side of dubstep, a genre quickly falling victim to harder, aggressive sounds. The first Luvstep mix found DSJ and Fluff pulling scraps and threads together: a remix here, a dubplate there. A year later and the sonic fabric of luvstep is available by the yard. For the Luvstep DJs, this is when the fun starts.

The mix opens (after dialogue from quintessential chick flick The Notebook) with Breakage’s pulsing remix of “Ain’t Nobody,” by Clare Maguire. Quickly establishing a consistent bass/snare tick-tock, the mix focuses on soothing, vocal-centric songs, featuring singers like Katy B, Belle Humble, and Yasmin. This builds into the chainsaw wobble and chiptune distortion of Zeds Dead, on his remix of “Eyes on Fire” by Blue Foundation. Street bass master Starkey sets the tone for the middle of the tape with “Paradise:” airy and mellow. This holds until the sharp chords and post-DnB beats of collaborators dBridge and instra:mental.

The strength of the new mix is how deep it gets, introducing listeners to a whole slew of producers that are experimenting with luvstep sounds. The most intriguing of these come from the 90s R&B revitalism of producers like Pearson Sound (aka Ramadanman). This music is simultaneously the future of dance music and R&B; witness the critically-acclaimed EPs and debut record from James Blake. On Luvstep 2, newcomers Two Inch Punch and Psychonaught tweak Brandy and Ray J, respectively; the tunes are surprisingly apt for the mix. It finishes strong with up-tempo songs from Submerse: more futuristic R&B, with funky, garage beats dramatized by a layer of orchestral strings.

After the success of the Luvstep set at last summer’s Mad Decent Block Party, Dirty South Joe and Flufftronix are taking the show on the road. In DC, they will join turntablist-extraordinaire Klever and moombahtoner Obeyah at U Hall. It remains to be seen how luvstep plays in clubs where faster tempos dominate, but if anyone can make it work, it’s these guys.

The Luvstep Release tour

02/14/11 Philadelphia, PA at Fluid
02/14/11 Philadelphia, PA at The Lodge
02/19/11 Washington, DC at U Street Music Hall
02/22/11 Newark at Mojo on Main
03/02/11 Indianapolis at The Casba
03/03/11 Louisville, KY at Headliners

Luvstep Live at the Mad Decent Block Party

As I walked up 12th Street in Philadelphia on my way to the Mad Decent Block Party, I heard the unmistakable, soothing sounds of luvstep. The set marked the live debut of luvstep, the dubstep subgenre identified by Dirty South Joe and Flufftronix earlier this year on their mix of the same name. It was one of the many can’t-miss sets during the day. Luckily for those who missed it, the proverbial tape was running and the set is now available for download.

An introduction from Ten Things I Hate About You sets the tone: melancholic, bittersweet, and teeming with raw emotion. The 30-minute mix kicks off strong with tracks by Sky Ferreira and Nero, before revisiting essential tracks (Caspa’s remix of the Deadmau5 & Kaskade collab “I Remember”) and dropping new popstep heat (the trio of “Hold On,” “I Need Air,” and “Katy on a Mission”).

“PClart” by Kavsrave has been floating around for a few months; the female vocals and wonky bass are a perfect fit for the mix. The same is true of the “Edge of Seventeen”-sampling “Days Go By” by the Boogaloo Crew (who now are part of Future Grooves featuree Dark Sky). The mix closes with some Don Juan DeMarco:

“There are only four questions of value in life, Don Octavio. What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same: only love.”

For dubstep, a genre derided for its harsh sounds and bromantic attitude, only luvstep can save it.

Tracklist for Luvstep Live at the Mad Decent Block Party
Introduction: KATARINA
Sky Ferreira – One (Bar9 Remix)
Nero – Innocence
Deadmau5 – I Remember (Caspa Remix)
Rusko – Hold On (feat Amber Coffman)
Magnetic Man – I Need Air
Katy B – Katy On A Mission
Professor Green ft Lily Allen – Just Be Good To Me (Joker Remix – Fluff’s Greenless Dub)
M83 – We Own The Sky (Udachi Remix)
Kavsrave – PClart
Bobby Caldwell – What You Won’t Do For Love (DZ Remix)
Guido – Mad Sax
The Boogaloo Crew – Days Go By
The Living Graham Bond – Winter Hunter ft Fiona Bevan (Bare Noize Remix)
Epilogue: DON JUAN