Going on a year now, clubgoers seeking respite from Miami's formulaic commercial nightlife soundtrack have been able to find it at the Electric Pickle every Tuesday, thanks to the folks behind the weekly Love Below. Those folks would be Manuvers, Pazmal, Gamma Bot, Telescope Thieves, Jun-Ill, Sharpsound and Louby, the beloved DJ/producers responsible for curating what is arguably our city's most musically-out-there and eclectic weekly party.
"We want to let people know that there's other options besides your generic EDM and hip-hop parties," says Pazmal. "We aim to play tunes that you can't play at other parties."
"[The Love Below] sets out to break all norms from the usual top 40 Billboard hits," adds Gamma Bot. "On any given Tuesday, the night can go from the sounds of soulful boom bap, to vaporwave, Jersey club, and even baile funk. The approach to curating our party is based around keeping our music fresh."
Of course, it's not just its fresh, open-minded eclecticism that distinguishes the musical programming during the Love Below parties, but also the sheer concentration of production talent among its crew. Which is why Lap Dance, its new digital compilation album, was bound to be the logical next step in the crew's evolution as musical tastemakers.
Spanning eight original productions and edits, Lap Dance boasts a selection as forward-thinking and diverse as those served up by the Love Below crew every Tuesday at the Pickle. And from the delectably deep bass stylings of Pazmal and Telescope Thieves to the future-R&B of Manuvers and Gamma Bot, the album's underlying thread is definitely soul.
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"[Lap Dance] came about from wanting to be more than just a party, and make what we do a cultural experience for the people of Miami," explains Manuvers. "We all release and work on music separately, but there is just something powerful about coming together and uniting on a project and release. Strength in numbers is the approach. We want to make a bigger impact on the music community."
You can stream the Love Below's Lap Dance compilation album on SoundCloud. Then go catch the crew doing it live at the Pickle on Tuesday, with special guest Chris McClenney, esteemed Baltimore DJ/producer on the Soulection label.
Love Below with Chris McClenney, Telescope Thieves, Pazmal, and Jun-ill. 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the Electric Pickle, 2826 N Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com. Admission is free with an RSVP via eventbrite.com.