New York night life hot spot Lavo has one of the more popular destinations for A-list birthday parties in recent year. The latest superstar to blow out the candles was house music hit maker Dirty South, who put on a two hour plus set to a packed crowd of dance music fans. Friends like Afrojack, side shows like girls on stilts walking around, and a huge, oversized birthday card kept the night festive and resident DJ Steve Powers kept the music pumping into the early hours of the morning.
Taking a break from his nationwide City of Dreams tour, this smaller show differed in both track list and energy from his recent stop at Roseland Ballroom, as the smaller room allowed Dirty South to relax and have fun, straying more towards house music than electro bangers. The Kryder and Tom Staar remix of Shermanology’s ‘Can’t Stop Me Now’ that he has been dropping lately is a fantastic mash up of the two genres and was a highlight of the set.
Dirty South has been around so long, you sometimes lose track of just how many hits the guy has in his arsenal. Throughout the set, however, you are constantly reminded song after song. There was the big remix of Miike Snow’s ‘Silvia’, which Dirty South chose to mash up with the Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Greyhound’. There’s the more recent ‘City of Dreams’ with Alesso, and of course, the huge remixes of The Temper Trap’s ‘Sweet Disposition’ and Skylar Grey’s ‘Coming Home’, which Dirty South mashed up together.
The night ended, appropriately, with the same ‘Sweet Disposition’ remix mixed up with M83′s ‘Midnight City’. One hit is never good enough for Dirty South, it needs to have more. It seems like every great track he played was expertly mixed with another or was leading to something huge. Such good music, combined with the fantastic party atmosphere that Lavo brings the table night in and night out created an awesome night that won’t soon be forgotten.