Valentine’s Day, for all our cynicism, feels like the perfect day to acknowledge our favourite records inspired by love, sex and romance. To rescue you from the saccharine, hackneyed ballads that will no doubt be filling the airwaves today, we’ve put together a playlist of 30 loved-up club tracks to soundtrack this most polarising of days. Love it or hate it, this should provide the ideal Valentine’s Day backdrop and, hey, you might even find the perfect cut to send to your crush, if you can’t quite find the words.
From uplifting house and saucy garage to heartfelt d&b and breaks, we’d like to think the playlist below covers a pretty broad church of emotions – from love to heartbreak, with all the complicated bits in between. Featuring everyone from DJ Deller, Cooly G and Coco Bryce to Octo Octa, Moodymann and Patrick Cowley, you’re sure to find something to love in here, for today or any other day of the year.