Find Me in the Dark celebrated its first birthday on Saturday, November 29th with a headline live analogue set from Genius of Time. The underground electronic music night at south London’s Corsica Studios has built up a reputation for booking only genre-pushing acts such as Omar S, Kassam Mosse, Voices from the Lake, Shed’s Head High project, Pariah and Legowelt over the last 12 months, developing an enviable position as a place to hear fresh music among a knowledgeable crowd. For the birthday, Christopher Rau, Huerco S., Imre Kiss, Jason Spinks and Asquith provided strong support.
Huerco S. was thumping out the 4/4 by 1.30am in the main room at Corsica Studios where there was already hardly room to move on the dancefloor. Armed with drinks to get us through the full hour of the Genius of Time set, we managed to negotiate our way towards a good spot in view of the stage just before the duo got in position behind their vast expanse of machines. Huerco S. brought his set to an end met with applause of approval, and all attention turned from the DJ booth at the side of the room to the stage as Genius of Time kicked off what sounded like a version of their “Acid 01” tune of ambient analogue – made available online ahead of this live set – but this was only the beginning.
Genius of Time’s raw acid set was a fitting highlight of Find Me In The Dark’s first birthday.
Genius of Time spent 30 minutes plying the crowd with acid lines bulked up with subtle basslines and playful taps of the electronic drums threatening the break into a monstrous beat, yet holding back at crucial moments for a dreamy atmosphere. While the few who tried to find a rhythm to dance to ended up bouncing around like misfiring jack-in-the-boxes, the majority savoured the deep layers with more considered responses, a few even closed their eyes. As they passed the halfway point, dramatic poundings started breaking through and their acid set became a powerful beast that released the energy that had been building in the room.
Genius of Time’s raw acid set was a fitting highlight of Find Me In The Dark’s first birthday – another night featuring something very special. Only the Skudge and Voices from the Lake live sets in the last 12 months could be said to compare, it will be interesting to see how 2015 will pan out for what is fast-becoming an essential London clubnight if you want your electronic music fresh.