Smallville Records at Find Me in the Dark

!(feature_r)!Hamburg record store Smallville celebrated the 10th birthday of its record label at Corsica Studios in London, England at Find Me in the Dark on Sunday, May 3rd. The label returned for another all night session in room one with headliner Lawrence and label-mate Moomin getting three hour sets while Move D got a three-hour set in room two as the respected clubnight brought good-time vibes over the bank holiday.

Find Me in the Dark’s reputation for only inviting the finest purveyors of dance music to play its nights means only the most knowledgeable clubber is attracted to Corsica Studios with no sign of pretension. Though recent editions have sold out, there’s the night’s loyal following shows no sign of becoming infiltrated by those trying to look like they know where the best music in the city is – these guys actually do know where the best 4/4 beats in London can be found.

Lock Eyes was warming up room one when we entered, his smooth house beats proved a settling welcome. Even before midnight there was a busy dancefloor, perhaps spurned on by the bank holiday weekend and a rare Sunday night rave without a guilty Monday morning trip home to make. When room two opened we were quick to take a look at Callum’s set featuring “Vanern” by Royal Crown of Sweden among the the subtle builds to main attraction to selector extraordinaire Move D.

Ever one to showcase his love for the groove, Move D kicked off his set with summer times vibes of Tullio De Piscopo’s “Stop Bajon” from 1984 and kept up the funk with tracks such as Cultural Vibe’s 1986 “Ma Foom Bey” which laid the foundation of a music education for a by-now rammed room two. Mixing the more modern (a highlight was Leon Vynehall’s “Butterflies”) with the golden (Christy Essien Igbokwe’s “You Can’t Change a Man” from 1979 brought a retro disco mood) and the leftfield (The Streets seemed to get the crowd going) added up to a masterclass in getting down which was lapped up by a room two with little space to spare.

Meanwhile in room one the Smallville crew entertained an equally packed dancefloor with Moomin and Lawrence. We were so locked into room two that we only dipped into the showcase – it’s always pleasing to see a whole club rocking to the beats. One nice twist for the night was the switching of the DJ booth in room two from a raised platform which you can’t really see what the tune selector is doing to the opposite end of the room where their every move was visible. For those who like to see the magic happen, it was ideal.

Next up for Find Me in the Dark is a shift into the techno realm with Lucy, Francois X and Privacy on Friday, May 22nd. Expect a proper techno workout.

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