With another summer behind us and a host of festivals been and gone, the dance music scene moves swiftly back indoors.
And as usual there’s a ton of nights to be found, some regulars, others new endeavours.
Friday sees us spoilt for choice, The Rainbow Venues are kicking things off with a link-up between two heavyweight Birmingham brands, Shadow City and Leftfoot. Together they’re bringing Motor City Drum Ensemble and Move D to the city. With both of them championing the sound of soulful music in an electronic environment and both having cut their teeth in the legendary Boiler Room, there’s not much that needs to be said, except get down and enjoy.
Over at Amusement 13, the FZKS boys are returning with another of their infamous free parties. Their dedication to quality bass music sees them doing a showcase of all the brand’s own artists; pumping out grime, garage, dubstep and general murky bass business alongside Circular Jaw another local powerhouse for the city’s low tempo wobbles. If you‘ve not been before get down and check it out. Amusement 13 is also packed out with full VOID Acoustics in every room, you’ve got to hear it to believe it.!
The Hare & Hounds presents Dig Deeper, which brings an eclectic sound with The Nextmen, Dom Search and Brad Baloo are critically acclaimed hip-hop producers who aren’t afraid to work funk sensibilities or reggae aesthetics into their tracks. Expect a night full of soulful melodies as they whip up an all vinyl soundscape alongside Mike Lazy, Darren Judge and Ed Spoons.
The Tunnel Club finishes off Friday night’s offerings with the launch of Oculus, its new house and techno night. They’ve pulled together a host of local talent from Birmingham and beyond for this launch party including Karrem, Nathan Forbes, Ryan Nicholls and Hayden Perry.
Saturday sees something to shake up the house and techno. Rainbow unleashes Andy C: Presents Birmingham, where the RAM Records boss brings together DJ Hazard, Dillinja, 1991 and local legend Escape to tear the roof off. Hard drum and bass all night long is on the menu. Balancing it out though is 25 years of DJ Mag, where Jamie Jones and The Martinez Brothers bring the classic house sound.
The Hare & Hounds returns with another soulful venture, this time with Harry Wolfman at the helm for an evening of modern disco and house music.
To end the weekend, Club PST hosts the launch of Bass Invaders, the debut night from University of Birmingham’s DubSoc (Dub and Reggae Society). There’s a load of music on offer that all hits the key tenets of DubSoc – nailing Dub, Reggae and Jungle they’ve brought together Danny T & Tradesman, Aries, The Friendly fire Band , Young Culture sound and more for a night of good vibes and deep music.
That’s this weekend summed up, get out there, dance until the early hours and come back next week to find out what else is in store.