Origins @Lab11

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Origins Launch Party by George Mole

“Promising to redefine the Birmingham Bass music scene” is an arrogant claim; a very arrogant claim for a debut music night set up by a small group of University students, but their hubris wasn’t unwarranted – they killed it.

The Birmingham music scene has been heavily invested in drum and bass until very recently and Origins is set to help continue this shifting balance with great dub and techno acts such as Sully and Deadboy. Unfortunately, the tenacity of Annie Mac Presents at the Rainbow Venues the following night filtered a large amount of the potential ravers away from this great night, but in no way should this be seen as a flaw with the line-up, venue or atmosphere at Origins.

Foreign Concept, Halogenix and Total Science hit “Room 1” hard, and retained the majority of the crowd all night, going to show that D’n’B is truly Birmingham’s scene. My Nu Leng were undoubtedly the champions of “Room 2”, however, pulling the largest crowd of the night with a heavy house and techno set synonymous with their own tracks, especially from Damp EP and their latest release, The Grid / Hips n Thighs (which is a must listen: http://snd.sc/10zsD6s).

The venue is great too. Lab11’s quasi-industrial, bare-brick feel encompasses the grimy underground music scene Digbeth is famous for and the Funktion One sound system amplifies vibes in the highest quality plus a unique LED lighting display that I think I saw everyone stare at for a moment or two – what more could you want?

The next night is set for 1 February 2013. Boasting a great lineup including, Break, Octane & DLR, Majora and Benton, to miss this night would be criminal for any self-proclaimed bass music lover. See you there!

Origins: “Created to promote deep and forward-thinking music in a genuinely unforgettable atmosphere.”

More Info & Full Line-Up: www.facebook.com/originsconcept

Here’s a promo mix from the boys for the next rave in Feb.

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