Wednesday, 23 February 2011

February (Week 4) Clubbing Listings: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee

Christian Smith
Featured Club of the Week: Jackhammer
Venue: The Store, Edinburgh
Date: Friday 25th February

Jackhammer welcome the melodic techno touches of Christian Smith, combining the old and new school for a bigroom sound. Residents Wolfjazz and Keytes support. The only worrying thing is that Resident Advisor claims Smith is playing in Austria at the Sass Music Club on the same night. Fingers crossed against a double booking!

Sounds like:

10.30pm–3am, £8

Extra: Jackhammer looks more promising with the announcement of Christian Smith guesting at Snafu’s Mothership club in Aberdeen with Adam Ackers supporting. If Jackhammer's booking is of the double kind, then catch a train to Snafu to get your Smith fill! Saturday 26th February, 11pm-2am, £8 / £6 adv / £5 members

Ramadanman
Runner-up Club of the Week: No Sleep
Venue: La Cheetah
Date: Saturday 26th February

This is the first big guest for No Sleep this year, inviting deep house and dubstep extraordinaire Ramandanman, splashing around the tech-house, funky and ratcheted up beats. Support comes from Jacksonville and Darren Quail of Animal Farm.

Sounds like:

11pm-3am, £10

 



Edinburgh

Club: Departure Lounge
Venue: The Caves
Date: Friday 25th February

Benji B and MC Judah mix funk, jazz, electronica, soul and hip-hop for the global music fans of Departure Lounge. There’s even more live music courtesy of Edinburgh’s hip-hop brother and sister duo, Northern Xposure.


Sounds like:   Benji_B_-_Live_on_Radio_1-CABLE-02-10-2011-15883 by user876988

10.30pm-3am, £9 / £8

Club: Sugarbeat
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Friday 25th February

Jack Beats comes back to Scotland after facing the freezing December at The Arches, this time joining the Capital’s Cab Vol, which is celebrating its 6th Birthday with high profile events. Bass Phenomenon Krafty Kuts joins Jack Beats and residents Tim & Jez (Utah Saints) for a special Sugarbeat of breakbeat, electro, house and sweet, sweet beats.

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10:30pm–4am, £15 / £12

Club: Wonky
Venue: Bongo Club
Date: Friday 25th February

From the people who brought you Trouble (and Limbo and Devil Disco Club) comes another Wonky night of afrobeat, UK funky, hip-hop, dubstep and more, featuring live guests the Asazi Space Funk Explosion and Dam Mantle for a dash of funk, blues and electronica. To add further confusion to Jackhammer’s event, Wolfjazz is also quoted as playing at Wonky (with fellow resident Hobbes). I suspect the clubbing community is spawning clones to cope with all these events!

11pm-3am, £6 / £4 before midnight

Club: Karnival
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Saturday 26th February


Continuing the celebrations for Cab Vol’s sixth birthday, Karnival host a special event with Funk D’Void, Aqua Bassino and Mike Pinkerton with deep techno and ‘rubber-hipped house’* for the party atmosphere.

* kudos to Boomkat reviewers for that delightful dance imagery!

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11pm-3am, £10 / £8 before midnight


Glasgow


Club: How’s Your Party
Venue: Sub Club
Date: Friday 25th February

It’s a bumper line up for How’s Your Party, featuring mainstream and underground guests. The bassline, dub, house, funk, rnb, grime and hip-hop comes courtesy of Redlight, Ms Dynamite, Tayo and Dread MC with resident Boom Monk Ben. It’s a lot to fit in so get there early to catch all the guests!

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11pm-3am, £8 / £6 adv.

Club: Pressure
Venue: The Arches
Date: Friday 25th February

Marco Carola fronts this month’s one-room Pressure, giving the techno fans more time to groove to his varied set without running between arches. He’ll let you hear why the likes of Hawtin, Vath, and the Island of Ibiza are always eager for his sounds. Slam support with another powerful set - it’s fair to say that hearing them on the last Friday of the month is becoming a Glasgow tradition!

Sounds like:

10.30pm-3am, £14+bf

Club: Scrabble
Venue: La Cheetah
Date: Friday 25th February

Looking for a weekend bargain? Scrabble host a party with prices not seen since the 70s with a £1 special featuring residents Dom D'Sylva, Decknition and Disgo dabbling in techno, grime and bass.

11pm-3am, £1

Club: Itch! & Fortified
Venue: The Art School
Date: Friday 25th February

Itch! and Fortified join forces for a two floor event with just one door price and three special guests in the form of dubsteppers Horsepower Productions, Joe Nice and Dirtybird’s house producer, Julio Bashmore.

Sounds like:

11pm–3am, free

Club: Menergy
Venue: The Art School
Date: Saturday 26th February


Hi-NRG gay dance party heading your way courtesy of Menergy - hosted by Lady Munter and Vanity Von Glow - with disco, italo and electro sets form Kid Zipper and The Niallist. ww.menergy.tv

Sounds like:

11pm–3am, £6


Dundee


Club: Opto
Venue: The Hideout
Date: Friday 25th February

Opto Records host a new club night with live bands and DJs every month; this week Shoogar and Foxbeef take to the stage (early evening) for those with rock leanings, and the dance heads can stick around for tech-house, breaks dnb, techno, electro and more from Un:Sure, DJ Chuggs, Progressive Thrust, and Frankie Bass.

8pm-2.30am, £5 / £3.50 students

Club: Glitch
Venue: Reading Rooms
Date: Friday 25th February

Harri and Domenic reclaim Friday nights in Dundee when they guest at techno and house club, Glitch.

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10.30pm-2:30am, £5 / £3.50 before midnight

Club: Autodisco
Venue: Reading Rooms
Date: Saturday 26th February


Sounding like a club for robots, Autodisco delivers fresh electro, funk and disco for the Dundee crowds.

10.30pm-2.30am, £tbc

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Vinyl and Digital reviews: Aril Brikha, Sedge Warbler and Mosaic Volume One

These are reviews originally submitted for Clash, reproduced in their unedited entirety below.


Aril Brikha - Deeparture in Time - Revisited (Art of Vengeance)
... Departure in time but not in quality

Rating: 4 out of 5

A Swedish-Iranian with several releases under his belt for prestigious labels Transmat, Music Man, Kompakt, Poker Flat, and Peacefrog, Aril Brikha took a unconscious side step from Scandinavian DJ tool sounds to make deep and soulful Detroit techno and catching the attention of Derrick May. He released ‘Deeparture in Time’ back in 1999 on Transmat to global applause and ‘Deeparture... Revisted’ is the first outing for his Art of Vengeance label, which has been in the making since the 90s. Remastered by Jesper Dahlb├Ąck, it is a 10 year anniversary double-CD release of the original and features unreleased and rare tracks from DAT tapes dating between 1995 and 1999. That fact alone brings home the timeless qualities of his music - no-one would bat an eyelid if he released this as new in 2011. As a complete collection, the set builds on the soulful, deep house and techno sounds, awash with acidic tones, hypnotic drones and interesting textures to techno that packs a punch, and taking it back down to rising sun grooves. Aril’s own classics such as ‘Groove La Chord’ and ‘Embrace’ are high points, and you sense subtle reminders of where acts like the Junior Boys gained inspiration with ‘On & On’.

Release date: 24th January 2011


Various Artists - Mosaic Volume One (Exit Records)
…more than just DnB

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Created in a bid to find one outlet for a multitude of tunes, ‘Mosaic Volume One’ is a double LP compiled by dBridge, capturing the various styles of Exit Record artists. Established artists sit amongst new talents for a broad theme of experimental drum and bass, but this also extends to ambient, dubstep and ethereal electronica in a few brush strokes. Drum and bass tends to be a genre associated with a very typical rhythm pattern - the build-up, the explosion, the breakdown, but after listening to Mosaic it’s a little hard to determine what is DnB when it branches out into so many other sounds. The first CD, featuring names like Scuba, Distance, and newer artists like Synkro and Dan Harbanham takes a gentler position; deep, soulful and melancholic IDM even at times, and dare I say it, post-dubstep. They aren’t as club-orientated as you might expect, but CD2 fulfills rhythmic needs with Commix, Abstract Elements, Instra:mental and Skeptical throbbing deep with the sub-bass and dubstep-tinged productions; one of the more interesting tracks comes from Skream, who captures the sounds of the ‘Motorway’ with saw-sliced strings and mechanical screeches. ‘Mosaic’ is all about demonstrating the sounds that fall between the boundaries of related genres.

Release date: 31st January 2011


Sedge Warbler - Welcome to the Universe (Skanky Panky Records)
…Striking similarities, but leave your worries behind

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Sedge Warbler are Dank and Disko, a South African producer and emcee team taking their interest in space-age glitch hop to bass, dubstep and wonky lovers. Fans of Playdoe will recognise and enjoy the popping electro against smart and catchy lyrics, and ‘Fett’s Vettes’ (MC Chris) fans will chuckle at the sci-fi themes. Vocoder and manipulated voices herald opener ‘Welcome to the Universe’, which takes a chopped and screwed approach and filters this drag element into ‘Paranormal Ox man’ - the latter features soap opera muzak breakdowns amongst deep electronica; an awkward sound! Despite the weaker start, the LP is a strong finisher once crunky glitch-hop thumpers like ‘Face Rap’, and ‘Octopus Lover’ make their appearance. Sometimes rap appears as another rhythmic layer in dance music, but the lyrical content takes equal focus here forcing simultaneous enjoyment while Vitalic-esque thick chords and lazer bass tickle your fancy. The only thing that raises a question is how similar the keys on ‘Octopus Lover’ mimic a well-known track. Indeed, amongst the DJ Shadow, Format and Moroder influences it is difficult not to be struck by another musical reference while grooving out to Sedge Warbler. Nevertheless, deactivate those niggles and you’ll have a fun time.

Release date: January 2011

Thursday, 17 February 2011

February (Week 3) Clubbing Listings: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee


Edinburgh

Club: Bedbug
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Friday 18th February

Foamo fidgits with the house, electro, breaks and a light touch of dubstep when he joins Bedbug for their Friday night special. Support comes from Jigsaw (Sound of C), Victor Q, and the Axis residents.

Sounds like: Foamo & Randomer - Back in the Game by Foamo

11pm-3am, £5 adv.

Club: Hot Mess
Venue: Wee Red Bar
Date: Friday 18th February

Gay-friendly Hot Mess indulges your ears with italo, acid house and serious disco, headed up by hi-NRG fan DJ Simonotron.

11pm-3am, £5 / £3

Club: Cosmic
Venue: Studio 24
Date: Friday 18th February

The ONLY club doing psychedelic trance and Goan influences in Edinburgh these days - Cosmic - welcomes Aurora, North Soundscape and Matti Basmatti for a visual and aural overload.

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11pm-3am, £6 / £4

Club: Devil Disco Club
Venue: Bongo Club
Date: Saturday 19th February 


Electro-soul freaksters Digital Jones perform live for DDC, joining the Trouble DJs and Giles Walker for proto house, funkin’ disco and no wave.

11pm-3am, £7 / £6 after midnight / £5 / £4 before midnight

Club:Ultragroove
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Saturday 19th February


DJ duo Cheap Picasso aka Adam le Chic and Slimwhitetrash headline Ultragroove with downtempo house edits re-rubbed with disco and retro flavours. Support comes from the deeply soulful Gareth Sommerville.

Sounds like: November mix for cheap picasso by SlimWhiteTrash

11pm-3am, £8 / £5 students or before midnight

Club: Wasabi Disco
Venue: Sneaky Pete’s
Date: Saturday 19th February


It’s a freakin’ disco Saturday in Edinburgh it seems with Wasabi Disco providing the cherry for an evening of several events. As part of their LGBT History Month disco, special guest Andy Blake (Dissident Records founder) makes his Edinburgh debut of cosmic, italo, house, and disco grooves. In keeping with the spirit of his limited release one-sided vinyls, Wasabi Disco is very limited entry - first 100 guests only!

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11pm-3am, £3

Club: Xplicit
Venue: Liquid Room
Date: Saturday 19th February


Drum and bass legend Andy C follows up the last bumper Xplicit show with a hard and dark showcase from the RAM Records boss, and even more beats from Hospital’s Netsky and MC GQ.

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10pm-3am, £14 adv

Glasgow
Club: 2 Many DJs
Venue: The Arches
Date: Friday 18th February

This DJ duo need little introduction; you may know them in their Soulwax guise, but you’ll equally enjoy them as electro remix extraordinaires, the 2 Many DJs. They take over The Arches for their very own show, before moving North to conquer the Highlands.

Sounds like:

10pm-3am, £19

More info: Contrary to other press reports, 2 Many DJs have three Scottish dates, and not just one: they appear at the Iron Works in Inverness on the 19th (10.30pm-late, £22) and then Aberdeen’s Forum on the 20th (9pm-2am, £25 / £20 in advance

Club: Numbers
Venue: Stereo
Date: Friday 18th February

Joy Orbison goes back to back with Jackmaster for the Numbers headline set for dubstep, garage, house, electro and more. Support comes Deadboy who is playing a 2 hour set tinged with electronica melancholia.

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11pm-3am, £10

Club: Sensu
Venue: Sub Club
Date: Friday 18th February

Sensu host a special return guest set from Romania-born Raresh (Cocoon), blending minimal tech-house, house and electro. Sensu were the first Scottish club to bring Raresh to the country and the attention of Scottish clubbers, and he returns to update his story in beats.

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11pm-3am, £10

Club: MJ Cole
Venue: The Art School
Date: Friday 18th February

Supported by Hint (Tru Thoughts) and Benny Boom (Solid Steel), Mercury prize nominated MJ Cole takes centre stage at the Art School to delight fans with garage, UK funky and house

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11pm-3am, £5 / £3 GSA Students / £3 before midnight / £0 GSA Students before midnight

Club: Precision
Venue: Soundhaus
Date: Friday 18th February

Precision is brand new on the drum and bass scene, with a focus on the freshest local talent, mixing and producing bass friendly beats. They kick off tonight’s show with Renegade, Dark-D, Wapt3k, EmJay and TOTCC.

10pm-3am, £7 / £5 members

Club: Slabs of the Tabernacle 
Venue: La Cheetah
Date: Friday 18th February


Tevo Howard is on the Slab this week; he recently rounded off his Beautiful Granville Records discography with the farewell soulful house release, ‘Dusa’, and now makes his Slabs of the Tabernacle debut, joining Andrew Ingram, Brian D’Souza and the Slabs team for techno, italo and disco.

Sounds like:

11pm-3am, £10 / £8 before midnight

Club: AV
Venue: Glasgow School of Art
Date: Saturday 19th February


It’s the first AV event of the year so they’ve dug out the dark, minimal techno and invited Soma’s Mr Copy and Chris Lamb of Animal Farm, both stalwarts on the Glasgow music scene. They’re supported with visuals and beats by the AV residents Andrew Winton and Eddie Wagner.

Sounds like:

11pm-3am, £5 / £4 students

More info: There’s also an after party with Eddie Wagner & Animal Farm (tickets available on the night).

Club: Mungo’s Hi Fi
Venue: Stereo
Date: Saturday 19th February


Afrikan Simba and Dixie Peach join Mungo’s for some original rasta action tinged with 80s digital dubs and sweet flows of lyrics praising Jah. Both are heavyweight MC veterans, and it’s advisable to get tickets early to avoid disappointment!

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11pm-3am, £8 / £6 adv.

Club: Subculture
Venue: Sub Club
Date: Saturday 19th February


Subculture have reached back in time again to import the best house artists still producing and playing, bagging Maurice Fulton for a night of electronic action with resident Harri. Word has it that Fulton is one of resident Domenic’s favourite DJs, so this is also a personal best for the Subculture crew.

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11pm-3am, £10

Club: Death Disco
Venue: The Arches
Date: Saturday 19th February


Another raft of guests descend on Death Disco, the electro house emporium of The Arches, featuring The Magician, Renaissance Man, Blondes, and Bright Light Bright Light, supported y residents Hush Puppy, Josh Jones and Wavy Graves.

Sounds like: Magic Tape Seven by TheMagician

11pm-3am, £14

Club: Jake Beats
Venue: La Cheetah
Date: Saturday 19th February


High energy electro courtesy of Mustard Pimp (Dim Mak Records) comes to Jake Beats, with nary a shuffling jakey in sight. The Homebass DJs support with more electro, techno, house and dubstep.

Sounds like: Mustard Pimp - Catastrophe Mixtape Series Vol 4 by mustard pimp

11pm-3am, £tbc

Aberdeen

Club: Mothership
Venue: Snafu
Date: Saturday 19th February


Resisting...cliched....mothership...landing....pun.. phew! Adam Ackers, James Tones, Simon Smith and Luke Cassidy rain down the house and techno on a beat-lovin’ Aberdeen.

11pm -2am, £6 / £3 before midnight


Dundee
 

Club: Boomin' System
Venue: The Reading Rooms
Date: Thursday 17th February


Start the weekend right with boomin’ funk, hip-hop and reggae from DJ Fubby, Point to C and MR Coull. Bargain price an’ aw!

10.30pm-2.30am, £5 / £3.50 before midnight

Monday, 14 February 2011

Mungo's Hi Fi: New and upcoming releases

Mungo's Hi Fi dub and dancehall sound system is based in Glasgow and tours worldwide, still finding time to run the successful Scotch Bonnet label. Currently sending good vibrations through the dub community is latest release Henry and Louis ft. Pacey - Everyman different (Mungo's Hi Fi Remix) / Mungo's Hi Fi - Everyman dub, a 180g 12” vinyl.

Taken from Henry and Louis’ Time will Tell album on 2Kings (which came about when they bumped into UB40 in Jamaica and subsequently recorded in their Oracabessa studio), the Mungo’s Hi Fi remix of ‘Everyman Different ft Rasta Pacey’ is an interesting take on the original and reworks the Errol Dunkley track of the same name.



Henry and Louis, along with Blue and Red aka Rob Smith were on production duties, meaning the original creators kept a hand in the overall sound. It’s a very melodious dub with touches of digital dub and a nice range in Pacey’s vocals. A mixture of flowing reggae musing on the differences of men and how they approach the world, with enough hooks in the rhythm to inspire dancers to pick up their heels. My speakers can’t do it justice - there’s a rumbling bassline just waiting to be unleashed on a big rig.


On the b-side Mungo’s Hi Fi have created an even bassier monster with a wobbling and throbbing sub-bass growl for the ‘Everyman Dub’, and filters of rough grainy sounds. The deep dub stabs poignantly echo, and the track becomes a conversation between Pacey and the throbbing bass arguing its case.


Later this month, they release Play Music Selector, a Scottish remix of Israeli dubstep producer Kalbata, and his track Sugar Plum Plum (Soul Jazz), featuring 80s dancehall legends Little John and Jah Thomas. More remixes from RSD (Rob Smith) and further vocals from My Lord Sound feature! It will also feature vocals from Sugar Minott (who sadly died last year) and Lady Ann who are longstanding legends in the dancehall and reggae scene. With original recordings in Jamaica for the full dub effect, the release is a mixed bag of cultures, sounds, and generations.

You can purchase current and future releases from the Scotch Bonnet online shop, here.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

February (Week 2) Clubbing Listings: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee


Featured Club of the Week: Substance
Venue: The Store
Date: Saturday 12th February

I’ve always wondered whether there is a condition known as IDM and glitch by osmosis, an example would be Aphex Twin and Global Goon, who were once flatmates and both developed music careers in their own right with Rephlex. The Twin locational association is long gone (along with the idea that Global Goon was actually Aphex) but Global Goon continues the weirded-out and experimental beats, and joins Substance for their techno showdown with London’s I Love Acid and live set. Post Human (Seed), Cynthia Stern (Input Output) and Coloruid (FlexiWare) support and astound!

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10.30pm-3am, £7 / £6 / First 50 people through the door go free


Edinburgh

Club: Headlock
Venue: The Caves
Date: Wednesday 9th February


Headlock Records returns to Edinburgh for more dub action and their first event of 2011 with ultra-special guest David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan to continue his fine work in promoting Jamaican music and its many strands. For an extra dollop of loveliness Toddla T, Cadenza and Colebs spin the dubstep, dancehall and rumbling bass for a mid-week perk.

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11pm-3am, £10

Club: Ill Behaviour
Venue: The Liquid Room
Date: Thursday 10 February


Boy 8-Bit may have ditched the Amiga but the charming retro name has stuck around for his electro-house maximal productions with dancehall inflections - join the party at Ill Behaviour!

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10.30pm-3am, £7 /£5

Club: Compakt
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Friday 11th February


Edit Select aka Percy X unleashes the deep minimal techno with moody attitude for Compakt. Siren, Gabriel Kemp, DD, Bruno FK and DJ Phrase support.

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11pm-3am, £6 / £5 students or before midnight

Club: Four Corners
Venue: Bongo Club
Date: Friday 11th February


It’s a sixth birthday special for Four Corners, bringing the world’s flavoors of dance to one dancefloor. A residents special of cumbia, afro-house, latin vibes, reggae, funk and soul with live percussion awaits.

11pm-3am, £5 / £3 before midnight

Club: Musika
Venue: The Liquid Room
Date: Saturday 12th February


Musika has become such an intrinsic part of the Edinburgh house scene that it’s difficult to imagine that it’s only their fourth birthday this weekend - this one’s an early booker, folks, as they’ve called in the big guns of John Digweed and Maetrik for plenty progressive, tech-house, techno, electro and more.

Sounds like:

9pm-3am, £18.50+bf


Glasgow

Club: Cloak & Dagger

Venue: The Flying Duck
Date: Thursday 10th February


Cloak & Dagger embrace the disco / nu-disco and electro funk for special guest Marcus Marr, and Glasgow’s own computer bleep-tastic Megamegaman, Lock Up Your Daughters’ DJ Suezz, and hip-hop duo Bar & Snow.

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11pm-3am, £5

Club: Well Again
Venue: Stereo
Date: Thursday 10th February


If you’ve just got over one of the winter lurgies, celebrate feeling Well Again with the Oxygen Junkies, Slazenger Oats, Ryan McKenna and DR for feel-good electro, techno, house and tribal beats.


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10pm-3am, £5 / £3

Club: Jungle Nation
Venue: The Art School
Date: Friday 11th February


Jungle Nation have only gone and booked The Scratch Perverts for their dnb massive, tutoring the world in turntablism. Djamba and DJ Tez support.

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11pm-3am, £10

Club: R-P-Z & Thunder Disco Club
Venue: Stereo
Date: Friday 11th February


When two tribes go to war, Frankie Goes to Hollywood is the ultimate outcome: when two clubs go head to head it’s a 1980s aerobics video themed evening of electro, italo and neon! Pants over tights at the ready, and make sure it’s pastel colours.

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11pm-3am, £5

Club: Return to Mono
Venue: Sub Club
Date: Friday 11th February


Craig Richards has been an integral part of Fabric since the club opened, and now the resident becomes the guest when Richards joins Ronnie & Tricky of Sunday Circus for house and techno action for Slam’s Return to Mono.


Sounds like:   Craig Richards - Technique Podcast 001 - March 2010 by R_co

11pm-3am, £10 / £8

Club: Stay Plastic
Venue: La Cheetah / The Halt Bar
Date: Friday 11th and Saturday 12th February


For their first birthday special Stay Plastic are hosting two events on two consecutive nights, so get those energy drinks at the ready! Deep house legend from Detroit, Patrice Scott (Sistrum) sets the right tone for the electronic club at La Cheetah, with eclectic support from Wardy, Sidrad and Danceaff, and the event is rounded off 12 hours later with nine hour marathon from the DJs of Fortified, Jellyroll Soul, Hologram, Pest Control and Scrabble

Sounds like: :

Fri 11th, Halt Bar, 11pm-3am, £10. Sat 12th, La Cheetah, 3pm-12am, free

Club: Depthcharge
Venue: The Universal
Date: Saturday 12th February


We follow up Stay Plastic’s first birthday with Depthcharge’s first anniversaire, happily coinciding with the tail end of their event - if you’re yearning for even more deep house, Frazer Devine and Jaya have booked Barcelona’s Soul Minority for smooth beats.

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11pm-3am, £10 / £8 before midnight / £6 students

Club: Mount Heart Attack
Venue: La Cheetah
Date: Saturday 12th February

Cosmin TRG is a perfect booking for eclectic MHA, as his sounds fluctuate from label to label and touch on house, techno, rave, dubstep and more. Prepare yourself for a mixed bag of dance.

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11pm-3am, £10 / £8 before midnight / £5 students



Aberdeen

Club: Riton
Venue: Snafu
Date: Friday 11th February

This is a special Riton event, and he returns for a second time to Snafu to delight crowds with an intense night of energy-infused electro, krautrock tinges, and house mash-ups.

Sounds like:   M.I.A - XXXO (Riton ReRub) by Riton

11pm-3am, £6 / £4 members


Dundee

Club: Crayon
Venue: The Reading Rooms
Date: Thursday 10th February


Ah, the only type of scribing material my hands can deal with - Crayon welcome Loops Haunt for glitchy electro, deep house and ‘post-dubstep’. Side note: I prefer the term pseudo-broken beat, as ‘post-dubstep’ makes it sound like beats brought to you by the Royal Mail.

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10.30pm-2.30am, £5 / £3.50 before midnight

Club: Monism 
Venue: The Reading Rooms
Date: Saturday 12th February

Brand new breakbeat night Monism hits the Reading Rooms this weekend, with special guest A-Skillz, the breakbeat, funk and hip-hop spinner.

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10.30pm-2.30am, £8

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Soundcloud Meetup: Glasgow, 9th February 2011

This month SoundCloud comes to Glasgow for a special showcase event of local talent. Kicking off at 5pm at The Scottish Music Centre at the City Halls with a Creative Workshop, the evening culminates in a networking and showcase event at the Stereo club venue from 8pm to 12am. Lo-Quality will be there to hear the latest sounds, and you should be to!

Press release and submission instructions:

SoundCloud, one of the most popular online audio distribution platforms, boasts over a million subscribers making music in every genre you can think of. On Wednesday 9th of February, Glasgow will join cities around the world in organising meetups for SoundCloud users.

In Glasgow, the event will be focusing on celebrating the best that the music scene in the city has to offer in a showcase and networking event at Stereo. To enable this to happen SoundCloud users in Glasgow are encouraged to submit their best tracks along with artist contact details to the SoundCloud group in advance of the event. On the night the music submitted will be played whilst displaying the artist information on the visuals screen.

This will be preceded by an audio workshop at the Scottish Music Centre in City Halls, where a new collaborative composition will be created for showcasing at the main event. Musicians are encouraged to bring along their instrument and participate in creating this new work and showing just what the talent found within Glasgow can do.

Submission: To submit a track for the showcase at Stereo please submit your track to this SoundCloud group


Please ensure you leave the following information:
  • Artist Name
  • Track Title
  • Record Label/'s
  • Website
  • Email Address
  • SoundCloud Address
This will be used on the visuals display whilst your music is being played.

If you would prefer not to make your download links publicly available then you can submit the downloadable versions either by email at admin@glasgowmeetup.co.uk or to http://soundcloud.com/groups/soundcloud-meetup-glasgow-2011/dropbox

Please note this is an 18+ years old event as Stereo is a licensed venue.






There are plans afoot for similar events to promote Scottish music, and Lo-Quality is looking forward to reporting it for supporters and interested musicians.

February (Week 1) Clubbing Listings: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee

 
Featured Club of the Week: Melting Pot
Venue: The Admiral
Date: Saturday 5th February

I’m trying hard not to pepper this paragraph with alliteration - the verily rhyming Leo Zero of Strut Records adds to the favoured disco-house of residents Andrew Pirie and Simon Cordiner with a fevered house set, utilising first-hand experience garnered from deep grooves, acid, and experimental scenes over the 90s. This is the first guest for Melting Pot in 2011, and the crew are delighted as this gig kicks off their 10th year on the go.

Sounds like:

11pm-3am, £10


Edinburgh

Club: Balkanarama
Venue: Studio 24
Date: Friday 4th February


Balkanarama go back to their roots when the original creator of Balkan Beats, Robert Soko features for a high octane adventure in klezmer, gypsy punk and electronica with the Baghdaddies and Black Cat for live music, bellydancing and jammin’.

10pm-3am, £9 / £7 before 11pm

More info: Balkanarama also appears at the Glasgow School of Art on Saturday 5th February, 10pm-3am £8.

Club: Fuse
Venue: Lane Nightclub
Date: Friday 4th February


Fuse are discontinuing their regular Edinburgh nights, but on their farewell party they're pulling out the big acidic guns with Congorock’s capital debut. A thrash of electro, techno, 2-step, dubstep and house awaits! Fuse will return with special one-off events in the future.

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10.30pm-3am, £7

Club: Tokyoblu
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Friday 4th February


It’s the 100th Tokyoblu club night and keeping the house fresh and funky with Gabriel Kemp, Niall & Denis McKervey, and DJ No Bad.

Sounds like: Mix for Rockness by Gabriel Kemp

11pm-3am, £8 / £5

Club: Pulse
Venue: The Store
Date: Friday 4th February


Alan Fitzpatrick, who made his Fabric debut last month, is new on the techno scene but quickly garnering fans of his stripped back sounds and deep chord stabs. Catch him at Pulse at the newly renamed GRV - now The Store.

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11pm-3am, £8

Club: Telefonik present White Noise
Venue: The Lane
Date: Saturday 5th February


If you’ve fallen asleep in a rubbish bin outside the Lane after pummeling it at Congorock, stick around for the city’s newest addition - Dunfermline's Telefonik launches in Edinburgh, leaving behind the Kingdom of Fife for the Haven of House. Special guests Colin Cook (Ultragroove) and Mikey Inglis (Telefunken) contribute to the electro, tech-house and funky sounds.

10pm-3am, £5 or £20 including return transport from Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline or South Queensferry

Glasgow

Club: Bigfoot's
Venue: Art School
Date: Friday 4th February


They’re in the ‘terrible twos’ now, but luckily that only applies to human babies and not techno, house and electronica clubs! The wonderful twos welcome Berlin’s Daniel Steinberg of Front Room Recordings for minimal action.

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11pm-3am, £10 / £8

More info: Bigfoot returns to Aberdeen’s Snafu on the 25th of February. 11pm-3am, £6 / £3 before midnight

Club: Supernova
Venue: The Arches
Date: Friday 4th February


Boss of X-Trax DJ Misjah rolls into town for Rotterdam techno action with the Hell DJs! Extra flourishes of electro-house, tech-house and minimal techno abound. Misjah may have ceased music production work, but the DJ party don’t stop!

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10.30pm-3am, £12

Extra: Tictactoe launch their monthly residency at The Arches Cafe bar with Cocoon star and founder of Horizontal Records, Dinky and her mixture of melodic techno, house, and electro. Resident Andrew Doran is on support with more minimal house and techno. Limited 300 people entry, 11pm-3am, £10+bf

Sounds like: Dinky for White Nights 06.08.10 by whitenights

And free Dinky mix here!

Club: Muck and Dirty Noise
Venue: Stereo
Date: Friday 4th February


Muck and Dirty Noise join forces to entice a Scotland debut from Oz’s Light Year, mashing up electro, house and askew beats. Residents PMcQ, Go-Dirty, Digital Stitch, Martin What? and Joe Crogan tend to your ears, and Mediaheroic looks after your visuals.

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11pm-3am, £5

Club: Numbers present Underground Quality
Venue: Sub Club
Date: Friday 4th February


New York house label Underground Quality (no relation to Lo-Quality!) has been invited for a showcase special by Glasgow’s Numbers, featuring the return of Levon Vincent and label boss Jus-Ed for longer sets of acid-tinged, broken-beat, deep house and dancefloor killers.

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11pm-3am, £10 adv.

Club: Slabs of the Tabernacle
Venue: La Cheetah
Date: Saturday 5th February


Slabs goes all ravey and post hip-hop when they invite Nottingham producer Lone to La Cheetah for pounding Chicago house. Andrew Ingram and Brian D’Souza support with italo, techno, disco and electro sounds.

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11pm-3am, £10 / £8 before midnight

Club: Deathkill4000

Venue: Bloc+
Date: Saturday 5th February


Our friend The Niallist has muscled his way onto the industrial rock club circuit for a live electro set, setting the filthiest possible tone of course! What a club name also - Deathkill4000!

10pm-3am, £2 / free before 11pm

Aberdeen

Club: Dubpressure
Venue: The Tunnels
Date: Friday 4th February


One half of celebrated dubstep duo Digital Mystikz - Coki - takes the Tunnels by storm, which has secured two rooms of dub, grime and jungle! Unlikely and Ennayess back-to-back with Critic have room 1 while kidProquo, Jamin Nimjah and DJ Tee back-to-back with G-Reg take room 2.

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11.30pm-3am, £11/ £9.50 adv.

Club: Mixtape
Venue: Snafu
Date: Friday 4th February


Blistering and popping electro and techno courtesy of Turbo Records’ Popof comes to tech-house night Mixtape - feel your spinal fluid bubble through the power of synths!

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11pm-3am, £10

Club: Jungle Nation
Venue: Origin
Date: Saturday 5th February


Drum and bass night Jungle Nation reaches the rather momentous age of 14 this month, and the teenager is holding a special party with special guests Shy Fx and SP:MC - ramped up bass for all the family!

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11pm-3am, £12