Friday, 29 July 2011

July (Week 5) Clubbing Listings: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee

 
Featured Club of the Week: Electric Frog Summer Festival
Venue: SWG3
Date: Saturday 30th July

The slimmed down Electric Frog festival returns with a killer line-up spreading over eight hours: Dubfire, Nitzer Ebb, Marc Houle, DJ Funk, Karotte, Optimo, Instra:mental, Pro Vinylist Karim, Orde Meikle of Slam, and Graeme Reedie of Silicone Soul. Bought your ticket yet? 

Sounds like:

3pm-11pm, £22.50

More info: Get to the After-Party special at Subculture (Sub Club), kicking off at 11pm-3am, free / £10 after midnight
 

Edinburgh 

Club: Sugarbeat
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Friday 29th July


Lincoln-based Urchins join the Utah Saints to infect the floor with their bright and upbeat African-style electro, house and techno, while the Saints deliver extra toppings of bass and breaks. 

Sounds like:
XYLOPHOBE EP - OUT NOW ON CHEAPER THRILLS by urchins

11pm-3am, £6

Club: Karnival
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Saturday 30th July


Lutzenkirchen joins the Karnival and Rockness DJ competition winner RYZO for this always festive crowd, spinning live electro-techno onslaughts. RYZO aka Ryan Cass supports with his brand of tech-house, bringing you the sounds of Galashiels!

Sounds like:
Dema & Paride Saraceni - Alarm (Lutzenkirchen Superdub Remix) [Feierkind] by Lützenkirchen

11pm-3am, £12

Club: Playdate
Venue: Sneaky Pete’s
Date: Saturday 30th July


Benedict Bull, half of Skull Juice, joins Playdate for a special guest set of electrofied house, with support from leftfield-loving residents Steven and Stewart.

Sounds like:


11pm-3am, £3 / members free

Round up

Dr No’s returns after a loooong break, hitting Henry’s Cellar bar on Friday 29th (11pm-3am, £5/£4) for a return to dancehall, 60s ska, reggae and rocksteady, while dubstep and dnb dominate at The Store’s Hush Hush (11pm-3am, £tbc). LuckyMe return to Edinburgh the same night with special guest Ben UFO joining The Blessings and Éclair FiFi (11pm-3am, £5) supplying dark swathes of dubstep and hip-hop at Sneaky Pete’s. Belgian disco merchants Villa debut at Hawke and Hunter’s Heavy Gossip on Saturday 30th, with support from Craig Smith and Nick Yuill (Green Room, 10pm-3am, £10 / £8 before midnight). Over at the Bongo Club, Big ‘n’ Bashy throw down the grime, jungle and reggae from 11pm-3am (£4), and Chris Colburn headlines The Store’s Gravity with techno and house (11pm-3am, £8 / £6). Club 10-86 also host a techno special with guest Jon Rundell and Bulletdodge Records at The Lane (10.30pm-3am, £5 / free before midnight). End the weekend with Dirt-E-Stop-Out at The Store with chunky house and funk (11pm-3am, £3 / £2) on Sunday 31st.


Glasgow   

Club: Highlife
Venue: The Arches
Date: Friday 29th July


Start your Friday with Nicolas Jaar and Valentin Stip playing this special live gig at the Arches for some full on melancholia dub. Highlife DJs (Huntleys and Palmers and Brian d’Souza) and Esa from Subculture support with a continued afterparty.

Sounds like:
CS006 Valentin Stip - Anytime Will Do EP by Clown and Sunset

10pm-3am, £8

Club: Mondo Scuro
Venue: Nice 'n' Sleazy
Date: Friday 29th July


Right, had to write this one up, as it’s described as ‘occult sexmusic for insomniacs’. I thought that’s what all clubbing music was, so I’m curious as to how they’ve ramped it into the occult. Featuring live music from dirty electric-weirdos Organs of Love and DJ support from GK Machine.

11pm-3am, £3

Club: Stay Plasic Vs Jelly Roll Soul
Venue: La Cheetah
Date: Friday 29th July


Another union of clubs has given birth to a Detroit house guest spot, this time Marcellus Pittman of supergroup 3 Chairs arrives in Glasgow courtesy of Stay Plastic and Jelly Roll Soul. With support from Wardy and Avant Radge.

Sounds like: http://soundcloud.com/marcellus-pittman/03-track-3

11pm-3am, £10

Club: Skweee in July
Venue: Stereo
Date: Saturday 30th July


Very little skweee hits the usual club circuit round these parts, especially as the reigning genre, so get your fix at this apropos night featuring a live set from Ben Butler and Mouse Pad member Bastian, with Wavy Graves supporting. Experience electronic funk, synthpop and skweee delights.

Sounds like:
Kalim-ba by Ben Butler & Mousepad

11pm-3am, £4


Round up
Dum Dum returns to Bacchus with more IDM and experimental electro and techno, with live guests Skeksi, S>>D, Konx-Om-Pax, and residents Stochastic and Ian Wilson supporting (Friday 29th, 10pm-3am, £6). Made to Play’s Riva Starr guests at How's Your Party? With HaHaHa for another funky mash at Sub Club on the same evening (11pm-3am, £8 / £6 before midnight), and Piece Together invite Japanese Popstars for a guest electro appearance at Chambre 69 (11pm-3am, £10 / £8 adv).

Saturday is a packed one in Glasgow – starting with a lighter, student-edged mash up of electro and pop at New Life, with guests Betatone Distraction, The Great I Am and Phiktion (10pm-3am, £tbc / free before midnight), and On Air continue their Saturday takeover of chicagohousefm.com with Derrick Burns (Alt), Pasty 32 (In About It), Stuart Holbeck (SloMo), 54th & West and Lach (Fiasco), spinning all the strands of house (Bacchus, 10pm-3am, £tbc). Slabs of the Tabernacle host their summer party with I-F’s Parallax Corporation partner, Intergalactic Gary and Mathematics Recordings’ John Heckle debuting live. Acid, techno, italo, house and more will shake the Big Joint with residents Andrew Ingram and the Slabs team (9pm-4am, £10). Over at La Cheetah, Banjax returns with special guest Hektor Ruiez of Stick 430, joining Dave Shades, Tommy & McGarvatron, and Data Rape shaking your body with acidic-tinged techno and rave (11pm-3am, £5). Finish off on Sunday 31st with hard electro project Modulate at the Classic Grand from 7pm, on the last night of their international tour (Till 10pm, £8)


Aberdeen

Club: Dot to Dot

Venue: Snafu
Date: Friday 29th July


It’s a big one over at Dot to Dot with their Everything Else Sucks summer spectacular, with Drop the Lime, Bones & Money and support from Krazzy Martin. It’ll be an interesting one, blending rockabilly, techno, house, and more in one session.

Sounds like:
Drop The Lime - DJ Mixes by Drop The Lime

11pm-3am, £7


Dundee

Club: Librarian's Choice

Venue: Reading Rooms
Date: Friday 29th July


Librarian’s Choice returns with Ken Swift and Bruce Anderson playing a mixed bag of genres; great for the eclectics.

10.30pm-2.30am, £tbc

Club: Autodisco
Venue: Reading Rooms
Date: Saturday 30th July


Pete Herbert guests at Autodisco, for a rich slather of electronic disco grooves topped with Balearic beats and house.

Sounds like:
Los Charly's Orchestra 'Disco Gamma' Pete Herbert remix by pete herbert

10.30pm-2.30am, £10

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Free tunes: NineLives The Cat, Organ Donors, and Baker Brothers

As promised, here's even more free promos from the Monster Sounds stable - get stuck in!

Available for free:

Promo mix from NineLives The Cat - 'Last Minute Thing' (Monster Sounds Mix 2011)

Mini-Bio: Dan Walker aka NineLives The Cat has worked his way thrugh house and breakbeat, collaborating with the likes of Rennie Pilgrim and Kevelera, who appears on the Monster Pro Sounds series later in the year. He is also a member of punk thrash rap group, The Deathset, signed to Ninja Tune.

  NineLives The Cat 'Last Minute Thing' - Monster Sounds Mix 2011 - download! by Monster Sounds 

and download here
 
Track List
1) NineLives The Cat Strikes Back - NineLives The Cat feat "Bathroom Sexxx"
2) Three Point Mash Up - NineLives The Cat
3) Let Me In - NineLives The Cat
4) NYCDIY - Franci$co feat "NineLives The Cat" (Crooklyn Static rerub)
5) Everytime I Need You Tonite - NineLives The Cat vs INXS vs Illeist Collective
6) Girls - NineLives The Cat
7) Cat Nip Tuck - NineLives The Cat (Manmade Mash Up)
8) Crash Test Kitten - NineLives The Cat feat "Kitten"
9) Let It Blow - NineLives The Cat
10) Distressed - The Death Set (NineLives The Cat remix)
11) We Don't Give a Fuck - Ninja Sonik feat "Johnny Nelson", "NineLives The Cat" and "Trouble Andrew" (ZAP! POW! DIE! remix)
12) Party Pooper - Ninja Sonik/Roofeeo feat "SBeezee", "NineLives The Cat" and "Spankrock"
13) Aint No Disco Music - Kelevra feat "NineLives The Cat" - (ZAP! POW! DIE! remix)
14) That Girl Trouble - Costello feat "NineLives The Cat"
15) NYCDIY - Franci$co feat "NineLives The Cat" - (ZAP! POW! DIE! remix)


Promo mix from Organ Donors (Monster Sounds Mix 2011)

  Organ Donors 'Monster Sounds Mix 2011' - download by Monster Sounds

and download here

Track List
01: Golden Coast (Scott Project Rmx) Organ Donors 'Mash Up'
02: Rank 1 (Mr Sam Rmx)
03: Elrich & Plaice 'Bitter Sweet'
04: Marc Simz 'Forbidden City'
05: Urry Fefe love & Arabammassi 'Autobahn
06: Liam Howells 'OddBall'
07: Steve Angello 'Rave N Roll' (Organ Donors Klack N Roll Facelift Mix)
08: Organ Donors 'Human Traffic' Teaser
09: Bk & Lee Haslem 'Infectious'
10: Technical 'The Ritual' (BK Rmx) (Organ Donors Quick Edit)
11: Neal Thomas 'The Virus' (Organ Donors Virus Slut Mash Up)
12: Afrojack 'Pacha On Acid' (Organ Donors Renagade Rip Up)
13: Luca Antolini 'Lost In Time'
14: Luca Antolini 'Harmony of Universe'
15: Public Domain 'Separate Your Senses'
16: Public Domain 'Separate Your Senses' (Neal Thomas Rmx)
17: Leon B 'Night Breed' (Organ Donors Edit)
18: Organ Donors 'New Era' (Kamui Rmx)
19: BRK3 'FR33'
20: Organ Donors 'Moogerfoogin'
21: BRK3 'C4UTION'
22: ASYS 'ACID ZOMBIE'
23: Luca Antolini vs Deadmau5 (Donors Wrong Chords Surgical Mix)
24: Mark Young & Derek Jones 'Dusk Till Dawn' ( Dj Activator Rmx)

10 free samples and a demo track from Organ Donors, 'Future Hard Dance':

  Organ Donors - 'Future Hard Dance' - Free Samples And Demo! by Monster Sounds

Promo funk mix from the Baker Brothers' 'Monster Sounds Mix 2011'

  The Baker Brothers 'Funk Sessions - Monster Sounds Mix' 2011 by Monster Sounds

and download here

Track List
1 - The Mexican
2 - Maid Of Mars
3 - Paste
4 - Feeding Freddie
6 - Space Funk
7 - The Young Patter
8 - Make Your Move
9 - All Baked Out


10 free samples and a demo track from the Funk Sessions Vol 1 and Vol 2!


  The Baker Brothers 'Funk Sessions Vol. 1' - Free Samples And Demo! by Monster Sounds

and download here

Monday, 25 July 2011

Free tunes: Carl Taylor - Perplexer and Violet


We start off the week with three slices of techno from Carl Taylor, ahead of his LP on EPM Music. The triple tribal whammy includes a remix by Orlando Voorn. Enjoy!

The blurb from EPM:
Ahead of his new artist album for EPM Music, Carl Taylor delivers two new productions ‘Perplexer’ (accompanied by a remix from Orlando Voorn) and ‘Violet’.

South Yorkshire’s Carl Taylor grew up surrounded by funk (his father was a Soul DJ), acquired his own decks at 14 and his first synth (a Roland) at 16. He has been DJing for 12 years and released on labels like Bugged Out, F-Comm, Dust Science, Advanced and F1 Recordings, not to mention his Warehouse Trax series, plus remixes for artists like Laurent Garnier, The Black Dog & Chris Cowie.

Carl’s tracks plug straight into your core, from the pulsating beats and tribal rhythms on ‘Perplexer’ to the melodic synths of ‘Violet’, he infuses raw organic emotion into his music, making dancefloor Techno with strength and feeling. 
Acclaimed Dutch producer, Orlando Voorn has been at the top of his game for many years now with his consistently high quality releases. The man who also brought us works as Nighttripper, Basic Bastard and Fix (with the timeless ‘Flash’) continues to impress here, upping the tempo for his shakedown of ‘Perplexer’. 
Look out for Carl’s new album later this year on EPM Music.

  Carl Taylor "Perplexer / Violet" (EPM Music) by epm-music 
 
Released: 25th July 2011

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Free tunes: Aquasky and Loopmasters present.... Monster Sounds!

If you haven't already heard of sample label, Monster Sounds, born out a collaboration between Aquasky and Loopmasters, now's the time to start getting interested if you're looking for that royalty-free edge and talent for your productions! Starting with Black Noise aka Aquasky's alter-ego and 'Warehouse' back in March, the collection has steamed through productions from The Baker Brothers, Sy & Unknown, the Organ Donors, and now the Monster Sounds Pro Series, 'East Coast Rap Pack'. 

The lowdown:
Brent from Aquasky explains, “There will be two levels to what Monster Sounds is about. Firstly presenting a fantastic line up of some of the very best musicians/producers that we know. Secondly to offer packs designed for the working producer that concentrate on key instrumentation or vocalisation, a staple for any professional recording studio.”

Monster Sounds aims to provide inspirational royalty free audio content for music producers and DJ’s alike. Incorporating pro Sessions from well-known artists or tailoring specific musical and vocal content for the professional recording studio.
And with that, here's 'New York Rap Acapellas Vol 1' for the "professional and the bedroom producer", created with MCs NineLives The Cat (Brooklyn MC and member of punk-rap group The Deathset), Telle Gramz aka Bathroom Sexxx (Ninja Sonik), and Pablo Pleeeez!!! (Boy N Girl). The vocal performances are designed to fit with a range of styles, so manipulate at your will!

You can grab 10 free samples for download now as well as a demo track for inspiration:

  New York Rap Acapellas - Free Samples And Demo! by Monster Sounds

The technical part:
The pack weighs in at 750MB and includes 484 Rap Samples recorded in pristine 24 Bit. You get 303 Loops between 96 – 140 Bpm, and 181 Single Shot vocals. Also included are 5 ready to play patches packed with the vocal one shots for Reason NNXT, Halion, EXS, SFZ and Kontakt soft samplers. Apple Loops, Reason Refill and Ableton Live versions are also available to purchase separately. 

Stay tuned to Lo-Quality Music for even more free samples and promo mixes from the Monster Sounds collective, starting next week!



Upcoming Releases
Monster Sounds Pro Series presents: East Coast Rap Pack: July 8th
Kelevra ‘Jackin Tech House’: July 29th
Lee Mortimer’s Bass House: August 19th
Funk Bass Vol.1: September 9th
Dirty South Rap Pack: September 23rd
Kanji Kinetic ‘Mutant Bass’: October 21st
Aquasky: November 11th
Colin Dale: December 2nd
 

Friday, 22 July 2011

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

 
Featured Club of the Week: The Sensu Boat Party
Venue: Glasgow Science Centre and Sub Club
Date: Friday 22nd July

Kicking off at 7pm, the Sensu Summer Boat Party sails through Glasgow pumping a live Detroit-flavoured techno set from Visionquest (Lee Curtiss, Shaun Reeves and Ryan Crosson, but sadly without Seth Troxler), and ports at 11pm, in time for the afterparty at Sub Club, with free entry for shipmates. Visionquest continue to slam it at the Sub, and for the non-seaworthy, you can buy tickets for the afterparty separately.

Sounds like:
  Visionquest (Shaun Reeves & Lee Curtiss) - Fabric Promo Mix - 28-02-2011 by R_co


Boat Party: 7pm-11pm, £25 Afterparty: 11pm-3am, £12



Edinburgh

Club: StepBack
Venue: Wee Red Bar
Date: Friday 22nd July


For the StepBack posse’s third birthday party, they invite Maxx Maxxa, Beefy, Hammy, DJ Beeds and Fred Lemon to join Wolfjazz and Eclair Fi Fi for another cramming of big techno, electro, dubstep, house and disco beats into the Wee Red.

10.30pm-3am, £4 / £2

Club: Elementary
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Friday 22nd July


Elementary host a ‘Sunglasses Party’ special with Anarkid, Maestro MB, Thatkid and Soul Jam Hot spinning house, techno, electro, breaks and even more crossovers, to a presumably sightless, but sun-ready crowd. Lo-Quality’s brother is one the DJs, so of course the night needs a good plug. Residents Andy Hardie and Prof support.

11pm-3am, £tbc

Club: Sub: Tremorz 
Venue: Liquid Room
Date: Saturday 23rd July


New club Sub: Tremorz launches at the Liquid Room, hailing the arrival of a new dnb supporter. Their first event is a fundraiser for Children First, and they’ve called in the heavy bassline artillery; boss of V Records, Bryan G, Kenny Ken, Bladerunner, Harry Shotta and David Boomah (live).

Sounds like:   DAVID BOOMAH - WHY THEY WANNA - V RECORDINGS PLV019 by VRECORDS

10pm-3am, £10

Club: Definition
Venue: Sneaky Pete’s
Date: Saturday 23rd July


Playing two nights in a row, Alex Smoke comes to Definition for a live set of minimal cuts and clicks journeying through a techno, house and electro mainframe. Residents Mark Balneaves and Martin Lightbody support.

Sounds like:   Melodic by alexsmoke

11pm-3am, £5 adv
 
More info: You can also catch Alex Smoke at a special Hum & Haw Presents event at La Cheetah on Friday 22nd July, in Glasgow. 11pm-3am, £tbc

Club: Sounds of Soul 
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Saturday 23rd July


Jay Roberton (aka Aqua Bassino) headlines Sounds of Soul with deep house grooves, and The Ladies on Rotation DJs (Simmone Black, Jo Myles, Nicki Lowdown, Blonde Flash and Isla Blige) spin funk, disco, house, and soul.

10.30pm-3am, £7 / £5

Round up 
Xplicit host another fantastic £1 summer special of drum and bass, dubstep and subs on Friday 22nd (Bongo Club, 11pm-3am), and for all your 2-tone and ska needs, head to Lucky 7 at Studio 24 with Tall Paul on the 23rd (10pm-3am, £5 / £2 before 11pm). The Bongo Club host a Bubble DJs takeover in the upstairs room, with Pure DJ, Brainstorm on the 23rd (11pm-3am, 11pm-3am, £7 / £6) for a mix of old school and new school rhythms. Check out Pet Rescue at The Store on Saturday (11pm-3am, £tbc) to round off with techno, minimal and house.


Glasgow
 

Club: Menergy
Venue: Stereo 

Date: Saturday 23rd July

Check out the Alternative Gay Pride live drag dance party, hosted by the fabulous Lady Munter and featuring house music from Jon Pleased Wimmin and Fraser Bone.

11pm-3am, £6

Club: Only Fools and House
Venue: Flat 0/1
Date: Friday 22nd July


Get your fix for NY and Chicago house, 80s electro and italo disco from Only Fools and House as Tom, Anton and Ewan spin the vinyls.

11pm-3am, free


Round up
Grab your Sound night on Friday 22nd at Club 520, with Dave Sinclair (Killer Kitsch), Wee Cheesy and more for a varied electronic line-up (11pm-3am, £6 / £5). And if you need something much harder, A Night of Madness throws a hardcore special with Mad Dog, Unexist, Negative-A, Anime, Alien-T and Obsession at the Soundhaus on 23rd July (9pm-3am, £15), but you can slip over to Cry Parrot at Nice’n’Sleazy’s for lighter disco, post-punk and more, if you can’t take the heaviness (11pm-3am, £3). Korben Dallas and Nushta Drognova deliver another free edition of Power Tools at Flat 0/1 on the 23rd to screwdrive your brain cells with disco, italo and house (11pm-3am).


Aberdeen  

Club: Dot to Dot
Venue: Snafu 

Date: Friday 22nd July

Check out the Tuff Wax label party with Lockah, Bones & Money, Grobbie and Yoin, launching the limited edition Truth Series, driving a hip-hop and dubstep direction!

Sounds like:   Aberdeen Truth: Dubplate Mix by Bones & Money by Tuff Wax Records

11pm-3am, £tbc

Club: Majestik Terrace Party
Venue: Revolution / Snafu
Date: Saturday 23rd July


Your regular date with Majestik and Mothership hovers into sight again, this time starting at 12.30pm on a (hopefully) sunny afternoon at Revolution, complete with BBQ. Featuring Andy Buchan & Mike Jameson b2b, Kev Cruickshank / Trigo, 2 Tone, Scott Shand, Dex, and special guest Simon Smith of Mothership, the Majestik crew warm up the day with tech-house beats, before the afterparty at Snafu with Mothership.

Sounds like:   simonwsmith mothership mix one 02.11 by sismith

12.30pm-1am, £tbc / Afterparty: 11pm-3am, £tbc

More info: Passes for free entry to the afterparty will be available from the terrace.


Dundee  

Club: Librarian's Choice
Venue: Reading Rooms
Date: Friday 22nd July


This week the Librarian’s Choice is DJs Diabeatic and 54th & West, the latter production duo bringing you deep house and disco cuts from Glasgow to get Dundee dancing.

10.30pm-3am, £tbc

Club: Beartrap
Venue: Kage
Date: Friday 22nd July


For something a bit more beard-strokery, head to Beartrap for art rock, post punk, indie and more from DJs Kris and Mike.

11pm-tbc, £4

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Edinburgh Total Fail

Brothel Broke? The sluttiest girl? I could even let a crude pimps and ho's night slide, but having watched the City nightclub's lecherous clientele rutting against walls for non-themed nights, I can't help but think encouraging young females to reveal even more for braying crowds is a slip too far into exploitation.

Full story here

Managing to rile up sex workers and students with your club night? Total Fail.


UPDATE: Thanks to the quick thinking of Arron Ashton, the now deleted Facebook logs have been archived. Here are some choice quotes that blew the story from a poorly-informed choice to a raging argument on the social networking site, and ended up landing it in national papers.

In response to someone agreeing with the Edinburgh University Students' Association president saying that celebrating prostitution is not a good publicity stunt:

"LOL - that's so gay. Not the "EUSA PRESIDENT". He's not Barrack [sic] Obama, he put a few posters up round Potterow so his other gimpy mates like yourself could give him a meaningless title to put on his CV so he can tell "the man" he's organised a few pyjama parties in Teviot to prove he has 'people skills'. Was he also head prefect at school??

"Asking your mates to back you up on a Facebook wall for a harmless clubnight because term's ended and you've got nothing left to protest about... calm yourself down you fussing fishwife."
And in response to the original post by the EUSA president, Matt McPherson:
"Get off your high horse, sort your patter out and consider getting a job with your evidently useless degree so you have something better to spend your time doing."

Maybe next time, don't try to set up a meat stall in a venue actually located on Market Street, dictating a false image of sex workers, and then antagonising your target clientele.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

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


 
Featured Club of the Week: Subculture
Venue: Sub Club
Date: Saturday 16th July

Lil Louis is somewhat of a Higgs Boson particle for house music, playing an intergral part in its conception and progression in Chicago; so, it’s very fitting that Subculture - the home of Glasgow house - has him headlining this week’s event with resident Harri. If you caught Louis at their 2010/2011 NY party, you’ve probably already bought the ticket.

Sounds like: 

11pm-3am, £10 / free before midnight
 

Edinburgh

Club: Axis
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Friday 15th July


Axis invite Edinburgh duo Attic Kings to headline the evening with Hot Knives, Shaun Johnston, Slikk Mick, and Tony Nicol. Attic Kings have been popping up on remixing duties for a variety of productions, including hooking up with Calvertron to mutate Willow Smith’s Whip My Hair into a dubstep-dnb-pop grinder.

Sounds like:

11pm-3am, £5

Club: Soulsville
Venue: Bongo Club
Date: Friday 15th July


If you haven’t got a time machine, Soulsville will do just fine for a snippet of 40s and 50s ‘clubbing’, featuring Tsatsu and DJ Red 6 playing soul, funk, rock, doo-wop and more, to the backdrop of live dancers. 

11pm-3am, £5

Club: Fever & Lovechild
Venue: Liquid Room
Date: Saturday 16th July


Lovechild resident Tony English headlines Fever in a Lovechild Edinburgh debut of the “gay clubbing sensation”. Lizzie French joins Tony for a live vocal performance, and Edinburgh’s Fisher & Price spin house, tribal, electro, and bulked up beats.

Sounds like:   Tony English feat Kaysee - Lovechild (preview clip low res) by Tony English

10.30pm-3am, £10

Club: Messenger Sound System
Venue: Bongo Club
Date: Saturday 16th July


Saturday sees the ‘Sweet Sounds of the King’ Rastafari Birthday Salute at Messenger, celebrating (I assume) Haile Selassie I, former Emperor of Ethiopia, and believed to be the God-king of the Rastafaris. Reggae, dubplates, roots and steppin’ tunes are directed by resident MC Ras Echo.

11pm-3am, £7 / £6 before midnight

Round-up

Start the weekend with a free dose of Animal Hospital, spinning minimal techno at Sneaky Pete’s on Thurs 14th July (11pm-3am), and follow it up on Saturday with more free action at the Spider’s Web with Anagram; mixing techno, punk, acid, tribal and more with Steev-e and Kol (7.30pm-1am). It’s All Good returns to The Store on 16th July (10.30pm-3am, £5/£3 before midnight) for more funky house and electro, while Ultragroove dominate Cab Vol with another house onslaught (11pm-3am, £8/£6). If you prefer a dash of cosmic to your house, you can catch Wasabi Disco at Sneaky Pete’s on the same evening (11pm-3am, £3/£0 members) for more punk and disco journeys through the cosmos.


Glasgow

Club: Walk n Skank
Venue: Club 520

Date: Thursday 14th July


The Mixkings join Mungo’s Hi Fi again for their official Scottish club, Walk n Skank, the Glasgow linchpin in their world tour schedule. Dubstep, reggae, roots, dubplates, and thunderous bass blast the soundsystem rig!

Sounds like:   Mungo's Hi Fi feat. Soom T - Roll it by mungoshifi

11pm-3am, £4 / £3

Club: Death Disco
Venue: The Arches
Date: Satuday 16th July


Electro luvvie Uffie guests live at Death Disco for the ultimate disco, house, and electro showdown, supported by residents Hush Puppy, Josh Jones and Wavy Graves

Sounds like:
Uffie - ADD SUV feat. Pharrell Williams by Uffie

11pm-3am, £14 / £7 if on DD mailing list

Club: Uberfest III
Venue: Soundhaus
Date: Saturday 16th July


Have a spare 12 hours on Saturday? Soundhaus host Uberfest III, with Animal Farm, Impact, FreshLick, Up4it, Froot, Monkey Biz, Impact, Diversify, Camouflage, Desert Storm, Pussypower, Squelch, Sector Events, Girobabies, Jo Darc, Sam Ryan and more, jostling the genres of all dance music. There’s even the Na Fir Klis fire show, a BBQ (presumably not the result of the fire show), live bands and vintage stalls.

3pm-3am, £10 / £7 adv or before 8pm

Club: Code
Venue: La Cheetah
Date: Saturday 16th July


Tommy Four Seven returns to Code for a bit of Berghain techno on the deep and moody tip to push the party launch at Code’s new venue. Support comes from resident Nick M.

Sounds like:   TRACK 5 by tommyfourseven

11pm-3am, £10 / £7 adv.

Round up

London meets Glasgow with this special hip-hop event at Stereo on Friday 15th July (7pm-1am, £7), featuring Dirty Bike, Jam Baxter & Sammy B-Side, The Being Emcees, and Tongue Acrobats, with Glasgow team DJs Krash Slaughta and the Homebass DJs supporting. Over at Blackfriars Basement, Dirty Beautiful Science blast the glitch, electro, dubstep, and techno through residents Vik Vector, The Black Prince and AlessioOo (11pm-3am, £3), and then on 16th July Power Tools enter Flat 0/1 for more italo disco (11pm-3am, free). On Air return for another date with chicagohousefm.com on Saturday 16th July, with Chris Harris (Moskito), Chris Mac (Flatpack Trax), Rebecca Vasmant, Mark Shand (Moskito) and Pete Baker (Fiasco) for jacking and deep tech-house (Bacchus, 10pm-3am, £tbc). End the weekend with Quids In at the Buff Club on Sunday 17th if you need to recoup your weekend’s spend – besides their disco, funk and electro grooves, you can win the door fees! (11pm-3am, £1)


Aberdeen

I seemed to have a minor brain glitch last week, and posted this week’s events as last week’s. Here they are again!

Club: Dot to Dot presents Liebe
Venue: Snafu
Date: Friday 15th July


This week sees Lunik and Scislowski showcasing their sounds for Liebe at Dot to Dot; Lunik has worked her way through the clubbing scene to become a Snafu resident with her brand of tech-house and minimal, and has been picked up as one to watch by Radio One’s Huw Stephens.

Sounds like: Beauty and the Beats by Lunik

11pm-3am, £4 / free before 12.30am

Club: Mothership and Majestik
Venue: Snafu and The Athenaeum
Date: Saturday 16th July


Kick off with the Mothership pre-party at Majestik with Andy Buchan, Kev Reid, 2Tone and special guests spinning tech-house and disco (with discount passes for Snafu from the DJ booth) and continue onwards to Snafu for Mothership at 11pm for even more jackin’ house.

9pm-3am, £6 / free before midnight


Dundee

Club: United in House
Venue: Reading Rooms
Date: Saturday 16th July 


Bringing together a range of clubs from around the country, United in House is Plastic Soul, Spektrum, Glitch and more, furiously spinning in aid of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Dundee.

7pm-2.30am, £7

Club: Librarian's Choice
Venue: Reading Rooms
Date: Friday 15th July


This week’s adventure features Reading Room residents Ado and Clouds going back to back, with Is_Kill from the Book Club supporting.

Sounds like:   Urchins - Whispers (Ados space 3,000,000 mix) by ado_

10.30pm-2.30am, £tbc

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Vinyl and Digital Reviews: William Breakspear, 2D, Tim Healey and Freear

More reviews from our writer Marc Reck, looking at the freshest glitch hop and dubstep releases!

Glitch Hop

William Breakspear Feat. Credit To The Nation & Georgina UptonInnovation (Alternate Version) (Rocstar)

Massive catchy funky glitch hop from the consistently quality Rocstar recordings, with a debut release for William Breakspear, featuring none other than Fusion from the legendary Credit To The Nation on mic duty, and the delectable Liverpool and Birmingham-based vocalist, Georgina Upton. This one has a nice solid glitch-hop groove with some bass wobble carrying the choice lyrics through effortlessly. One which should appeal to a very wide range of tastes.

Release date: 3rd July 2011


Dubstep

2D
Voodoo Night/Smokerz/Definition Of (Resin Records)

Reggae meets dubstep in a brilliant way that should appeal to fans of both genres. Been loving 2D’s sound ever since I heard him and this new one doesn't fail to disappoint. All the tracks on the EP feature his trademark reggae sound and filthy, yet laidback, bass. Set for release and definitely one to get when it drops.

Release date: Coming Soon


Tim Healey vs Freq House feat Loc-e & Pippa TrixResistance (Mark Instinct Remix) (Surfer Rosa)

Dubstep heavy-weight Mark Instinct delivers relentless filth broken only by snippets of a stuttered Pippa Trix vocal and a short foray into Loc-e. If you like your dubstep pummelled you’ll love this.

Release date: 4th July 2011




Freear & EkajGizmo Stomp (Snareophobe Remix) (Ape Recordings)

Very chuffed to see this released as Mike is a diamond geezer and the track is massive. With not one but two remix packages (each containing a host of huge remixes) it's set to do very well on the consistently quality Ape Label. There's loads of great remixes to choose from, from artists such as the Freerange DJs, Jinx In Dub, Ash Howell, Jefr Tale & Ben Tomlinson who all take Gizmo Stomp into new breaks, dubstep and drumstep arenas. But it's this snareophobe remix that I’ve been dropping of late and really pushes the nasty edge into filthy territories. Still climbing the beatport charts, it's a must buy purchase (and if you fancy a listen you can now hear it on Mr Elephant Radio Show 37).

Release date: Out now


Available to buy:

Friday, 8 July 2011

Vinyl and Digital Reviews: Rhythm Section, Hedflux and Karton

In the first lot of reviews from new contributor Marc Reck, he investigates the latest breaks tunes to hit the digital and shop shelves.


KartonGirl With Vertigo (Sound of Habib)

A great mix of wobble bassline, dubstep influences and tech breaks rhythm; this, along with Feed the Horde are the two stand out tracks on Karton's forthcoming album, Find the Constant. If you like their last album you’ll most probably love the rest of the track too. You can hear both tracks on Mr Elephant Radio Show 37 and watch out for the album which is due to be released on Sound of Habib and Klub Kids.

Release date: July 2011

Rhythm SectionAtomic Bass (Ellis Dee & Twista Mix) (Distinctive Breaks)

Phat breakbeat remix of a classic old school tune from one of the original members of Rhythm Section and his trusty cohort Twista bringing a great tune right up to date, but still retaining the old school feel. A driving breakbeat and simple, yet solid, bassline drives the track with a load of cut up fills at the end of every 4 keeping things interesting. Pure dancefloor ammunition.

Release date: 18th July 2011 (played on Mr Elephant Radio Show 37)


Hedflux & NeurodriverEnergy Vibration (Broken Robot)

Hedflux, one of the hottest names in tech-breaks right now has teamed up with Broken Robot’s mastermind Neurodriver to deliver a corking release. Both Hedflux & Neurodriver deliver consistently solid releases each and every time and have a very distinct sound, which in this case produces a very nice combination of tech-breaks and psy-breaks. Instantly recognisable as their production, the track features solid expertly produced tech breaks which sits somewhere between 4/4 and breaks, coupled with an electronic psy-breaks bassline and loads of cool edits to create a rolling dancefloor killer, with an atmospheric buld up and a big drop. This one is exactly what you might imagine from such a collab, and while it doesn’t push their sound into particularly new territories, it does combine what they do very very well. The flip side is also a wicked track and you can hear that on Mr Elephant Radio Show 37.

Release date: August 2011


Available to buy:

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

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

Featured Club of the Week: Atraccion Part 1 and 2
Venue: Liquid Room, Edinburgh
Date: Thursday 7th and Saturday 9th July

Atraccion is a new night from a group of Italian DJs to showcase the best in house and techno with a Mediterranean lilt. Their launch night on Thursday sees Circo Loco’s Matthias Tanzmann headlining with a funky tech-house set, alongside Javier Gonzalez and Laurence Nolan. This is quickly followed by Part 2 on Saturday with Privilege’s Manuel Gonzalez is fresh from the Ibiza parties to guest with Marcel Reix, Freedom B and Laurence Nolan b2b with Dan Raine.


10.30pm-3am, £10 (Thursday) / £8 (Saturday)



Edinburgh



Club: Regulate
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Friday 8th July


This one-off hip-hop special is the non-festival goers consolation prize. I’d rather not be surrounded by Tennents and overflowing toilets, ta; I’ll stick to the ‘consolation’ clubs with roofs. So, come indoors for Nasty P, Fusion, D-Fade, Hench Blaps, MC Silvertongue and The Players Association, showcasing Edinburgh hip-hop talent.

11pm-3am, £5 / free before midnight

Club: Reach to Jamaica
Venue: The Store
Date: Saturday 9th July


More bass in the name of good karma! Reggae, dancehall, hip-hop and more blast The Store’s three rooms in aid of realising the dream of Ras Ista Lion’s terminally ill wife, Maureen; to travel to Jamaica. The seven hour event features DJ sets, live music, and live MCs with Riddim Tuffa, Red2Red, Ras Ista Lion, NRN Xposure, Robigan, George Prophet, Jeremiyah & Nick Sax, Rudy Alba & The One Flesh Band, Souljah and Mhairi securing the night’s entertainment.


8pm-3am, £10 / £8 adv from kennymccardle@yahoo.co.uk (Ref: RTJ)

Round up
Start with Sneaky Pete’s disco and soul at Dapper Dan’s on Thursday 7th with Default and Picassio (11pm-3am, free), and continue with Friday’s Bound For Glory at Cabaret Voltaire with Fudge Fingas, Kris Wasabi, C-Biscuit, Beefy and Flying Saucer spinning funky electro and house (11pm-3am, £4 / £3) with profits going to Oxfam. On Saturday 9th, Devil Disco Club dig out the acid-washed house and futuristic disco at Bongo Club (11pm-3am, £7 / £5), while Eden takes over the Cab’s Speakeasy with Claudio and Gregsta dirtying the dancefloor with house and electro (11pm-3am. £5). Bass Syndicate return to Sneaky Pete’s on Saturday with their regular prescription of breaks (11pm-3am, £3 / members free) and Killer Kitsch close the weekend on Sunday at Cab Vol with an electic electronic mix (11pm-3am, free).


Glasgow
 

Club: Bitter Glitter
Venue: Polo Lounge
Date: Thursday 7th July


New weekly club Bitter Glitter comes from Madame S (Utter Gutter) and Fraser Bone (Lock Up Your Daughters), spinning jackin’ house, tech, and ‘homo-disco’.

11pm-3am, £3

Club: Sub Thursday
Venue: Sub Club
Date: Thursday 7th July

Sub Thursday collects together some of the best Glasgow DJs for a throwdown of varied beats from Bunty (Mixkings, 90s Hip Hop), Noface (Mixkings, Mixed Bizness, Electrikal), Homebass DJs (Jakebeats, Mixkings, Homebass), Floyd (Bangers & Mashup, Sub Friction), Foley (Voltaic) and more.

11pm-3am, £tbc / free before midnight

Club: Pass the Peas

Venue: Blackfriars
Date: Saturday 9th July


This month’s PTP sees guest DJs Snafu and Gary Hamilton (aka Mesuma) headline the funk and soul party with residents Andy Taylor (Wack Records) and weeG (Electrikal) on support.

11pm-3am, £5

Round up
Start your clubbing Cheap’n’Nasty at Nice’n’Sleazy’s on Thursday 7th with Matthew Craig’s mix of electro, disco and funk (11pm-3am, £3), or for 80s sleaze and house check out Feel My Bicep over at Flat 0/1 (11pm-3am, free). If you like something a whole lot bassier check out Walk’n’Skank at Club 520, Mungo’s Hi Fi’s only regular Glasgow date of dancehall, reggae and dub (11pm-3am, £4 / £3). Return to Nice’n’Sleazy’s on Friday for Wrong Island with Teamy and Dirty Larry keeping the beats plentiful (11pm-3am, £3 / free before 11.30pm), and On Air returns for another Saturday dose of Chicago house, following up last week’s launch with DJ Q, Stevie Elements, Charlie Gardiner, Lach and Ed Marco at Bacchus (10pm-3am, £tbc). Mount Heart Attack continue their cardiovascular assault on La Cheetah with disco and house helpings (11pm-3am, Saturday, £tbc).

Dundee
 

Club: Librarian’s Choice
Venue: Reading Rooms
Date: Friday 8th and 9th July


First up is Rhythmachine and Matt mixing reggae, dnb, house, soul and funk on Friday, and Miss Dlove and Jean Honeymoon selecting the rhythms on Saturday

10.30pm-2.30am, £7 / £5 before midnight


Aberdeen

Club: Dot to Dot presents Liebe
Venue: Snafu
Date: Friday 8th July


This week sees Lunik and Scislowski showcasing their sounds for Liebe at Dot to Dot; Lunik has worked her way through the clubbing scene to become a Snafu resident with her brand of tech-house and minimal, and has been picked up as one to watch by Radio One’s Huw Stephens.

Sounds like:   Beauty and the Beats by Lunik

11pm-3am, £4 / free before 12.30am

Club: Mothership and Majestik
Venue: Snafu and The Athenaeum
Date: Saturday 9th July



Kick off with the Mothership pre-party at Majestik with Andy Buchan, Kev Reid, 2Tone and special guests spinning tech-house and disco (with discount passes for Snafu from the DJ booth) and continue onwards to Snafu for Mothership at 11pm for even more jackin’ house.
9pm-3am, £6 / free before midnight

Monday, 4 July 2011

Vinyl and Digital Reviews: Kris Wadsworth, Steve Angello and Alex Metric

Kris Wadsworth - Lime and Pink (One Records)
…from mean beats to warm grooves

The title track possesses a mean techno kick and Hard Wax feel evolving into satisfying deep house Detroit grooves, but is partnered by an unnecessary Burnski remix. Jozif develops the house style of ‘Barefoot’ into a curious track with the feel of a modern (and enjoyable) Cure re-work.

Out now


Alex Metric and Steve Angello - 'Open Your Eyes feat. Ian Brown' (Positiva / Virgin)
…will dominate the Spring dancefloors

Metric already scored a hit with the original instrumental, and indie kids will just be pleased to hear Ian Brown’s voice again, so there’s a winning formula in the mix for filter disco, electro and house track; it sounds a little dated, but this will still dominate mainstream dancefloors.

Out now

Friday, 1 July 2011

New contributor and Radio Show!

The Lo-Quality family is expanding, and we welcome new contributor Marc Reck; writer, DJ, and all-round dance music bod with a taste for bass-heavy music.

He also plays the Mr Elephant Radio Show, and we have last night's show right here so that you can get to grips with his grooves, as well as the latest new music.

Marc will be writing dance reviews as well as contributing DJ sets / radio shows, so stay tuned for even more content on Lo-Quality.

Mr Elephant Radio Show #37 – Hosted by Marc Reck – 30th June 2011
A load of some of the very best phat, wobbly, reggae tinged, dubby and filthy bass driven breaks and dubstep promos & new releases featured on tonights show, (many of which featured in June’s Reckommended Records) all mixed together with a healthy dose of hosting.

Hope you enjoy the show, please check out the artists from the links in the tracklisting, comments are very welcome & if you want to download this and all other shows drop your email into the dj narrative newsletter and I’ll send you the download page in our 1st newsletter. 

Tracklisting
Shut Up & Dance – Shine On
Big Daddy Kane – Get Raw (Stanton Warriors Mix)
Chad Jackson – Hear The Drummer Get Wicked (Eastwood Radio Remix)
Flore Feat. Rodney P – Get It In Get It On (Gella Remix)
Adam Freeland – Hate
Karton – Girl With Vertigo
Hedflux & LuQas – Reptoid – As featured in June’s Reckommended Records
Datsik – Retreat (Elite Force Remix)
Karton – Feed The Horde – As featured in June’s Reckommended Records
Yoof (Sunz Of Mecha) – One Bag Of F*ckery – As featured in June’s Reckommended Records
Yoof (Sunz Of Mecha) – Murderer – As featured in June’s Reckommended Records
Unknown – Spooky Dubstep
Jinx in Dub – Shaka Sonics (Rob Sparx Mix)
Freear & Ekaj – Gizmo Stomp (Snareophobe Remix) – As featured in June’s Reckommended Records
Yoof (Sunz Of Mecha) – Back 2 Hackney – As featured in June’s Reckommended Records
Screwface – Phat Bass
Rhythm Section – Atomic Bass (Ellis Dee & Twista Remix) – As featured in June’s Reckommended Records
Cut & Run – Lamb
Lamb – Gabriel
Lamb – Gorecki