Friday, 26 August 2011

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

Featured Club of the Week: Jackhammer
Venue: Lane Nightclub, Edinburgh
Date: Friday 26th August

People mourned the loss of Regis and Surgeon’s camaraderie as the British Murder Boys, but we all secretly cheer for Regis’ current collaboration with Function as Sandwell District. The live masters of modern techno are joined by the old school’s Altern8 for a DJ set. And another load of DJs keep the buzz going in all three rooms – it’s gonna be packed.

Sounds like: FREE DOWNLOAD

10pm-5am, £12  


Club: Sugarbeat vs Musika
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Friday 26th August

Two hot house clubs join up to deliver the debut appearance of ‘You Gonna Want Me’ Tiga in the capital; bloody time too, the amount of times I’ve heard that tune blasted in the Cab. Three hours of electro-techno will help close the Fringe season of late night clubs, while the remaining two rooms feature the Utah Saints, Kev Wright, Derek Martin, Vincent Vega, Kirk Douglas & Chris Graham and even more!

Sounds like:   Fever Ray - Triangle Walks (Tiga's 1-2-3-4 Mix) by TIGA

10.30pm-5am, £15

Club: Xplicit
Venue: Bongo Club
Date: Friday 26th August

I always like the sound of ‘liquid dnb’ – as if syrupy drums are going to drench through your clothes and soak you in bass-fluids. Of course, it’s only vaguely like that, and most soakings are just the result of frenzied dancing in a room of throbbing bodies to the pounding beats. Whatever – Xplicit’s festival special welcomes the head of Hospital Records, London Elektricity, and MC Darrison for a two hour set of the finest drums to make your ears ring.

11pm-5am, £12 adv.

Club: Heavy Gossip
Venue: Hawke & Hunter (Green Room)
Date: Friday 26th August

Restless Souls’ Phil Asher spins the deep house, broken beat and disco vibes for Heavy Gossip; less nattering and more natty. Ricky Reid, one half of Soul Renegades, returns for a live set of keys and vocals, joining residents Craig Smith and Nick Yuill for a blazin’ party.

Sounds like:   PHIL ASHER - ESOTERIA EP VOL 1 by restless soul

11pm-4am, £10

Club: Karnival
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Friday 26th August

Edinburgh cannot resist the top-name DJs for their closing parties, and house circus Karnival flicked through their contacts and settled upon one of their past favourites: funky and soulful Jesse Rose! The Lahndahn DJ is joined by Mike Pinkerton, Oxygen Junkies and RYZO.

Sounds like:   Jesse Rose versus Made to Play all-stars - Yeah - MADE TO PLAY by jesseroseofficial

11pm-5am, £15 / £12

Round up  

Stacks is a new monthly night for Edinburgh, taking a lighter journey through soul, garage and rnb at the Wee Red Bar (26th August, 11pm-3am, £3), and Numbers host their irregular Edinburgh night at Sneaky Pete’s, spinning the freshest house, techno, dubstep and anything that can be considered de rigeur (11pm-5am, £tbc). On Saturday 27th, Big ‘n’ Bashy hit the Bongo for a wallop of grime, jungle, reggae and dubstep (11pm-5am, £tbc), and the RSI She Bang Rave Unit Festival Special, the longest-named event of the festival clubbing season features RSI residents Bill Spice and Duncan Starski, joining the She Bang Rave Unit crew for a mash-up of everything electronic at the Southern (8pm-3am, free). And Pet Rescue at The Store is actually the least likely place you’ll find Rolf Harris or wounded animals, unless they love the techno (11pm-5am, £6 / £3 before midnight).


Club: Killer Kitsch
Venue: Sub Club 
Date: Friday 26th August  

Killer Kitsch have hailed their next guests as a ‘massive influence’ who regularly feature in their own sets: Black Strobe take your kneecaps captive with sonic grooves through the Subby’s futuristic floor. The industrial electroclash maestros also release their ‘Best of 13 Years’ LP shortly, so first take a trip down memory lane in the flesh. Hushpuppy supports.

Sounds like:   Daddy Can Techno too - Arnaud Rebotini juin 2011 by Blackstrobe Records 

11pm-3am, £7

More info: On Sunday 28th, Killer Kitsch are joined by Dundee’s Ado, at their Edinburgh event at Cabaret Voltaire (11pm-5am, £tbc).

Club: Optimo
Venue: Sub Club
Date: Sunday 28th August

I can definitely see a theme at the Sub Club this weekend, when a former member of Black Strobe arrives to spin Optimo right round – Ivan Smagghe treats Glasgow to a double dose of French connection with the hottest electrohouse.

Sounds like:   RA PODCAST 228-SMAGGHE-11-10-2010 by ivan smagghe

11pm-3am, £tbc

Club: Clash of the Undergrounds
Venue: Stereo
Date: Friday 26th August

In this special Clash event (unaffiliated with the band or the magazine), The Shimmy’s Miss7 and London club Fuse’s Chris Maran go head to head with a special guest to be announced. This year sees Maran releasing his own house and techno productions after numerous slots at high-profile house and techno clubs, so catch him on the brink of stardom.

11pm-3am, £7

Round up  

Boom Monk Ben has been travelling further afar with his sound, and Club 520 are drawing him back in to their new club, Sound, on Friday 26th. He spins a four hour set of just about everything, from dancehall dubs to smooth futuristic garage and lots in between. Visuals will be supplied by Visual AIDS, long-time collaborators with Ben (11pm-3am, £6 / £5). Power Tools power up your Saturday at Flat 0/1 with Korben Dallas and Nushta Drognova playing italo disco and house (11pm-3am, free), while Subculture host a residents’ special at the Sub Club (11pm-3am, £10 / free before midnight) with Harri and Domenic manning your house intake.

Aberdeen and Dundee

Club: Wizard Festival After-Party
Venue: Club Snafu, Aberdeen
Date: Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August

Anyone still in need of more action after the Wizard Festival up north can head to Snafu for the weekend with their two After-Parties. On Friday Ado, Bones & Money, Krazzy Martin and special guests from the Snafu tent will keep the buzz going, and Animal Farm, Bigfoot’s, Fuad and Si Smith take the Saturday sign-off.

11pm-3am, £tbc

Club: Boomin’ System
Venue: Reading Rooms, Dundee
Date: Friday 26th August

Special guest Kidkanevil stars at Boomin’ System, mixing up jazz, jungle, and hip-hop for a hefty bass blast.

Sounds like:   The Electric - Toot Toot (kidkanevil remix) by kidkanevil

10.30pm-2.30am, £5

Club: Autodisco
Venue: Reading Rooms
Date: Saturday 27th August

Autodisco returns with more disco, electro and funk with residents Dave Autodisco and Dicky Trisco.

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

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

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

Julio Bashmore signing off Ultragroove
Featured Club of the Week: Ultragroove
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh
Date: Saturday 20th August

I’m not sure if this is the total end of Ultragroove, or if they plan to return in more blazing glory at a later date, but the club are calling it a day at the Cab after nine years as one of the helm clubs. For their final party they’ve scored Julio Bashmore, one of the hottest UK talents in deep and bass-loaded house. Support comes from The Blessings (LuckyMe), Andrew Pirie (Melting Pot), and of course resident Gareth Sommerville, spinning deep house and disco.

Sounds like:

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

Club: Soma Records Night
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Friday 19th August

The line-up for Soma’s 20th Anniversary party as part of the 2011 Edge Festival is looking good; including Slam, Gary Beck and Animal Farm. For a Soma fan it doesn’t matter – you’re guaranteed the freshest in house and techno beats!

Sounds like: 01 Gary Beck @ Awakenings Festival - Spaarnwoude - Netherlands 25-06-2011 by garybeck

11pm-4am, £8

Club: Wasabi Disco
Venue: Sneaky Pete’s
Date: Saturday 20th August

50% of Optimo performs 100% for Wasabi Disco this Saturday, when JD Twitch join the festival special for more mutant disco and fucked up beats.

11pm-3am, £5

Club: Mumbo Jumbo Vs Headspin
Venue: Bongo Club
Date: Saturday 20th August

Two clubs join forces for extra layers of soul, funk, hip-hop, house, disco and more when Mumbo Jumbo faces the return of Headspin. DJs Allan Dunbar, Steven Austin, Colin Millar, Dava and Trendy Wendy steal a six hour all-out party.

11pm-5am, £7 / £6 / 5 before midnight

Round up  
Fancied yourself a slice of Venetian history? Wee Red Bar are hosting a one-off Venetian ball, with live performances, films, installations and soundtrack. Masks are essential (Thursday 18th, 10pm-3am, £tbc). For more bass in your life, Homegrown at Sneaky Pete’s (11pm-3am, free) and Dubstar at The Store (11pm-5am, £5) for drum and bass, dubstep and grimy flavours. On Friday 19th, Four Corners draw together all the beats of the world on a funky and soulful tip at the Bongo (11pm-5am, £5 / £3 before midnight).


Club: Argonaut Sounds & Bass Warrior: Summer Reggae Vibes
Venue: African-Caribbean Centre
Date: Friday 19th August

What happens when two soundsystems collide? They produce mighty rumbles of reggae and dancehall of course! Argonaut and Bass Warrior team up at the re-opened Centre with low door price, and all guests can bring their own drinks (no glass)!

11pm-3am, £4

Club: The Sensu Boat Party
Venue: Glasgow Science Centre
Date: Friday 19th August

It’s the second Sensu Boat Party, so blow the cobwebs and glitter off your shipmate cap for another house and techno sailing from the Science Centre. The special guests will be Art Department aka Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White!

Sounds like: Art Department Live @ One Illusion, Hotel W, Barcelona, Sonar - 2011 by R_co

7pm-11pm, £25

More info: There will be a Sub Club afterparty from 11pm-3am, free entry with a boat ticket, or £10!

Club: Subculture
Venue: Sub Club
Date: Saturday 20th August

Subculture welcome back Dixon (Innervisions), always playing at the forefront of Berlin house music, and always cheered in the Subbie! Support comes from Harri and Domenic.

11pm-3am, £10

Club: Oh My Days
Venue: La Cheetah
Date: Saturday 20th August

Tonight is the launch night of Oh My Days, from residents Martin Moffatt and Euan Neilson, and their first guest is young talent French Fries (Young Gunz), grooving the crowd with latino-house frays. Or should that be ‘fries’. 

Sounds like: Greenmoney - Into You (French Fries Remix) by MrFrenchFries

11pm-3am, £7

Round up
Bitter Glitter
returns to the Polo Lounge on Thursday 18th (11pm-3am, £3) for more electronic disco and house dalliances with Madame S and Fraser Bone, and Nice ‘n’ Sleazy host Durty Booty (11.30pm-3am, £3) with DJ Otis spinning breakbeat, funky house and hip-hop. Walk n Skank hits Club 520 for their regular does of reggae, digital dub, jahtari and more (11pm-3am, £4 / £3). On Saturday 20th, Depthcharge host a Scenic Tones house special with label boss Julius Funkhouser and Tronicsole’s Steven Coyle (Ad Lib, 11pm-3am, £5), and Menergy hosts Slabs of the Tabernacle’s Brian d’Souza at the monthly italo disco and hi-nrg party, with free entry for drag queens (Stereo, 11pm-3am, £6)

Aberdeen and Dundee

Club: Chungo-Bungo & Dot to Dot
Venue: Snafu, Aberdeen
Date: Friday 19th August

Dot to Dot join forces with the Glasgow Chungo-Bungo crew for a reggae, electro, dub and dancehall special for the ‘deen. Grab your roots music fix!

Sounds like: CBPM001 - Sub Thursday by CHUNGO-BUNGO

11pm-3am, £4

Club: Bleep
Venue: Reading Rooms, Dundee
Date: Friday 19th August

Bleep return with a fresh cut of electronica beats from Light Nights, WeAreNotRobots, Steve ‘n’ Gord and UsualSuspect!

10.30pm-2.30am, £7 / £5 before 11.30am

Thursday, 4 August 2011

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

Featured Club of the Week: Substance
Venue: The Store, Edinburgh
Date: Saturday 6th August

Get a little techno in your life at the Festival special of Substance, spinning hard, minimal and on-trend techno. One half of Instra:mental, Boddika, joins the crew for a live set of Detroit-tinged electro and techno morphed into his own style. Support comes from Missaw, M. De Large, Dommm, Nostra Terra, and Gavin Richardson.

Sounds like: Free live 808 & 303 jam by Boddika aka.Instra:mental

10.30pm-5am, £8 / £7  


Club: Mad Caravan
Venue: Studio 24
Date: Friday 5th August

In this Festival special for Mad Caravan, Astroboy of Departure Lounge drops in for a set with Matei, Waapa and the Old Town Sessions, spinning gypsy and balkan beats, reggae, ska, latin and more, with live belly dancers and visuals.

11pm-3am, £6

Club: Telefunken
Venue: The Store
Date: Friday 5th August

Another Festival opening party; this time it’s Telefunken welcoming house gangster and second wave legend, DJ Sneak, to the fold for a 5am special. Grab the correct shoes for Chicago grooving and disco-filtering moves, as you need over 6 hours of maximum dancing efficiency!  

Sounds like: DJ SNEAK - MIX FOR RUSSIA MASTER by dj sneak

10.30pm-5am, £12 adv

Club: Musika
Venue: Liquid Room
Date: Saturday 6th August

Next up in the opening parties is Musika and even more funky house from a three hour Sasha set, supported by live beats from Guy Gerber. For a bit of Eden quality for the proceedings, Musika are opening the garden area – idyllic for smokers and sweating dancers alike! Support comes from Derek Martin and the residents.

Sounds like: Hate love (Guy Gerber & Varoslav 106 Dalmation Version) by guygerber

10pm-5am, £16.50 adv.

Club: Devil Disco Club 
Venue: Bongo Club
Date: Saturday 6th August

Devil Disco takes it deeper and a bit psychedelic with live electro-disco guest Lord of the Isles. Whether he is actually descended from an original Lord of the Isles in Scotland is up for debate, but his music as a fit for DDC is of no question. Support comes from the Trouble DJs and Giles Walker with more proto-house, NY, funk and acidic electronics. 

Sounds like: Lord Of The Isles - Time Traveller ep (forthcoming on Mad On The Moon) by Lord Of The Isles

11pm-5am, £7 / £6 after midnight / £5

Cab Vol host another Cab Vol Stars event with Picassio and Herr Flik on Friday 5th (11pm-5am, £5 / free before midnight), and Confusion is Sex take over the Bongo for techno and electro with an always themed twist (11pm-5am, £8). Bass Syndicate slam down on Sneaky Pete’s on the 6th, with electro, bass, breaks and heavy subs from G-Mac, Believe and Silver Storic (11pm-5am, £3 / £0 members), and Henry’s Cellar Bar hosts an Edinburgh Unsigned Tekno Showcase with Damaged Electronics, Alias23, Mic Sin, Stevoid and VJ Mavdog (11pm-3am, £5 / £3 before midnight) (£5 after 12). Round up with Ultragroove presents ‘House City Coalition’ with Bruce Nicholson (Moovn), Melvyn Dillon (Soulful Beats) and Stephen Rodgers (Elements of Sounds) on Saturday 6th at Cabaret Voltaire (11pm-5am, £8 / £5 students / £free before midnight).


Club: Rubadub is 19
Venue: Sub Club
Date: Friday 5th August

Not sure I entirely recovered from Rubadub is 18, but if you’ve got the stomach of steel for all that partying, head to the Subbie for a special performance by Chicago house legends, Virgo 4, making their live debut in Scotland. Making hit beats when I was still learning to write, they’re still rocking the dancefloors.

Sounds like: RH113-12 - Virgo Four - B2. Its a Crime by rushhourrecords

11pm-3am, £10

Round up
My, this will be a quick round-up. Glasgow is definitely looking lighter this week, but that’s probably because Edinburgh just opened up their licensing hours and capacities for the Festival. If you remain resolute to Glasgow, check out Squelch Vs Juice at the Soundhaus on Friday 5th, when two clubs go head to head for a tech-house and minimal double-team with Murfi, Baddison, Billy Shearer, Russell Carroll, Mista Fleck, Johnny Whyte, Mike Provan and more (10pm-3am, £tbc). Over at Nice ‘n’ Sleazy’s David Barbarossa’s Thing returns for two floors of disco, reggae and punk rock until 3am (11.30pm, £3), and Traktion takes Basura Blanca with guest DJ Kenny Campbell for house and techno deliverance with residents Colin Forbes and Chaz Johnston (10pm-2am, £5). On Saturday 6th Deathkill 4000 hosts their industrorock noise club with guest Kaskrute (Bloc, 10pm-3am, free).


Club: Dot to Dot and Everything Else Sucks
Venue: Snafu
Date: Friday 5th August

In the EES Summer Spectacular Part 2, they follow up their slammin’ set with Drop the Lime with Foamo, star of We Love… at Space Ibiza slicing up UK garage, tech-house, with a splash of trance rises, electro and more.

Sounds like: FOAMO - CELESTIAL MIXTAPE by Foamo

11pm-3am, £7 at Resident Advisor

Club: Trash Disco
Venue: The Forum
Date: Saturday 6th August

Get a further house top-up with DJs Kev Green and Sean Lynch at Trash Disco, who are having a We Love Ibiza special.

11pm-3am, £tbc


Club: Librarian’s Choice

Venue: Reading Rooms
Date: Friday 5th August

Barry on Safari is back behind the decks at Librarian’s Choice, accompanied by Fubbby for a bit of everything, from house to dnb and funk.

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

Club: Going Back To Our Roots
Venue: Reading Rooms
Date: Saturday 6th August

Ah the 90s… dancing to 20 Fingers and Prodigy at the primary school disco (always wondered how the DJ got away with it). If you fancy reliving your version of the early 90s, head to Going Back To Our Roots with a third birthday house special with the residents.

(I hope it) Sounds like:

10.30pm-2.30am, £10

Free tunes: Mondkopf

Really digging Mondkopf this year, and awaiting his album, Rising Doom, due October 3rd. Imagine Lo-Quality's delight when he decided to give one of the tracks for his upcoming release away for free!

Grab 'Song of Shadows' here, and stay tuned to his website, In Paradisum. You can also catch Mondkopf in Glasgow on 17th of September 2011, live at The Arches - more info on that soon. All gig details, releases, mixes and more are also available from In Paradisum.

Taste the dark and beautiful electronica beats! 

Oh, and enjoy his recent podcast for UK mag, Clash.

Free tunes: Kelevra

The free samples just keep coming! Next up on Aquasky's Monster Sounds label in conjunction with Loopmasters is Kelevra with jackin' tech and electro house. Grab your free samples and the promo mix, below.

10 free samples and a demo track available here:

  Kelevra 'Jackin Tech House' - Free Samples And Demo! by Monster Sounds

Exclusive ‘Project BlueBeam’ Mix:
  Kelevra 'Project BlueBeam' - Monster Sounds Mix 2011 by Monster Sounds
Download HERE

Track list
1: The Squatters ‘Mindsweeper (Black Noise Mix) – Champion
2: Kelevra Vs. Slave 2 Disco ‘So Cold’ ft. Pete Miles – Passenger
3: Jaimie Fanatic ‘Reprogrammed (Jay Robinson & Figure Mix) – Wearhouse
4: 601 ‘Brothers & Sisters’ – Passenger
5: Foreign Beggars ‘Still Getting It’ ft. Skrillex – Never Say Die
6: Aquasky ‘Take Me There’ ft. Diane Charlemagne – Passenger
7: Hostage ‘Energise’ – Part Like Us
8: 601 ‘Space Fury’ - Passenger


Kelevra lowdown from Monster Sounds:

Loopmasters and Monster Sounds are proud to release a fresh collection of sounds from the studio of Kelvera for producers of Jackin, Tech and Electro House music. Kelevra is a name that most people are now familiar with and if not by name then very likely due to his incredible productions and focus. He spearheaded the Jackin House scene and dabbled in the Fidget scene when it first evolved. During this era he created the Fidget Kingdom label and stamped his authority all over it with the labels debut release ‘Jak Music’ which he wrote alongside Whiskey Pete. The tunes kept on coming with cutting edge guests such as Micky Slim, Moston & Malente, Aniki, Klaus Hill, Jaimie Fanatic, Bill Eff, Breakdown and of course himself and Whiskey Pete. Over the past few years Kelevra has been pushing the bassline sound of house music through a wide variety of labels such as Wearhouse Music, Potty Mouth and Passenger and has been fortunate enough to have collaborated and remixed such artists as Bam Bam, Aquasky, Miles Dyson, DJ Dan, Blake Miller, Niki Belucci, Sharooz, Black Noise, Will Bailey, Hatiras and MC Flipside.

But he isn’t just a lover of the bassline... he is also heavily involved in the bumpin’ stripped back Tech House movement and has recently created the alias Temple Of Boom to really showcase this side of his production. And it is between these two posts, the rugged bassline energy of Kelevra past and the Jackin Tech House of Kelevra / Temple Of Boom future that we delve into his first sample pack for Monster Sounds under the tutoring of the scenes leader Loopmasters.

Jackin Tech House weighs in at an impressive 940MB and includes 780 24Bit samples, with 282 Loops between 125 – 128 Bpm, and 500 One Shot Samples. If you like to program your own parts you will be glad to hear that we have included 100 ready to play patches for Halion, EXS, Kontakt, SFZ and Reason NNXT Soft Samplers. Apple Loops, Reason Refill and Ableton Live versions are also available to purchase separately.

In detail this excellent sample pack includes 62 Bass Loops, 129 Split and Layered Drum Loops, 9 Guitar Loops, 52 Inspirational Music Loops, 30 Vocal Loops, 158 Single Shot Drum Samples, 34 Bass Hits, 13 Bass Multisamples, 34 Fx Sounds, 21 Sub Bass Samples, 12 Synth Multisamples, 19 Vocal One Shots, 112 Vocal Stabs and Phrases, plus 10 ready to play Drum Kits.

Kelevra presents Jackin Tech House is a heavy dose of fine productions skills from the mind of a scene leader. And keeping with the Monster Sounds artist release formula this pack features a guest vocalist from California by the name of Tory Davis.