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Talent times two as The lengaheads bring Adam Freeland to Edinburgh
Jengaheads Ali Campbell and Martyn Henderson have created a tidy little niche for themselves as Glasgow's breakbeat evangelists. As premier ambassadors for nu-skool breaks, electro, house and techno, it was only a matter of time before one city became just too small to contain their awesome beats. Now The Jengaheads are taking matters into their own hands by bringing their popular new Glasgow residency to Auld .Reekie. Cause enough for celebration, so you may well be falling on your knees to thank the saviour because they bring with them none other than the mighty Adam Freeland.
After promoting their talents in London with a monthly residency at Home and sporadic guest appearances at Turnmills, The Jengaheads were keen to establish themselves once again on home territory. ’It had been a while since Ali and I had promoted our own nights,’ says Henderson. '50 we spoke to The Sub Club and they said they'd been keen for us to do something for a while there. The plan was basically to put on big guests from down south, people like Andy Weatherall, Paul Hartnoll and Adam Freeland.’ And the dream became a reality in February of this year with Electric Bogey at the Sub Club substitute venue Planet Peach.
The Jengaheads had previously secured Adam Freeland as a guest at their former night at The Arches on no less than three occasions, so the boys thought they might be pushing their luck when they asked him to appear at Electric Bogey. They last met up with the nu-skool breaks supremo, who's also one half of Tsunami One and the head of Marine Parade Records, at Scottish Homelands earlier this year. Henderson
Some 'jock: Adam Freeland does a terrible Scottish accent
remembers drunkenly saying: 'I know you’re massive now but can you come and play at our club again please?’ Ever accommodating for his Scottish allies, Freeland was only too happy to oblige.
’He's outstanding, an absolutely amazing DJ,’ says Henderson. 'Dodgy e-mails go back and forth all the time and when we do see him he's really friendly, although he does do these terrible Scottish accents.’ A busy man to pin down for a chat, Freeland flits between international gigs, the studio where he’s recording a new album project and the beach where he surfs the wild waves for relaxation. Via the information superhighway, Freeland has conveyed his excitement about his forthcoming dates in Scotland, saying: ‘I like the people, very warm and up for a wee swalley’. No doubt if we’d heard him say that it would have been in a terrible Scottish accent. (Catherine Bromley)
ll Electric Bogey, La Belle Ange/e (Venue 707) 225 7536, 77 Aug, 7 7 pm—5am, £6, Glasgow: Electric Bog/e, Planet Peach, 78 Aug, 7 7pm—3am, f8.
TRANCE ACT|O\ Return To The Source
Stimulation for body and mind with the Goa trance merchants
Question: what do you get if you cross two Scots, one Au55ie and an English man? Answer: purveyors of quality trance Return to the Source.
Trance mu5ic has always been part of the Scottish dance movement but has been hidden in the back clubs, away from the commercial dance scene. Purple Moon and Sativa set the tone for trance addicts' weekend gallivants on the east coast and Sublime, who host Return To The Source's Visit, continue the miSSion. In the late 90s, the mainstream picked up the term 'trance’ and catapulted it towards the commerCial dance music industry. 'The commerCial trance boom is great for us,’ says Phil Ross, one of the crew responSible for six years of trance mastery down in London. 'The scene used to be very underground, but one of the main reasons we put so much energy into it was that we were sure
that it was gomg to become mainstream.’ And the collective Return To The SOurce was spot on With their prediction: techno came and went, drum 8 bass arrived, techno came back again, trip-hop turned big beat but trance mu3ic has remained a constant over the years.
'The underlying ethos behind Return To The S0urce is a mistrust of c0nventional, organised religions,’ Phil explains. 'We don’t View Ourselves as a new religion, but we do see the dance floor as a sacred space where people come and celebrate life, reach states of natural ecstasy and basically let their hair down, in the same way as our Pagan ancestors.’
’We don’t ram it down people’s throats,’ he adds, ‘and to a casual observer it's another techno-trance party.’ On the trance floor of Return To The Source anything is possible — expect the unexpected. (Kit Gordon) til Return To The Source (Fringe) Teviot Row Union (Venue 74) 650 4403, 72 Aug, 9prn—5arn, [70 (E8 advance).
Boy George graces Edinburgh With his presence, alongSide regular Glen Guest, as the Stoke- on-Trent superclub makes a Festival appearance. Golden (Fringe) Teviot Row Union (Venue 74) 650 4403, 77 Aug, 9pm—5am, £70 (£8).
See prevrew, left. Electric Bogey, La Belle Ange/e (Venue 707) 225 7536, 77Aug, 77pm—5am, [6. Nature
Blackpool’s finest Ben DaVis, who records for masswely respected Paper Recordings, Joms The Sub Club’s Domenic behind the decks. Nature, The Attic, 225 8382, 77Aug, 77pm—5am, E6. Pillbox
Tonight’s main guest is banging German technohead Commander Tom, but we can a55ure you that the fun doesn’t stop there. Pillbox, Studio 24, 558 3758, 7 7 Aug, 70.30pm—5am, E8 (E6).
Sick, sad or Just plain bad? Make up your own mind as the Barry Cabanas crew pull out all the stops for a Festival frenzy of crazy cabaret. Barry Cabanas, The Liquid Room (Venue 773) 225 2564, 72 Aug, 70.30pm—5am,
E 6 (E 5); £4 for F dressers. Headspin
With a stated misSion to put the fun back into funky, beats ’n’ breaks crew Headspin welcome four-deck Wizards DANMASS, aka Mr Dan and Massimo. Headspin (Fringe) The Bongo Club (Venue 743) 558 7604, 72 Aug, 70.30pm—5am. [7.
Return To The Source See preView, left. Return To The Source (Fringe) Teviot Row Union
(Venue 74) 650 4403, 77 Aug, 9pm—5am, £70 (£8).
Edinburgh’s drum 8 bass ambassadors Manga welcome Peshay, who redefined the genre With last year’s acclaimed Miles From Home. Manga, La Bel/e Ange/e (Venue 707) 225 7536, 77 Aug, 7 7pm—Sam, E70 ([8),
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