Imagine a world beyond the petty differentiation of terms like ‘garage’ and ‘techno’. A place where you could dig deep pulsing grooves, soulful vocals and hypnotic trance. A chance to reach back into the spirit of 1986 when good dance music was simply termed house. This is the world of Felix Ba llousekatt and his debut album ‘By Dawn’s Early Light’ is gonna rock your body, mess up your emotions and warp your mind all at once. ‘Ilouse music is just house music, I hate these damn categories.’ Felix drawls his musical agenda with the same slowbum assurance that drives the passionate minimalism of tracks like ‘Tha Mental Blowout’. ‘Labels wanna make you easy to market by categorising you. It’s all about the money. If I make a track that sounds real crazy I won’t change it for any
The result of this no compromise ethic is an album that reaches way back into the original 86-88 house groove of Fellx’s native Chicago with an up-to-the-minute trance sensibility. From the yearning ‘any day now’ mantra of ‘Wet Wednesday’, to the low-down apocalyptic ambiance of ‘Ilevelation’, ‘By Dawn’s Early Light’ figures the calculated seduction of techno by funk. on and Marshall Jefferson has tipped it as a landmark album.
‘I did “Phantasy Girl” (classic acid cut) with lid Pierre when I was fifteen. A couple of years later we were round at Marshall’s one day playing video
i games. Anyway I beat him and got to play him my demo as a result. Then we
did Lovetraxx 1990 together.’
Felix Is unfazed by his close relation to disco aristocracy, opting to tour Britain rather record an album with Marshall. Ile saves his enthusiasm for the guest for mind-bending grooves: ‘l was playing “Ba Mindf“k” in a club in Blackpool and I just drove it right down into the dirt. People were lust going wild. I had to mellow it out, it got too much for them. I don’t do drugs, for me the music is enough.’ A true old school spirit with a wired house vision. Let yourself be moved. (Bethan Cole)
Felix Ba llousekatt plays live and 0.13 at Atlantis, The Sub Club, Glasgow on 16 April. ‘By Dawn’s Early Light’ under the name Thee Madkatt Courtship is out now on Deep Bistraxion.
llegular weekly clubs plus one-off events are listed by city, then by day, then alphabetically by title. Clubs will be listed, provided that up-to-date details reach our offices at least seven days before publication. Club Listings gompiled by Rory Weller and Bethan
I Active at The Tuxedo Princess. 9pm—3am. £6 (£3 before 10pm. £5 after 10pm with flyer). No curfew. Techno hardcore. .
I The Ark at The Tunnel. lOpm—3am. £5 (£3). Pumping house and garage grooves. Michael Kilkie and Scott McKay in bar 1. Duncan Reid and Steven McCreery in bar 2. Pete Tong fresh from his Sound City duties his the decks on 8 April. £6 (£5). Be early. the last time Tong played the Tunnel 400 people didn't make it in.
I Axis at Club Inter. 10.30pm—3am. £6 non members (£4 members). ‘Trancey. ambient. heavy. hardcore mix‘ with D] Lewis.
I Banus 10.30pm—3am. £6. DJ Paul Mulholland playing commercial dance.
I Bar 10 9pm—midnight. Free. A laid back (but very loud) soul-based set from Stevie Donaldson with various guests dropping in from week to week.
I Bennet’s l 1pm—3am. £4. Busy gay night with DJ Sara.
I Big Deal at The Garage. 10.30pm—3am. £3.50 (£2.50). House. trance. soul and disco from Divine of Art School Saturday fame.
I The Cathouse 10pm—3am. £3 (£2.50 with ticket). Well respected rock- orientated night reaching capacity at the weekends. Industrial/rock downstairs and studenty stripey tigth upstairs. Now with mainstream chart sounds from DJ Craig
(The Garage) on yet another ﬂoor.
I Cleopatra’s llpm—3am. £6.
I Club Xchange llpm—3am. £4. Gay. brash. trashy and fun as ever with Ms Club X'. Karn . Happy Hour llpm-12.30am. all drinks £1 and £1.25 Becks promotion all night.
I Crash at The Cotton Club. 10pm-3am. £4 (£2.50 with matric card). A lush mix of happy sounds packing the place week after week.
I llolly Mixture at Reds. Strathclyde University Union. 9pm—2am (doors close 1am). £1 (free before 10pm). Students and guests. Tam Coyle putting together a ‘credible’ assortment of sweet student sounds.
I Fluid at R.G.‘s. 8pm—midnight. Free. DJ Kev with a tasty selection of garage. house and club classics.
I Frantic at Floozy’s. 10pm-3am. £5 (£3 before 1 1pm with a Floozy’s discount card). DJ Dave Young and Mike Costa. I llelter Skelter at Eruption. 10.30pm—3am. £3. Long-serving rock/indie night.
I Katch at The Cathouse. Studio 3. 10pm—3am. £3 (£2.50/£1.50 with ticket). The Katch boys pedalling their blend of indie/studenty/good time vibes.
I Knucklehead in the Vic Bar at Glasgow School of Art. 9pm-late (doors close 1am). £2.50. A sweaty night from the dubfunking Blue Juice boys Johnny and Hamish. See Rock listings for special Sound City events.
I Luna at Caledonian University Union. 9.30pm—3am. £3. New regular dance club in this criminally underused venue, with Ultrasonic kicking it off on 8 April (£5) and Sublime on the 16 April.
I Beds 10.30pm—3am. £4 (£3 for students before 11.30pm). ‘Chunky funk. deeliteful disco and groovy garage!’ With DJ Paul N'Jie. Becks £1 all night or until they run out.
I Betro at The Hive. 10pm—2am. £2. Students and guests. 70s and 80s sounds with DJ Trax.
I Rhapsody llpm—3am. £5 (£2). All drinks £1.50. Stevie Sleepman and Graham Wilson with a fine mix of hip hop. garage. house and funk.
I Shag at Fury Murry’s. 10.30pm—3am. £4 (£2 before 1 1pm). The ultimate crap student night. the one which lowers the standards to which all others must stoop -— and it’s still unfeasibly popular!
I Slam at The Arches. 10.30pm—3am. £6. Underground, upfront. technologically- minded dance music from Stuart and Orde. the biggest names this side of Hadrian‘s wall. Celebrating their second birthday on 8 April with a Soma records showcase: Rejuvination and Desert Storm . . . and the Brand New Heavies after show party.
I Sonic The Indie Club at Rooftops (Secrets Lounge). 10pm—3am. £2.50 (£1.50 before 11.45pm). Indie club (as you might imagine) with £1 pints of lager on ta .
I Soundclash Ilepublic at The l3th Note. 8pm—midnight. Free. Attracting a good crowd every week. DJs Andy. Joe and Iain take you on a ‘pre-club trans dub ambient journey to the ultraworld‘. Also check out the Soundclash gang at Glasgow School of Art every other Thursday.
I Taste at Underground. lOpm—3am. £5. Luscious dance toons in the venue that was Johnny Rockets (although thankfully. revamped). Clubtastic big name frenzy
with Yogi Haughton on 8 April and Ege Bam Yasi on 15 April.
I The Volcano 10.30pm-2.30am. £4 (£3). Packed night of mainstream dance. rap. funk and pop with DJ Alan Ronald.
I Who Loves Ya Baby? at Sunset Boulevard. 1 Ipm—3.30am (no curfew). £5 (£4). A bald. lollipop sucking kind of club from purveyors of hard house. Kiltie and Reilly.
I Atlantis at Sub Club. 1 1pm—3am. £6. Stuart, Orde and Ham' taking us on ‘sub- aquatic excursions into the deepest nether regions of contemporary sounds. textures and ball-busting bass lines’. Felix da Housekatt playing live and DJing on 16 April. See preview.
I Bar 10 9pm—midnight. Free. Socialise to the mellow sounds of DJ Nick Peacock. With occasional guests.
I Banus 10.30pm—3am. £7. George Bell with his upfront dance and regular guest DJs.
I Bennet’s llpm—3am. £5. Gay. With Roddy Stewart the busiest shopkeeper/musiciale around.
I Cafe loco at The Arches. llpm—3am. £6. Glasgow‘s busiest (if not only) cabaret club continues to find ways to keep your mind off the real world. Two-years-old on 9 April and celebrating in a woody style with ‘Mischief la Bois' — fun with wood. Ethereal playing live on the 9 April and the Skuobie Dubh Orchestra on 16 April.
I The Cathouse 9.30pm—3am. £4 (£3.50/£3 before llpm). Sweaty rock- orientated club on two ﬂoors. with early opening and specially cheap drinks till
1 1pm. Trad rock upstairs and contemporary rock downstairs.
I Cleopatra's llpm—3am. £6.
I Club Inter 10.30pm—3am. £8 (£7). 'Glasgow’s newest dance venue‘. Hardcore dance with live PAs.
I Club Xchange llpm—3am. £5. Gay club with upfront dance tunes from DJ ‘Suave’ Gav. Happy Hour llpm—12.30am.
I Divine at Glasgow School of Art.
1 1pm—late. £2.50. The very best psychedelic/garage/soul/60s in the Vic Bar.
I Dream Sequence at Rooftops (Secrets Lounge). 10.30pm-3am. £2.50. Long established indie night with a friendly vibe.
I Eruption Techno llight at Eruption. 10.30pm-3am. £5. With regular live PAs. I Fire at Underground. 10pm-3am. £5. Regular weekly dance club with DJs Mike C. from the Hype Collective and Tosh.
I Foreplay at the CCA. 8.30pm—midnight. Now returned, with DJ
so The List 8—21 April 1994