feminine house and garage set along with Maggie (Joy) and Nicki (Fetish). Well worth checking. I Junction 69 at Riccarton Student Union. lOpm—3am. £1. Students and guests only. 24 Feb. Fortnightly. Drinks promos. All vodka 69p. Classic disco tunes from the 70s and 80s plus current chart stormers. I Katch at The Rocking Horse. llpm—3am. £3 (£2.50 with flyer). Price includes entry to The Cathouse and Nitrozone. Lively club with a playlist consisting mainly of 805 and 90s indie dance. I Kinky at The Citrus. 11pm—4am. £3. 2am curfew. Happy Hour llpm—midnight. Indie faves brought to you by the Teasage posse: Blur. Oasis. Gene. The Stone Roses, Suede. Elastica. I Marley’s Reggae Klub at The Cavendish. 10pm-4am. £3. The city's longest-running reggae night. with a playlist ranging through roots. ragga. lovers. heavyweight dub and dancehall. I Minus One at The Carlton Highland Hotel. 10pm—3am. £2.50 (free for members). A relaxed. very plush venue for the more mature seekers of night life. I Move at Riccarton Student Union. 10pm-3am. £1. Students and guests. Music with a theme. I llitrozone at The Rocking Horse. llpm—3am. £3 (£2). Grunge. hardcore. industrial and indie: think Therapy}. Nine Inch Nails. Skunk Annasie and Leftfield. Price includes entry to The Cathouse and Katch. I Partyceilidhdisco at Moray House. 10pm—3am. £2 (£1 for Heriot Watt. Edinburgh College of Art. Moray House and Galashiels students; free entry for all until 10pm). 24 Feb. Fortnightly. All drinks £1.40. Three hours of ceilidh. including live sounds from Bon Accord and three hours ofclassic disco. I Pure at The Venue. 10.30pm—3am. £5 (£3 members). Guest nights £7 (£5). Twitch and Brainstorm orchestrate a gorgeous sweep through Detroit and Chicago at this. one of Scotland‘s top techno institutions. Still one of the most sweaty and devoted crowds in Edinburgh. 24 Feb. Jeff Mills. that lightning-fast mixer of the most furious techno guests. Watch out for Claude Young. Derrick Carter and Fred Gianelli in future weeks. I Duest at M8. 10.30pm—4am. £5. Top~ notch banging hardcore from DJ Waxman and guests. I Reaction at The Subway. l lpm—3am. £2. Busy club playing chart and dance with a classic disco spot thrown at some point during the evening. I Red Hot Pepper Club 10pm—3am. £4 (£3). Mainstream and chart sounds. Students free with matric card.
9pm—2am. Students with matric card £l. guests £2. Weekly traditional student bash. Music policy is 60s. 70s. 80s. 90s and independent. to narrow things down a little.
I Sativa at The Vaults. lOpm—3am. £6 (£5 students/U840) £4 (members). 3 Mar. Fortnightly. Bonkers soundclash of hardcore techno. underground electronics from Massive Bereavement. dub and ambient from The Process. Featuring four sound systems. some wonderful art installations. live MCs and percussion. 3 Mar. live PA from Bandulu to assist the Sativa Collective‘s third birthday celebration. Please note that this is the club's last night in The Vaults. From Fri 24 Mar Sativa will be held at The New Calton.
I Seen at The Attic. llpm—3am. £4 (£3). 3 Mar. Monthly. New hip hop night (organised by Pat from Represent) featuring Al. Jode and Rufftone in the mix. Excellent guests lined up for future nigth including Edinburgh's own Under The Inﬂuence and DJ Pogo in May.
I Unplugged at Chambers Street House Student Union. 8pm—3am (doors close
‘There was a knock at the door around 12.30am, I went to the door and said ‘who is it?’ and he was like this: ‘lt’s Charles from down the street,’ and l was thinking: “I don’t know no damn Charles.” So I got nervous and went and got my gun . . . 1 opened the door . . . knowing something was about to happen . . .then a guy ran up from the bushes and just pulled the trigger on me.’
A violent random shooting. Hardly the
stuff of Detroit techno studio-head
culture (Underground Resistence excepted). Gangsta rap yes, but the low profile, publicity-shy knob- twiddling community, no. Yet late last November, Kenny Larkin, one of motor city’s brightest second generation hopes and ex-stand up comic, was the
victim of a shocking attack that rocked the electronic community to its very foundations.
Three months on, however, Larkin is buoyant. Blessed with an infectious sense of humour and an instinctive love of music and life, he’s coming back hard. ‘Metaphor’, his second album, is a strong follow up to 1993’s impressive ‘Azimuth’, and he’s just about to embark on a seven-month world tour with Carl Craig. ‘I knew I wasn’t gonna die . . . I mean I don’t have nightmares and I’m not scared to walk aboutthe house . . . ’ Kenny Larkin has not only survived to tell the tale, he’s now working on his most ambitious project to date. An album of pure electronic jazz (as Yennek) which promises to push the boundaries of techno into unchartered territories. Listen to cuts like Soul Man (on Metaphor) or Punk in Space (on Azimuth) and you’ll start to get the picture. Subtle improvisation bubbling under the gleaming surface of classic structured Detroit. Larkin is putting the groove back into electronic music with finesse.
DJing wise, Kenny (unlike many of his peers) doesn’t succumb to the hard and fast is best ethos. ‘1 like the more melodic techno and house and a lot of old stuff too.’ So while the warmest and deepest sounds of Detroit make a resurgence, Larkin has to be one of « the most downright likeable and charismatic (if battle-scarred) protagonists you could ever wish to find. (Bethan Cole)
Kenny Larkin DJs at La Belle Angele, Edinburgh on Friday 3 March and at
The Sub Club, Glasgow on Saturday 4 March. Metaphor is out now on 8&8.
2.30am). Students free. guests £1. Primarily concerned with showcasing live bands. but noteworthy for the eclecric club sounds in between.
I Boogie Wonderland at The Citrus. llpm—4am. £4 (£3). 2am curfew.
f Frothin‘. funkin‘ jam of disco. Motown and soul.
I Buster Browns 10.30pm-4am. 2am
5 curfew. £4 (£2.50 before 11.30pm). Dance
_ and upfrontchart sounds. I Roadrunner at Potterow Student Umon. ‘
I Century 2000 l().30pm—-3am. £5. See Fridays. I Cheek to Cheek at MS. l()pm--late. £5.
' Kitsch house. garage and 70s disco with
DJs A.J.. Martin Malone and Stuart J. in the chill out.
I Club Free at Negociants. 7pm—2am.
Free. Pre-club club with DJ 'J.P.'.
I Colours at The Vaults. 10pm~3am. Tickets £12 from Xile and The City Cafe. Membership available on the night. 25 Feb. Streetrave's new weekly extravaganza (in refurbished The Vaults) kicks off with Masters At Work — Kenny Dope Gonzales and Louie Vega — the former fresh from the massive success of The Bomb track. Guests on 4 Mar are old- school man Paul Trouble Anderson. Hacienda resident Jon Da Silva. and Jay Chappell. Watch out for Pete Heller. Ashley Beedle. Mike Pickering and John Digweed in future. Could this be Edinburgh’s answer to Cream'.’
I Desire at The Wide Awake Club.
I lpm—3am. £4 (£3). Chart music in the renamed Wilkie House.
I Dogtastic at 1.a Belle Angele. 11pm—3am. £5. 4 Mar. Fortnightly. Canine and canin’ style night from Andy
Williams and Scott Ferguson. Joyfully irreverent music policy mashing up tranced-out electrcnica with 80s pop flotsam. Watch out for visits from The Dust Brothers and Sabres Of Paradise in up and coming months.
I Disco Inferno at The Venue. 11.30pm—3am. 25 Feb. Fortnightly. Polished exponent of 70s revivalism. Two floors of bump 'n' hustle disco gloss. Extremely busy.
I Earth Inferno at The Rocking Horse. 10.30pm—3am. £3. Happy Hour until 12.30am. No rave. just out of the grave gothie and industrial sounds.
I The £99 at The Wee Red Bar.
1 lpm—4am. £3. Drinks promos. Solid gold easy-action sounds; more specifically indie. 60s. new wave and soul.
I Eternal at Chambers Street House Union. 8pm—3am (doors close 2.30am). Students free. guests £1. Chart sounds from the 60s to present day.
I FBI at Moray House. 11pm—3am. £3. 25 Feb. Fortnightly with Shaft. Eternally popular. young~at-heart club playing a plethora ofstyles falling into the indie bracket. Scuff those DMs one more time to Pavement. Senser and Oasis.
I Joy at The New Calton. 10pm—3am. £5 (£3 before midnight). Uplifting. packed- out gay night with a far healthier female
turnout than many. Maggie and Alan putting some serious ﬁnesse into the mix with an inspired selection of bumping house and garage. Scotland‘s answer to Heaven (in both respects).
I Katch at The Rocking Horse. 10.30pm—3am. £3 (£2). A veritable cornucopia of indie music from the 80s and 90s. in this busy weekly club.
I Latin Carnival at The Assembly Rooms. 8.30pm—3am. £10 (£7). 25 Feb only. The Club Latino posse: Simon. Chic and Fiona present a stunning evening of South American entertainment. Roberto Pla and his twelve-piece ensemble and Salsa outfit Tumbaito work up a frenzy of aural Latin syncopation. whilst the Passo A Passo dance troupe deal with the visual side of things. Food courtesy of Lupe Pintos and prizes for best costumes.
I Mambo Club at Cavendish. lOpm—4am. £4 (£3). Two floors with African. Latin. salsa. reggae. zouk. soca and calypso downstairs. and dub. lovers and dancehall upstairs. Sir Ossie dishing up the global grooves for the hot ‘n‘ sweaty assembled pleasure-seekers.
I Mi5 at The Attic. 11pm—3am. £3. 4 Mar. Fortnightly. Sister club to FBI playing a similar soaraway mix of Britpop and indie.
I Minus One at The Carlton Highland Hotel. 10pm—3am. £2.50 (free for members). See Fridays.
I The 99 Club at The Music Box. 10.30pm—3am. £4 (£3). Hedonistic fusion of funk. soul. 70s and chart. Strict door policy.
I Red Hot Pepper Club lOpm—3am. £4 (£3). See Fridays.
I Rock Orgasm at The Rocking Horse. 10.30pm—3am. £3. Climactic night of heavy guitar sounds.
I Rude at The Attic. llpm-4am. £3 (£2). 4 Mar. Fortnightly. Deep dubs. stepping ska and a well-friendly attitude. Worth checking.
I Shaft at Moray House. llpm-3am. £4. 4 Mar. Fortnightly. Sparkling. poptastic night of retro showcasing disco stunners from the 70s. 80s and 90s. Still packed out with wild and shameless disco lovers.
I Taxi at The Subway. llpm—3am. £2. Dave Stewart DJs with a mix of classic disco. chart and dance.
I Tribal Funktion at The Venue. llpm—3am. £5. 4 Mar. Fortnightly. Minimal Chicago and tribal New York rhythms upstairs. Blunted trip hop downstairs and light. imaginative decor. 4 Mar. DJ Digit and DJ Rasoul jet in from San Francisco. Expect four-deck simultaneous mixing and a soundtrack of deliriously sexy 90s disco. See preview. I Wide Open at The Shack. 9.30pm—4am. £6. 4 Mar. Monthly. Hot Chicago DJ and producer Paul Johnson (Djax.
Dancemania and Relief) pays a very
welcome visit to Edinburgh. Ifyou want to hear the hard. minimal and abstract new sound of Chicago. then do check this out. Johnson's tracks are currently winding up in the boxes of all the top house and techno DJs: from Terry Farley to Dave Clarke. John Jet and Rik (High Jinks) represent Edinburgh in the mix. Very highly recommended night.
I Yip Yap at La Belle Angele. llpm—3am. £5. 25 Feb. Fortnightly. Delicious. tuneful highs ahd superlative mixing from Gareth and David. Bitchin‘ garage. raw-edged house and a dressed- up. down-with-it crowd. The spirit of 1986 house incarnate. Jack your body.
I The Blue Room at The Cooler. 10pm—4am. £2. Deep and lovely ambience to embalm. soothe and stimulate. Lie back and soak up the decelerated drift. Fluffytastic!
I Bump ’n’ Crind at M8. 10.30pm-3am. £3 (free before midnight). Harvey. Jamie Mcleod and Forth FM‘s Kevin Jones play the uplifting selection of house and garage.
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