Catch the best Glasgow Clubs this fortnight.
I Pure A new venue for Pure's west coast outings — hopefully the feeling that it's an event is still there. The line up is Kenny Dixon Jr (Detroit). Eddy de Clercq (Holland). K Hand (Detroit) plus the inimitable Twitch and Brainstorm. While this lot ﬁght it out in room one. room two is occupied by Dave (Sativa) and Tobias Schmidt (Telepathic). Finally. Dribbler and The Bill provide their own eclectic mix in room three. The Arches. 23 Mar only.
I Star Dlscothek lll Gemini. aka Speney Kincy (Cajual. Relief Records. Planet E). is the guest star on this hugely successful series of hard American dance nights hosted by residents J‘ilkes and Ha’t‘ch (Knucklehead). Glasgow School Of Art . 29 Mar only.
I Cream While Glasgow Creams are big. this one has the added attraction of being a Junior Boys Own special night. There's a strong JBO line up featuring Rocky & Diesel. Terry Farley. Pete Heller. Kevin McKay and CJ Macintosh. For the lowdown on McKay. check out Frontlines. The Arc/res. 30 Mar and monthly.
I Unity Reggae With Unity Reggae (Club Mandela and Mambo in Edinburgh) the busiest night in Giasgow‘s Venue. it seemed only right to move it to the Friday. 29 Mar. Nico Jr appearing live. The
I Kenny Larkin at The Arena. llpm-3.3()am. 23 March only. This Detroit dance guru‘s conversation opener is to show where he got shot. A night of blistering tunes and body wounds.
I Maxaluna s)pm-close. Free. Lisa mixing tip house and garage.
I Mojo’s 9pm—midnight. Free. DJ Nick bringing you the renowned Mojo vibe: retro stuff with a 90s feel and 90s stuff with a retro feel.
I Mundo Latino at The Corner. 8.30pm-midnight. Free. Club Havana presents three hours of non-stop. tip-to- the-minute salsa. merengue. samba. reggae. flamenco lambada from DJ Jazz. Tapas tortilla gratis.
I Natural Born Clubbers at Club Xchange. llpm-3am. £6 (£4). Gay club
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with upfront dance tunes. Drinks promos. I October Cafe Spin—close. Free. House and garage Dis Mark and Jason plus drinks promos.
I The One at The Hive. Glasgow University Union. l()pm—Zam. £3. (Students and guests only) Mainstream chart.
I Pure at The Arches. ‘).3()pin—~lam. £13. 23 March only. A new venue for Pure's west coast outings. but hopefully the feeling that it‘s an event is still there. The line up is Terence Parker (Detroit). liddy de Clercq (Holland). K Hand (Detroit) plus the inimitable Twitch and Brainstorm. While this lot fight it out in Room ()ne. Room Two is occupied by Dave (Sativa) and Tobias Schmidt (Telepathic). Finally. Dribbler and The Bill provide their own eclectic mix in Room Three.
I Bat Trap l().3()pm~3am. £3. Rock.
I Beds 11pm—3am. £6 (£4). A packed tiight specialising in mainstream dance. funk. rap and house with DJ Sktid and Graham. Intimate. smart and friendly.
I Rhapsody llpm—3am. £7 (£5). Robin Burrows with an eclectic clubby mix.
I Shoosh at R.G.'s. Spitt--iiiidiiight. Free. DJ Chris with housey choons for the Saturday warm up session.
I Sub Club 10.30pm—3am. £3. ()n the cusp of celebrating ten years of quality Subby clubbing llarri. ()scar and Dominic get deep and hard.
I Toasted at the ()MU. ‘)pm—2ani. £2.50 (£2). DJ Toast popping up again for chart dance and indie. Regular drinks promos. I Triumph at The Tunnel. l0.30pm-—3ani. £6 (£4). An epic voyage through Italian and UK house. presented by Colin Tevendale and Steven McCreery. In Room 2 Kevin McFarlane offers up a different vibe with an eclectic mix of soul. funk and dance classics.
I Velvet Rooms ‘)pm--late. £7 (£5) (reduction before 10.30pm). Across the board mix with DJ Skud.
I Wild at Cotton Club. llpm—3ani. £6 (£4 students). Commercial dance and pop. £1 bottled beer.
Sundays I Area 51 at Nice 'n‘ Sleazy. ‘)pm--late. 'l‘echnoish night with local guest DJs. 24 March. The Borg plus the lovely Jill Mingo. 31 March. Dave Sativa and Nick Dempsey (Kemikal Hed).
I Aqua Planet at The Volcano. llpm—2.30am. £3. Already an institution. Mark Ryal (UK Gold). Simon Coulson (The Sauna) and Cris Biguzzi (just about everywhere) combine forces for a night extolling the 'quality underground vibe‘. Vodka mix and Rolling Rock £l.
I Baby Grand 9pm—midnight. Free. Andy Young with an acid jazz night.
I Bennet’s llpni—3am. £l. Gay. All beers and spirits £l. DJ John Frazer with commercial dance and pop.
I Boogiemania at The Attic. 10.30pm—3am. £2 (£1). DJ Graeme with a varied mix ofclub classics. Drinks promos.
I Blackfriars Sunday at Blackfriars Underground. 8.30pm—midnight. Free. RAD with their usual varied underground dance vibe. ‘no strict music policy. strategy or style.’
TECHNO CLUB PURE DEAD BRILLIANT
The problem with Pure’s regular forays into Glasgow from a journalistic point of view - and the joy of them from the punters’ - is that you never know quite what to expect. Take their latest journey, off to The Arches for the first time with veteran disc jockey Eddie de Clercq and Edinburgh’s young techno turk, Tobias Schmidt, both lined up to play.
Dutchman de Clercq has been behind the decks for 26 years. He was resident DJ at the Paradiso Club in Amsterdam back in the early 805, after dropping disco from his repertoire when the likes of James Last made it too commercial. flow he cites people as diverse as Junior Vasquez, Lenny Dee, Derrick May and Laurent Garnier as heroes.
Schmidt - at the age of 26'— has an equally mixed bag of musical inﬂuences. He comes from an industrial noise background, listening to bands like Coil, and says he was never tempted to DJ as he couldn’t afford the records or the time. Instead he spent hours playing around with reel-to-reel and four track machines before linking up with fellow Edinburgh musicians lleil Landstraum and Dave Being to learn about the delights of the Roland 202 and 101 synthesisers.
’I always improvise. I couldn’t do anything twice,’ claims Schmidt while watching Take That’s studied performance on Top 0! The Pops. ‘1 don’t set up a structure before
Eddie de Clercq: 26 years behind the decks
playing. It’s just there in my head. Quite often some of the best bits happen when something goes wrong which puts me on the spot.’
Although Schmidt has been toying with tunes on recent tracks, his real love is of strange noises and the use of rhythm. ‘The thing about using rhythm is you can increase the intensity without making the music louder or adding extra things,’ he says. ‘Making changes creates space with the rhythm and the music can shoot right off.’ I
Pure say their move to The Arches is fuelled by a desire for change. With three different dancefloors in five arches, and Kelly Hand, Kenny Davis Jr and Dave Tarrida joining Pure residents Twitch and Brainstorm, one thing will certainly remain constant: the club’s ability to surprise. (Thom Dibdin)
Pure, The Arches, Glasgow. Sat 23 Mar, 9pm—3am. £13.
I Bubblelicious at Reds. llpni—3am. £6 (£3). Cltib classics. disco anthems and all drinks £1 all night. Ainiable smart crowd not putting too much emphasis on hitting the floor.
I Club Mouth at the l3th note. Spin- midnight. Free. lndie and alternative sounds from Mark Percival of Radio Scotland and XFM (London) fame.
I Fuddrukkers at Cleopatra's. 10.30pm-—2.30am. £3 (£2 with ticket). Disco. pop and 60s party vibes.
I Heaven at The Hall Club. 11pm -3am. £5 (£4). DJ Angel bringing the weekend to a close with house. garage. dance. trance and giveaways.
I Interpol at Nico's. Spin-close. Free. Paul Cawley from Phar ()ut playing 'easy listening and cosmic jan'. llalf price Martinis and cheap cocktails.
I loaded at Fury Murry's. Ilpni ~3ani. £3. All spirits plus mixer 99p. Pints of Coors £1.50. Fury's stalwarts Craig and Jim with a high calibre night to close the weekend.
I lube at The 13th Note. Spin —inidnight. Free. l.tll'l. and Mann supply the drum and bass soundtrack for people whose weekend doesn’t end on Sunday morning. I lube cont at Sub Club. llpni—3ani. £5. 31 March only. After Bukem's success last month. Lube returns with another top guest. Wax Dr (Metelheadz. Talkin' Loud) plus l.ar7.. Mann and Common Gate. Jazzy drum and bass.
I Passion Cage at The Rat Trap. l()pm—3an. £6.50. 31 March and monthly. Scotland's only dedicated fetish club continues. Trance/techno in the main hall. goth /punk upstairs plus fetish market and
playroom. Compulsory fetish dress code. Rubber. PVC. leather. bondage. body paint. fantasy. etc.
I Rat Trap 10.30pm -3am. £2. Rock.
I Shirley’s Temple at Archaos.
l 1ptn—-3.30atn. £5 (£3). A trippy mix of camp theatricals and hard house soundtrack from the i'ad.aht \ls .r\is',on and Bob.
I Sorted at the (‘athouse 10.30pm 3am. £2 (£1.50). lndie/ alternative vibe in the new (‘athouse Drinks [‘t‘ntlltis.
I Sunday Service at .\1a\aluna_
()lilll close. Free. Ali (‘ (that nionk of funk) with a dance based eclectic llll.\.
I Suck My Disk at Mojo‘s. ‘)piii-»-midnight. Free. ‘()nc basement under a groove' with DJ Kenny digging out the best Slls underground dance tracks.
I Velvet Rooms 9pm vlate. £2 (reduction before 10.30pm). Across the board mix froin DJ Alan Ronald. £1 all drinks.
I The Boat at the (.‘aletlonian Princess. 10.30pm -3ani. Massively popular commercial student night with floating club. rotating dancefloor and cheap drinks.
I Cleopatra’s l().30pm--3am. £2 (£1 with ticket). (iary llnett and a mix of mainstream pop and dance.
I Club X at Club Xchange. l().30pm~3am. £2. Gay. House and garage. £1.25 all drinks.
I Speedracer at The Attic (formerly the Cameo Suite). 10.30—3ani. £2 (£1). Steven mixes tip a few indie-dance classics and retro tunes.
74 The List 22 Mar-4 Apr 1996