.llm Byers spins the Phactfile wheel onthis Issqe’s dance-music makers.
I Name? Incognito.
I Age? It‘s ﬁfteen years since the name Incognito first appeared on record with their debut album Jazz Funk.
I Who they? One of Britain’s most vibrant, successful R ’n’ 8 acts.
I What do they do Head Incognito bod Bluey Maunick and his cohorts produce a classic British version of soul. R ’n’ B, swing and vocal-based funk.
I Say what? You heard. Basically. they’re a cool funky bunch that deserve much respect.
I How come? Well. quite apart from being one of the best live acts around, Incognito also know a thing or two about the value of an astute remix.
I Tell me more. Like Jamiroquai (Morales mixes) or The Brand New Heavies (Graeme Park mixes) they know who to get in touch with when they need to add that authentic (and extremely lucrative) ‘banging club mix’ which goes down so well on the nation’s dancefloors.
I But what’s so special about that? Generally speaking, clubbers like nothing better than hearing mainstream chart stuff that has been reworked for the dancefloor.
I Why? It allows them to like songs that they wouldn‘t normally confess to liking. For example, recent unlikely artists who‘ve come out of the club remix smelling of roses are Simply Red ('Fairground’ by Rollo and Sister Bliss), Bobby Brown (‘Two Can Play That Game’ by K~Klass), Everything But The Girl (‘Missing’ by Todd Terry), Jamiroquai (“Space Cowboy’ by David Morales) or Janet Jackson (‘When I Think Of You' by Deep Dish)
I So what you’re saying is that all these people are rubbish without the hand of god treatment from the trendy club guys? Kind of, yeah. Nobody in any half-decent club really gives a toss about ginger bonce Mick Hucknall until he gets remixed by the likes of Rollo.
I So that's why Incognito are so successful then? Luckily for them, they’ve got the tunes to go with the cool remixers.
I llame some then. Try the awesome ‘Always There’ featuring Jocelyn Brown on vocals and the mighty Masters At Work on the mix. Or the timeless ‘Givin It Up’ with Roger Sanchez twiddling the right knobs. Or check the equally excellent new single ‘Out Of The Storm' with a blinding remix from Detroit’s Carl Craig. Incognito play the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 1 9 Oct, with special guest Courtney Pine.
Mark Moore, ‘rhe S'Express man guests at Burger Oueen's 3rd birthday, Sat 26 Oct, Club Mercado
EDINBURGH CLUB lISTINGS CONTINUED FRIDAYS
I The Peppermint lounge at R]. Lyles. 9pm—lam. Free. Uplifting house with the Fresh l)Js. Pre-club.
I Planet Earth at The Citrus. llpm~3am. £4. Happy Hour cocktails Ilpm—midnight. New Romantics. punks. glam rockers and disco freaks relive the era that others try and forget.
I Pure at The Venue. I().3()pm——3am. £4 members. £6 non members without guest DJs. £5 members. £7 non members with guest DJs on two floors. £8 tnembers. £ 10 non members with guest l)Js on all three floors. I8 ()ct. Weekly. ()ne of the finest house and techno nights in the UK. David Holmes and Ron Trent guest. See Ilit List. I Reaction at The Subway. l [pm—321m. £2 (free for students with matriculation card). Weekly mix oi'chart. dance and classic diSCO.
I Roadrunner at Potterrow Students Union. 9pm—2am. £1 students. £2 guests. Happy Hour 9.3()—l().3()pm. After school music for independant kids and occasional exciting happenings upstairs. I numbeando at Walkers. l()pm--3am. £4 (£3). 18 ()ct. Fortnightly. A new venue (with new management. new PA and new dancefloor) for this popular night of Latin dance produced by the Thelonius team. Expect the usual modern salsa. merengue and samba plus free dance classes (at I()pm) with Alba Higgins from Dance Base at the Assembly Rooms.
I Silky at Royal Chimes. l().3()pm—3am. £6 members. £8 non members. £ I() with guest l)Js. Garage and hard house.
I Soul City at The Attic. I lpm—3am. £4. 25 Oct. h'lonthly. Happy Hour
I lpm-midnight. Selected drinks £ I. Soul. Motown, Northern Soul. Stax. ska and mod. Popular night with a slightly older crowd.
I Souied Out at Club Mercado. llpm—3am. £6. I8 ()ct. Monthly. New 70s and 80s soul night fora slightly older crowd.
I Soul train at The Venue. l().30pm—3am. £5. 25 ()ct. Fortnightly. Soul. disco. Motown etc . . . on the top floor at The Venue.
I Space Shanty at The Attic. I Ipm—3am. £4. Happy Hour IIpm—midnight. I8 ()ct. Fortnightly. Edinburgh‘s finest full-on. funked up. doped up. trip hop. Chemical beats club. A night of hedonistic behaviour and electro-hop tunes supplied by DJs Andy and Believe (Digital Biscuit).
I Speeder at The Wee Red Bar.
I Ipm—3am. £3. Edinburgh's only real alternative indie club. as recently recommended by Jo Wiley and Mark Radcliffe.
I Sublime at Wilkie House. l()pm—3am. £5 members. £7 non members. Membership available on the night. l8
Oct. Fortnightly. Residents Billie Caldwell. ldge and Kev Wright at this top quality hard house/trance night. Anyone interested in making their own records should contact Sublime's Little Buddha studio on 668 3043.
I Stormin’ Norman P.J. Lyles. 9pm—lam. Free. Trance. techno and Goa with Fly and Norm.
I “ELF. at Club Mercado. 5pm—l()pm. Free. Friday nights have changed forever thanks to Ilappy Hour 5—6.3()pm. £l drinks. £ l0 bottles of champagne and great. nostalgic music courtesy of Trendy Wendy who manages to get the dancefloor packed and jumping as early as 6pm.
I Voodoo Chile at The Rocking Horse.
I Ipm—3am. £3. Price includes entry to Cathouse and Katch. Full of lovely boys and girls headbanging to classic heavy metal.
I Zodiac at The Honeycomb. I Ipm—3am. 1.30am curfew. £6 members; £7 non members. I8 ()ct. Monthly. House in the main room with Yogi Haughton. Huggy. Murray Richardson and Scott Gallagher. Swing. disco. garage and old skool classics through the back.
I 3PM at the Music Box. 7—l()pm. £5. Under-18s night playing a wide range of chart and dance sounds.
I Burger Queen at Club Mercado. I().3()pm—late. £12 on the door. 26 ()ct. Fortnightly. Craig. lluggy and Stella Superstar are joined by Mark Moore for their third birthday party. What to say‘? Get there at least a day early. dress as stylishly and expensively as possible and you might get to join the champagne supernova set inside. See Hit List.
I The Cavendish 9pm-3am. £5. ()ver 25s only. Smart dress. Live bands every week. I Century 2000 I Ipm—3am. £5. See Fridays.
I CIA at Moray House. I Ipm—3am. £4. 19 Oct. Fortnightly. New indie night run by the FBI crew playing Kulashaker. Bluetones. Garbage etc . . . With DJ Lee (FBI).
I Clouds at The Venue. 6.3()—I()pm. £3 (£2 members). Weekly. New under 18s night with DJ Crosby guestittg. Strictly unlicensed. Membership guarantees entry. I Colours at Club Mercado. l lpm—4am. £8 members. £ 10 non members. Membership applications and club information on 01698 276 866. I9 ()ct. Fortnightly. Junior Boys ()wn characters Rocky & Diesel check in fora five-hour set of vocal garage and underground house with an occasional hard edge. Should be excellent.
I Deep at Studio 24 (formerly Calton Studios). I Ipm—3am. £4. I9 ()ct. Fortnightly. Deep house upstairs.
I Disco Inferno at The Venue. I().3()pm—3am. £6. I9 ()ct. Fortnightly. Your regular disco hosts MC ()tis and DJs Love and Nick Silver with three burning floors of hot disco action.
I Earth Inferno at The Rocking Horse. l().3()pm—3am. £3. Happy Hour tutti] 12.30am. Goth and industrial sounds.
I East Coast Project at Henry's Cellar Bar. 1 Ipm—3am. Band on stage at midnight. £4 (£3). New hip hop. soul and jazz night with l)Js Eh? Wun. Joseph and Unkle Fawazjoined by various East Coast Project musicians including Nicola King (ex Captain Shifty). Rose'anne (Coco And The Bean). Stevie Christie and David Donnelly (Freshly Squeezed). Small place. gets busy. good atmosphere though. I The Egg at The Wee Red Bar.
I l.3()pm—4am. £3. Drinks promos. Indie. 60s. new wave and soul.
I Energise at Subway. llpm—3am. £2. Various party sounds.
I Extra Width at the Jaffacake.
I lpm—3am. £4. 26 Oct. Fortnightly. New night offering slightly harder sounds to FBI upstairs.
I FBI at the Jaffacake. I loin—3am. £4. 26
catch the best Edinburgh Clubs this fortnight.
I Burger Queen Third birthday celebrations for the pretty Burger Queen boys. Dubbed the ‘Best Club In Britain’ by DJ Magazine back in ’93, they‘ve since gone on to DJ all over the UK, as well as in Ibiza and Hong Kong. They’ve also remixed a couple of Blondie tunes and recorded for Ministry Of Sound. Love ’em or loathe ’em, they’ve certainly done well fer themselves. Get there earlier than early and dress up big style. Club Mercado, Sat 26 Oct.
I LTJ Bukem What more to say about Bukem? With Goldie and Metalheadz leading jungle into darker territory, it’s Bukem and his Logical Progression crew who are concentrating on the melodies and the subtleties of their art. With his righthand man MC Conrad by his side they make an amazing pair. If you go to one night this fortnight make sure it’s this one. Wilkie House, Tue 29 Oct.
I [lit Second birthday for Lift. Misjah (one half of the Dutch duo behind ‘Access’, one of the biggest tunes of the year so far) makes a rare appearance behind the decks to mark the occasion. DOM (Stay Up Forever) play live, while Lift residents Ewan and Paul provide the backup with their usual blend of trance and funky techno. Wilkie House, Fri 25 Oct.
I Pure Irish bloke David Holmes and Prescription Records’ Ron Trent : join Twitch and Brainstorm and the mental Pure faithful for cutting-edge house and techno. The Venue, Fri 18 Oct.
I Joy Alan and Maggie make an eagerly-awaited return with a new montth excursion at Wilkie House. With support from Trendy Wendy. Wilkie House, Sat 1 9 Oct.
Oct. Fortnightly. Exceptionally popular indie club on three floors at its new home. I Fiesta Latina at Teviot Row. 9.30pm—2am. Last admission midnight. £3 students; £4 non students. 19 Oct. Monthly. First established in I992 now attracting hundreds to each night. With salsa, merengue. cumbia and lambada etc . . . For Latin dance classes call Alba on 652 0310.
I le Freak at The Attic. 10.30pm—3am. £4. 26 Oct. Fortnightly. New home for this increasingly popular night of 70s disco.
I Grease at Moray House. I lpm—3am. £3 (£2). 26 Oct. Fortnightly. Funky-pop and dance. With drinks promos.
I llalta at the Jaffacake. I lpm—3am. £4. 19 Oct. Fortnightly. Mainstream chart dance at this new night. Be warned though, this night is aimed at rugby club types and some serious liver damage is inevitable.
08The List I8-3I Oct I996