Jim Byers bows down and gets his nose dirty in homage to the living house legend that is Tony Humphries.
Name Tony Humphries. Age 39.
Born Brooklyn, New York.
Occupation One of the greatest, most respected house DJs on the planet. Before that, he was a journalist at the New York Daily News and before that, a lowly mobile DJ.
I suppose he's one of these ‘godfathers of house' is he? Tony Humphries is one of the first-generation DJs, who helped make the transition from disco to house in the late 70s and early 805.
So what's new? We heard that one before. Big Tony (or ’The Humph‘ as he seems to be known as in Edinburgh at the moment) was a DJ before this house thing started. Only back then, he and others (like Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan and Ron Hardy) were playing a mix of Salsoul, Phin International, disco and alternative rock. At the time, it never had a name, they just played good music.
So what changed? It's a long story, but let’s just say that a few American blokes in New York and Chicago had something to do with it.
So why all the fuss now? Doh! Haven't you heard? The Humph is playing in Edinburgh soon and this may be your first and last chance to hear the great man at work.
But isn't he just another one of these overrated, overpaid, over-here American 015 trading on his past reputation? Whoah, steady! The Humph is your original 'DJ's DJ’ and one of the few 'Irving legends' who can actually mix properly. You don't mess with Humphries, man. Remember, he was resident at the legendary Zanzibar in New Jersey and The Shelter in New York, not to mention The Ministry for a while in the early 905. Anyone who has ever had the privilege of hearing him play says he’s the proverbial 'shit’.
So it's a bit of a big night then? It doesn't get much bigger than this baby. The Humph at The Honeycomb? Unbelievable.
Tony Humphries is at Zodiac, The Honeycomb, Edinburgh, Fri 2 May.
32 THE LIST 2—lS May l997
EDINBURGH: SAT continued
I Energise at Subway. l lpm—3am. £2. Various party sounds.
I FBI at the Jaffacake. l().3()pm—3am. £4. Photographic membership available on the night. H) May. Fortnightly. l-Lxceptionally popular indie club — probably the busiest indie night in Scotland.
I Fiesta Latina at Teviot Row. 9.30pm—2am. £3 students; £4 non students. 10 May. Five years old and still partying. DJ Ana provides a huge salsa/merengue selection for a large and friendly crowd. There's a free dance class at 9.30pm.
I Free Techno at Studio 24. llpm—3am. Free (donations accepted on the door). 3 May. Fortnightly. Hard. hard techno.
I Grease at Moray House. I lpm «4am. £3. 70s. 80s and 90s disco. lixccllent drinks promos.
I Joy's Gender Bender Weekender at Wilkie House. l()pm—3am. £5 members: £6 non-members before I lpm. £7 members; £8 non-members after I lpm. 3 May. The first of two Bank Holiday nights with residents Alan. Maggie and Trendy Wendy hanging out the hard. pumping house and techno to a gay/mixed crowd. See Sundays for details of part two which features Vikki
Red (Kitty Lips) and Dave Randall (Zap).
Joint tickets for both nights are available on Saturday at £ If) for members and £ | 2 non-members. See Hit List.
I Katch at The Rocking Horse. llpm—3am. £3. Indie.
I The Lane at The Lane. llpm—3pm. £3 before midnight; £5 thereafter; members free. Residents Jon Flowers and Kev McGinley with a wide dance orientated playlist.
I Le Freak at The Attic. llpni~3am. £4. Hot disco action at the brand new- looking Attic which has just been giyen a rather tasty makeover.
I The Liquid Room at the Liquid Room. l().3()pm—3am. l’rice tbc. 3 May. Weekly thereafter. A new Saturday night option for lidinburgh with resident Kevin Jones playing a smooth blend of nu-soul. funked up garage and Balearic house. This venue used to be the Music Box and is well worth checking out. lf you've been before when it was the Music Box. think again because you won‘t recognise it. If you haven't been before. get down there. you'll be very impressed.
I The Living Room ‘)pm--lam. Free. See Fri.
I Loveshack at The Jaffacake.
I lpm—3am. £4. 3 May. Fortnightly. lixceptionally popular night playing a freestyle mix of 70s. 80s and 00s chart and dance. Watch out for the 'luuurve‘ theme and also good drinks promos.
I Mambo Club at The Cavendish. l()pm—3am. £4 (£3). Tsvo limits with African. Latin. salsa. reggae. l()llk and calypso downstairs and dub and dancehall upstairs. Sir ()ssie is your selector. dropping the finest in
global Yrooves every week.
I Musrc For The Masses at ()tltlt‘elltm-s. 8.30pm—lam. Free. See Fri.
I Pleasure at Studio 24. llpm 3am. £5 before midnight; £6 after. H) May. Fortnightly. House and garage with local residents.
I Po Na Na llpm 3am. Free before llpm; £2 after. Busy night of old and new skool grooves. With Well Stirred from Seen and 3 Bag Brew at the controls.
I RAW at Negociants. l()pm ~3am. Free. A busy underground house night.
I The Rebel Base at The Gallery (formerly the 36‘) (ialleryi. l().3()pm—3am. £5. it) May. Fortnightly. Residents' night at this retreat from the house monopoly. with The Merry Pranksters delivering their unique goodie bag of hip hop. trip hop. drum 'n' bass and beatz 'n' scratches.
I Rock Orgasm at The Rocking Horse. llpm~3am. £3. (‘limactic night of heavy guitar sounds.
I Sakrade at The Honeycomb. l()pm—3am. £8 before midnight; £lt) after. Info line: ()378 ‘)5l 264. Funky house. techno and a touch of breakbeat/drum ‘n' bass in Ross Keddie's
ruain room. fresh garage in the back with Yogi Haughton. London‘s excellent Ricky Morrison guests in the back room on It) May which should be a treat for garage lovers.
I Salsa Viva at Gran Via-'l‘asca. l().3()pm—3am. £5 (£4). It) May. Fortnightly. High quality Latin music from the old classics to the hottest and latest releases in salsa. cumbia. merengue and mucho mas.
I Snog at Club Mercado. 7.3()—l().3()pm. £4 members; £5 non- members. Busy under- lBs night playing the best in chart and dance.
I Stop Making Sense at La Belle Angele. llpm—3am. £6 (£5). H) May. Monthly. ()ver 2ls only. A real mixture of big beats and house sounds supplied by G-Mac. Alan l)undas. Scott Ferguson and Dolphin Boy.
I Tease at The Vaults. l().3()pm—-3am. £8 before ll.l5pm; £|() after. Big name l)Js and dressy people. Arrive early. lnfo: 0973 248 I65. Resident l)J Keith Baxter isjoined by Scott Bond (Gatecrasher) on 3 May and Fat Tony on It) May. Party house all the way.
I Teaseage at The Citrus. | lpm-3am. £2. Drinks promos and Happy Hour cocktails all night. lndie with a touch of dance and funk played to a packed and sweaty crowd.
I Tribal Funktion at The Venue. l().3()pni—3am. £5 tttetttbcrs'. £6 non- members. lf) May. Fortnightly. Three floors of specialist sounds. Drum 'n' bass downstairs with resident Ritchie Riiftone and Ft‘osty‘.jacking tﬁS house iii the middle with Simone. George T and H and hip hop upstairs with Dr Jon and H. If it's a friendly crowd. a good healthy atitiosphere and quality underground inusic you‘re after. this is the one for you. lih'.’ Wtiii and Reach ()ut from Seen guest on the hip hop floor. The Stickmen return with a live show in June.
I Yip Yap at La Belle Angele.
l lpm-3am. £6. 3 May. Fortnightly. Following a period of restlessness. this well respected garage and house night is back on a fortnightly basis at the re- decorated l.a Belle. Various hand-picked. quality guests will appear iii the future. (jareth Sommerville is now the sole Yip Yap resident.
I Ambassador's Reception at The Venue. l()pm <3am. £2. (‘hilled electronica and ambient vibes every week in the basement.
I Buddha at Negociants. ()pm-3am. Free. Funk. soul. tau and a bit of hip hop with John Anderson.
I C. C. Blooms llpm- 3am. Free. See Fridays.
I De la Vu at The Vaults. 4- llpm. Free. Smooth your path from Saturday night excess to the start of the week with this mighty civilised Sunday recovery session featuring l)Js from Tease and Sublime. and occasional tip and coming l)Js from about town. All this and you can still be in bed by midnight or carry on partying elsewhere if you‘re one of those clubbers whotust can't get enough. Drinks promos. I East Coast Project Sunday Service at iguana. 4 7pm. Free. ll May. Weekly thereafter. Joseph Malik gives you a mellow wind down to the weekend w ith anything from Lee Ferry to Lonnie Liston Smith to Brian lino to Aqua Bassino at this stylish bar. See Saturday s for details of Fast ('oast Protect at (‘afe (iraffitti.
I Karma at Fri Na Na. 7pm 3am. Free before I lpni; £2 after. Willi Murray Richardson (Zodiac and Sutra) playing chilled y ibes froin 7 l()pm. and some other bloke with anything from trip hop and swing to disco and chart.
I Fun Times at The Venue. llpm—3am. £4. 4 May. Fortnightly. Top floor. Truly flamboyant mixed/gay night currently doing very well and attracting plenty of dressed tip (and down) party people every fortnight. With a fun mixed playlist.
I The Grind at The Lane. l().3()pm~3aitt. £2 before midnight; £3 after. Swing and hip hop with regular freestyle sessions. (iood drinks promos.
Harri has been at the heart of the Scottish house music scene since the late 805. He is currently resident at Subculture, on Saturdays at the Sub Club, Glasgow and at Plastic People on Fridays in London. He also guests at clubs all over the UK and Europe. Style- wise, he is best known for digging a deep, spiritual, Detroit-influenced housey-techno groove, distinguished by large basslines and sharp percussion. He also produces tracks for various labels, most recently as the H Foundation.
1. Plans & Designs Double Pack - Faze Action (Nuphonic)
’Old, new, borrowed and blue.‘
2. Volume 5 Doublepack - Cheap Knob Gags (Knob)
’Seven tracks from nine all-winners.‘
3. Tout Est Bleu — Ame Strong (EK. Dub) (Delabel)
'Francois Kevorkian ('nuff said).'
4. Big Apple Boogaloo - Brooklyn Funk Essentials (Dorado)
’Acid, Latin, gospel-funk at its best.’
5. Electric 805 - Cajmere (White)
’Old skool electro-mayhem.’
I Heart & Soul at The Attic. ()pm— I am. £5. l8 May. Weekly thereafter. New night at the refurbished Attic with Yogi Hatighton and Harri as residents. lixpect 100 percent quality from two of the most experienced. knowledgeable and committed l)Js in the UK. One for music lovers and party people. Please note that it starts early and finishes early. Guests will play once a month. See Hit List.
I Joy Gender Bender Weekender Part Two at Wilkie House. llpm—3am. £5 members; £7 noit-itieittbers. 4 May. ()ne-off Bank Holiday Sunday nighter for .loy. picking up frorn the residents party the night before. Vikki Red (Kitty Lips) and Dave Randall (Zap) guest. Tickets
; are available for both nights. See ; Saturdays for details or call the Joy inlo.
line on ()l3l 467 255]. See Hit List. I Mambo Club at The Cavendish. _ l()pm late. £2 before midnight; £4 alter.
()ssie and assorted specialist l)Js present ()()s. 7le and 80s sottl. Drinks pi'oittos.
I Spice at The Tap ()‘l.auriston.
3pm alam. Free. Chilled tunes. chilled beer and chilled people.
I Sunday Night Fever at Century 2000. llpm ~3am. £3. Drinks at 70p. 80p and 90p. appropriately accompanied by music from the 70s. 80s and 90s.
I Taste at The Honeycomb. l lpm—3am. £7 non-members; £5 members; £8 non- members with guest l)J. Membership is
i available on the night. Mixed/gay night
of hard partying. Residents Fisher and Price play happy to hard house to a fierce and loyal crowd in the main room while Martin Valentine and Neil Byers drop garage through the back. Back on-form. ()ne of lidinburgh's fittest club nights. Truly an experience.
I Timewarp at The Rocking Horse. llpm-~3am. £2; free before l2.3()am. (‘lassic tunes from the last four decades
. of pop.