Jim Byers slips into something more comfortable, like a big nappy, and checks out the new releases.
'Wave': Aqua Bassino (F Comm)
Two achingly gorgeous slices of deep. deep house from Edinburgh's very own Mr Bassino. If you dig that whole St Germain/Shazz midtempo mellow piano/sax house vibe, this is most definitely for yOu.
‘Superstar': Project MSC featuring Ce Ce Rogers (Blackjack Phonographlcs) Typical oddball, slightly off~kilter Blaze production cuts a funky rug underneath that awesome, awesome Ce Ce Roger‘s voice. Comes with inferior, though more club friendly, Smokin Beats mix.
'You Bring Me Up': Y Tribe (Deconstruction)
Firin' 2 step garage, with mundane- sounding Fire Island mixes. Check the original or the Groove Chronicles more radical take.
'Coloured City': Laurent Gamier (F Comm)
Mad bouncy techno from the famous Frenchman, similar in funk terms to last year’s 'Crispy Bacon', with Garnier giving up some wacked out camp vocals at the start. ‘Jackin Zone’ on the flip is deeper and more underground. 'Fullscope': Multi (Mantra)
Deep, downtempo aquatic trippyness on the excellent 'Esc' provides me with the ultimate moody mellow vibes. Emotive electronica. One for the headz. 'Horny’: Mousse T vs Hot 'n' Juicy (AMzPM)
Massive garage tune of recent weeks, now with new vocal mixes from Boris Dlugosch. Watch it fly. All together now, ’l’m horny, horny, horny, hornyl' Cor!
'Mutant Disco‘ Mixed by Colin Dale: Various (Harmless)
Pioneering DJ Dale brings you a well- programmed mix of twisted tech-housey grooves. Ranges from Gemini and Kevin Yost deepness right up to more banging Jeff Mills and Luke Slater.
‘Booker T The Prize Collection': Various (Azuli)
Sweet, sweet UK garage from Booker T. Here you get the best of his recent remixes, including All Saints, Bizzi, Juliet Roberts and Da Mob, plus a couple of exclusives. _ 'Chickeneye': Deejay Punk-Roc (lndependiente)
Mental, machine-gun beats, fierce block-rockin', ass-quakin', globe giratin' hip hop-meets-electromeets-big beat- meets~nu skool breaks. Part Beasties, part Chemicals, part Daft Punk. A real eye opener.
‘Sunday Best': Various (Dust 2 Dust) Cool collection of various styles from this south London club. From Two Lone Swordsman to DJ Food to Pressure Drop to Justice. Excellent package. 'Endlessnessism': Various (Dot) Swedish label With a wicked selection of deep, downtempo smoker’s delights. Highlights come from Jimpster, Spacer, Endemic Void and Roupe. For the headz.
70 THE lIST 3O Apr—14 May 1998
I Beltane Fire Festival on Calton Hill. Thu 30 only. Frotn 10.30pm. Free. A time of fire and fertility. chaos and music as the Queen of May and her court celebrate the coming of summer.
I Beltane Fundraiser at TheVenue. Thu 30 only. Midnight—3am. £7 (£5). Continue the celebrations and the mayhem of the night on 3 ﬂoors of the Venue with DJs frotn Edinburgh's club culture — Manga. Homeless. Dub Dept. Mother Funk and others. All proceeds go to Beltane.
I Bionic at The Attic. 1 lpm-3am. £3 (£2). A new weekly offering frotn the F.vol stable. presenting baggy Manc sounds attd indie beats. Drinks promos. I Catwalk ()pllt—Iullt. Free. Open decks session — bring a tape down to The Catwalk with all your details and. who knows. maybe you‘ll be next on the decks. I CC. Blooms l lpm—3am. Free. Free club downstairs at this popular gay pub. Playing a party mix of commercial dance and hi-energy house. Fall to bursting at weekends.
I Ceroc Dance at St Stephens. Howe Street. 7.30—l().30pm. Price the. Leam Ceroc. a hugely popular. easy-to-learn night of modern jive. No need to book. no experience required. just turn up and let the teachers and DJ give you a great night.
I Chocolate City at Walkers. l().3()pm—3am. Free entry. 30 Apr and l4 May. Fortnightly. New night for Walkers hosted by Scotland‘s leading black music DJ Yogi Haughton. Expect the freshest hip hop. R & B. swing and soul. plus a few old gems.
I The Deep at The Vaults. l lpm—3atn. £3. 7 May. Monthly. Student night playing house. soul. funk and drum ‘n' bass. Pints and selected spirits £1 all night.
I eh1 more at ehl. ()ptn—lam. Free. Dolphin Boy with quality house on the lst and 3rd Thursdays of the month. T.J. Crossley on the 2nd attd 4th with hip hop y. ltousey sounds.
I T e Greenhouse at The l-loneycomb. l lpm-3am. Free entry. 30 Apr and 14 May. Fortnightly. Chicago house and fttnky Detroit techno grooves. With DJs A. I) and J Cammara in a four deck special. Hip hop. disco. funk through the back with Dribbler. The Junior Mac and Super Sub.
I Infiltration at Wilkie House. 10.30pm. £4 (£3). 7 May. Fortnightly. Fresh. experimental techno. Drinks £l all night.
I In Yer Face at The Tap ()‘l.auriston. ()pltt—Iilttt. Free. 7 May. Fortnightly. Techno. hard house. trance and jungle in this pub.
I Jazz Joint at Henry's Cellar Bar. l()pm—3am. £4 (£3). Kulu's Tigers take a break. giving over the night to DJ Eh”? Wunl. with a band to be confirmed. It‘s likely to be Phil Bancroft experimenting with drum ‘n‘ bass and jazz.
I La Fromagerie at The Meadows Bar. 9pm-lam. Free. 7 May. Fortnightly. Easy listening. mellow jazz. hi-NRG disco and tasty cheese. Second birthday tonight.
I Larj at The Tap ()‘I.auriston. 9pm—Iam. Free. 30 Apr and 14 May. Fortnightly. Free techno and live sets at the re-vamped Tap. There ain‘t no charge for having it Larj!
I Kinky Indie at The Citrus Club.
I lpm—3am. £2. A club working on the premise that guitars aren't going out of fashion. Classic indie and alternative. old and new. Drinks promos all night.
I The Living Room ()pin—tam. Free. DJ 4th V presents a fusion of soul. funk and hip hop in this bar.
I Love Breaks at Po Na Na. l lpm—3am. Free before I lptn. £2 after. Membership available. Various funky sounds with Simone and Dr Jon.
I The Mambo Club at Thg Cavendish. IOpm—late. £4 (£3). Swing. hip hop. funk and soul.
Jonzi D heads a live hip hop collective from London featuring MC Ty, Shortee Blitz and The Apricot Jam Band. Lizzard Lounge, Cafe Graffitti, Edinburgh. Sat 9 May
I The Method at The Vaults. 10.30pm—3am. £3. 30 Apr. Hip hop and drutn ‘n' bass for a chilled midweek vibe. I Ripped at The Jaffacake. l lpm-3am. £2. Weekly mix of pop and indie. Vodka is 20p a shot. tequila 50p and selected beers ()Op. Mine's a Big Hangover ()n Friday. barman!
I Shag at The Rocking Horse.
1 lpm—3am. £3. Pop music. prizes and surprises. with lovely drinks promos
(l l m—lam. selected spirits 60p).
I kaface at Wilkie House. l().3()pm—3am. Price (be. H May. Drum ‘n' bass.
I Studio Grand at The Honeycomb. l().30pm—3am. £7 (£6). 7 May. Studio Grand present another strong hip hop event. combining local talent with international skill. From USA. come Jurassic 5. featuring four MC‘s and DJ Numark. and DJ Cut Chemist. From Edinburgh. step foward Well Stirred. new Studio Grand residents the Dynamic Duo. 4th Varmint and rappers Gar Sturdy and The Pesky Vartnints. Check also graffiti displays. breakdancing and related action.
I The Subway West End 4pm—3am. Price tbc. Student-orientated venue frotn the same people behind the Subway in the Cowgate. The music is suitably varied — frotn 60s to 90s — and the drinks are double cheap. ()pen seven nights a week with DJs on every night.
I Thursday Night Fever at the Liquid Room. l().3()pm—3am. £3. Cheap drinks (selected spirits 50p. selected bottled beers £l ) and various soul/disco/dance sounds.
I Vibe at The Wee Red Bar. It).3()pm-3am. Free. 30 Apr and t4 May. Fortnightly. Robert Connor and Silver
1 Storic trip through tech-house and trance.
I The Unspoken Thing at Negociants. 9pm—3am. Free. Trip hop. ltip hop. drtttn 'n' bass attd beats 'n' scratches frotn Edinburgh's deadliest sonic saviottrs.
I Bizarre at The Gallery. l()pm-3am. Free. Nuclear guitars. chemical beats. Bizarre. unusual. but always intruiging. Preceded by live bands. See Rock & Pop listings for details.
I Boogie Mo Dynamo at The Venue. l().30pm—3am. £5 members; £6 non- members. 8 May. Fortnightly. Proper big beat supplied by Wreckage. Fat Knuckles and Smack. Note the new fortnightly slot. I Catwalk ()ptn-lam. Free. Moisey and Phil Alcock with garage. house. funk and beats.
I Cathouse at The Rocking Horse.
l lpm—3am. £3; £2 with flyer. Price includes entry to Katch and Voodoo Chile. Popular night of rock/indie-based sounds.
I CC. Blooms l Ipm—3am. Free. See Thursdays.
I Century 2000 l tpm-3am. £5. ()ver 18s. Commercial dance music for a mainstream. city centre crowd. No ripped jeans. steel toe-caps or trainers.
I Club Bezique at The Wee Red Bar. Next date 29 May. Monthly on last Fri of the month.
I Club Latino at The Bongo Club. l().3()pm-3am. £5 (£4). 8 May. Monthly. Much-loved veteran of the Edinburgh club scene returns to the fray with its fun- packed Latin rhythm frenzies. Expect quality DJs and live bands.
I Destiny Street at The Shooting Gallery. l().3()pm—3am. Price (be. I May. New night with special guest Richard Fearless (Death In Vegas). plus Bryan and Psychic Graeme getting deep and weird upstairs. ()ne for the older. tnore sussed clubber.
I Divine Divas at The Venue. Next date l5 May. Every four weeks.
I The Drop Out at The Wee Red Bar. ll).3()pm—3am. £3 before midnight. £4 after. 8 May. Monthly. The Drop Out returns to the art college with its mix of mod. beat. soul. psychedelia. soundtracks and ()()s garage punk. Plus groovy visuals.
I eh1 More at ehl. 9pm—lam. Free. Local DJs spin quality garage and house in this intimate bar. Gordon Mac and Gary Mac on I May. Jitn Byers and Gav I.er on 8 May. Free entry with good drinks romos.
I Evo at the Liquid Rootn. l().3()pm——late. £4. A healthy mix of music. taking itt anything from Blur. Pavement and ()asis to Public Enemy. Jackson 5 and Underworld. A long— rttnning and seriously popular night — still doing promos in association with some of the country‘s best record labels. Selected bottles £l before
11.30 tn. I Gard at The Attic. tlpm—3am. £3 (£2). A trip to the 80s in pleasant and easy- going surroundings. Drinks promos.
I Headspin at The Bongo Club. l().3()pm~3am. £5 (£3). 1 May. Fortnightly. All types of funky beats and grooves. including trip hop. soul. funk. house. big beat and more. With DJs Steve Austin. Allan Dunbar and Colin Millar. who recently featured on Coldcut's Kiss FM show. Sounds good to me.
I Higher Ground at The Honeycomb. Next date 22 May. Monthly. Call 041 l
8 I6 220 for tnore.
I High Rollin' at Negociants. 9pm—3am. Free. Busy Friday night with Dr AJ (Astromotel. Higher Ground). Jon Lyley (Tribal Funktion. Scratch). AJ (Blacka‘nized) and Gino (Higher Ground) mixing soulful house with hip hop. funk and disco.
I Homeless at The Shooting Gallery.