Sean McCarthy gets the lowdown on the doyen of the deep, Murray Richardson.
Name Murray Richardson
Real Name Er... Murray Richardson. But he does record under the slightly more intriguing handle of Spacejunk. Occupation Rising star and renaissance man of the east coast house scene. On a mission to ’keep it deep', he is no stranger to adjectives like ‘soulful' and 'experimental'. Currently making foundation-shaking vibrations around the city and beyond.
Attitude Not one for the remote elitism favoured by some DJ types, Murray’s ability to keep with the vibe and place himself on the dancefloor suggests that this is a man who loves what he does. Previous occupations A lucrative but ultimately less fulfilling career in retail, ensured the unstoppable trajectory from the shopfloor to the dancefloor.
Past form Gained a solid dance education at Streetrave’s legendary 'West Coast Jams' as a youngster. Developed his unique funky sound during his residency at The Honeycomb's Zodiac night. Murray has gone on to some prestigious guest spots — DJing at Drop The Bomb, Colours and at UZ‘S Kitchen club in Dublin. Seems he’s been spreading the deep vibe wrdely. Music-making moments Since winning Muzik magazine’s Bedroom Bedlam competition and broadcasting a live mix on Radio 1's Judge Jules show, he has recorded his Spacejunk debut, ’We Came In Peace' which is out at the end of this month on Low Pressings.
The future Plans include his own label, more DJ appearances and more vinyl appearances to add to an already busy schedule as head of his own promotions company and part-timer at Edinburgh's Finiflex studios. This is one busy motherfucker.
What can you expect? DJ-wise, an eclectic mix of quality house tunes, with a very British kind of flavour. Vinyl-wise, expect uncluttered rhythms, saxophones and a funky feel too-er missus). (Sean McCarthy)
Murray Richardson has residencies at Rebel Waltz at City 2, ehl more, Normal and Triptonite North, see listings for details. Space/unk’s ’We Came In Peace’ is out on Mon 28 Sep.
72 THE HST 24 Sep—8 OCt l998
CLUB LISTINGS continued
I Catwalk 9pm—lam. Free. Weekly. Phil Alcock and Steve Abraham alternate weekly and play funky soulful garage.
I Cathouse at The J affacake.
l lpm-3am. £l before 11.30pm; £3 (£2.50) after. Weekly. Watch out for free passes. Rock and indie with a playlist that can range from Metallica and Marilyn Manson to Oasis and The Beastie Boys. With student-friendly drink promos.
I Club Bezique at The Wee Red Bar. llpm—3am. £4 (£3). 25 Sep. Last Fri of every month. If you believe that the 80s were a good thing. then crimp your hair and scrunch down your legwarmers. it‘s party time. Ridicule is nothing to be scared of.
I Club Fondue at Noa. From 5pm. Free. Weekly. Wind down your hectic week with the cheese meister Guy Christmas. Cocktails are £2.50 and bottles of champagne £12. Loads of nibbles and dips too.
I Divine Divas at The Venue. 10pm—3am. £5 (£3); two for one on the door lO-l lpm. 2 Oct. Monthly. 2 Die 4 (tbc) guest at this sell-out wornans only night.
I eh1 more at ehl. 9pm—lam. Free. Stylish pre-club bar. Sleazy 0 plays his chunky big beat noises on 25 Sep and Gordon Mac aka Beanie from Sublime steps up to get down on 2 Oct.
I Evol at the Liquid Room. 10.30pm-3am. £4. Weekly. A healthy mix of music. taking in anything from Blur. Pavement and Oasis to Public Enemy. Jackson 5 and Underworld. 25 Sep sees the launch of the new Cypress Hill album IV and first single ‘Tequila Sunrise‘. Cuervo Tequila is appropriately sponsoring the night - a parently there’s free tequila!
I Fat Vibration at The Bongo Club. llpm—3am. £5 (£4). 9 Oct. Monthly. Brand new night featuring The Ugly Groove Movement and DJs Sly Si and Eh?Wun!
I Frontier at Revolution. l0pm—3am. £5 before llpm'. £7 llpni—l2am; £7 after. Residents are Kevin Jones and Vanessa Motion. Brand new chart and house night with enormous capacity.
I Gold at The Attic. llpm-3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. A trip to the 80s in pleasant and easy-going surroundings. Drinks promos. I Headspin at The Bongo Club. 10.30pm—3am. £5 (£4). 25 Sep. Monthly. Four decks of hip hop. trip hop. house. funk and soul rolled into the ﬁnest specifications. Residents are Colin Millar (Muzik. Kiss FM). Alan Dunbar and Steve Austin. Delta providing awesome video visuals.
I Higher Ground at The Honeycomb. Monthly. No Oct night. next date is l3 Nov.
I High Rollin' at Negociants. 9pm—3am. Free. Weekly. Busy Friday night in this cool bar.
I Homeless at The Honeycomb. llpm—3am. £7 (£6). 9 Oct. Monthly. The Group Home For Headz welcomes Rae and Christian (Grand Central) playing live and some bloke called Yogi Haughton playing through the back.
I Hub Central at The Jazz Joint. l0pm—3am. £4. Weekly. Funk meets breakbeats with soulful vocals from Tony Kin . DJs Sy and Kulu man the decks.
I I entity at The Vaults. l().30pm—3am. £8 (£6). 2 Oct. Fortnightly. New-ish hard house night with guest Jay Kay and residents Martin Kay. Jay Storic. Gail Sellars. Graham McLean and Christa promise to have the feet on the floor and the hands in the air.
I Lift at The Vaults. l0.3()pm—3am. £8 (£6). 25 Sep and 9 Oct. Fortnightly. 25 Sep — residents night. 9 Oct sees something to celebrate — Lift's 4th birthday! Catch Cold Dust (Red Seal. Communique Records) and DJ Beatle (Havok Records) ﬁlling up the extra hours (9pm opening). It promises to be a night of lorious twisted techno.
I The Living Room 9pm—lam. Free. Weekly. Andrew Moisey. Dillon and Christopher Wright with a freestyle mix of dance sounds in this well-situated bar.
I lucious at The Ark. lOpm—3am. £6. Massive party music with the Woosh team and a tight but polite door policy. I Madchester at La Belle Angele. llpm—late. £4 (£3.50). 25 Sep. Fortnightly. A great mix of all your big beat. indie and baggy type tunes.
I Made In Iguana at iguana Cafe Bar. 8pm—lain. Free. Gareth Sommerville plays the full range of hip hop. house and garage tunes.
I The Mambo Club at The Cavendish. l0pm—3am. £3 cone and before I lpm; £4 thereafter. Weekly. Make tracks and hear an array of reggae. ragga. soul. funk. swing and r ‘n’ b sounds provided by Sir Ossie.
I Manga at La Belle Angele. llpm—3am. £9 (£7). 2 ()ct. Monthly. Mickey Finn rolls into town with MC Bassman to lay on some of the most impressive drum 'n' bass you are likely to witness. Residents are G-Mac. Kid and Unify. See Hit list.
I Melt City at Studio 24. l().3()p.n—3am. £3. 25 Sep. Fortnightly. A new hip hop and NY garage night that‘s easy on your pocket. More money for drink. then!
I MIB Presents South Central at Club Mercado. l0.30pm—late. £5. 2 ()ct. Fortnightly. DJs TNT and Mr H present the choicest cuts in everything from rap to funk. hip to soul.
I Mi Salsa at The Bongo Cltib. l()pm—3am. £5 (£4). 2 ()ct. Monthly. Hosted by the Latin American Society. DJ Freddy (Venezuela) providing an uplifting. fun atmosphere.
I Midnight Blue at Cafe Graffiti. 9.30pm—2am. £5. 2 ()ct. Weekly. The return after a few weeks break — MB Players live on stage with the great DJ Tinku behind the decks.
I Moroccan Clouds at Po Na Na. l0pm-3ani. Free before I lpm; £2 after. Weekly. DJ 4th Varmint with disco to funk. hip hop to cheese.
I Noa 9pm—3am. Free before I lpm: £3 before midnight: £6 after. A great revamped venue with resident DJs and drinks pi‘ottios.
I Normal at Wilkie House. l().3()prii—3am. £9 (£6). 2 ()ct. Fortnightly. Each Normal has a theme — tonight it's ‘Bubble'. Check out Dal. Saund and Karen Normal providing the techno gear. Renegade and Couchboy techsteppin’ it through the back.
I Planet Earth at The Citrus. llpm—3am. £4. Weekly. A busy and long- running night of 70s and 80s sounds where New Romantics. punks. glam rockers and disco freaks relive the era that others do their best to forget.
I Pure at The Venue. l().3()pm—late. £6 (£4). 2 ()ct. Fortnightly. l€gi Barn Yasi guests playing a live set and residents are Twitch. Brainstorm. Dribbler and The Bill playing the techno for which they are famous. It's an institution and all that.
I Reaction at The Subway. l lpm- 3am. £2: free for students with matriculation card. Weekly mix of chart. dance and classic disco.
I Rebel Waltz at City Cafe. 9pm- lam. Free. 25 Sep. Fortnightly. Murray Richardson at the controls with his quality deep house and techno music. See Phactfile.
I The Rocking Horse at The Rocking Horse. 1 lpllT—3ittll. £ l. Three floors of alternative club action. loosely divided between gothic. heavy metal and indie. Drinks promos.
I The Salsa Hut 7- li).3()pin. Free. (‘ool little Mexican restaurant bridging the gap between great food and great music. With [)Js.
I Salsa Viva at the Venue. l().3()prii—-3am. £5; £3 before llpiii. 25 Sep. Fortnightly. l).l Coco Vega from Latin America provides the high quality Latin music from the old classics to the latest releases.
I Sativae Recordings at The Shooting Gallery. l().3()pm-—3ani. £7 (£5). 25 Sep. The legendary Sativae crew are back. Featuring the DMX crew (Relies. Breakin‘ Records). Tobias Schmidt (Tresor. Sativae. Drought. Scandinavia) and Steve Glencross (Sativae. Drought). A very impressive lineup sure to satisfy
the techno need in us all. See Hit list.
I Seen at The Honeycomb. l().30-3am. £7 (£6). 25 Sep. Monthly. Yes. yes. it‘s Africa Bambaataa swooping in to guest at this quality hip hop night. Broaden your mind and check it out. I have to add that it will he busy-busy. See Hit list.
I Sublime at Wilkre House. l0prii—3am. £8 (£6). 25 Sep. Fortnightly. Trance and techno in the main room. quality eclectic in the back. The first residents night of the new season will see Kev Wright playing a three hour set. ldge bouncing about on stage and Beanie and Felix in the back room. 9 ()ct is one for your diaries- Marco '/.affarano (MPS. Deviant) will be guesting. ldge providing the support.
I The Subway West End 4pm-3am. £ l. Weekly. See Thursdays.
I Sugar Cube at Studio 24. l0.3()pm--3am. £2. 25 Sep. Fortnightly. New gay fantasy club. forthcoming dates include gay performers and fetish/ bondage nights. Everyone loves their fantasies . . . I T.F.|.F. at Club Mercado. 5pni—l()pm. Free. Weekly. Friday nights have changed forever thanks to Happy Hour 5—6.3()pm (£1 drinks. £ l() bottles ofchariipagne) and great. nostalgic music courtesy of Trendy Wendy. This is the orginal after- work wind down. now into its third year. I TFI Friday Afterwork Party at The Ark. 4.3()piii»—9.30pm. Free. Weekly. A free hot buffet until 6.30pm and loads of cheap drinks. Lovely.
I The Time Tunnel at Club Mercado. l()pm--3am. £5. 25 Sep. Fortnightly. Trendy Wendy takes you through the 60s. 70s and 80s.
I Triptonite North at The Honeycomb. llprn~3am. £8 (£6). 2 ()ct. Fortnightly. Catch the new resident Dominic Moir joining Stuart Duncan. Adrian Davenport and Gareth Sommerville playing hard and funky house in the main room. Something special in the back with the Mir/.ik Maga/ine Party when Alison
1 Marks joins Murray Richardson for some . of that deep and funky house.
I Underworld Vibes at Bannermans.
9pm~ lam. Free. Weekly. local DJs spin : pre-club \ ibes in this popular bar.
Tonight. it’s garage and house. I Voodoo at The \"aults. Monthly. Next date 16 ()ct.
I Walkers 4piri—3aiii. Free before
the run with Mike Shy
10.30pm. £5 after. Cit'oup concessions available. Weekly. ()ver 21s. Smart dress. Happy hour 4-—h’piii. With local residents. Fun music. fun crowd.
I What It Is at City 2. 9..‘~()pin-—lam. Free. 2 ()cr. Fortnightly. Bob Cairns plays a funky and very listcriable blend of soul. garage and rare stuff.
I Work at The Shooting Gallery.
lllpm» 3am. £5. 9 ()ct. Monthly. Starting w ith Churiips’ter -head/. hip hop. drum ‘n' bass". nodding hello to Bob Cairns soul. disco and funk. quick chat with Bootsy disco and garage and finishing house aitd garage. l’hew. hope you're an .ithelcte!
I Arakataca! at The Bongo Club. ()n holiday until mid-()ct. next date tbc.
I Atomic Baby at The Honeycomb.
l lpni- 3am. £l() (£8). 26 Sep. Fortnightly. lt's September so its residents time...
: Micheal Kilkic. /.ammo. (iareth
Sommerville. Darren Day ies and Scott
Brown will be playing their range of Furo- housey bouncy stuff. .\ popular night
guaranteed to get you on the danceliooi'.
I Big Beat at Cafe (ir‘afl'iti.
9.30pm 2am. £6 (£5). 3 ()ct. Monthly. l’trsh play live on stage. this support band for the likes ol Weldon Irvine. (ialliaiio k‘lC g't‘h lilt‘ c‘llilllc‘t‘ li‘ \lc‘t‘ Hill) Illt' limelight. DJ is Simon Hodge.
: I Catwalk 9pm lam. Free. Weekly. Mark
l’i'ice plays his eclectic llll\ of happening beats in this quality pre-club bar.
I CC. Blooms l 1pm 3am. Free. Weekly: (iet tip and move those hips at this very busy gay bar/club
I Colours Of Love at Club
Mercado. l lpm-4am. £l() (£8 ). 3 ()cl. Fortnightly. Catch the Fdinburgh leg of
the Nu-Skool Tour w ith (‘.l Mackintosh.
Norman Jay and .lon Mancini. \'ei'y busy