What made the groovin’ grade this fortnight
Blockster: 'You Should Be' (Sound Of Ministry)
Ignore the Radio Edit (if you can), with Brandon Block's straight-forward layering of the Bee-Gees over a house beat, and head for Blockster’s Club Mix which drags the tempo a tad and makes the brothers Gibb far more sexy and funky than they deserve.
Lucid: ‘Crazy' (ffrr)
Stand tip and dance to this swmging and funky little number. The radio mix IS easy and atmospheric, Madonna- through-a-fuzz-box simplicrty is retained in Lucid’s own mixes, but it’s Nalin and Kane's mixes which wrap you up all warm and golden. Stunning.
Surreal Madrid: 'Girls Of The Night EP' (Fused And Bruised)
Working the big beat gold-mine, Surreal Madrid know which of the Chemicals' buttons to press anu Bentley's rhythms to ace. The title track is standard block~rockin' fare, but ‘We Only Have The Rhythm' demonstrates greater depth and ShOuld generate much dance frenzy.
Ian Pooley: 'What’s Your Number’ (V2)
Poole's silkrly combined disco samples are instantly forgettable, deep house fare. But Bob Sinclar redeems it with some elasticity on his Paradise Mixx while Jazzanova opens it wide up and plunders as much funk as can be found in its depths.
Mirrorball: 'Given Up' (Multiply) More disco; The Three Degrees' ’Given Up, Given ln', this time. Huggy Burger Queen keeps all the disco shenanigans
5 right up-front‘rn a fun-filled Hugster
mix whrle Olav Basoskr's dub is a glam- drenched, pouring podium pleaser. Gemini: 'Take Your Time EP' (Cyclo) A ripper from Spencer Kincy with four prime cuts to gurde you through the night. There's pure, underground house in 'Karma', a singing bass line on the future funk of the title track, the self-explanatory ‘Return Of The Jack’ and a deep, spacey, minimal groove rn 'Where You Belong’. Reviewer this issue: Thom Dibdin.
CLUB LISTINGS continued
I Brazilica at Havana. 8pm-midnight. Free. Brazilian dance music and cool Latin jazz from DJ Macio in this bar/restaurant. Happy Hour 5—7pm.
I Buffo at The 13th Note Club (ground floor). 1 lpm—3am. £1. Jer (from Dawson) hits the turntables with some noisy guitars. dub. drum & bass. hip hop and jarring unrelated chunks of folk music from around the globe.
I Club 99 at The Barony Bar (Strathclyde University Union). 8pm—1am. Free. Most drinks are 99p and you’ve got classic party tunes from DJ Phil.
I Dub Night at The Variety Bar. 8pm—midnight. Free. Stevie Donaldson from Bar 10 and other fine establishments round town plays dub.
I Eden at The Velvet Rooms. 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). Alan Ronald plays Brit pop in the main room while Scott Mckay plays mellow house in the front room of this lush club. Drinks promos. I Jim Da Best at The Cooler. 8pm—midnight. Free. Jim with his cheese to please mix. warming up before his night up at The Temple.
I Knights Of The Round Table at The Cross Bar. 8pm—midnight. Credible mix of hip hop. big beat and house from a pool of local DJs. Cheap pints.
I Pump at Betty's Mayonnaise.
1 1pm—3am. £3 (£2). Paul Traynor and Vance with a happy mix of hip hop. soul and funk in the intimate atmosphere of Bell 's. Drinks promos.
I S ooting Stars at The Garage.
1 lpm—3am. £4 (£2). Insane. drunken shenanigans eased along nicely by the charty choons of Gerry and Iain in the main room. Staggering drink promos.
I The Shimmy Club at Bennet‘s. ll.30pm—3am. £3 (£1.50). Raymond Davren‘s party-type affair at the straight night in this gay venue. Drinks promos. I Solo at The Temple. 1 lpm—3am. £3 (£2). Student night with Mr Cheese to Please. Jim Da Best (Apartment) bringing his party mayhem to the Temple joined by Stevie Anad. Drinks promos. I Sunny D at The Lime. 1 1pm—3am. £3 (£2). Student charty. party mix from DJ Florida Bob with cheap drinks.
I T.|.T at Trash. 10.30pm—3am. £3 (£2). Studentish night featuring DJ Rory with house classics and future anthems in the main room and Grahame with full-on student faves in the second room.
I 705 Wonderland at The Cathouse.
l 1pm—3am. £2 (£1.50; free before
1 1.30pm). Silly 70s disco and funk with sillier drinks promos.
I Bennet's at Bennet‘s. l l.3()pm—3am.
£2.50 (£1.50). DJ Sara with upbeat dance. Gay. Drinks promos.
I Big Daddy at The 13th Note Club (upstairs). 11pm—3am. £1. Big Daddy ensures us he's presenting a ‘half—nelson of funk. jazz. hip hop and petite beats' every week so there you go. make of that as you will.
I Chopper at Betty's Mayonnaise. 10.30pm—3.30am. £3 (£2). Commercial house and disco from Matt Mortin. Drinks promos.
l East Village Pharmacy at Yang. 6pm-midnight. Night of hip hop. breaks and beats from Stewart and Leon. held in conjunction with Concrete Skates. Drink promos. Look out for full scale forthcoming activities.
I FAB at Babaza. llpm—3am. £3 (£2). DJ Skud with funky house and garage grooves for a cheery crowd. Probably the busiest club in town tonight. Drinks promos.
I Human Nature at The Velvet Rooms. llpm-3am. £3 (£2). New night at the Velvets with Stevie Smith playing house and gara e in the main room.
I Jenga eads at The Living Room. 9pm—l 1pm. Free. Mainly big beat session with some daft tunes thrown in for good measure. from the stars in the ascendant Martyn and Ali. Drinks promos.
I Kraze at Victorias. l().3()pm—3am. £5. Massive night of commercial dance tunes from Kensitas Club DJ ofThe Year Steve Lockie and Dave Young playing to an up-for-it club crowd. Dn'nks promos.
I Lick at Trash. 1 1pm—3am. £3 (£2). Paul N'Jie playing house. hip hop and funk in the smaller. cosier room of Trash. Drinks promos.
I Nice For Students at The Bom. llpm—3am. £3 (£2). Disco Dave playing cheesy tunes with ()()p vodka mix and slamrner and £1 selected bottled beers. I Planet Peach at Planet Peach. 10.30pm—3am. £5 (£3); free before midnight. Night of R&B and tip-tempo soul from Martin Hesketh. Drinks promos.
I Relax at The Lime. llpm--3am. £3 (£2). Eighties night in this commercial venue. Drinks promos.
I Salsa Y Sabor at Havana. 8pm—midnight. Free. Academia de Salsa and Club Cubana DJ Shannon presenting a delicious blend of modern and retro salsa and merengue. Free. Pre-club.
I Shu Hirita at The Cul De Sac.
8pm—l lpm. Free. New jazzy drum & bass pre-club from fresh name to the circuit Shu Hirita.
I Souped Up at The Garage. 10.30pm—3am. £3 (£2). lain Hanlon with poppy student good time party tunes. Drinks promos.
I Toast at Club Budda. llpm—3pm. £3 (£2). Chunky garage and vocal house from Geoff Montford and some hip hop. swing and R&B from weekly guests.
I Beat at The Vaults. 10.30pm—3am. Free. 28 Jan. Fortnightly. A brand new house night with Gareth Somrrierville. J. Cammera and Yelo in the main room; through the back poetry and short films provided by MT Heed Productions with Supersub DJing. A great line-up and back room for a great price. ‘House music prescribed.‘
I Black Projects at The Honeycomb. 10.30pm—3am. £3 before midnight; £5 (£4) after. 4 Feb. Monthly. A brand new night from the boys who brought you Lucid. Jamie Watt and Brendan Miles in the front room playing anything from deep house to jungle. tech-house to big beat; Riche Ruftone and friends through the back with a variety of hip hop. funk and old school. ‘Underground quality tunes for the clubber who likes good music. whatever its genre]
I 800! at Loca. l()pm—3am. Free before midnight; £1 students; £2 everyone else thereafter. A night of solid student capers with DJ Steve in this refurbished club. Willi drinks promos to get you in the mood.
I CC. Blooms llpm—3am. Free club downstairs at this popular gay bar. playing a mix of commercial dance and iii-energy house.
I Cafe Aquarius at Cafe Aquarius. 9pm—lam. Free. Weekly. Gorgeous bar doing the pre-club thing with Motherfunk.
I Catwalk 9pm—l am. Free. Open decks session. Phone 225 5583 or (ill l 807925 for more infonnation.
I Chicken Noodle Soup at The Venue. No dates in January.
I Cuba Norte at Cuba Norte. 10pm—lam. Free. Weekly. Various DJs
spin Latin sounds and Brazilian dance.
I Don't Panic at The Tap ()'I.auriston. 9pm—-lam. Free. 22 Jan. Fortnightly. Techno and trance sounds.
I Dust at The Rocking Horse.
1 lpm—3am. £2. Weekly. A night of metal. industrial. goth and pttnk with DJ Dave the Poet.
I eh1 more at eh I. 9pm—lam. Free. Dolphin Boy with quality house on the first and third Thursdays of the month. T- J Crossley on the second and fourth with hip hoppy. housey sounds.
I ELNINO at The Venue. top floor. FLNINO has now merged with Defcon ()ne.
I Fiasco at The Honeycomb. l lpm—3am. £3. 21 Jan. Monthly. A busy night of all great things — I/It' place to go to see the cream of lidinburgli's crop. Catch Craig Smith. Murray Richardson. Mr Todd. Well Stirred. The Dynamic Duo. Fli'PWunl. Ruftone. 4th Varmint and The
Congratulations to Manga, La Belle Angele's hugely popular monthly drum 8r bass night, who celebrate their third birthday on Fri 22 Jan. What’s more, Glaswegian jungle enthusiasts can join the party the following evening when Manga play Pure at The Arches. 'The last sixteen months have seen the club come on in leaps and bounds,’ says resident DJ Kid. Promoter G-Mac agrees: 'Since going monthly, Manga has just kept getting stronger.’
1998 saw the club play host to sell-out events such as Roni Size’s Reprazent showcase and a Radio One live broadcast. Manga now boasts a membership of 1200, a Website that receives over 1000 hits per week and exclusive access to new footage from Manga videos for their distinctive in-club visuals. With foreign dates and the launch of a new Scottish drum 81 bass label, Invade, planned for later this year, Manga looks set to get even bigger in 1999. (Sarah Lowndes) Manga’s third birthday at La Belle Ange/e, Fri 22 Jan and at Pure, The Arches, Sat 23 Jan.
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