Head resident at Edinburgh's Luvely, Peter James has been spinning there since George Paterson first saw him
playing at Queen’s in London three years
ago. Since then, his hard house/ trance sets have helped take Luver from its days at Club Mercado with 300 punters to its current prime position at Wilkie
House. Stilt based in London, Peter plays
around the country. Luver celebrates its third birthday on Sat 23 Jan.
D Tune: ‘Sirenade‘ (2 Play) Classic rolling Euro trance breakdowns and sirens all ove c.Rocks. ’
Friends Lovers Family: ‘Tribute' (tush) Re-worked in ’97, the Quietman mix stands out as closest to the original and still excellent.
Stanny Franssen: ‘Between The Lines' (Conform)
Newish minimal EP. Funky as hell and sexy too. Not too industrial though - a real mood maker.
Commander Tom: 'Are Am (llioom)
What is there to say -— classic German trance. I first heard this at Trade four years ago. Scared me absolutely
senseless; still a treat when dropped.
72 THE lIST 2l Jan—4 Feb 1999
CLUB LISTINGS continued
I Lucious at The Ark. l0pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Half price entry with flier. Massive party music from the 70s to the 90s with the Woosh team and a tight but polite door policy.
I The Mambo Club at The Cavendish. l0pm—3am. £3 conc and before I lpm; £4 thereafter. Weekly. Make tracks and hear an array of reggae. ragga. soul. funk. swing and R&B sounds provided by Sir Ossie.
I Manga at La Belle Angele. l0pm—3am. £|2 (£l0). 22 Jan. Monthly. Part one of their birthday bash sees Andy C (Ram Records) and The General joining residents G-Mac. Kid and Unify. A huge night at what is easily Scotland‘s biggest drum & bass club. Catch part two at Pure. The Arches on Sat 23 Jan.
I Midnight Blue at Cafe Graffiti. Monthly. Next date 5 Feb.
I Moroccan Clouds at Po Na Na. lOpm—3am. Free before I lpm: £2 after. Weekly. The gorgeous DJ Nicci plays disco. funk and house in this very groovy and popular bar.
I Orange Sun at Studio 24. l().30pm—3am. £4. 22 Jan. Monthly. ‘The orange bubble continues its journey through I999 with a monthly celebration of music. dance and drama.’
I Pillbox at Studio 24. l().3()pm-—-3am. £6 (incl. free membership). 29 Jan. Monthly. A brand new night of hard dance music with a difference in the main room. ambient downstairs. Residents are Marcus. Bazman. Kanobi and Slickle. Club performers include a firebreather and stunts on a unicycle. Check out the spoken word.
I Planet Earth at The Citrus.
l lpm—3am. £4. Weekly. A btrsy 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. lt).3()pm~-.‘~am. £8 (£6). 22 Jan. Fortnightly. 'l‘wo Il'mrs. l).l Rush playing his debut live performance plus the usual Pure nonsense on two floors. You can marvel at Ruslr‘s music and his height (he's supposed to be the tallest [)J around). this Chicago resident can best be described as a further Jeff Mills.
I Reaction at The Subway. llprn—Sarrr. £2; free for students with matriculation card. Weekly. A mix of chart. dance and classic disco.
I Rebel Waltz at City Cafe. 9pm lam. Free. 29 Jan. Fortnightly. The second instalment in Murray Richardson's label showcases. tonight it‘s Forensic Records with guest [Ms Scott Bradford. Scooby and Mark ‘Bone City' Armstrong. A night of deep house.
I The Rocking Horse at The Rocking Horse. l lpm—3am. £ l . Three floors of alternative cltrb action. loosely divided between gothic. heavy metal and indie. Drinks romos.
I The alsa Hut 7—l().3()pttt. Free. Cool little Mexican restaurant bridging the gap between great food and great music. Willi DJs.
I Salsa Viva at the Venue. l().30prn-3arn. £5; £3 before llprir. 2‘) Jan. Fortnightly. ()ne of the capital‘s most popular Latin nights.
I Snatch 015 at Negociants. llipm Jain. Free. Weekly. Ian and Hugh bringing in uplifting house.
I Sublime at The Potterrow 9pm —.‘~arn. £7 (£5). 22 Jan. Monthly. Sublime presents Return To The Source with Christ. Baraka. Phil Ross and Medicine Drum live. RTTS are a collective made tip of musicians. I)Js and artists who regularly stage events worldwide. from Mt Fuji to the States. Their gigs take on a more spiritual understanding of trance. almost shamanic. Sure to be a busy one. I Sublime at Wilkie House. l().30pm—3am. £8 (£6). 2‘) Jan. Fortnightly. Trance and techno Watch out — Kev Wright will be playing from start to finish in the main room. that's a five hour set boys and girls. Beauty and Felix will be masterminding the superbly eclectic back room sounds. Check out their
: tall-funk. old and modern soul through to
I EDINBURGH SATURDAYS
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I The Subway West End 4pm .‘sam. £l. Weekly. See 'l‘hursdays.
I TFI Friday Afterwork Party at the Ark. 4.30 9.30pm. Free. \\'eckly. A free hot buffet until (r..‘\llprrr and loads of cheap drinks. l.o\ elv.
I The Time Tunnel at (‘lub Mercado. llipm 3am. £5. Weekly. 'l'r‘endy Wendy takes yotr through the (tits. 7lls and ﬁlls in a now weekly bash.
I Triptonite North at the Honeycomb. llpm- .‘sanr. LES (Uri. 22 Ian, Monthly. ()ne of the best house line-ups around: check otrt (iar‘eth Sommerx rlle. liomrrrrc Moir. ('olin ('ook. Stuart Ihrrrcan and Murray Richardson at this popular urglrt. The pre- cltrb bash takes place at Igtrarra from 9pm for those wanting to make a rrrglrt of rt.
I Underworld Vibes at Iiarrncr’rrrau‘s. 9pm - lanr. Free Weekly. local lils sprrr pre-club \‘ibes in this popular bar Tonight. it’s garage and lltittst‘.
I Walkers 4pm iam. I-ree before ltldllpttt: £5 alter. (ir‘oup concessions available. Weekly. ( )‘.et' 2 I s. Smart dress. Ilappy Hour 4 Spin \\ rtli local residents. Ftrrr rntrsic. fun crowd.
I Wanted at loca lllpm ‘attt. L.‘ before midnight; LVI after. Weekly. ;\ rirght ofqualrty house wrth Sit-\err Mct 'r'eety. Drinks pt'ottios.
I What It IS at (‘tty (‘ale 2.
9.30pm larrr. free. 32 Ian fortnightly. llob ('airns throwing down a rrri\tur'e of
Michael Kilkie and [ammo playing pumping Iiuro in the main room. Gareth Sommerville through the back with deep house and American garage. I Big Beat at Cafe Grafﬁti. lllpttt -2am. £8. 30 .lan. Monthly. ()ne of the biggest dates of the year for the ' Big Beat gang; appearing in Edinburgh for the first time will be l’ucho and the l.atirr Soul Brothers. Pucho hails from Harlem way back in the 40s where he was the first A fro~.»\merican to record latin. Blending it with funk. he describes his sound as ‘A hard driving I.atin rhythm with a funk and jazz. sound ridin' on top'. Imagine James lirow u and Tito l’uenle wrapped into one person and you have I’ucho. Supported by the 'l'helonious I).Is. : I C.C. Blooms llprrr Want. Free. Weekly. (let up and tilt)\ e those hips at this very busy gay bar/club. I Cafe Aquarius at t‘at’e .»\quarius. 9pm lam. Free Weekly. The very popular Higher ( iround l)ls alternate with the very popular Harry (‘abanas I)Js at this \ ery. um. popular prc—elub bar. I Catwalk 9pm lam. Free. Weekly. (iottlott Whittaker and Mark Price alternate to play an eclectic mix of happening beats in this quality pie-club bar. I Colours Of Love at ('Iub Mercado. I-‘or‘tniglitly. Next date b Feb. f I Cream at The l’otterrow. 9pm~3am. £7 t£5 i. 3t) ,lan. Monthly. A monster super- cltrb night with the stunning Sonique play rrrg up behind the decks in brilliant faslrrori ioined by (‘r'eam’s l.es Ryder. I Cuba Norte at (‘uba .'\'orte. ltipm lam. Free. Weekly. Various l).ls play I atrn and South American sounds. I Curios at WI. Christies. 9pm-lam. Free. Weekly. \arious guests play a range of hip Irop sounds. the open decks mean that you cart hay e a go. too.
Latin gromes. ’llre sublime lir‘tk iotns Rob on the last date of eyet‘y month.
I Arakataca! at llte Iiongo ( 'luli. Montth Next date 37 Feb.
I Atomic Baby at The lloneycorrrb. llpur 3am. £Ill I Lb» lll .Iarr. l-or‘tmglitly.
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Itching for it: The Scratch Perverts — 1st Rate, Prime Cuts, Tony Vegas and Mr Thing
’lnitially it didn’t take off. It kind of came together then it fell apart soon afterwards. It was difficult because we lived in different cities and everyone was kind of doing their own thing; everyone was on different paths,’ says DJ Prime Cuts of The Scratch Perverts, the DJ team which is skyrocketing supersonic—style world-wide. Despite this less than auspicious start, The Scratch Perverts are now one of the tightest team around.
It’s 1996 and this hip hop fanatic bloke, Tony Vegas, is working in the London record shop Mr Bongos. He has a vision of creating a super-crew of the best 015 around. In his sights are DJs Prime Cuts, 1st Rate, Renegade and Mr Thing. While The Scratch Perverts are slow to get it together, get it together they do and, after two short years, they come a close second in the 1998 ITF Routine World Championships. While the team shines, each of the DJs continue to enter in national and international competitions and the awards list just keeps getting longer.
’We are the best crew around, without a doubt,’ claims Prime Cuts, who‘s currently in the studio with UNKLE’s James Lavelle. ’By quite a long way as well. That’s not a big-headed statement, l just don’t see anyone near us. There’s such a lack of 015 who are organised in Britain.’
With the UK hip hop culture becoming increasingly popular both commercially and underground, there’s pressure at the top to keep the music fresh and innovative. 'Now that we are in the spotlight, it is very much up to us to keep this thing moving and we will,’ says Prime Cuts. 'People look up to us to deliver the goods. It’s 1999 and we are going to attack with all guns blazing. Again.’ (Simone Baird)