The Mystec crew have been steadily gaining a name for themselves around town as purveyors of the ﬁnest in bass-fuelled electronic music. Jack Mottram gets the lowdown.
What's it all about then? The DIS behind ,
the various Mystec nights, named, with innuendo in mind, Dirty Wriggles and Good Hands, spotted something of a gap in the market for the various musical forms that have evolved out of the early Detroit techno scene.
That's a bit vague . . . Fair enough. The Mystec sound takes in anything and everything with a basis in techno, taking in the precise classics sporadically released by Derrick May back in the day, underground hits from Claude Young or Kenny Larkin and bang up to date tracks from the Detroit Bass scene, currently pumping out of low slung automobiles in the Motor City. In addition to the deep techno, you can expect the sort of new skool electro currently pouring out of the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia that spurns cheesy synth runs and retrogressive stylings in favour of sparse production underpinned by gut- wrenching basslines — influenced by, in case you hadn't guessed, the good old Detroit sound.
That's all very well. but why should I care? in short, Mystec deserve recognition by dint of the fact that they are practically alone in championing their music of choice — you might hear this stuff slipped into sets at other nights around the city, but the combination of back-to-basics technical techno and forward~looking European electronics is pretty much unique in Glasgow.
Aren‘t techno types all obsessive bores who hate having fun? No comment. While Mystec might have roots in a mildly prescriptive desire to bring a sidelined sound to the masses, their events tend to have something of a party atmosphere, with a gradual descent into all-out hedonism.
I’m sold. Where can I join the fun? The flagship night runs at Rocksy’s Basement out in Paisley, home to the legendary Club 69, the night that inspired the Mystec crew in the first place. And, before you start fretting about taxis, a bus service is included in the ticket price to ferry you there and back.
as Mystec play Yang on Thu 23 Mar. Dirty Wriggles hosts a pre-c/ub every Saturday at the Variety Bar, and Mystec take over Rocksy’s Basement on Fri 1 7 Mar and monthly, with buses leaving the Variety at 70.30pm.
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CLUB LISTINGS continued
I Bump 'n' Hustle at Babaza. 6pm-3am (DJs from 11pm). Free before 11pm; £5 after. Weekly. Paul Traynor and Jamie Strang of Archaos fame with ﬁne and funky R&B cuts, hip hop and some classic soul and funk thrown in to keep the capacity crowd going. Arrive early to avoid disappointment, as this is one of the busiest regular Friday nighters around. I The Cathouse at The Cathouse. 10.30pm—3am. £4 (£3); £1 before 11pm. Weekly. Rock, grunge, indie and a dash of break beat across three ﬂoors at Glasgow’s top venue for rockers and altemateens. I Friday Frolics at Havana. 11pm—3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. Steven Foy and CJ provide an across the board blend of commercial house and dance classics. I Gold 'n' Delicious at Archaos. 11pm—3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. Dress smart and prepare to party in the main room with Ryan Kerr and David Gilmore spinning dance classics, garage and house from the commercial end of the spectrum. Betty’s features Ian Thompson with dance classics across the spectrum, while Paul Traynor provides a collection of R&B, hip hop and soul cuts in the exclusive Skybar. I Global at Universe (Coatbridge). 11pm—2.4Sam. £5. Weekly. Tunnel types Kevin MacFarlane and Stephen bee spinnin arage, vocal house and anthems. I Goo oot at The Bedsit. 10pm-2am. £5. 3 and 17 Mar. Peerless Northern action from Scott Brown and the lads, featuring stomping classics, rareties and the occasional funk-ﬂavoured cut. Continue your obsession with wilfully obscure soul sounds, or ﬁnd out exactly why old blokes from Stockport will re-mortgage their homes to purchase a 7in single. I Life at Life. 10pm-3am. £5. Weekly. There’s a change of tempo at Glasgow’s newest venue as Stuart McCallum takes over with a funk and soul selection. I Midi Hi-Fi at Glasgow School of Art. 10pm—3am. £6. 3 Mar. Monthly. After a hugely succesful debut, expect tonight to be jam packed with revellers. Resident Krash Slaughta is joined by First Rate of legendary mixologists The Scratch Perverts. See Preview. I Mumbo Jumbo at Trash. 11pm-3am. £5 (£3). Featuring R&B cuts and dance anthems. I Mystec at Rocksy’s Basement. llpm—Zam. £7. 17 Mar. Monthly. Dirty wriggles and Good Hands with Detroit sounds, techno bass and electro. Catch the bus from The Variety Bar at 10.30pm. See Phactﬁle. I Phono at Alaska. 11pm—3am. £8. Weekly. The new Friday line-up at Alaska includes some of the best DJ talent in Glasgow. The collective includes Paul ‘Pee Wee’ Welsh (Radio Clyde), Mark (Straight Ahead), Kev (Goodfoot) and Shu Hirata (World Service) who are set to bring together disparate styles from soul, deep funk and retro breaks in the bar area to future jazz and house in the main room. I Polo Lounge at The P010 Lounge. 11pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Michelle provides a loose mix of house and indie classics downstairs, while Andy rocks the Trophy Room with 805 and 905 hits at this gay venue. I Privilege at Havana. 10pm—3am. £3. Weekly. Andy Guest playing across the house spectrum, from vocal to the more bangin’. I Pressure at The Arches. 10.30pm-4am. £10. Next date 24 Mar with very special guest Laurent Gamier. I Psi Phy at Planet Peach. llpm—3am. £7. 17 Mar only. The Subbie rotation continues with residents Paul Cawley and Alex Horton joined by Mo’ Wax supremo James Lavelle. I Reds at Reds. 11pm—3am. £6 (£5). Weekly. Club classics and house sounds from Alan Ronald. I Relief at The Arches. 11pm-3am. £8 (£6). Weekly. 10 Mar sees the ﬁrst Relief birthday party, with residents Silicone Soul and Laurence Hughes joined by guest DJs King Brit and Josh Wink. I Rephresh at Glasgow School of Art. 10pm-3am. £10. 10 Mar only. The techno breaks and beats of Radar are supplemented
by a live set from Mike Dred. The guest DJs are Rephlex Master Control and the Aphex TWin himself, Richard D. James spinning warped electro, dark drum & bass and generally being a genius/saviour of modern music.
I Soulsa at Eat Drink Man Woman. 9pm-late. £3. Weekly. Smooth disco courtesy of Andy Unger, Rodger, Pete Murphy and Wayne Dixon, who are keen to show that disco doesn’t just mean Daft Punk and their ﬁlter happy peers, preferring instead the genuine classics the revivalists sample and, well, ripped off.
I templeVision at The Temple. 11pm—3.30am. £6 (£4). Weekly. George Bowie of Radio Clyde fame and Trevor Reilly spinning trance and hard house with a funky edge to a packed-out club of up for it kids.
I Test at Planet Peach. 11pm—3am. £7. 3 Mar only. A ﬁrst bite of the peach for Test at the temporary Subbie. Tonight sees the ﬁrst date of the Trace Elements Tour from Automatic Records, with Ibrahim Alfa playing a live set of brand new material from his forthcoming long player. Residents this time around are Shandy and Steve Glencross of Sativae and Drought. I Trade at The Arches. 10pm-3am. 4 Mar. Monthly. Fresh from opening Slave, Mary Kiani continues to bring the godmother of banging house nights to Glasgow.
I Trash at Trash. 11pm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Grahame Ferguson and Stevie Smith play a blend of R&B, cheesy house classics and funk.
I Yang at Yang. 11pm—3am. Free before midnight; £5 after. Weekly. Dema & Nice, core members of the super-skilled Freek Menoovers crew, rock the bar with tumtablist hip hop while Kushi provides deep house beats in the back room.
I Yum Yum at The 13th Note Club (basement). 9pm-3am. £4. Weekly. Latin grooves, jazz, hip hop and the like predominate, but pretty much anything goes. Includes access to Big Daddy downstairs.
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I Glamorama at The Apartment. 11pm—3am. £8. Weekly. Good time club selections from party king Jim Da Best.
I Carwash at g2. 11pm-3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. A night of disco, funk and soul classics, courtesy of The Garage ’5 Jerry Lyons.
I Cheesy Pop at Qudos (QMU). 10pm-2am. £3 (£2); students and up to four guests. Weekly. Seven years on and rampant hordes of mucky-minded, vodka- fuelled urchins still ﬂock to hear DJ Toast’s Edam selection. A riotous evening, with the em basis on pure unashamed fun.
I rash at The Shed. 10pm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Dave Ross rocking the Southside sister club to The Garage with student- friendly kitsch and chart faves.
I Envy at Destiny. 10pm—3am. £5 before 11pm; £6 after. Weekly. Throbbing house action at the city centre megavenue. Wear nice shoes.
I Love Bug at The Garage. 10.30pm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Insanely busy night of party tunes for students and youngsters.
I Pink Cadillac at Betty’s (Archaos). llpm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Break out your feather boas, ludicrous flares, platform boots and Afro wigs and groove to classic disco and sexy funk, courtesy of DJ Shaft. I Shag at Fury Murry’s. 11pm—3.15am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Drunken party tunes from Mark and James G.
I Strawberry Fields at Strawberry Fields. 9pm-3am. £6 before 11pm; £7 after. Weekly. A party-up set taking in dancefloor faves from the 605 to the present day.
I Budda at Bar Budda. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Stevie Middleton of Solemusic with deep house and garage. I Cross Wired at The Cross Bar. 8pm-midnight. Free. Weekly. House and techno with a seriously funky feel.
I Cul De Sac at The Cut De Sac. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Jim Hutchison from Soma with funked-up
techno and dee house.
I Dirty Wrigg es at The Variety Bar. 9pm-midnight. Free. Weekly. The crew behind the new Mystec nights liven up Saturday night with a techno ‘n’ electro pre-club set. See Phactﬁle.
I Edward's at Edward’s. 9pm-midnight. Free. Weekly. Slick house and garage from Keith Pyper.
I Firehorse Foundations at Alaska. Monthly. Next date 25 Mar.
I Kenny H at Russell’s Cafe Bar. 9pm-midnight. Free. Weekly. Funky house, with a smattering of soul.
I Nomad at Nomad. 7.30pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Enjoy some quality house from Kris Keegan, Ian Thompson and A1. Plus you can capture those cheeky grins with the free camera hire offer.
I Pussypower at Scaramouche Bar. 9.30pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. The Pussypower phenomenon continues with their inimitable blend of house and techno. I Sam Wallace at Eat Drink Man Woman. 8pm-midnight. Free. Weekly. Across the board house sounds to get you ready for a night out.
I Walker 8: Hughes at The Living Room. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. The deepest of house from Colin and Lawrence - one of the best ways to gear up for the night out
I Archaos at Archaos. llpm—4am. £8. Weekly. Kris Keegan and AJ rock the main room with house and garage, Ian Thompson whacks out the the best in underground garage and dance classics in Betty’s, while members in the Skybar are treated to Paul Traynor’s smooth R&B mix. In addition, the Archaos cast of performers bring a touch of the circus to Clubland with ﬁre- eaters, stilt-walkers and dare devil trapeze artistry.
I Ascendance at The Temple. llpm—3am. £7 (£5). 4 Mar. Fortnightly. Johnny Rockit and Billy Macatee with seriously thumping tribal house and hard-edged trance.
I Atomic at The Temple. 11pm—3am. £7 (£5). 11 Mar. Fortnightly. The club known as Atomic Baby in Edinburgh switches coasts, but maintains the cracking atmosphere, featuring crisp and shiny hard house from the ever-reliable Michael Kilkie and Zammo.
I Bennet‘s at Bennet’s. 11.30pm-3am. £5. Weekly. Shaun with a commercial dance set and Annie with a blend of 705 and 805 hits.
I The Cathouse at The Cathouse. 10.30pm—3am. £3.50 (£2.50) before 11.30pm; £4 after. Weekly. Indie, rock, grunge and beats across three floors.
I Club 69 at Rocksy’s Basement. 10pm—2.30am (midnight curfew). £5 (members only). Weekly. The team behind the Rub-A-Dub record shop with the deepest underground sounds. Don’t be put off by the fact that the club runs out of a restaurant basement, Club 69 is one of the best places in Britain to hear deep low- down techno. For membership details, call Rub-A-Dub on 400 6967.
I Club Cubana at The Bedsit. £4 (£3). 10.30pm-2am. 11 Mar. Fortnightly. Academia de Salsa provide free dance tuition from 11pm, after which DJ Duncanario takes over with a frantic Latin mix matched by equally frantic dance action. I Divine at Glasgow School of Art. £4 (£3.50). 10pm-2.30am. Weekly. Come this summer, Divine will have been providing a dose of Northern, funk and sixties classics for ten years, but the kids still can’t get enough.
I Free Form at The 13th Note Club (both floors). 9pm-3am. Free before 10.30pm; £3 after. Weekly. Latin flavours from Steven and Paul.
I Freelance Science at Alaska. llpm—3am. £10. 4 Mar. Monthly. Stuart and Orde combine lengthy stints at three 12105 with live electronic manipulations thanks to a couple of samplers and a drum machine. Unsurprisingly, the night gets packed out quick smart, so be sure to get down to Alaska early.
I Fruitfly at The Arches. Monthly. Next date 18 Mar.
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