GLASGOW: PRE-CLUBS, FRIDAYS continued
I Soaterama at Nice ‘n’ Sleazy (ground floor). 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. An across the board blend with an emphasis on the unexpected, from punk to drum & bass.
I Stateside Sounds at The State Bar. 4—7pm. Free. Weekly. Paul Shields selects alt.country favourites, rock classics and blues cuts.
I The Ark at The Tunnel. 10.30pm—3am. £7 (£5). Weekly. The mighty triumvirate of Scott Mackay, Michael Kilkie and Zammo keep the crowd on their toes with top quality hard house, while Simon Foy kicks out smooth vocal house and garage in the back room.
I Buddasole at Club Budda. 11.3(lpm—3am. £5. Weekly. Solemusic head honcho Stevie Middleton with seri0usly high calibre soulful house and garage. For music lovers.
I Bump 'n' Hustle at Babaza. 6pm-Bam (DJs from 11pm). Free before 11pm; £5 after. Weekly. Paul Traynor and Jamie Strang of Archaos fame with line 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 Fri nighters around.
I The Cathouse at The Cathouse. 10.3(lpm—3am. £4 (£3); £1 before 11pm. Weekly. Rock. grunge, indie and a dash of breakbeat across three floors at Glasgow‘s top venue for rockers and alternatecns.
I Eu Phonic at The Temple. 11pm—3.30am. £6 (£4). Weekly. Trevor Reilly, Billy MacAlee and Paul Mendez spinning trance and hard house with a funky edge to a packed-out club of up- for-it kids.
I Friday Frolics at Havana. 11 pm-3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. Steven Foy and CJ provide an across the board blend of commercial house and dance classics.
I G 'n' D 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 lan Thompson with dance classics across the genres, while Paul Traynor provides a collection of R&B, hip hop and soul cuts in the exclusive Skyban
I Global at Universe (Coatbridge). 11pm—2.45am. £5. Weekly. Tunnel types Kevin MacFarlane and Stephen Lee spinning garage, vocal house and anthems.
I Goodfoot at The Bedsit. 10pm—2am. £5. 5 May & 19 May. 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 7m single.
I ood Friday at Slave. 10pm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Lovejoy and Robin with bouncing cuts ranging from vocal to hard house.
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 Messenger Sound System at Glasgow School of Art. Monthly. Next date 19 May.
I Midi Hi-Fi at Glasgow School of Art. 10pm—3am. £tbc. 28 April. Monthly. The beat-based business continues after the pre-club at Sleazy’s with resident Krash Slaughta and Pastels collaborator and all round master of the laid back groove, Kid Loco (tbc).
I Mumbo Jumbo at Trash. 11pm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Featuring R&B cuts and dance anthems.
I Mystec at Rocksy’s Basement. Monthly. Next date 19 May.
I Tangent at Alaska. 11pm-3am. £tbc. Weekly. The Tangent duo of A-Man and panic take up residency at Alaska, bringing their eclectic dance beats with them.
I Polo Lounge at The Polo 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 Pressure at The Arches. 10pm—3am. £13 in advance; £14 at the door. 28 Apr. Monthly. Another cracker of a line-up at the last Pressure before Slam take to the high seas for some Renfrew Ferry shenanigans. This time around there’s a Best of British theme, as opposed to the usual Best of the World, with Stuart & Orde ably assisted by Darren Emerson, The End’s Mr C and Swag.
I Psi Phy at Planet Peach. 11pm—3am. £7. 28 Apr only. Fenetik boss and all-
SLAM ELECTRONICA Freelance Science Glasgow: Alaska, Sat 6 May.
Consider, if you will, the god-like popularity of Glasgow's golden sons of techno, Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle. The pair otherwise known as Slam can seemingly do no wrong - packing out enormous venues, supporting any dance gig worth its salt, world tours, festivals, as well as having an international reputation for being, quite simply, the dog's bollocks. Despite this, surely starting yet another night in the somewhat saturated Glasgow club-scene is madness, especially when they don't allow anyone else to guest. no matter how nicely they beg.
'The whole idea was that you could have a good night out without relying on big names,’ explains Slam promoter Crae Caldwell. 'Stuart and Orde are premier name 015 anyway, and the point was that we didn't need guest 015 to be busy. It's more fun for them as well; they're not just playing for two hours, they're playing the warm up right through to the conclusion. And the night gives them a chance to play with the machines.’
Thoughts of mad Frankenstein robotics aside, Stuart and Orde utilise a range of equipment in addition to the standard three decks. On any given night, the pair will be messing with a Pioneer mixer, a Roland-909 drum machine, an MPC, and another sampler, determined by the mood that they are in. They also experiment widely throughout the night with the material that they have programmed during the week.
Crae says that ‘we sell out within an hour of the doors opening. and because the capacity is only 450, we can be a little picky about who we let in. It's really, really old skooi - it's like clubs used to be before they went all commercial. Honestly. it's a total sweatbox.’ (Simone Baird)
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I Reds at Reds. llpm—3am. £6 (£5). Weekly. Club classics and house sounds from Alan Ronald.
I Relief at The Arches. 11pm—3am. £8 (£6). Weekly. The Relief chaps have been sticking to their own considerable talents for a while, but after Sneak’s masterful showing last month, things seem to be hotting up again: Gene Farris guests on 12 May.
I Salsa Sabrosa at Strathclyde University Student Union. 9.30pm-3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Keith, Alexis and Geo D with the best in merengue, salsa and all things Latin. Entry includes dance classes at the start of the night.
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, rip off.
I Test at Planet Peach. 11pm—3am. £7. 5 May only. After last month’s battle with Pure, the Test crew settle down with Shandy joined by members of the international Test organisation.
I Traxx at Planet Peach. 10pm—3am. £8. 12 May only. A Traxx special with Elliot Eastwick, the head honcho of the ever- reliable Paper Recordings and founder of Hard Times currently garnering much praise for his Robodisco night down Manchester way.
I Velvet Rooms at The Velvet Rooms. lOpm—3am. £7 (£5). Weekly. John Lyons with smooth R&B downstairs, plus Raymond Darvon spinning club classics upstairs.
I Yang at Yang. 11pm-3am. Free before midnight; £5 after. Weekly. Dema and 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. llpm-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’s 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 emphasis on pure unashamed fun.
I Crash at The Shed. lOpm-3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Dave Ross rocking the Southside sister club to The Gara e with student-friendly kitsch and chart ayes. I Envy at Destiny. lOpm—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). 11pm—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 tak‘ng in danceﬂoor faves from the 605 to the present day.