Glasgow has traditionally given the myriad forms of drum & has short shrift. The Alkemie gang take a low key approach, hoping to sneak a few fast breaks into the scene. Jack Mottram asks some questions, then answers them.
Who on earth are 'the Alkemie gang'? Sound like a bunch of crims. Er, no. Alkemie is a brand new pre-club featuring the DJ talents of Tania Swift, Poise, Spore and Mark.
They sound vaguely familiar . . . You must have been listening to Scotland's newest radio station, the popular Beat 106. Tania Swift is one half of the team that thumps out the best d & b available. llpm—lam on Sundays, if you’re interested.
Cheers. Weren't we talking about a pre-club? Just trying to provide a little background. The Alkemists were also involved in Turbulence, the drum & bass night that rocked the Art School until last year.
Did you say drum 8: bass? That's not house or techno. I don't understand. Quite. Despite the successes of the aforementioned Turbulence and the big name guest frenzy that was Elements, the whomping bass and skittering breaks have never gained a foothold in
Glasgow’s nightlife, presumably because
the west coast kids are entrenched in the established house and techno scenes.
Why are you telling us about Alkemie, then? Because the night is different to its forebears; the idea is to provide shelter from the techno storm for the city's d & b fans, and the pre-club format is ideally suited to the DJs aim to spin tracks from all the various sub- genres.
Which are? The music policy is set to
include everything from your 'intelligent'
(but don't let Bukem hear you call it that), jazz-inflected head-nodding stuff, right through to gut-shaking bass monsters with scary vocal snippets, via two step, hard step and any other steps they’ve invented in the last couple of weeks.
A/kemie launches on Fri 28 Apr, [downstairs at The 13th Note Cafe.
72 THE LIST 27 Apr—ll May 2000
GLASGOW: CLUBS, SUNDAYS continued
I LiILo at Reds. 10pm-3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Oscar (Mish Mash) and Harri (Subculture), sparring partners of old, join forces for some funky deep house. I Massive at The Velvet Rooms. Monthly. Next date 21 May.
I Optimo at Planet Peach. 11pm-3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. If you think about it really hard, Wilkes and Twitch are entering into a revolutionary Socratic dialogue betwixt man and machine. Or something. Suffice to say, you can count on wiggy-assed knob twiddling, spooky electronic black arts and thumping death disco selections.
I Ouch at The Temple. 10pm—3am. £10. 30 Apr only. The kids seem to be looking forward to this one, thanks to top guests Groove Armada’s DJ set. Don’t forget to arrive in time for the Ouch regulars, though, and soulsters Engine in particular. See Preview.
I The Shed at The Shed. 10pm-3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Charty house action from Martin Hesketh at the Southside’s answer to The Garage.
I Sun at Trash. 11pm-3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. House, garage and student classics from Jim Da Best, with drinks for £1 all night.
I Sunday at Strawberry Fields. 9pm-late. £15. Weekly. Fifteen nicker might seem a bit steep for a night down Strawberry Fields, but in addition to banging house anthems and saucy dancing girls, the bar is totally and utterly free. Much like a stomach pump on the NHS.
I Taboo at The Velvet Rooms. 11pm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. DMG provides the classic soul, funk and R&B.
I Voyeurism at Archaos. llpm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. A perv’s paradise, with peep hole performances, non-speciﬁc fake shagging and a general atmosphere of muckiness. Oh, and there’s music too, with Mark Sherry and Paul Mendez spinning upfront, uplifting house in the main room, Naeem rocking downstairs with his hip hop selections and Paul Traynor and Naeem providing R&B cuts in the Skybar. There will be extra theatrical antics on the bank holiday date of 30 Apr from the likes of Mischief La Bas.
I Yang at Yang. 11pm—3am. Free before midnight; £3 after. Rotating DJs mean you can expect anything from jazzy breaks to hard and nasty techno.
Chart d. party
I Atmosphere at Destiny. 10pm—3am; £3 before 11pm; £4 after. Weekly. Full- on party action accompanied by generous drinks promos.
t I Cleopatra's at Cleopatra’s.
10.30pm—2.30am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Chart pop and hits from the 703 and 805.
I Silver (Disco Extravaganza) at Fury Murray’s. 11pm—3am. £3(£2). Weekly. Cheese-tastic disco fun for students, with Dave and Phil spinning the discs.
I Loose at The Variety Bar. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Alt- country, classic 705 rock and blues from Paul Shields.
I Phat Dave at The Living Room. 9pm—11pm. Free. Weekly. Starting the week with ‘hedmuzik 4 beatfreakz’, which translates into English as hip hop, breaks, beats and the like.
I Playstation League at Bar Jedi. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. For kids sore of thumb and pallid of complexion. A case of lager is up for grabs for the top gun gamer, assuming they can drag themselves away from the ‘station at home.
I Burn at The Apartment. 11pm—3am. Free for bar staff of any pub or club; £3 to everyone else. Weekly. A top party
atmosphere guaranteed thanks to the thumping dance classics unleashed by Norm and Richard.
I The Monday Club at The Velvet Rooms. 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Chris Hesketh mixes up R&B, garage and house at this new night. Entry is free to all shop, bar, restaurant and club staff, generously enough.
I Passionality at Planet Peach. 11.30pm-3am. £3 (£2 with ﬂyer). Weekly. Gay night that invites you to ‘come get passionate’. Funnily enough, the music, courtesy of DJ Shawn (Bennet’s), promises to be cheesy chart, upfront house and handbag.
I Speedracer at The Garage. 10.30pm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Indie classics with the odd daft party tune thrown in for the usual crazy crowd.
Chart &. party
I Cleopatra's at Cleopatra’s. 10.30pm—2.30am. £2 (£1). Weekly. Start the week with 705 and 805 hits.
I Dub Night at The Variety Bar. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Stevie Donaldson (Bar 10) playing, oddly enou h, dub.
I Sa sa Sabrosa at Havana Bar. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. DJs Keith and Alexis provide you with a cool night of Latin tunes, with merengue and salsa classes from 8pm.
I Stylophone at The 13th Note Cafe. 9.30pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. The ﬁrst leg of the Stylophone mobile club, with rock and garage sounds, plus the chance to pick up free drink passes for the club roper.
I Bar 1 at Bar 10. Weekly. A new chance for aspiring DJ talent to get noticed: every week three bedroom tumtablists spin their discs, the best being selected by the crowd, who then progress to the final, when DJs and promoters from various clubs grant the cream of the crop a chance to play out at their venue or club. This month’s winner will get a chance to play at Archaos.
I Basics at g2. 11pm—33m. £5 (£3). Weekly. Jon Mancini from Colours playing out his usual high quality house.
I Eden at Alaska. 11pm—3am. £4 (£2). Weekly. One for the students, with the usual classics of academe downstairs thanks to Alan Ronald, plus some charging party tunes and a smattering of house upstairs from Scott Mackay of The Tunnel. Further proof that Tues are the new Thus.
I F.U.N. at Planet Peach. 11pm—3am. £3. Weekly. Gay night featuring the traditional hodge podge of cheese and handbaggage courtesy of DJs Shawn and Georgie Boy.
I Havana at October Cafe (Princes Square). 10pm-3am. £8. 9 May. Monthly. Assuming the regulars have managed to shift their hangovers from the birthday bash last month, the high octane celebration of nice clobber and all things Latin should be making a typically energised start on the next ten years.
I Stylophone at The 13th Note Club (ground floor). 9pm-3am. Free before 11pm; £2 after. Psychedelia, rock, 605 garage and a bit of punk. Go to the ‘Note Cafe beforehand, and you can pick up free drink passes for the club.
Chart &. party
I Laid at The Temple. 10.30pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Student night with the cheesiest of cheese, regular tribute bands and the odd foam party.
I Goo Goo at The Velvet Rooms. 11pm-3am. £4 (£3). Paul Melon claims to be ‘The King of Cheese’, while Dave Mulholland whacks out the commercial house and garage.
I Planet Pop at Qudos (Queen Margaret Union). lOpm—2am. £2 (£1)—
students and up to four guests. Weekly. Pop, anthemic house and related silliness from Tam Coyle.
I Shooting Stars at The Garage. 11pm-3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Gerry and Iain keep the drunk kids happy with chatty house and hits. I The Shimmy at Bennet’s. 11.30pm—3am. £3 (£1.50). A straightish and studenty night at the gay venue, with Raymond Davren maintaining the part atmosphere.
I S ave Boy Tuesday at Slave. 10pm-3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Hostess Ms Mi-Mi-Martini and resident Jon Fraser with handbag and hardbag albums at the new club’s gay night.
I T.I.T. at Trash. 10.30pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Rory Weller with hands imthe-air, foot-stomping house and trance, plus Graham churning out the student sounds in Room TWO.
GLASGOW WEDNESDAYS Pre—club
I Jengaheads at The Living Room. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Martyn Jengahead goes solo to showcase new releases, acetates and the like.
I Russell's at Russell’s. 9—11pm. Free. Weekly. DJ Yaw brings his world music extravaganza to the yuppie masses.
I Shu Hirata at The Cul De Sac. 8pm—midnight. Jazzy breaks, hip hop, electro, drum & bass: whatever gets played out, it’s bound to be the best available.
I The Works at Bar 10. 9pm-midnight. Free. Weekly. Graham Wilson with everything from hip hop to house and a few surprises thrown in.
I Algo Differente at Havana Bar. 10.30pm-late. £4 (£3). Weekly. Arrive early for salsa tuition, then revel in the Salsa Sabrosa crew’s high octane Latin set.
I Bennet's at Bennet’s. 11.30pm—3am. £2.50 (£1.50). Weekly. Sara with an upfront dance mix. Gay.
I F.A.B. at Babaza. 11pm-3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. DJ Skud blends garage, R&B and funky house, playing to a dressed-up crowd who help to make this one of the busiest midweek nights in Glasgow.
I Ghetto Flava at Reds. 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Paul N’Jie with a smooth blend of house, garage, R&B and funk.
I Joints And Jams at Planet Peach. 11pm—3.15am. £3 (£2). Weekly. High calibre night of hip hop, swing and R&B from a rotating roster of DJ talent including Martin Hesketh, Puppa Shango, John Lyons, DMG and James Fullerton.
I Overground at The Velvet Rooms. 11pm-3am. £4 (£2). Indie sounds and chart classics from Joe McKay.
I Shag Tag at Archaos. 11pm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Insanely successful night based on a complex numerical flirting system: everyone gets a number upon entry, then, if someone catches your eye, you write their number on the board next to your own, with the idea being that they then rush up to you and get biz-ay. Music-wise, it’s banging house and trance in the main room and across the board ‘madness’ from CJ downstairs. See feature, page 17.
Chart &. party
I C.J.D. at The Apartment 11pm-3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Student frolics with Marcello, Alan Belshaw and Ryan Mathie.
I Klass at Destiny. 10pm-3am. £2 before 11pm; £3 after. Weekly. For those who fancy a party night out, but can’t stand those pesky kids cluttering up the joint. Over 285 only.
I Pop 8: Tarts at The Cathouse. 11pm—3am. Weekly. Free before 11.30pm; £2 (£1.50) after. Weekly. Party-up disco and funk.
I Souped Up at The Garage. 10.30pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Student pop piffle from Iain Hanlon.