Techno and house aren’t the be all and end all of Glasgow clubbing. No really, there are other types of
. music. Rhythm ’n’ Blues at Life
serves up quality slices of, well, rhythm and blues every week to
, punters who can live without the
; omnipresent four-four pulse. Jack
Mottram banters with an invisible friend.
Rhythm ‘n' Blues; as in The Yardbirds
and The Stones? Oh, come on. You're wasting preCious time. This is R&B, as in soulful vocals melded with hip hop-
' inspired breaks. Sorry, what's so good about this
place then? Well, the club is stuffed
T to the gunnels with eager R&B heads
each and every week, which hints that
it might be worth checking out. And, in addition to the considerable talents ' of residents Paul Traynor (pictured),
; Stuart McCallum and Naeem, who
take care of Rt-LB business at the likes of Archaos arid Babaza, most nights at Riiytl'ir‘i'i 'ii' Blues have added attractions.
Don't be so vague. What exactly are 'added attractions'? Recent events have seen, for example, Glasgow’s own l'iomegrown diva, Lisa McColgan,
famed for appearances at Sound-
presence and classy performances from her days as vocalist with the rising stars of breakbeat-funk, Engine.
i Aitch B from the godfathers of all
things British and soulful, Soul II Soul, has also moved the crowd. A brace of
- PAs and guests are lined up for the summer months, too.
Like who? First up is DJ S. Boogie, a stalwart of the London RBB scene, on Thursday 22 June. The week after sees The Blakkarhyrriez Crew dishing out some live action alongside DJ X-Jamz. Sounds like value for money. Anything else we should know? In a break from the veritable frenzy of guest acts, Rhythm ’n’ Blues is set to take a breather and give the punters a chance to set the music policy. Since the start of May, request cards have been available to everyone through the door, and Thursday 6 July is the first 'Request Line' night, featuring the most popuiar crowd selections. If you fancy influencing the outcome, the forms are available for the next iortrmgiit
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GLASGOW FRIDAYS CLUB continued
I The Pleasure Lounge at Ad Lib. 5—9pm. Free. Weekly. Something of a pre pre-club this, for those who get tipsy at tea time, with Special Favours resident DJ Mingo-go spinning the usual eclectic selection, from lush pop to electro via ‘phuturistic sleaze’.
I Radar at The Cross Bar. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Wiggy selection of esoteric dub and progressive techno.
I Russell's at Russell’s. (mm—midnight. Free. Weekly. DJ Yaw kicks out the best R&B, hip hop and swingbeat.
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 Stiletto at The 13th Note Cafe. Next date 30 Jul.
I Syntax at Bar Jedi. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Nik Craig of Syntax is joined by DJ Trace (Maddog) fora night of chilled-out electro, filter-heavy disco and techy house.
I The Ark at The Tunnel. 10.30pm—3am. £7 (£5). Weekly. The mighty triumvirate of Scott Mackay, Michael Kilkie and [ammo 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 Big Daddy at The 13th Note Club. 9pm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Funk and jazz from Graham and Daniel, except they call it buttcrack beats, ring-stinging funk and Nagasaki noodlings. Quite.
I Blowin Disco at Glasgow School of Art. Next date 21 Jul.
I Buddasole at Club Budda. 11pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Solemusic head honcho Stevie Middleton with seriously high calibre soulful house and garage. For music lovers.
I Bump 'N' Hustle at Babaza. 6pm—3am (DJs from 11pm). Free before 11pm; £5 after. Weekly. Paul Traynor and Jamie Strang ofArchaos 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 nigltters around.
I Caliente! at Havana. 6pm—3am. Free. Weekly. Loco Latin action from the Salsa Sabrosa crew from 6pm through to the wee small hours.
I The Cathouse at The Cathouse. 10.30pm—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 alternateens.
I Degree Show Party at The Glasgow School ofArt. 6pm-late. Free. 23 Jun only. Spend the afternoon checking out the art on show around the campus, then join the celebrations. This year, there’s a street party with a live samba band and an eclectic selection of the cream of Glasgow DJ talent, including Art School regulars like Andy Divine and the Freek Menoovers turntable crew. Last year, 3000 folk passed through, and the atmosphere was super-charged.
I Ethos at Q. 10pm—3am. Free before 11pm; £5 after. Weekly. An upbeat take on vocal house and garage front Geoff Mumford.
I EuPhonic at The Temple. llpm—3.30am. £6 (£4). Weekly. Trevor Reilly, Billy MacAlee and Paul Mendez split trance and hard house w ith a funky edge to a packed-out club of up-for-it kids.
I G 'n' D at Archaos. llpm—3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. Dress smart and prepare to party iii the main room with Ryan Kerr and David (iilmnre spinning dance classics, garage and house from the commercial end of the spectrum. Betty‘s features Ian 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. 7 Jul. Fortnightly. Peerless Northern action from Scott Brown and the lads. featuring stomping classics, rarities 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 sin rle.
I tr8 Up at Slave. 10pm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Lovejoy and Robin with bouncing cuts ranging from vocal to hard house. Expect maximum silliness on 30 Jun, when Slave turns into lbiza Beach for a one-off foam party, with George Bowie at the decks. The press release promises ‘high powered canons’, so it won’t have that overflowing bath vibe common to your average foamathon. Discounted entry for anyone daft enough to venture out in beach wear during the Scottish ‘summer’.
I Life at Life. 10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Stuart McCallum mans the decks with a funk and soul selection.
I Midi Hi-Fi at Glasgow School ofArt. llme—3am. £4 (£3). 7 Jul. Monthly. The beat-based extravaganza continues with Krash Slaughta joined by the excellent breakbeat funkateers, Dirty Beatniks, who make high energy tracks for Wall of Sound that never quite slip into daftness. I Mystee at Rocksy’s Basement. Next date 21 Jul. Monthly.
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 80s and 90s hits at this gay venue.
I Pressure at The Arches. 11pm—3am. £8. 30 Jun. Monthly. Surprise, surprise, it’s another belter of a night from the Slam gang. This month sees Stuart and Orde welcoming Cajmere (a.k.a. Green Velvet) behind the decks. The cherry on top comes in the form of Terry Farley and Pete Heller, two of the finest house merchants in the country.
I Radar at Glasgow School of Art (upstairs). Next date 21 Jul.
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. Lawrence Hughes and Silicone Soul are manning the fort without the benefit of guests this fortnight, but their sleek house manoeuvres are well worth checking out whether a big name is on hand or not.
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 Ad-Lib. 9pm—3am. £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 Tangent at Alaska. 11pm—3am. £5. Weekly. The Tangent duo of A-Man and Panic have settled in at Alaska nicely with their blend of funky, functional house.
I Tantra at Trash. 10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. A new night featuring pumping house action from The Tunnel’s Colin 'I‘evendale and Lisa Littlewood, with more mellow house and disco action in room two from Grahame and Keith Piper. I Traxx at Planet Peach. 10.30pm—3am. £8 (£6). 23 Jun only. Traxx welcome one of the best DJs in the world . . . ever this month. Booking Harvey is the closest a promoter can get to atmosphere in a
. bottle, and judging by past appearances at
Tangent and Optimo, this should go off like a box of fireworks in a gunpowder factory. Essential.
I Velvet Rooms at The Velvet Rooms. 10pm—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 turntablist hip hop while Kushi provides deep house beats in the back room. 23 Jun is the date for your diary, as DJ Ease from the superb Nightmares on Wax is limbering up for a rare solo excursion behind the 1210s.
I Yum Yum at The 13th Note Club (basement). 9pm—3am. Free before 11pm; £5 after. Weekly. Latin grooves, jazz, hip hop and the like predominate, but pretty much anything goes, including wiggy projection action from Ray Suzuki
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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. llpm—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 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). 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 taking in dancefloor faves from the 60s to the present day.
I Budda at Bar Budda. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Stevie Middleton of Solemusic with deep house and garage. I Bughouse at Bar Jedi. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Chris and Dan bring the finest in house to the out-of-the-way sci- fi themed bar.
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 Cul De Sac. ()pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Jim Hutchison from Soma with funked-up techno and deep house.
I Dirty Wriggles at The Variety Bar. ()pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. The crew behind the Mystee events liven up Sat night with a techno ‘n’ electro pre-elub set.
I Fourward Thinking at Four Cafe Bar (CCA). 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. New pre-club with an emphasis on breaks and beats.
I Kenny H at Russell’s Cafe Bar. ()pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Funky house, with a smattering of soul.
I Nico's at Nico’s. ()pnt—midnigltt. Free. Weekly. Gavin Somerville with a pungent blend of cheesy house.
I Nomad at Nomad. 7.30pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Enjoy some quality house from Kris Keegan. Ian Thompson and A.J. Plus you cart capture those cheeky grins with the free camera hire offer.