You’ll have seen him working the dancefloors of Disco lnfemo and Vegas, with mic and staff in hand. Now MC Otis turns his talents to a new night at Leith venue Club Java. Disco Dock (as in disco at the dock of the bay) opens its doors on Sat 8 Jul, with soul and disco classics, as well as some contemporary dance hits, playing out all night long. Otis talks us through some of the stars who’ll be making regular appearances on the turntables.
Barry White (A&M Records)
The larger than life mega-star. I’ll put him in my mix with some of his numerous decades of dance hits.
James Brown (Polydor)
The legend and godfather of soul. ’Hot Pants', ’Funky Men’, 'Sex Machine’ and all that, will be felt with MC Otis doing it to the bone.
Aretha Franklin (Atlantic/Arista)
The queen of soul. Hits like ’Respect', ’Think', ’Rock Steady’ and ’Spanish Harlem' are but a few of her distinctive disco dance classics.
K.C. And The Sunshine Band (Epic/CBS) Like the Average White Band, they have been one of my favourite white funky men bands for decades. In the early hours of the morning, when the girls want to give it all, you slot in 'Give It Up' and watch the dancefloor burn.
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I Al's All Night Joke Shop at PopRokit. 9pm—1am. Free. 14 Jul. The club-come- Cabaret-come-TV experience visits PopRokit. They haven’t quite got the space of The Bongo Club to play with, but we’re sure they’ll do something interesting with it anyway.
I Cuba Norte at Cuba Norte. 10pm—1am. Free. Weekly. Flamenco Puro play live. DJs afterwards.
I The Friday Feelgood at Baracoa. 10pm—1am. Free. Weekly. DJ Tinku supplies a vinyl solution ofjazz, funk, soul and hip hop.
I The Gilded Saloon at The Gilded Saloon. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. In Demand DJs offering smooth grooves.
I Heritage at Oxygen. 5pm—1am. Free. Monthly. 14 Jul. An exploration of black music, from Motown to Masters At Work, from George Reid and Gary Young.
I Immersed In Music at Pivo. 9pm—lam. Free. Weekly. Kris Keegan of 23rd Precinct supplies the tunes on 7 Jul, with Vextax winner Jamie Buchanan taking over on 14 Jul.
I Made In Iguana at Iguana. 9pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Joseph Malik (Lizzard Lounge) takes in the full spectrum of funky tunes. 14 Jul sees a guest slot from future jazzter Grahame Grant, who runs new Edinburgh label Paralax.
I NYC at Bliss. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. ‘A clubbers’ guide to the underground sound of New York’ from resident Kevin Jones.
I Rebel Waltz at City Cafe 2. 9pm—1am. Free. 14 Jul. Fortnightly. Murray Richardson is away on tour so Marco Smith stands in with a deep house selection.
I Substantial at PopRokit. 9pm—1am. Free. 8 Jul only. Top notch house and garage night Substantial, who have just re- launched at La Belle Angele, bring their soulful beats to the PopRokit basement.
I T.F.I. Friday at Club Mercado. 5—10pm. Free. Weekly. Serving the city’s after-work posse for six years now, T.F.l. Friday brings together the vital ingredients of cheap alcohol and party tunes in an atmosphere controlled by Trendy Wendy. I T.F.|. Friday at The Ark. 4—10pm. Free. Weekly. The music policy’s chart and party, but we’ll wager it’s the alcohol you’re after.
I Underworld Vibes at Bannerrnans. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. Sean Pearson and Neil Ferguson go all garage and house.
I What It Is at City Cafe 2. 9pm-1am. Free. 7 Jul. Fortnightly. Bob Cairns does the jazz, soul and funk thing.
I Why Not? at Why Not?. 5—1()pm. £1 (donated to charity). Weekly. Chart and dance tunes, with professional salsa dancers dotted around to get you shaking your stuff.
I Al’s All Night Jokeshop at The Bongo Club. 1()pm—3am. £7 (£5). 7 Jul. Monthly. Billed as a ‘mega-media’ event, the Jokeshop presents the best of clubbing and music in a live, TV show-style format with presenters Garth Cruickshank (Barry Cabanas) and Bronagh Keegan. Tonight’s live delights include Edinburgh’s own future-funk-fusionists Mystery Juice and a no doubt tasteful tribute to recently deceased punk-poet Ian Dury, entitled Ian Durex And The Sockheads. On the DJ front we have Dutch Schultz, Mikey Magic and Bostick. See panel.
I Apex at Studio 24. 10.3(lpm—3am. Monthly. Next date 38 Jul.
I Arakataca! at The Bongo Club. Monthly. Next date 28 Jul.
I Ballistic at Studio 24. 11pm—3am. £5. 21 Jul. Monthly. A brand new night from the folk behind The Mission, with the emphasis on contemporary alternative tunes, from industrial to chemical beats and synthed sounds. The night will also showcase live bands, with alternative cabaret artists promised for the future.
I Big Beat at La Belle Angele. 10.30pm—2am. £6 (£5); £2.50 before
11.30pm. 7 Jul. Monthly. It’s all hands on decks for a DJ-only night, giving Simon, Stuart and Tinku the chance to really get into their danceﬂoor jazz beats without those pesky guests getting in the way.
I C.C. Blooms at CC. Blooms. 10.30pm—3am (bar from 6pm). Free. Weekly. DJ Ally does the decks duty at this gay night with her inimitable selection of high camp and disco classics, moving on to pumped-up house and dance as the evening progresses.
I Club Latino at The Bongo Club. 10.30pm—3am. £5 (£4). 21 Jul. Monthly. A Latin club in the traditional New York mould, with free salsa classes for those who get there early, alongside the best salsa and merengue discs from DJ Simon Hodge. There’s also Capoeira dancers showing off their skills and top Latin American food in the back room.
I Cool Runnings at Noa. 10.30pm—3am. £2. 14 Jul only. DJ Dirtsman, who you can catch on Thu and Fri too at various one- offs about the city, spins his hip hop, ragga and R&B selections.
I Corruption at The Cafe Royal. 8pm-1am. £5. 14 Jul only. Dark music and a dungeon at this event, with a strict fetish and gothic dress code.
I Dtsulto at Ego. Monthly. Next date 28 Jul with special guest Colin Brown.
I Divine Divas at The Venue (top ﬂoor). 1()pm—3am. £6 (£4). 7 Jul. Monthly. DJ 3002 takes control of the turntables tonight for a selection of 70s, 80s and chart tunes at this women-only night. All proceeds go to Lothian Gay And Lesbian Switchboard. I Dr No's at The Bongo Club. 11pm—3am. £7 (£5). 14 Jul. Monthly. Sadly the Jerry Dammers gig has been postponed until later in the year. However, you can still enjoy a scorching serving of original ska, with rock steady and reggae tinges, plus backroom soul and funk.
I Evol at The Liquid Room. 10.30pm-3am. £4. Weekly. Still going strong, Evol is the city’s longest running indie night. These days, expect a heady mix of the best altemative and crossover tunes, new and old.
I Go Go at The Place. Monthly. Next date 28 Jul.
I Jazz Joint at The Jazz Joint. 1()pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Band on stage midnight. Jazz Incident supply the funk, breaks and beats on 7 Jul, with a drum & bass-jazz fusion from Rarefaction, now featuring A.J. from Blacka’nized, on 14 Jul.
I Kinky at Cafe Royal. 8pm—1am. £5. 21 Jul only. Vain and Violate join forces for a night of fetish action combined with an industrial, techno and 80s soundtrack. Dress to distress and don’t get too carried away in the domination dungeon.
I Ltzzard Lounge at La Belle Angele. 1()pm—2am. £7 (£6); £5 before midnight. 21 Jul. Monthly. After last month’s Da Lata extravaganza, things calm down a bit with a DJ-only night, and in charge of the funky international beats selection is the East Coast Project’s Eh? Wun!
I Loop at The Wee Red Bar.1 1pm-3am. £6 (£4). 21 Jul. Monthlyish. Al Space (Apex), Bill Spice (Curious) and Julz (Purple Moon) get together for some more deep, hard and funky grooves. Tonight’s guest is Laurie from Rotation, which is a pretty damn fine techno night even if it does take place in a pub backroom in Inverness. There may or may not be atmosphere-enhancing extras.
I The Mambo Club at The Cavendish. 1()pm—3am. £4 before midnight; £5 after. Weekly. Still going strong after so many years, Sir Ossie provides two floors of reggae, ragga, soul, funk, rap, hip hop and R&B delights.
I Manga at La Belle Angele. 9pm—2am. £8 (£6). 14 Jul. Monthly. Vocal drum & bass trio Kosheen are the guests at tonight’s event. They’re the group behind ‘Hide U’, a soulful slice of funky breaks which has sent the country’s music press scurrying for their thesauruses in search of new superlatives. Catch ‘em while you can. Substance (Breakbeat Culture), who joins fellow d&b jock Decoder in Kosheen also has a shot on decks, alongside all the Manga regulars. Don’t forget the 9pm video screenings either.
I The Mission at The Venue. 11pm—3am. £5 (£4). 14 Jul. Fortnightly. Another night from the people who bring you The Mission at Studio 24 on a Sat, with a policy of rock and goth anthems on the main ﬂoor and indie/dance classics in The Cooler.
I Mondo at Wilkie House. 11pm—3am. £7 (£5). 21 Jul. Monthly. Pumping house and trance action from Aldovos, Sergio Amoni and Tencini.
I Nature at The Attic. 11pm—3am. £6. Weekly. Deep and funky tunes at this snug venue from a rotating pool of DJs, including Subculture ’s Domenic.
I Noa at Noa. 10pm-3am. Free. Weekly. Jon Flowers in the main room with garage; Paul Dixon through the back with old skool, soul and funk.
I Nomad at Wilkie House. 10.30pm—3am. £6. 7 Jul. Monthly. Tonight’s visitor to Nomad is more of an unknown than their previous guests — given the general calibre though, that’s not an excuse for not checking him out. His name is Danny McMillan, and he records for TCR as well as having a residency at Friction (Fabric). He deals in breaksy, electro-inspired tunes and, if work with the likes of Adam Freeland and Rennie Pilgrem is any benchmark, he must be going places.
I Pillbox at Studio 24. 10.30pm-3am. £7 (£5). 14 Jul. Monthly. Pillbox present ‘Evil Bass Two’, with main ﬂoor theme of darkno (that’s techno and general dark stuff to you and me) and sulphuric trance. Making their personal pacts with Satan are Paul C (Lift), Morph (live) and J-Loop. Elsewhere in the building are Superdog and Transgenic (live) doing the drum & bass and breaks thing, plus Yoghurt Weaver and Rik supplying the psychedelic and trip hop beats.
I Planet Earth at The Citrus Club. 10.30pm-3am. £4. Weekly. A pop-punk- disco selection from those hazy shady days of the 703 and 805.
I Pure at The Venue. 10.30pm—3am. £9 (£7). 7 Jul. Fortnightly. The parade of techno talent continues toward Pure’s final night, and tonight’s event features none other than Dave Clarke, who’s seminal ‘Red 2’ track is still an essential item in every record bag. As if that wasn’t enough, 21 Jul sees the return of sonic saviour Ritchie Hawtin. And, of course, you get Twitch, Brainstorm, The Bill and Sandy Paris for your money too.
I Queer Friday at Ego. 1 1pm—3am. £6 (£5) before midnight; £7 (£6) after; £4 with discount flyer. 7 Jul. Monthly. Another instalment of the club also known as Glamdup, from the people who bring you Queer Sunday. Tonight is billed as the mother of all cheese parties, with music from Kylie, Steps, ABBA, Madonna and other masters of the pop tune. For details of gay ‘Stars In Your Eyes’, see Thursday Night Heaven listing.
I Radio Babylon at La Belle Angele. Monthly. Next date 22 Jul.
I Redspin at The Wee Red Bar. Monthly. Next date 28 Jul.
I Resistance at The Venue. Next date 28 Jul with The Butcher (Nordcore).
I Roadblock at P0 Na Na. 11pm-3am. £3. Weekly. Nicci F digs up the best in funk, disco, house, timeless gems and block rockin’ beats.
I Ruby Fruit at Ego. 11pm—3am. Free with invitation (phone 478 7434). 14 Jul. Monthly. Simmone Black and Gail Sellars (Shebang) are the girls with the goodies, playing out a sexy mix of house and garage grooves. Downstairs in The Cocteau Lounge, catch up with Sally Findlay (Joy) and her classic dance tunes. I Salsa Viva at The Venue (top floor). 10.30pm—3am. £5; £3 before 11pm. 21 Jul. Monthly. Salsa, cumbia, merengue and mucho mas with Latin expert DJ Coco Vega.
I Sublime at Potterrow Students’ Union will be back next term.
I Sublime at Wilkie House. 10.30pm—3am. £9 (£7). 14 Jul. Fortnightly. Top trancer Timo Mass is in the (Wilkie) house for a three hour set, with support from yer regular rabble rouser Kev Wright. Backroom boys Gary Max and Felix look after things upstairs in a breaksy stylee. For a message from Sublime HQ to the faithful, check out Club News.