Shes a girl agut town, Edinburgh's queen of kitsd'i. In fact there's not a lot of places you can go without bumping into Wendy Wendy. With a necord collection ranging from disco and country classics to dance favourites, not to mention some top notch breaks, she’s much in demand. One appointment she’s sure to be keeping this month though is the fifth birthday of her renowned monthly dieese-fest Tackno. The theme is ’famous fives' so think boybands, Thunderbirds and Enid Blyton and you’ll be on the right lines.
~ ~~ hum/N. », Mr Scruff: 'Get A Move On' (Ninja Tune) This has to be one of the best records of the last year, and Mr Scruff is booked to play at Headspin in October.
Spiller: ‘Groovejet [If This Ain't Lovel' (Positiva)
I would have described it as an easy listening house track originally, but now there’s an additional vocal on it which goes perfectly with the instrumental.
Markus Nikolai: ‘Bushes' (Classic)
One of my favourite girlie house records just now — it’s beautiful and dead summery.
Shirley Bassey remix package (white label)
Really good remixes of three great Shirley Bassey tracks . . . this is a must! % Tackno at Club Mercado, Edinburgh, Sun 30 Jul
88 THE DH 20 Jul—3 Aug 2000
EDINBURGH FRIDAYS: PRE-CLUB continued
I Underworld Vibes at Bannermans. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. Sean Pearson and Neil Ferguson go all garage and house.
I What It Is at City Cafe 2. 9pm—lam. Free. 21 Jul. Fortnightly. Bob Cairns does the jazz, soul and funk thing.
I Why Not? at Why Not?. 5—10pm. £1 (donated to charity). Weekly. Chart and dance tunes, with professional salsa dancers dotted around to get you shaking your stuff.
I Yush at 0 Bar. 9pm—lam. Free. 28 Jul. Fortnightly. This Cuban themed bar vibrates to the sounds ofA.J. (Blacka’nised), Archie (Vibe) and Bullit (Mad Ambassador).
I Al's All Night lokeshop at The Bongo Club. 10.30pm—3am. £8 (£6). 4 Aug. Monthly. A ‘mega-media’ experience which sees The Bongo Club wired up like a TV production studio for music/performance/video feedback antics. Your hosts are Garth Cruickshank and Bronagh Keegan, and tonight’s bill features funky ska types Babyhead, who have been tempted all the way up from Bristol (ie. get down there and show them a good time in our fair city), Edinburgh’s own samba-punk experience Bloco Vomit and the resident covers outfit appearing as The Hot Red Itchy Peckers. DJ action comes from E.N., Believe (Boogie Mo), Frosty J and Dolphin Boy.
I Apex at Studio 24 will return on 22 Sep — in the meantime, check out the separate listing for Underground Overground.
I Arakataca! at The Bongo Club. 11pm-3am. £5. 28 Jul. Monthly. A classy cocktail of salsa, African and Caribbean dance tunes at the club which is proud to declare itself a ‘merengue-free’ zone. Looking after the decks are DJs Zuppe lnglese and Jaffar.
I Ballistic at Studio 24. llpm—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. 10pm—2am. £7 (£6); £2.50 before 11.30pm. 4 Aug. Monthly. Tonight’s event, which is run in association with the Edinburgh Jazz And Blues Festival, sees the return of funky Hammond organ man Reuben Wilson, who will be joined by his partners in soul-jazz passion, Push. This is the third time in my memory (which isn’t that bad, OK?) that the man has visited Edinburgh, and there have been queues round the block on each and every occasion, so get there early folks. Of course, you’ll also get the chance to sample the resident danceﬂoorjazz talents of Simon Hodge, Stuart Bennet and Tinku.
I CC. 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 Capocira dancers showing off their skills and top Latin American food in the back room.
I Disulto at Ego. 11pm—3am. Free with invite (visit The Outhouse or phone 668 2483). 21 Jul. Monthly. Resident Neil McDonald is joined by special guest Colin Brown, a local lad made good, who’s tastes in funky house have led to sets at nights like Knowledge and Final Frontiers. The guys make a lot of effort with the kitsch Japanese decor, so go down and appreciate it.
I Divine Divas at The Venue (top ﬂoor). 10pm—3am. £6 (£4); two for one before
11pm. 4 Aug. Monthly. Edinburgh’s all- female dance fest goes all Latin this month, with tunes from DJ Tanty and free salsa and merengue classes for those who make it down before 11pm. All proceeds go to Lothian Gay And Lesbian Switchboard.
I Dr No's at The Bongo Club. Monthly. Next date 11 Aug.
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 alternative and crossover tunes, new and old.
I Go Go at The Place. 11pm-3am. £5 (£4). 28 Jul. Monthly. A retro collection of beats from the 605, including rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, sleazy listening and other groovy sounds.
I Jazz Joint at The Jazz Joint. 10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Band on stage midnight. Brazilliance supply the genuine Brazilian jazz grooves on 21 Jul, with High Heel Sneakers laying on the funk and groove on 28 Jul, which also features an early slot TBC as part of the Edinburgh Jazz Festival.
I Kinky at Cafe Royal. 8pm—lam. £5. 21 Jul only. Vain and Violate join forces for a night of fetish action combined with an industrial, techno and 805 soundtrack. Dress to distress and don’t get too carried away in the domination dungeon.
I Ltzzard Lounge at La Belle Angele. 10pm—2am. £5 before midnight; £7 (£6) after. 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. 11pm—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 guests are laurie from Rotation in Inverness and DJ Yello (the popular chap will be playing his second leaving do in as many weeks), and there will be drumming and fire-eating antics in the courtyard to enhance the atmosphere. Those who enjoy a party in the open air should keep your eyes peeled for news of upcoming outdoor events.
I The Mambo Club at The Cavendish. 10pm—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 [a Belle Angele. Monthly. Next date 11 Aug.
I The Mission at The Venue. 11pm—3am. £5 (£4). 28 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 D15. 21 Jul sees DJ Q and new face from the stables Matt Grey taking to the turntables, with Domenic settling in for a mammoth four-hour set on 28 Jul.
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. Monthly. Next date 1 Sep with Justin Robertson. I Pillbox at Studio 24. Monthly. Next date 11 Aug.
I Planet Earth at The Citrus Club. 10.30pm—3am. £4. Weekly. A pop-punk- disco selection from those hazy shady days of the 708 and 80$.A11 you folks who go home sore of throat with stinking clothes will be pleased to know that The Citrus Club now boasts a non-smoking policy in the bar area.
I Pure at The Venue. 10.30pm-3am. £9 (£7). 21 Jul. Fortnightly. It’s the third last Pure ever and, as the ﬁnal touch to the estimable guests who’ve been visiting the club over the past couple of months, the
posse welcome celebrated Canadian minimalist Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman). The wee, specky genius will be appearing under the banner of ‘Decks, FX and 909’. Residents '1’witch, Brainstorm, The Bill and Sandy Paris will also be on hand to entertain you.
I Queer Friday at Ego. Monthly. Next date 18 Aug.
I Radio Babylon at la Belle Angele. 10.30pm-2am. £8 (£6). 28 Jul. Monthly. The Merry Pranksters are your resident DJs and, as the name suggests, they’ll be taking you on a strange journey across musical boundaries. The policy takes in breakbeat, reggae, soul and electro, and your hostess Penny Pomstar will be on hand to boost your energy levels with healthful hand-outs of fruit.
I Redspin at The Wee Red Bar. 10.30pm—3am. £5 (£4). 28 Jul. Monthly. Headspin’s sister club returns for another month of funked-up beats and breaks (and reggae and soul, just to keep you on your toes) from Colin Miller, Davan and Steve Austin.
I Resistance at The Venue. 9pm—3am. £8. 28 Jul. Monthly. A brand new night from the folk behind the one-off Twisted fundraisers promising a seriously hardcore selection of techno, trance, acid and gabba. The line-up is headlined by The Butcher of German label Nordcore, who’ll be performing live, alongside Rowland The Bastard of renowned London techno crew Stay Up Forever. Residents Al '1\visted and Smurf are also joined by a selection of local talent, including Simon Underground, Hwatsong (Pillbox) and Lee G (Deliverance). Hardcore — you know the score! (or somethin ). 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. Monthly. Next date 11 Aug.
I Salsa Viva at The Venue (top ﬂoor). 10.30pm—3am. £3 before 11pm; £5 after. 21 Jul. Monthly. Salsa, cumbia, merengue and mucho mas with Latin expert DJ Coco Vega.
I Sublime at Wilkie House. 10.30pm—3am. £9 (£7). 28 Jul. Fortnightly. Another huge trance showcase Platipus Sound System rolls into town. The night will see live performances from such perennial favourites as Union Jack, Terraferma, Art Of Trance and PCB. (who are all pretty much the same three guys swapped about a bit), with DJ support from Kev, ldge and backroom boys Gary Mac and Felix. I Subtle Logic at Studio 24. 10.30pm—3am. £6 (£4 for those wearing a mask). 4 Aug. Monthly. Subtle Logic would like to inform you that, due to the unsightly nature of the average Edinburgh Clubber, they’d really prefer it if you all wore masks. That way, they won’t have to deal with your ugly mugs. Your hosts at ‘The Masquerade’ will be nauseating residents Rod and Martin, with unsightly Sam Dean doing the guest honours.
I SunSpot at Studio 24. 10.30pm-3am. £5. 28 Jul. Monthly. A new night of underground techno, featuring special guest Tormod Mor (of not very techno- sounding Jaz Terrainia) alongside residents Semaj and Jonny Oh!
I Texture at Ego. 10pm—3am. £6. 28 Jul. Monthly. Upfront house from Judge Jules’s favourites Mitch and Matt.
I Trancelucent at The Venue (top ﬂoor). 10.30pm—3am. £5 (£4). 28 Jul. Fortnightly. Cutting edge house and trance with residents Pete Anderson and Dave S.
I Underground Overground at Studio 24 (downstairs). 10.30pm—3am. £7 (£5). 28 Jul. Monthly (for the summer). As Apex heads off to catch some rays on summer holidays, spin-off night Underground Overground takes over. Expect much the same vibe, with the ﬁrst event featuring head-to-head live techno action from Concussion and Zaiob (aka Patrick from Purple Moon), with DJ support from Apex regular Neil T.
I Up! at Studio 24 (uplstairs).