Films about clubbing are notoriously wonky, but the forthcoming Sorted is on the right track with a club tour of the country that hits the Sub Club this fortnight. Jack Mottram stares into the abyss.
Sorted. that sounds familiar . . . Well of course it does. It's a slightly dated reference to the illicit practices that fuel your weekend entertainments. There was that rave tune sung by a baby: ‘Nice one, top one, get sorted.’
No, I mean the film Oh, right. Director Alex lovy swanned about on Movie Virgins, a Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall job that followed a couple of young ﬁlmmakers having various disasters, crying themselves to sleep and wondering how to pay back vast sums of cash while struggling to get their cinematic dreams realised. It was actually quite interesting.
That's right. Shouldn't this be in the film section then? Nope. The film's release is preceded by a whopping great club tour featuring simply masses and masses of credible jocks including everyone from Jon Pleased to Paul Hartnoll.
Sounds like a cynical marketing trick to fool the kids. Well, yeah, obviously, but your man Jovy seems fairly clued-up. He started out behind the decks before settling into the director's chair, and even financed his first short film on the back of disc-spinning profits. Although Sorted does feature the totally, totally straight ex-soaper Jason Donovan's comeback.
Hmmn. What's happening in the Sub then? Well, the place will be generally Sortified in a decor sense and the first- time filmmaker is reverting to his roots, trading the director's chair for the DJ booth under the lovy Junior nom de tune. And, since Glasgow is an insular kind of a town, the guest talent is strictly local.
Like who? Disc spinning duties will be shared between 16b (pictured), whose high calibre house cuts and quality remixes should be familiar to devotees of the Glasgow sound, and Kevin McKay, head honcho of Glasgow underground (see Label Profile) known for his charging four-to-the~f|oor sets that manage to rock the dancefloor and satisfy the musos in the crowd simultaneously.
Cool. Anything else? Yeah, if you can handle a barrage of strobe effects, check out www.ru-sorted.com for more information.
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GLASGOW CLUBS: FRIDAYS continued
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 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 Na asaki noodlings. Quite.
I Buddaso e 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 Raymond Woods 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 Fri nighters 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. £1 before 11pm; £4 (£3) after. Weekly. Rock, grunge, indie and a dash of breakbeat across three floors at Glasgow’s top venue for rockers and altemateens.
I Ethos at Q. 5pm-3am. Free before 11pm; £5 after. Weekly. New face at the decks Dominic Martin supplies the soulful Latin house and garage grooves. I EuPhonic at The Temple. 11pm-3.30am. £6 (£4). Weekly. Trevor Reilly, Billy MacAtee and Paul Mendez spin trance and hard house with a funky edge to a packed-out club of up-for-it kids.
I Freak Moves at Glasgow School of Art (Vic Bar). 10.30pm—3am. £4.50 (£3.50). 8 Sep only. Top turntable action from Dema and Nice.
I Fresh 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 the top gay venue.
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, while Paul Traynor provides a collection of R&B, hip hop and soul cuts in the exclusive Skybar.
I Global at Universe (Coatbridge). llpm-2.45am. £5. Weekly. Tunnel types Kevin MacFarlane and Stephen Lee spinning garage, vocal house and anthems.
I Kersland Sound System at Glasgow School of Art (Vic Bar). 10.30pm—3am. £4 (£3). 15 Sep only. More live techno and drum & bass from the Kersland crew in celebration of their Sleeper Service album.
I Kinky Afro at Planet Peach. 11pm-3am. £5. 15 Sep only. Connecting the deepest deep house with a live, improvised drum orgy is hardly run of the mill, but boy does it work. Robin and Mathew do the records, the ﬁve-piece Ayawara troupe skilfully bash the crap out of a wide variety of African instruments.
I Life at Life. 10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Stuart McCallum mans the decks with a funk and soul selection.
I L.I.V.E at Glasgow School of Art (upstairs). 10.30pm-3am. £4 (£3). 15 Sep only. Music and visuals get an equal billing with integrated audio-visual mixing from drum & bass DJs Ronnie, Simon and Morphy and VJs Sas, EE-Roy, Noplex and Dr Buano.
I Manga at Planet Peach. 11pm—33m. £8 (£6). 22 Sep only. Scotland’s premier drum & bass ambassadors bring their beats to Glasgow, with a special live
guest slot from El Rollers featuring MC Jakes and The Lady Roller. Manga residents G-Mac and MC Feelman combine forces with homegrown drum & bass man Stevie (Elements). Tickets available from Fopp, 23rd Precinct and Tribal Junki and watch out for more Manga events in Glasgow.
I Media at Media. 11pm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Media abandon their mainstream dance policy in favour of 70$ and 805 classics, so grab your shoulder-padded suits and et on down.
I Midi HI-Fi at Glasgow School of Art. Next date 29 Sep.
I Mystec Beatz at Rocksy’s Basement. 10pm—late. £5. 15 Sep. Monthly. Good Hands and Dirty Wriggles with some bass-heavy electro selections.
I Pressure at The Arches. Next date 29 Sep.
I Radar at Glasgow School of Art (upstairs). 10.30pm—3am. £4.50 (£3.50). 8 Sep only. The Radar collective indulge in their strange techno noodlings.
I Reds at Reds. 11pm—3am. £5 (£3.50). Weekly. Club classics and commercial house sounds from Alan Ronald.
I Relief at Alaska. 10pm—3am. £8. Weekly. The Relief gangjump ship to the newly kitted out venue. Fri 8 Sep is the ﬁrst launch night of the weekend to celebrate Slam’s new role as music programmers. Residents Silicone Soul are joined by H Foundation and Pete Moss of Oldham Records. There might well be a bit of a queue.
I Sorted Film Launch at Planet Peach. 11pm—3am. Price the. 8 Sep only. Alex Jovy, of Movie Virgin infamy, tours to promote his first feature-length ﬁlm, Sorted, which stars everyone’s favourite Dr Frankenfurter, Jason Donovan. Also on the roster are 168 and Glasgow Underground’s Kevin MacKay. See Phactﬁle.
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. I Str8 Up at Slave. 10pm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Lovejoy and Robin with bouncing cuts ranging from vocal to hard house.
I Tantra at Trash. 10pm—3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. Pumping house action from The Tunnel’s Colin Tevendale and Lisa Littlewood, with more mellow house and disco in room two from DJ Robert.
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. Following the corker of an aftershow for their Love Boat Party, Tangent are all set to blend up disco, soul and whatever takes their fancy every week. Michael Peck is on hand to warm things up with blistering hip hop and funk in the top bar, before the mighty Goodfoot get Northern on your asses. Kushi, meanwhile, will continue to take it deep in the back room, so to speak.
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
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). lOpm—Zam. £2 (£1). 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). llpm—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-3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Drunken party tunes from Mark and James G. ‘No one forgets their ﬁrst Shag’ they assure us.
I Strawberry Fields at Strawberry Fields. 9pm—3am. £6 before 11pm; £7 after. Weekly. A party-up set taking in dancefloor faves from the 605 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 The Corinthian at The Corinthian. 9pm—late. Free. Weekly. Wayne Dixon takes care of the main bar in this mega leisure complex with a selection of classic soul and disco and contemporary ‘groove’ (ie. proper) R&B.
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. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Jim Hutchison from Soma with funked-up techno and deep house.
I Dirty Wriggles at The Variety Bar. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. A techno ‘n’ electro pre-club set from Dirty Wriggles of Mystec Beatz.
I Fourward Thinking at Four Cafe Bar (CCA). 9pm-midnight. Free. Weekly. Pre-club with an emphasis on breaks and beats.
I Kenny H at Russell’s Cafe Bar. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Funky house, with a smattering of soul.
I Nico's at Nico’s. 9pm—midnight. 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, lan Thompson and A.J. And you can capture those cheeky grins with the free camera hire offer.
I Sam Wallace at Eat Drink Man Woman. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Across-the-board house sounds to get you ready for a mi ht out.
I Walker 8: Hug es at The Living Room. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. The deepest of house from Colin and Lawrence — one of the best ways to gear up for the night out proper.
I The Works at Bar 10. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Graham Wilson with soul, hip hop and house.
I Archaos at Archaos. 11pm-4am. £8. Weekly. Kris Keegan and A.J. rock the main room with house and garage, Ian Thompson whacks out the best in underground garage and dance classics in Betty’s, while members in The Skybar are treated to Paul Traynor’s smooth R&B mix. In addition, the Archaos cast of performers bring a touch of the circus to clubland with ﬁre- eaters, stilt-walkers and daredevil trapeze artistry.
I Ascendance at The Temple. 11pm—3am. £7 (£5). 9 Sep. Fortnightly. Johnny Rockit and DJ Zoe with seriously thumping tribal house and hard-edged trance. Regular guests include Simon Foy and The Gallery’s Steve Lee.
I Atomic at The Temple. 11pm—3am. £7 (£5). 16 Sep. Crisp and shiny hard house from the ever-reliable Michael Kilkie and Zammo.