Funk isn’t the best represented musical form in Glasgow, unless filtered through the medium of house. The Arches have seen fit to fix this with their latest venture, imaginatively dubbed The Funk Room. Jack Mottram arranges his own horn section.
The Funk Room? What kind of music will it be, then?
Oh ferchrissakes, they'll be playing funk, you nutjob. You know, that post-soul, pre-disco stuff. James Brown was involved before his tenure as a PCP expert.
Gotcha. What's the sketch then?
Well, the launch night is something of a Leeds invasion, to be honest, with The New Mastersounds playing live and Dig! Family on the wheels of steel.
Leeds, home of funk?
Well, not at first sight, admittedly, but the city of lashing rain and more students than you can shake a stick at has its fair share of funk nights. Like the Cooker where The New Mastersounds do their thing, which involves bashing the crap out of congas, thumping drums, top class bass licks, a liberal smattering of the good ol’ Hammond organ and some searing jazz-inflected guitar action.
Sweet. What about the Dig! Family? Well, for more than a decade now, the oddly-named foursome of Gip, Chico, EZ and Lubi have been furthering the cause of funk, jazz and similar at The Yardbird Suite. Refreshingly, they’re not your retro chin-stroking types, nor do they confine themselves to the wanky realm of nu-jazz, preferring to mix up classics with the dancefloor hits of today.
Can you be more specific?
Certainly. Their club has featured appearances from Maceo Parker and Gil
Scott Heron at one end of the spectrum,
with Faze Action and The Herbalizer keeping things a wee bit modern at t’other end.DJ wise, the Dig! Family's sets feature all points in between. Cheers. Anything else?
There are residents too, with a remit more rough and ready than the inaugural guests. They aim to provide the kind of low-down mucky selections the kids love to frug to, along with a touch of harsh-edged soul and the less silky end of the rare groove section.
They also claim to be ’putting the jam in
the doughnut of funk’, which is admirable.
The Funk Room is on Fri 20 Oct, and the third Friday of the month thereafter.
70 THE “ST 19 Oct—2 Nov 2000
GLASGOW FRIDAY CLUB 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 Nagasaki noodlings. Quite.
I Blood at Substitute Venue (Planet Peach). 11pm-3am. £tbc. 27 Oct only. The Blood kids return for more quality house action, with special guest Chris Duckenﬁeld, famed for his releases on Nucleus and Warp, as well as his own Swag imprint.
I Buddasole at Club Budda. 11pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Solemusic head honcho Stevie Middleton mans the booth at his seriously high calibre soulful house and garage night.
I Bugged Out! at Qudos. Next date 11 Nov.
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 capacitycrowd going. Arrive early to avoid disappointment as this is one of the busiest regular Fri nighters around. I Calientel 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. £l 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 alternateens.
I Cream at Qudos. Next date 4 Nov.
I Electric Bogey at Substitute Venue (Planet Peach). 11pm-3am. £tbc. TheJengaheads continue to thrill the kids at the Substitute and this monthshould be extra special as the truly excellent James Holroyd of Basics and Bugged Out fame joins the fray. The Jengas also have a website for your perusal at www.jengaheads.com.
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 Fresh at The P010 Lounge. 11pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Michelle provides a loose mix of house and indie classics downstairs, while Andy rocks theTrophy Room with 80s and 90s hits at the top gay venue.
I The Funk Room at The Arches. 10.30pm—3.30am. £8. 20 Oct. Monthly. A brand new Arches night catering for those after a real down and dirty funk club. The New Mastersounds lay down the live action while guest DJs Dig! Family (Leeds) work the decks. See Phactfilc and Hitlist.
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). 11pm—2.45am.£5. Weekly. Tunnel types Kevin MacFarlane and Stephen Lee spinning garage, vocal house and anthems. I Life at Life. 10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Stuart McCallum mans the decks with a funk and soul selection.
I Manga at Substitute Planet Peach. Next date 24 Nov with Red One and Moving Fusion (RAM records).
I Media at Media. 11pm-3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Media abandon their mainstream dance policy in favour of 70s and 80s classics, so grab your shoulder-padded suits and get on down.
Stevie Sole Middelton piles 'em high at Buddasole every Fri
I Octane at Alaska. 10pm-3am. £8 (£6). 27 Oct. Monthly. Derek Wallace and Steven McReery do their house thing.
I Pressure at The Arches. 1(lpm—4am. £14. 27 Oct. Monthly. Glasgow’s favourite techno sons do their usual flawless thing in the main arch with guest ex-Underworlder Darren Emerson. Out the back, things are sure to get messy as Wall of Sound present a live set from Dirty Beatniks with DJ support from Mekon and DJ Dan. See Hitlist.
I Radar at Glasgow School of Art. 10pm—3am. £6 (£5). 20 Oct. Monthly. Radar have been going for two years now, and this is their first anniversary at the Art School, making this a double celebration. Scott K, Spudd, MJC, Tim B are joined by special guests Bob Brown, with his first ever live PA, and Subhead (Tresor) playing bass-heavy, dirty techno. As an extra treat,early arrivals will get a free mix CD, and special Radar T-shirts will be onsale all night. Downstairs in the Vic Bar it’s the Freak Show with scratchmeisters Dcma and Nice. See ilitlist.
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. Musicwise, it’s business as usual with smooth house action from Silicone Soul and Lawrence Hughes.
I Soulsa at Ad-Lib. 9pm—3am. £3. Weekly. Smooth disco courtesy ofAndy Unger, Rodger, Pete Murphy and Wayne Dixon, who are keen to show that disco doesn’t just mean filter-happy Frenchmen, preferring instead the genuine classics the revivalists sample.
I StrB Up at Slave. 1(lpm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Lovejoy and Robin with bouncing cuts ranging from vocal to hard house.
I Tantra at Trash. 1()pm-3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. Pumping house action from The Tunnel’s (,‘olin Tevendale and Lisa Littlewood, with more mellow house and disco in room two from DJ Robert.
I Traxx at The Renfrew Ferry. 1()pm—3am. £11. 27 Oct only. Soulful house experts Traxx welcome New York hero and Body & Soul resident Joe Claussell to Glasgow for his Scottish debut. See Preview and Hitlist.
I Velvet Rooms at The Velvet Rooms. 1(lpm—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 funkin 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). ()pm—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 SuzukL
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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. 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. A night of disco, funk and soul classics, courtesy ofThe Garage's Jerry Lyons.
I Cheesy Pop at Qudos (QMU). 1(lpm—2am. £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.