Antipodean trance overlord Anthony Pappa brings his melange of progressive doings to Edinburgh. Jack Mottram builds up, only to breakdown.
Who he? Come now, you must have heard of him. Anthony Is one of the big, ahem, cheeses of UK trance, resident at Renaissance in Nottingham. He also has a hectic touring schedule that takes in Uberclubs like Home and Cream.
But I thought trance was dead No such luck. 2000 was widely supposed to be the year of hard house, but the trance fraternity affected the tag 'progressive’ and continued to spread like wildfire. Blame the Americans if you want: Pappa is also due to start playing a bi-monthly set at TWllO in New York, also home to the venerable Sasha ’n’ Digweed.
Oh well, never mind, hit me with some more ‘phacts.’ Hey, less of the cheek you! That spelling is, like, way cool. Anyway, your man Pappa doesn’t just spin discs on the wheels of steel, he's a production boffin too. In these pseudonymous times, he even records under his own name from time to time, as well as being half of Freefall, and hiding behind monikers like Skydive and Shrug. He also has a massive number of remixes under his belt, natch.
I'll keep an eye out. What are his sets like? Well, we’re not talking the kind of ecstasy mechanics trance by numbers that lesser jocks depend on. Pappa’s trademark sound is based around fairly hard-edged progressive stuff peppered with a fair few i breakbeat-orientated tracks, the i trancier end of the tech house spectrum and the odd deep house cut. Of late, he’s co-opted the funky side of things, starting sets with lower ; tempo builders. *
Easy with the jargon, pal. Anything l else? Yeah. Pappa is a mainstay of the Underground New Breed mix series, and has crafted compilations for the Platipus imprint, well-respected home to the likes of Union Jack. And he’s the man at the decks on Choo Choo’s Volume 1 retrospective.
_ Anthony Pappa plays at Atom/"c Baby, La Belle Ange/e, Edinburgh, Sat 78 Nov and Progression, Wilkie House, Edinburgh, Fri" 24 Nov.
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EDINBURGH FRIDAY: PRE—CLUB continued
I Oxygen at Oxygen. 6pm—1am. Free.
Weekly. This popular pre-club has now secured a fantasy DJ dream team, featuring Colin Cook, Stuart Duncan, George T and Martin Valentine on rotation. Please note the early start.
I Rebel Waltz at City Cafe 2. ()pm—lam. Free. 17 Nov. Fortnightly. Marco Smith keeps the deep house fires burnin‘ while Murray ‘Globetrotting’ Richardson continues his world tour. Luekv feek.
I Salsa at El Barrio. 8pm—1am. Free. Weekly. See Wed.
I Scratch at PopRokit. lOpm—lam. Free. 17 Nov only. Mighty fresh ‘n’ funky hip hop from those itchy scratchy fellas Lyley, Rufftone, Gino and Extra. If you like shootin’ tha pump as it were, check the next Scratch club date at The Venue on 2 Dec.
I Substantial at PopRokit. 1(lpm—1am. Free. 24 Nov only. Craig Smith and Adrian Milarski lay down the sweet garage vibe.
I Underworld Vibes at Bannerman’s. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. Sean Pearson and Neil Ferguson spin some garage and house. I What It Is at City Cafe 2. 9pm—1am. Free. 24 Nov. Fortnightly. Bob Cairns and Erik da Viking lay down garage, street soul and rare groove.
I Why Not? at Why Not? 5—10pm. £1 (donated to charity). Weekly. Conscientious pre-clubbing at this popular and highly central hotspot.
I Arakataca! at The Bongo Club. Monthly. Next date 8 Dec.
I Ballistic at Studio 24. Monthly. Next date 8 Dec.
I Big Beat at La Belle Angele. Monthly. Next date 8 Dee.
I Catalyst at Studio 24. llpm—3am. £5.
' 24 Nov. Monthly. New residents Julz
(Apex) and Paul Curran (E-Ruptor) join special guest Tommy K from Luvely for a full-on soundfest of hard trance, hard house and hard acid. The first five through the door dressed as Michael llutchenee get in for free (belts worn tightly around the neck area will do).
I C.C. Blooms at C.C. Blooms. l(l.3(lpm—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. 1().3()pm—3am. £6 (£5). 24 Nov. Monthly. Latino goes live with eight- piece salsa band Rhumba Caliente featuring Venezuelan frontman Lino Rocha. Simon Hodge meanwhile gets frisky in the Gallery with the Capoiera dancers.
I Disco Dock at Club Java. Monthly. Next date 1 Dec. I Disuko at Ego has now finished.
I Divine Divas at The Venue (top floor). ltlpm—3am. £6 (£4). 24 Nov. Monthly. DJ Michelle is back in force with her Poptastie selection and the infamous Shagtag system. Two for one entry before 11pm and drinks promos before midnight.
i I Dr No’s at The Bongo Club. Monthly.
Next date 1 Dee.
I El Segundo at The Bongo Club.
Monthly. l(l.3(lpm—3am. £8 (£6). 17 Nov. Monthly. Up-and-coming UK hip hop
1 crew, Phi Life Cypher (Jazz Fudge)
showcase live highlights from their album ‘Millennium Metaphors’. Plus support from the residents, Naked Circle. See Hitlist.
I Evol at The Liquid Room. lU.3()pm—3am. £4. Weekly. Edinburgh's longest running indie night is a fighting
‘ force to be reckoned with. These days,
1 expect a heady mix of the best alternative and crossover tunes, new and old.
; I Frisco Disco at Ego. llpm—3am. £5.
24 Nov. Monthly. A feisty little number
' and no mistake. the tough and funky
house showcase continues with seasoned pros Martin Valentine and Steven \Vattless.
I GlamDup at Ego. llpm—3am. £5. 17 Nov. Monthly. Live PAs. dancers, drag queens and high class hostesses all with a special Big Brother theme at this gorgeously glam soiree.
I 60-60 at Ego. Heavens to Murgatroyd, even! The 00-60 is back with a new monthly residency, already! Next date 15 Dec.
I Loop at The Wee Red Bar. Monthly. Next date 8 Dec.
I The Mambo Club at The Cavendish. lOpm—3am. £4 before midnight; £5 after. Weekly. Still going strong after so many years, Sir Ossie provides the reggae, ragga, soul, funk, rap, hip hop and R&B delights.
I Manga at La Belle Angele. Monthly. Next date 1 Dec with Matrix and MC Bas from Virus Recordings.
I The Mission at The Venue. llpm—3am. £5 (£4). 17 Nov. Fortnightly. Enjoy alternative anthems upstairs and 805 indie and dance classics in The Cooler.
I Mondo at Wilkie House. Monthly. Next date 8 Dec.
I Mutation at The Venue (top floor). 10pm—3am. £5 (£4). 1 Dec only. A night of hard and acid techno featuring a fearsome face-off between Edinburgh sound system E-Ruptor (Primal-T and Paul C) and Glasgow’s Trenchcoat Mafia (DJ Serge and Borg).
I Nature at The Attic. llpm—3am. £6. Weekly. Hipp-E (H Foundation) Domenic and Matt Gray (17 Nov) and Ultragroove’s Gareth Sommerville and Domenic (11 Nov) front up to the monster sound system for some sweet as you like, deep house pleasure. And you never know, Derrick May might put in an appearance. See Preview.
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 La Belle Angele. 10.3(lpm—3am. £9 (£7). 24 Nov. Monthly. Old-skool heroes Renegade Soundwave make their dramatic return at this random selection of superior dance music.
I Pillbox at Studio 24. Monthly. Next date 1 Dec.
I Planet Earth at The Citrus Club. 10.3(lpm—3am. £4. Weekly. The varied musical delights of the 705 and 805, with a particular stress laid on that madcap magic known as disco. No smoking at the bar please.
I Progression at Wilkie House. 10.30pm—3am. £9 (£8). 24 Nov. Renaissance resident and all-round superstar DJ, Anthony Pappa, provides a cutting-edge soundtrack of deep house through to fired-up trance. Plus support from The Tunnel’s Steven McCreery and Progression resident, Alan Dobson. See Hitlist and Phaetfile.
I Queer Friday at Ego. Monthly. Next date yet to be confirmed.
I Radio Babylon at La Belle Angele. 10.30pm—3am. £5. 17 Nov. Monthly. More frisky to pumping eclectica to make you shake your batty wildstyle from residents The Merry Pranksters and Brainstorm. Penny Pornstar on the juicy fruit.
I Redspin at The Wee Red Bar. l(J.3Upm—3am. £2. 17 Nov. Monthly. Raucous hip hop, funk and anything in between from Colin Millar and the lleadspin crew.
I Roadblock at P0 Na Na. llpm—3am. £3. Weekly. Big momma Nieci F stops the traffic in bad music when she digs up the best in funk, disco, house and block roekin’ beats.
I Ruby Fruit at Ego. Monthly. Next date 1 Dec.
I Sacred (formerly The Edge) at The Venue (top ﬂoor). 10.30pm—3am. £4 (£3). 17 Nov. Monthly. After only a short spell as The Edge, Sean Pearson’s deep to progressive house night has reverted to its former title of Sacred. The quality music, great atmosphere and cheap door charge remain the same.
I Salsa Con Sabor at Gaia. 10pm-3am. Free before midnight; £4 after. Weekly.
Dance classes from 8pm with Nano teaching salsa and merengue and then hot
l Latino DJ action from Paulito, lending a fiesty mix of salsa swing. merengue house and Latino pop to the proceedings. You can also try out some Latino line- dancing with Sam from 7pm.
I Salsa Viva at The Venue (top ﬂoor). Monthly. Next date 8 Dec.
I Sublime at Wilkie House. 10.30pm—3am (doors close at 1am). £9 (£7). 17 Nov. Fortnightly. X-Dream (Blue Room Recordings) return for another mind-blowing live set after their massively successful appearance at Sublime’s fifth birthday earlier this year. Trance and techno support comes from the mighty ldge.
I Subtle Logic at Studio 24. 10.30pm—3am. £7 (£4). 24 Nov. Monthly. Residents Rod. Martin, CJ and Riaz celebrate the second birthday with a dress to ﬂuoresce mud-wrestling party. I Texture at Ego. Monthly. Next date 15 Dee.
I TL (previously Traneelucent) at The Venue (downstairs). 10.30pm—3am. £5 before midnight; £7 after. 24 Nov. Fortnightly. Pounding beats and driving techno from residents Pete Anderson and Steve Liddel. Trancing, we’re dancing, policy no longer applies.
I Up! at Studio 24 (uplstairs). Monthly. Next date 8 Dee with Jon Pleased Wimmin.
I UTI presents ‘Headrush' at Studio 24 (upstairs). 10.30pm—3am. £5. 17 Nov. Monthly. Descend into the UTl (‘under the influence’, perchanee?) techno maelstrom fora visual and aural overload in celebration of the night‘s first birthday. Jonny Ohl, Tormod Mor and Seiji wear the DJ party hats.
I Vain at Holyrood Union. Monthly. Next date 8 Dec.
I Weird Salad at The Wee Red Bar. 10.30pm—3am. £6 (£5). 24 Nov. Monthly. A motley crew of Edinburgh‘s kookier DJs gather together and liberally toss a chunky selection of beats and breaks. You bring the dressing.
I Zealous at Studio 24 (downstairs). Monthly. Next date 8 Dec.
Chart & Party
I Canned Heat at Gaia. 10pm—3am. £2 before midnight; £3 after. Weekly. DJ Harry Let’s Go (Boombox) lays on the pop and partied-up funk, disco and house tunes. Plus Double Zero upstairs in the lounge with a sure-shot selection of funk, big beat and drum & bass.
I Friday at Club Java. 4.3()pm—3am. Free. Weekly. No need to travel uptown as Leith now has its own luxuriously appointed hang-out, featuring DJs, drinks promos and the chance to enjoy coffee and cake in the sumptuous upstairs lounge area.
I Fusion at Eros/Elite. 9.3(lpm—3am. £4 (£3) before llpm; £5 (£4) before midnight; £6 (£5) after. Weekly. Moving in a more dancey direction, with house and garage hits and regular live PAs.
I Gorgeous at Loca. lOpm-Bam. Free before midnight; £3 (£2 with ﬂyer) after. Weekly. Mainstream chart and party action.
I Night To Remember at The Cavendish. 10pm—3am. £6. Weekly. Or not, given the prices they’re shifting their booze at. Over 25s.
I The Subway at The Subway. 9pm-3am. Free before llpm; £3 (£1) after. Weekly. See Thu.
I The Subway West End at The Subway West End. 4pm—3am. Free before llpm; £3 (£1) after. Weekly. See Thu.
I T.F.I. Friday at The Ark. 4pm—3am. Free before 10pm; £4 (£2) after. Weekly. You‘ve worked hard, now reward yourself with a massive drinking and dancing session at the ultimate after work partv.
I The Time Tunnel at Club Mercado. 10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Trendy Wendy and Vince Stilton the Cheescmaster disrupt the space-time continuum with tunes from the 60s, 7le and 80s (or maybe it‘s just the alcohol).
I Why Not? at Why Not? 10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Mainstream chart and disco at this popular city centre venue.