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; Everyone's excited about the West 3 Coast these days, and Halo & Hipp- ; E in particular: Jack Mottram sorts t the wheat from the chaff, grinds
the flour of funk and bakes his
: own house bread.
The West Coast, eh? Gang fighting,
I Wet Wet Wet, vinegar instead of
' sauce. I know what's what. Yes dear, of course you do. What we are talking about IS house music, not the rich
j diversity of Scottish culture, so the
; West Coast in question is across the pond. Namely the achineg hip San Francisco variant of downbeat, lushly somnambulant blending of funk, dubbiness and soul wrapped around the kind of hypnotic, deep and surging house that never gets too heavy, but belongs firmly on the dancefloor.
Oh, that. Anyone in particular? Didn't you read the introductory paragraph? Halo and Hipp-E are the topic for this fortnight's lesson. They are collectively known as the H-foundation, and,
; rather inconveniently given what I was ; just saying, hail from Chicago and
. Denver respectively.
So why are you blathering about the ; West Coast? Well, the pair have
I released tracks on San Diego's Siesta
j imprint, and back in '91 Hipp-E had a bit of a moment in famed San Francisco club Toon Town, which set the tone for his endeavours. Apropos
. of nothing, their real names are Eric
f and Brian.
How glamorous. The phacts have
i been a little weak so far, don't you think? Put those claws away, Miss
, Thing. You want phacts? Here goes: as ; well as releases on Siesta, the pair have 3 put out tracks on Chicago-based
3 imprint Moody Recordings, Low Pressings here in the UK, and have an album forthcoming on Glasgow’s own , Soma label, due for release next year.
They sound like producers, I thought they were Dls. And so they are. The pair have rocked crowds anywhere from Dose in Toronto to Tribe in San Francisco and erstwhile Club Kid hangout The Tunnel, NYC. And, of course, their incendiary past
appearances in Glasgow and
i Edinburgh have gone down a treat.
, Add to that a steady slew of mix tapes I and CDs, and their turntable
credentials seem to be in order. Well, now I know.
i ‘ Halo 81 Hipp-E play Relief at Alaska on Fri 7 Dec.
Rate The DJ
Huggy Burger Queen, Andy Guest and Cameron at Miss Moneypenny’s, weekly at G1, Glasgow.
— All I know is that there's lots of fluffy bras and nice looking girls.
— At the moment, the music upstairs is a bit too chilled out for me, but it’s a bit funkier on the main dancefloor so I’ll be taking a wee trip down there in a couple of minutes.
— It’s funky, uplifting house - not too taxing. The DJs are not at all bad, alth0ugh I’ve yet to make up my mind who's the best.
— The best part of the evening so far? I would say the journey through here. We usually go to Edinburgh, but once a month we try to come through to the Arches for Colours or Inside Out. Our other option for tonight was a fancy dress party at Club Mercado in Edinburgh but as you can see, I’m not in fancy dress. It’s actually very nice at G1 though, I’m pleasantly surprised. It's a bit like a mini-Gatecrasher but without loads of diddies with day-glo hair.
74 THE llST 3O Nov—14 Dec 2000
GLASGOW: PRE-CLUB, SAT continued
I Spy at Spy Bar. 9pm—late. Free. Weekly. Colin Davie and Lawrence Hughes do alternate Saturdays. both providing quality house grooves.
I Walker & Hughes 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. ()pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Graham Wilson with soul. hip hop and house.
I Archaos at Archaos. I Ipm—4am. £8. Weekly. Kris Keegan and AJ. 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 dare-devil trapeze artistry.
I Bennet‘s at Bennet’s. 11.30pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Shaun with a commercial dance set and Annie with a blend of 70s and 80s hits at the city's oldest gay club. Not in terms of the clientele. of course. I The Cathouse at The Cathouse. 10.30pm—3am. £3.50 (£2.50) before 11.30pm: £4 after. Weekly. Indie. rock. grunge and beats across three floors.
I Club Cubana at Caledonian University Student Union. llpm—3am. £4 (£3). 2 Dec. Fortnightly. Latin grooves from the Cubana DJs at a new venue.
I Clubsole Album Launch at Mas. llpm—3am. £8. 9 Dec only. Glasgow‘s favourite house label hosts an evening at the new venue. Stevie ‘Sole‘ Middleton. Ewan Kelly and Milton Jackson. plus special guest Ricki Morrison.
I Club 69 at Rocksy‘s Basement. 10pm—2.30am (midnight curfew). £5 (members only). Weekly. The team behind the Rub-A-Dub record shop with the deepest underground sounds and the best guest DJs. For membership details. call Rub-A-Dub on 400 6967.
I Colours Radio 1 Essential Mix at The Arches. 10.30pm—3am. £20. 9 Dec. Monthly. Colours ressies Mancini and Clarke are joined by Pete Tong. famous piece of rhyming slang and top DJ. Nick
Warren. Steve Lawler and Alex Anderson as Radio ‘On’ l‘s Sat night show for the clubbing herd is broadcast from Glasgow. I Divine at Glasgow School ofArt. 10pm—3am. £5 (£4); £3.50 GSA students. Weekly. Andrew Divine and Ilush Puppy get on with the next ten years of moogy noodling. Northern stomp and other future-retro sounds.
I Fluid at Alaska. Next date 16 Dec.
I Freefall at The Arches. Ilpm—4am. £10. 2 Dec. Monthly. Simon Foy and Alan Belshaw. the chaps behind Inside Out. are now firmly ensconced in the first Sat slot at The Arches. Expect the finest hard. uplifting euphoric business. This month DJ Gee nips over from Bora Bora in Ibiza.
I Freeform at The 13th Note (.‘lub (both floors). 9pm—3am. Free before l0.3()pm; £5 (£4) after. Weekly. All sorts of tunes from Steven and Paul Watt. taking in hip hop. jazz. disco and Latin. augmented by Ray Suzuki’s left-of-centre projections. I Freelance Science at Alaska. IIpm—3am. £8. 2 Dec. Monthly. Stuart .8; Orde play to a packed house (get down early or be left snivelling in the cold). mixing up old-fashioned vinyl with their own efforts on samplers and assorted machinery.
I Fruitfly at The Arches. Next date Io Dec.
I The Funk Room at The Arches. lem—3am. £8. 15 Dec. Monthly. Despite Gil Scott Ileron's mysterious disappearance last month. The Funk Room went down a storm with the kids. This time Keb Darge plays live. and the residents serve up rare groove. soul and. funnily enough. funk.
I Gain at Alaska. Ilpm—3am. £8. 9 Dec. Monthly. Percy X continues to move the crowd at the classy venue made classier by Slam.
I Groovejet at Trash. llpm—3am. £7 (£5). Weekly. Brothers Matt and Pete knock out quality house and garage in the main room. while Paul N'Jie spins RckB in room two.
I Havana Esperito at Canvas. £7. Weekly. DJ Jazz brings his Latino box of tricks to the merchant city 's newest
venue. Canvas. where there‘s no
dedicated dancefloor. but there is classy
service and an elegant. sophisticated vibe
for those who’ve had enough of sweat with their salsa.
I High at Mas. I lpm—3am. £8. Weekly. The Saturday nighter at the new venue with Lawrence Hughes.
I Homebass at Alaska. Next date 23 Dec.
I Home Cookin' at Babaza. ppm—3am (DJs from 1 1pm). Free before 1 1pm; £5 after. Weekly. Nacem is joined by Stuart McCallum. regular guest at the likes of Fresh ‘n‘ Funky and Rotation down in the Big Smoke. who will be flying up each and every week to spilt his trademark Rth with a dash of classic disco and funk.
I Infusion at Yang. llpm-—3am. Free before midnight; £5 after. Weekly.
. Making lull use ol \ang s three rooms. you can catch (‘olin (iate and Dribbler in
the main room with disco. New York garage and house. Andy Young and Nick PeaCock do their Latin jazz. thing with live percussion from (ice in room two and. last but not least. Scott Ferguson and Rhonamok man the decks in the upstairs bar.
I Inside Out at The Arches. Next date 27 Dec with some huge guests to celebrate the club‘s fourth birthday.
I Jamboree at Reds. I lpm—3am. £7 (£5). Weekly. John Lyons and Martin Ilesketh of Velvet Rooms fame mix tip a
blend of commercial Rth and soul. _ I Knucklehead Present My Machines
at The Glasgow School of Art (upstairs). ltlpm—latc. £4 (£3.50). Weekly. Wilkes and llatch hammer out cool. deadly Iunkcd-up techno and hard as nails house to a seriously appreciative crowd.
I Life at Life. ltlpm-Sam. £5. Weekly. Andy L'nger presents a selection of soul.
funk and disco augmented with original samples and loops to guarantee a new
take on familiar sounds.
I Lush at The Polo Lounge.
10.30pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Featuring
Andy in the 'I‘rophy Room with hits from
the ()Us to the 80s while Tom provides an upfront dance selection in the main room
at the city‘s prettiest gay club.
I Media at Media. lem—3am. £5 (£4).
Weekly. Step back in time to revel in the
tunes of the 70s and 80s.
I Mish Mash at The Riverside ('lub. Next date 31 Dec.
I Miss Moneypenny's at (it. Illpm—3.30am. £12 (£10). Weekly The Brummie superclub touches down in Glasgow. With a reputation for