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Out of the ashes of big beat. Gymnastique and Midi Hi Fi have risen like some kind of hip hop derived musical phoenix. Jack Mottram stokes the flame of his own mythological fire.


are you troubling us with outdated home entertainment systems? I pity you sometimes, you know. It's the name of a nightclub, for goodness sake, these are the pages devoted to nightclubbing, the shopping bit is at the back.

0h, right. So what's the big deal, then?

Well, the name Midi Hi-Fi shouldn't be

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Midi Hi-Fi? I've got an MP3 player, why

unfamiliar to Glasgow's beat fans, in the

past year they've had a fine selection of guests from the related worlds of hip hop and breakbeat. Such as . . . ? Don't interrupt. The Arty’s dancefloor has been thrilled by Jake Wherry (one half of The l-lerbalizer), Roxanne Shante’s new friend Mekon, DJ Musique and various members of The Scratch Pen'erts. As if that wasn‘t enough, you get resident jock Noj and, down in the Vic Bar, the Stiletto ladies. What about Gymnastique? Young girls prancing about in next to nothing, it's not right if you ask me. That’s gymnastics, idiot. Gymnastique is Midi lli-Fi’s younger sister club, just two dates old and also concerned With good old breaks, beats and the funky stuff. What's the point of that? They might as well just have the one name if they're playing the same music. Typical club promoters, fleecing the kids again. Simmer down. It isn't a ruse to make hip young things go out more and glug the criminally cheap booze on offer (80p a vodka, booze fans). Instead, Gymnastique is based around the residents: Sean Dickinson of The High Fidelity, who plays old-school electro, disco funk and breakbeat plus Heffler & Felix, aka Miami Bass, who play, erm, Miami Bass. The main thing there is to get your head down and dance. Midi Hi-Fi, on the other hand is a chance to catch some top notch guests in a more relaxed atmosphere. I see. Any more pearls of nightclubbing wisdom? Not really. Oh, one more thing: the next Hi-Fi sees First Rate (one-time Scratch Pervert, now Morcheeba's DJ) on the decks, and the one in March features another ace ecknologist in the form of Prime Cuts. Gymnastique is at The Glasgow School ofArt, Fri 19 Jan. Midi Hi-Fi is at the same venue on Fri 26 Jan.


64 THE lIST 181an—1 Feb 2001


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. linjoy some quality house from Kris Keegan. Ian 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 fora night out.

I Spy at Spy Bar. 9pm—late. Free. Weekly. (.‘olin 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. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Graham Wilson with soul, hip hop and house.


I Archaos at Archaos. l 1pm—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 'l‘ray'nor'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. 1 1.30pm—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

I b.ding at The Lighthouse. Midnight—3am. £tbc. 3 Feb. Monthly. Diverse world music night featuring Oscar from Mish Mash and Tiger Style. I The Cathouse at The (‘athouse 10.30pm—3am. £3.50 (£2.50) before 11.30pm; £4 after. Weekly. Indie. rock. grunge and beats across three floors.

I Club 69 at Roeksy‘s Basement. 10pm—2.30am (midnight curfew). £5 (members only). Weekly. The learn 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 at The Arches. Next date 10 Feb.

I Divine at Glasgow School ofArt. 10pm—3am. £5 (£4); £3.50 GSA students. Weekly. Andrew Divine and Hush Puppy get on with the next ten years of moogy noodling. Northern stomp and other future-retro sounds.

I Fluid at Alaska. 10.30pm—3am. £10 (£8). 20 Jan. Monthly. DJ 0 does what he does best. aside from producing records. and mixes up a storm of quality house fare. Guest—hungry punters will be pleased to learn that ‘livil‘ Eddie Richards is due on 17 Feb.

I Freefall at The Arches. Next date 3 Feb.

I Freeform at The 13th Note Club (both floors). 9pm—3am. Free before 10.30pm; £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. Next date 3 Feb.

I Fruitfly at The Arches. Next date 17 Feb.

I The Funk Room at The Arches. Next date 16 Feb.

I Gain at Alaska. 11pm-3am. Next date 10 Feb with Samuel L. Sessions. I Groovejet at Trash. 11pm-3am. £7 (£5). Weekly. Brothers Matt and Pete knock out quality house and garage in the main room. while Paul N‘Jie spins RL’QB in room two.

I Haptic at The Riverside Club. Monthly. Next date 1(1 Feb.

I Havana Esperito at Cam as. £7. Weekly. DJ Jazz brings his Latino box of tricks to the merchant city's newest venue. Canvas, where there's no dedicated dancetToor. 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. 11pm—3am. £8. Weekly. The Saturday nighter at the new venue with Lawrence Hughes.

I Home Base at Alaska. l0.30pm—3am. £10 (£8). 27 Jan. Monthly. The ever-popular Jengaheads rock Alaska as only they can. Guests are on the way. apparently.

I Home Cookin' at Babaza. (rpm—3am (DJs from 1 1pm). Free before 1 1pm; £5 after. Weekly. Naeem 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 spin his trademark R8; B with a dash of classic disco and funk.

I Infusion at Yang. 1 1pm—3am. Free before midnight; £5 after. Weekly. Making full use onang‘s three rooms. you can catch Colin Gate 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 Gee in room two and. last but not least. Scott Ferguson and Rhonamok man the decks in the u istairs bar.

I Insi e Out at The Arches. 11pm—4am. £tbc. 27 Jan. Monthly. New year. new resident for Inside Out. namely the lovable bespectacled house rogue Judge Jules. Simon Foy and Alan Belshaw are still on hand to pack them in month in month out, and the guests this month are of the usual high calibre: Mauro Picotto. Anne Savage. and the charming Jon Pleased Wimmin.

I Jamboree at Reds. 11pm—3am. £7 (£5). Weekly. John Lyons and Martin Hesketh of Velvet Rooms fame mix up a blend of commercial R& B and soul. I Knucklehead Present My Machines at The Glasgow School of Art (upstairs). 10pm—late. £4 (£3.50). Weekly. Wilkes and Hatch hammer out cool. deadly funked-up techno and hard as nails house to a seriously appreciative crowd. By which we mean drunk.

I Life at Life. 10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Andy Unger 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 Trophy Room with hits from the 60s to the 8th while Tom provides an upfront dance selection in the main room at the city's prettiest gay club.

I Media at Media. 11pm—3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. Step back in time to revel in the tunes of the 70s and 80s.

I Minisole at Ad Lib. llpm—late. £5. 27 Jan. Monthly. liw an Kelly. Milton Jackson and the Solemusic Allstars present a solid selection of sweet house music.

I Mish Mash at The Riverside Club. .‘ylidnight—3am. £9. 27 Jan. Monthly. The London sister-club should be up and running soon. but we know those Southerners can't rock it like they do at The Riverside. You know the drill: Oscar spins a variety of danceable records. and the Mish Mash players toast and bash drums over the top. in both senses of the term.

I Miss Moneypenny's at O 1. 10pm—3.30am. £12 (£10). Weekly. With a reputation for glamorous antics that stretches from Britain to Ibiza and then some. expect beautiful punters. exotic

dancers and seriously funky dancetToor

action thanks to the Moneypenny's residents.

I Phat Dat at The Glass House.

7.30pm—1am. £7 (tickets in advance from Missing. Salvation Sounds and Virgin Megastore). 27 Jan. Monthly. Veteran indie scenesters Superstar host a laid back mix of live music and eclectic disks courtesy of DJ Sace. We can't tell you who the special guests

are. but they 've been garnering an

indecent amount of praise in the music press of late. and hail from Scotland. See preview.

I Rumba Te Tumba at Havana Bar.

9pm—3am. Free. Weckly. A wild mix of Latin and Spanish selections from the Salsa Sabrosa crew.

I Slave Sexual at Slave. 10pm—3am. £7 (£5). Weekly. Robin and Lovejoy with a harder hard house set than their weekly outings. Dress up lovely and arrive early to avoid disappointment.

I Solution at Q. Spin—3am (DJs from 1 1pm). Free before 1 1pm; £5 after. Weekly. Archaos‘ Ryan Kerr takes over from Stevie Middleton. on a vocal house tip.

I Subculture at Substitute Venue. 11pm—3am. £10. Weekly. Harri and Domenic cram an unfeasible number of perfect selections into the time available. The crowd go wild. You know how it goes. ()n 27 Jan. it gets even better with the arrival of the 20/20 Vision world tour and Back 2 Basics legend Ralph Lawson. See llitlist.

I Triumph at The Tunnel. 10.30pm—3.30am. £9 (£7). Weekly. Colin 'l‘evendale and Steven McCreery supply the dressed-up glamour kids with progressive house and trance in the main room while Kevin MacFarlane and Stephen Lee mix tip garage. disco and vocal house in room two. if you‘re not wearing awfully nice clothes. however. don‘t expect to get in.

I 2 Tons Of Fun at (‘lub Budda. llpm—3am. £6. Weekly. Geoff Montford and Chris Harris get funky with a bang-up-to-date selection of disco house.

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I Velvet Rooms at The Velvet Rooms. 1 1pm—3am. £4 before midnight; £8 after. Weekly. Stevie Smith breaks out the club classics. garage and house in the main room while Raymond Woods cools things down with hip hop and R&B in room two.

I Wired at Asylum. (‘aledonian University Union. 10pm—3am. £tbc. Weekly. Glasgow‘s longest running alternative indie night with drinks promos aplenty.

Chart & Party

I Bonkers at Bonkers. llpm-3am. £4 before midnight; £5 after. Weekly. Hits from the 80s. chart house and cheesy trance.

I Classic FM at Furv Murrys

l 1pm—3am. £6 (£4). Weekly. Dance classics and party tunes. with alternative and rock tunes upstairs in Twister.

I The Garage at The Garage. 10pm—3am. £5 (£3) before 11pm; £6 (£4) after. Weekly. Super-commercial party sounds on the main dancelToor and indie classics in The Attic.

I Graduate Club at gl. 1 trim—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Designed to stiit those who have always enjoyed a Garage- stvle night out. but feel a little long in the tooth w hen surrounded by fresh- faccd. lager-stained youngsters. Steye Davis provides the party anthems.

I The Shack at Shack (formerly The

Temple). 10.30pm-3am. £7 (£5).

Cheesy chart tunes. I Seduction at Destiny. 10pm—3am. £6 before 1 1pm; £7 after. Weekly.

Tonight the club would like you to

‘dress to impress' while enjoying the usual commercial house ‘n' trance pap. I Strawberry Fields at Strawberry Fields. 10.30pm—3am. £5. Weekly. ('lassic party nonsense from the 60s to last week.