TECHNO HERO DAVE ANGEL Ego, Edinburgh, Fri 30 Mar.
A lot of people are shocked when they find out Dave Angel is actually from Clapham, synonymous as his name is with Detroit techno. And while the London-based DJ admits that he sees the luminaries of the Motor City sound such as Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins and Derrick May as the real inventors of dance music, his influences are much more diverse than you’d expect
According to Angel, his greatest influence was his dad, a jazz horn player: “003, ya know, he’s the one who actually introduced me to music since I was a baby.’ And his distinctive brand of what he calls ‘funky techno’ is clearly flavoured
by the music of his heroes Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder and George Clinton (with whom he recently collaborated).
Newcomers to Angel, an established player on the international techno circuit, are likely to be blind to the DJ’s chequered past. He spent much of his youth involved in street culture and the crime that went with it. One thing led to another and he ended up serving a few terms in prison. The turning point came in between spells inside. ‘I was waiting for a trial to come up,’ he says, ‘so you can either go out there and get into deeper shit or you can stay at home and make music. I chose the music and I haven’t
looked back since.’
As for the night itself and what to expect from the seasoned pro, just listen to the man himself: ‘Some Dave Angel funky techno with head shots and body blows, ya know. You have to play to the club and that’s it. There’s no half stepping. You have to go straight for the jugular.’
I Immersed In Music at l’iv'o. ()pni-lam. Free. Weekly. This fortnight. (‘raig Gee of the mysterious Soul Searchin’ hogs the decks at this swinging style bar.
I Latino Loco at El Barrio.
l()piii~- I am. Free. Weekly. The original Latino chart party continues with the freshest beats from the barrio.
I Made In Iguana at Iguana.
()piii— lam. Free. Weekly. Colin Cook (L'ltragroove) plays some real house music. from the experimental to the tough and tribal with random Latin inﬂuences thrown in for good measure. This fortnight. Colin'sjoined by the Friscol)isco residents Martin Valentine and Steven Wanless (3| Mar) and jazzy house geezer Mikey Stirton (7 Apr).
I Oxygen at Oxygen. ()pin—lam. Free. Weekly. Lisa Thompson (Nature) and Steve Austin (Headspin) entertain the weekend crowds with their beats. breaks and funky house fusion thing.
I Squalor Show at PopRokit. 9pm—lam. Free. 3| Mar. Fortnightly. An old-school beats and breaks selection from experienced jocks around town. Well Stirred and DJ Frosty.
I Sub-Atomic at Bar L'nion (formerly Bliss). 9pin—lam. Free. Weekly. A selection of the Atomic Baby backroom boys (Scott Brown. Bruce Nicholson. Stevie Wilson and Scott MacKenzie) play a frisky range of LS house and garage.
I UrbannHangSulte at Bann‘s.
l lpm—3am. Free. Weekly. Light vegetarian snacks served to a swinging
soundtrack frotn Safl Sap. pltis guest DJs from Grand Central. Fat (‘ity‘. Tummy Touch and Pork Recordings.
I Yush! at the City Cafe. ‘)pni- lain. Free. 7 Apr. Fortnightly. A]. (head honcho behind lidinburgh's leading hip hop label. Yush Recordings) selects the upbeat hip hop. funk and ragga. lle‘s
joined by the fresh prince of RotB. the
I @ at Noa. l().3()pm—3atn. £7. 14 Apr. Monthly. All-new house and garage night featuring special guest (‘rispin (ilov‘er.
I Acetate at The Liquid Room. l().3()pm—3am. £8 (£7). 3| Mar. Fortnightly. Plastic fantastic night for those who like to groove in a funky house style. hosted by the very talented Murray Richardson. (iail Sellars and Marco Smith.
I Ascension Goth Club at Holyrood L'nion. Monthly. Next date 2|
6Atomic Baby at La Belle Angele. l()piii—3am. £l() (£8). 3| Mar. Monthly. Yogi Van Bellen. one half of that talented duo Saints & Sinners. flies in direct from Dusseldorf to exclusively showcase his unique style at this long-standing pro- gressive house night. Support comes from those talented residents Stuart Duncan and Michael Kilkie. See Hitlist. I Blast at Club Mercado. l lpm—3ain. £l() (£8). 7 Apr. Fortnightly. The infamous Huggy Burger Queen and his trusty sidekick Markell throw caution to the wind once again at their roof-raising.
funky glainfest. If you fancy starting early. check the pie-club at .~\canthus
I Blitz at The Venue (top limit"). Monthly. Next date ll Apr.
I Boogie Mo’ Dynamo at The Venue (top lloor). llpiii Rain. £tbc. 7 Apr. Monthly. Residents Smack. Wreckage and Believe have been forced itito shifting the date and the venue for the fourth birthday celebrations of their leading breaks night Because of these changes. their special guest Meat lx'atie froni Kingsi/e records is still to be confirmed but with or without guest talent. this party is sure it) go till.
I 0.0. Blooms til (..(‘. lilimllls. l().3()pin 3am (bar from opin ). Free. Weekly. D.l Ally is back again with more of her trademark high-caiiip—ui-house decknical expertise at this always hoaching gay venue.
I Cream fit The Venue (all floors ). l()..‘s()pin Ram. 31 Mar. Monthly. If like me. }()u can't wait for the release of the latest ('reani Live Album. hot foot it down to this sneaky preview launch party where celebrity guests (iuy ()riiadel and John (N) Fleming will beioining the residents l.es Ryder and (ia/ Long. See l’t'ev iew.
I Deep Sensation ai .\'oa.
l()piii 3am. £8 (£6). .‘yl Mar. Monthly. Sweet soul and frisky funk in the main room with (iary Dennis (Southport Soul Weekenders) and Yogi llaughton. plus some deep and funky house in the secondary lounge with Martin Valentine. Neil Ferris and (iav in Anderson. If you fancy starting early (and on the other side of town). check the prc-club at The ()tithotise from 8pm.
I Digital at The Place (back (if Walkers). l().3()pni 3am. £5. 7 Apr. Monthly. J ('ainniera and Mitchell whip the crowd into a tech-house fren/y with special guest Sonia's l’ercy' X.
I District at Noa. ll).3(lpni 3am. £6. 7 Apr. Monthly. After the swinging success of the last date. District returns with two rooms of cutting-edge dance music. As (‘raig Smith's off dow n London way. otiinipi'esent R&B atid garage freak Yogi llaughton will be joining resident Adrian Milai'ski in the hot room. 'l'hrough the cool rooin. lih'.’ \‘y'un’ getsjiggy vv ith some hip hop. funk and soul.
I Divine Divas at The Venue (top floor). Monthly. Next date 14 Apr.
I The Easter Party at Tex ioi Row l'nion. l()piii Sam. M Apronly. £l2 (HQ) in advance from participating club nights and the Blue Mooii ('afe; £ l 5 on the door. Massive basli that sees leading gay-friendly. hard house nights Taste. Joy and Luv ely' come together in a beautiful thing. Proceeds from the event will go towards S()l.AS. the HIV and AIDS support centre.
I The Egg at The Wee Red Bar.
llpiii 3am. £4 (£3.50). Weekly. Still the best mix of indie. (i()s garage. Northern soul. ska and soundtracks you're likely to stagger across.
I Electric Barbarella at Holyrood l'nion. Monthly. Next date 2S Apr.
I Essential at The Liquid Room. Monthly. Next date 2| Apr.
I Eye Candy at (‘lub Mercado.
l lpm—3ani. £l() (£8): £6 in fancy dress. 3| Mar. Fortnightly. Residents (iraenie Popstar. Nejat Barton and Neil (‘rookston host their infamous. glam house party. Remember to ‘Dress glam or scrain'.
I Fiesta Latina at Tev'iot Rovv l'nion. Monthly. Next date 5 May.
I Freefall Edinburgh at the Honey cotiib llpiii iaiii. t l I 7 .\pi. Monthly. Inside Out ioin loices \\llll Atomic Baby to form this tidy night that launches with special guest old time .'\ll\ll".lll;lll trancer turned [)l'ilg‘l't‘ssnc‘ ll()tl\t‘ l).l, Anthony I‘app‘r Atoinic Baby regulais Michael ls'ilkic and Stuart Duncan are the residents of choice and early arrival makes sense if you want youi night to go .iccoiding to plan.
I Headspin at The Bongo (‘lub Monthly. Next date Zl .-\pi.
I Hell On Earth at The Venue. Monthly. Next date 21 .\]‘l.
I inside Out at The l.ltlllltl Rooin. Monthly. launch date 2.\ .\pi with Mauio l’lL‘t‘Hlli). .l()llll ..\llcll.tt‘l lxlllvlt‘ and Simon l-oy
I It at The lloneycoinb. Ill. iflpin ‘yain £ l 2. .il .\l‘.ll'. l'oi'tnightly. lhe second instalment of the highly exciting new venture secs l’aul “'l'iouble' .\ndeison _lt)lllt‘tl by fellow guest D.| l.eniiy lontatia. The higli calibie iesidenls lucky enough to share the decks with the big names aie: (’raig Siiiilh. .lon Mancini. lluggy Buigei Queen and Yogi llaughton. \iiive eat ly to avoid tears.
I Joy at ingo. Ill.3(l[)iii iani. £l()i£S). .il Mar. Monthly. Maggie and Man seivc up some good solid. meaty house in the main room while 'l'i'endy Wendy and Sally Finlay stir up a saucy mix of chail. pop and garage in the dow nstaiis stlllt‘. (iay. friendly and fuii.
I Jungle Magic Iias ieiiipoiaiily finished.
I Last Night A DJ Stole My Wife at l’o Na Na. llpiii .iani. £3. \\'eek|y. D.l «lth \arinint. keeping it ieal w ith the old skool to nu skool beats thing.
I Latin Explosion at The Maiiibo ('lub. l()piii 3am. £5. Weekly. Youi weekly dose of hiin octane |.atin rhythins (run exclusively by vvoiiieni.
vv ith dance classes staiting at ‘lpiii for beginners and for more experienced salsa aficionados at l()piii (priced £-l which includes entry to the club).
I Luvely at the lloneycoiiib. Monthly. Next date 2| Apr.
I The Mambo Club at 'l he ('avendish. l()piii 3am. £~l befoie midnight; £5 alter. Weekly. 'l he highly respected mix of reggae. ragga. RtyB. tap and hip hop continues to be one of the slt'otigesl nights for music of black ottgiti in low it.
I Messenger Sound System at The Bongo ('lub. llpiii .iain. £(i (£5). 3| Mar. l'ortnightly. Roots and dtib ieggae showcase that packs one of the llltisl ferocious sound sy stetiis known to man and one of the iiiost dedicated crowds known to clubbing.
I Mingin’ at Studio Z-l (upstairs). l().3()pin .iain. £5. 7 Apr. l'ortnightly. No-nonsense. gay -fricndly clubbing where it's the hard house and sexy tiance from the residents Brian Deinpster and Alan Joy that matters and not the decor. dress code or attittidc. Altogether a good place to let your hair down then.
I The Mission at Studio 34.
llpiii 3am. £5 (£4). 31 Mar. l-intnightly. .-\stoundingly popular haunt for the alternateens of the capital featuring thiee rooms of tip-to-date darkness: head upstairs for goth and industrial goings- on. to the main floor for rock. nu nietal arid guitar-based sounds and tip to the wee front room for general weiidness. sometimes on a skate. punk or indie slant.
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