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Since it kicked off in 1996. Motherfunk has liberally splashed the parched wasteland that is Tuesday night with water from its 703 themed jacuzzi. James Smart asks himself some dubious questions to find out the truth about the mother of all funk nights.

Motherfunkf? You can swear in The List, y’know. . . It's meant to be spelt that way, you oat. \/‘./t_:'i‘e talking about (ill‘.() and l tyet's tunkftielled l'litl'.‘.’(:(3l\ llli.( up teiii and a half years old and packing then) into the l l()fl(:y/(Lt)ltll) t.'i.«':th reckless abandon. Sounds like my kind of packing. But I thought Motherfunk was at the Venue? It was. liounders Luau ‘l'iyer‘ liyet (pictured) and Gino ‘(Eino' Stornaiuolo decided to move to the new venue when it opened in Match, to the evident dissatisfaction of their old home.

A bit like Scarface was it? Well. take out the blood, mountains; of cocaine. Al Pacino and Michelle Ptieitei and you'it: nearly there. What about that cool bit with the chainsaw in the shower? That too. I'm afraid. The Venue thought it owned the name. but :‘iino and f‘tyei‘ disagreed. The result was that for some weeks there were two Mothertuiiks. Now there's only one. and the Venues new funk night has been renamed l-‘Iava.

Respect. So what’s going down at the ‘Comb? Well. they're playing ia./.'. funk and soul in the main room. and hip hop and Ram out back. Plus the guests who occasionally graced Motiiedunk have become a regular thing, ‘.‘.’|lll the likes of Bob Jones and tan Wright appearing behind the decks in recent months. As it happens. the next guest is Kewn Beadle (Tue 5) Jun). a Southport Weekender rettular and punieyor of dancetloor lit/X.

And who’s been digging those retro grooves? Well. it's free and on a weekday evening. so the students have been obvious tans ~ as has anyone else Willi a love of the funk and an {NOISIOH to staying in on a scnool night. When numbers rose to a hectic 870 a few weeks back. Gino and Fryer had to restrict entry numbers to 800 so ll you want to get in. you'd better arrive early.

I Ariana/funk it/Ou/d like to thank U/tragroove and Renegade for their Support over the last few months.

so THE LIST 3.: Maym' .Jut) 2am

Edinburgh Fridays continued

I EH1 at HI I. 0pm laiti. liree. Weekly. l'rban beats and breaks from the Homeless residents liat Not Sold (25 May). follow cd by funky house grooy es from (’hris l-‘lexon (l Jun).

I 4-Play at ('ltib Mercado. 4 lllpin. lircc. Weekly. Serving yoti hard working. hard partying types with a mind-melting mix of music (courtesy of kitsch queen 'l‘i'endy Wendy ) and drinks promos that include bottles of bubbly at U” until ts’pm. Parties of twenty or more are entered into a draw to win a whopping

£ | 5() to spend at the bar.

I Hybrid at The Liquid Rootn.

7 Input. £4. Weekly. Shotity. angry nu- metal stuff from the indie king of lidinburgh's castle. young ls’eiron from livol. Strictly under lts's only.

I Immersed In Music at l’ivo.

0pm laiti. l‘rec. Weekly. In the salubriotis surrounds of this aw ard- winning ('/ech theme bai'. Richard Skinner ((‘lub Tek) play s some swinging house grooves (25 May). The following week t l Jun). (icorgc T does a Back To Mine set w here his favourite records of (1H time get an airing.

I Jam Jar at The (iildcd Saloon.

0pm latii. l‘ree. l Jun. l-‘ortnightly. Live musicians jam with resident l)Js. ()pen decks and floor providing you‘re not shit. I Made In Iguana at iguana.

9pm lam. l’ree. Weekly. Local hero Joseph Malik l('oinpost Records) (la/lles the crowds with his blindin‘ range of funky tunes. from hip hop to house to Latin and tall.

I Oxygen at ()xy'gen. ()pm lam. Free. Weekly. Rotational residents (‘raig Smith and ('i'aig (ice celebrate the fact that they've got the same christian name and a similar taste in quality house music.

I Rebel Waltz at ('ity' (‘ale 2.

‘)pm lam. l‘ree. l Jun. l-‘ortnightly. Murray '(ilobett'ottiitg' Richardson brings his deep house pigeons home to roost. Marco Smith lends a hand.

I Salsa con Cabor at 15) Barrio. 8pm 3am. Free. Weekly. Joiit DJ Hector. Nano and the Latin posse at this swinging barrio party“ where the tequila runs like water.

I School Bop at (‘alc Royal. Monthly. Next date 6 Jul.

I UrbannHangSuite at Bann‘s.

l lptii 3am. lace. Weekly. Light vegetarian snacks served to a hip hop atid breaks soundtrack from Dolphin Boy (Tummy Touch). plus guest l)Js from (irand (‘cntraL liat ('ity and Pork Recordings.

I What It Is at (‘ity (‘afc 2. ()pm - lam. free. 25 May. Fortnightly. Bob (‘airns (NuSpirit) hosts his nit-jazz soircc where all manner of percussive. Afro-beats and tax/y Bra/ilia breaks get a seeing to.

I Why Not? at Why Not'.’ 8—~l()pm. £5

(includes entry to cltib afterwards). Weekly. Salsa dance classes for beginners and intermediate enthusiasts, with a feisty club night to follow should you so choose.

I Word Up at Rush. ()pin-midnight. Free. Weekly. Yogi Hatighton and DJ liabulo/ host a swanky prc-club that's got the goods for all you R&B freaks otit there.


I Adaptor at Studio 24. Itlpm-3am. Monthly. Next date S Jun with special guest (irain (Fat Cat Records).

I Arakataca! at The Bongo (‘lub

I lpm-- 3am. £5. 25 May. Monthly. l)Js Jaffcr (Senegal) and Zuppa lnglcse (Bogota) host a fiery mix of salsa. African. Latin and Caribbean dance. As they've both been DJing for over 30 years. this is the best selection of past. present and future tropical dance you're likely to find.

I Aswang at Studio 24 (downstairs). Monthly. Next date 13 Jul.

OBig Beat at La Belle Angclc. l().3()pm—3am. £8 (£7). 25 May. Monthly. Dr Bob Jones and Lofty. the

wily tan funk masters froin (‘hilli Funk Records. hustle on down with their‘ian funk combo liast West ('onncction to work the crowd into a dancef‘loor frenzy. Dr Bob and Lofty will be seeing to your dancing needs by DJing some of the classic funk and sotll they know so well before and after the hand and if you fancy sampling the divine liast West ('onnection before the you'd do well to purchase the latest album Nothing ('un [IN/(l ( ’\ Buck. See Preview and llillisl. I Blitz at The Venue (top floor). Monthly. ll)..‘~()ptn 3am. £5 before midnight; £6 alter. l Jun. Monthly. Part 2 of the dancelloor blit/ on classic club tunes featuring DJ Doc. DJ Strax. ('arlos Lopel. Andi Tee and guests.

I Catalyst at Studio 24 (downstairs). Monthly. Next date the.

I C.C. Blooms at (‘.(‘. Blooms. ll).3()pitt 3am (bar from 6pm). l-‘ree. Weekly. DJ Ally does the decks duty at this gay night with her inimitable selection of high camp and disco classics. I Cerotonin at The Venue (lower two floors). ll).3()pm 3am. £3 (£6). 8 Jun. Monthly. Residents night of the techno and trance fren/y re-launched at this new venue last month. The pressures on then for (iraemc Marshall and Scott Pearce to make it a good one and the pleasure levels are stimulated as always by a feel- good factor that involves free Reiki massage. body paititing and aromatherapy.

I Club Latino at The Bongo (‘lub. lt).3()pm 3am. £6 (£5). 8 Jun. Monthly. Red hot Latin maestro Simon Hodge has got the (‘apoicra Dancers working tip quite a sweat at this feisty night of salsa pleasure. lnfortnal tango tuition now available in the back room.

I Dischord at Studio 24. l lpm—3am. £4 (£3); free with entry to (‘onception prc-club. 8 Jun. Monthly. Heavy metal. nu-metal. death-metal. extreme metal and some token goth with l)Js Lcaf. Wally. lqy and Liz.

I Dr No’s at The Bongo (‘lub. Monthly.

Next date l5 Jun.

I El Segundo at The Bongo Club. l().3()pm—-3am. £7 (£6). I Jun. Monthly. Rapidly becoming the place to see tip- and-coming hip hop stars. lil Segundo this month welcomes Anglo-German crew Dark (‘ircle. Recently signed to Jan Fudge. they toured last year with luminaries such as Vadim and Killa Kela and their soon-to-be-rcleased debut album is reputedly a peach.

I E-Ruptor at Studio 24 (upstairs). lt).3()pm-—3am.. £5. 25 May. Monthly. ‘Acidik vomit' night (advertised with some less than tasteful llycrs) featuring resident l)Js Primal T and Paul (‘ playing various forms of techno. most of them hard.

I Evol at The Liquid Room. I().3()pmv-3am. £4. Weekly. Edinburgh's longest running indie night. providing a predictable but nonetheless reliable tnix of the best current and classic alternative. crossover tunes.

I Frisco Disco at .‘s'oa. l()pm—3am. £6 (£5 members). I Jun. Monthly. Soulful to tough and funky west coast house froin the residents Stcvcn WanICss attd Martin Valentine and their guest DJ of distinction. Harri of Sub(‘lub. Please note the change of venue from Ego to Noa.

I The Fun at ligo. Monthly. Next date l5 Jttn.

I Funhouse at Noa. Monthly. Next date 15 Jun.

I Funkey Magic at The (‘octcau Lounge. l lpm—3am. £5. 25 May. Monthly. Soul-fuelled deep house for pilgrims hosted by The Hoff Project and now boastittg live percussion frotn Tagg. As the title implies. this night takes its inspiration from scminal kung-fu fantasy series Monkey Magic and for this. we salute you.

I Ghetto Fabulous at The Venue (top floor). Monthly. Next date I5 Jun. I Go-Go at The Cocteau Lounge. Monthly. Next date 22 Jun.

OKeep It Unreal at tigo. l()pm—3am. £8 (£7). 8 Jun. Bi-monthly. Squonk enthusiast and all-round jazzy fella Mr Scruff returns for another fun- fuellcd 5-hr session. As we learnt from the last instalment. the sound system now rocks like it should and the numbers are down so‘s everybody has plenty of room to jack their bodies with wild abatt- don. Support comes from Hcadspin l)Js ('olin Miller. Dava and Steye Austin in the comfortable surroundings of the downstairs lounge. See Hitlist.

I Loop at the Wee Red Bar has now finished.

I Lost at Studio 24. lt).3(lpin~3am. £8 (£6 members); £5 before midnight. l Jun. Monthly. Hard as heck. funky -ass techno froin the main room residents Neil T and Nomad. l'pstairs in the chill lounge there's a fluoromarket. henna tatooing. professional massage and a psychedelic. dub. ska and breaks soundtrack served tip by Kant The Beard attd the Yoghurt

I Majestica at Noa. Monthly. It).}t)pm»—3am. £5. 25 May. Monthly. New show case dedicated to playing only the fittest in funky. vocal house. Residents 'l'rcvor (i (Taste back rootn) and Bruno li-K are joined by special guest Andy Junior (Luvely ) in the main room. while Shakti. Logrcy and lid I) take it on a progressive trip through the back.

I Manga at La Belle Angelc. Monthly. Next date l5 Jun with special guest Alleycat.

I Modern Lovers at The (‘octcau Lounge (downstairs at ligo). l lptn- 3am. £4. l Jun. Monthly. Residents Mickey (ilobal and Jimmy Mac pop the cork on their tiny cocktail of danccfloor soul. hatntnond grooves and blue-eyed 6().s beats.

I Mothershlp at The Attic has now finished.

I Nature at The Attic. Next date the. I Pillbox at Studio 24. Monthly. Next date 15 Jun.

I Planet Earth at The (‘itrus Club. l().3()pm—3ant. £4. Weekly. The varied musical delights of the 70s and 80s, with a particular stress laid on that madcap magic known as disco. No smoking at the bar please.

I Playhouse at The Honeycomb. Monthly. Next date 22 Jun.

I Radio Babylon at La Belle Angelc. l().3()ptn~3am. £5. l Jun. Monthly. Going from strength to strength. en route to world domination. the l)Js who supported ()rbital for their Scottish dates tear up the dancclloor once again with their professional mix of music that tnakcs you move. For the record. they are the Merry Prankstcrs and Brainstorm and the club also boasts erotic strop from Penny Pornstar.

I Rampage at The Wee Rcd Bar. lt).3()pm~3am. £6 (£4). l Jun. Monthly. A rare chance to catch (‘anada‘s DJ Kultcha (crikcy. another DJ natnc that‘s a canny word misspell). who‘s one of the tnost respected hard house l)Js in North America. Pro support is provided. as always. by Phil Zero and Pcarsall and it‘s worth noting that this is the last Rampage until August. so mind you take advantage.

I Reflex at Ego. l lpm—3am. £8 (£7). 25 May. Monthly. Jack your body to some slick tech-house grooves supplied by special guests George T and Nathan (‘0le (Eukahousc) and the residents Laurie and Chris.

I Resistance at The Venue (lower two floors). Monthly. Next date 13 Jul with the first birthday celebrations.

I Rhombus at The Venue (lower two floors). 10.30pm—3am. £7 (£6). 25 May. Monthly. In the main room. local hero Jo Malik gets it together in ajazz. funk. reggae and soul sty-lcc with a little help from fellow guest. Dcmoncar. Down in the cooler. Antidote. Bill Spice. CX and David Bernard sample all manner of boogie down breaks.

I Rlo at The Attic has now finished.