[SIR'l HDAY BASH FRISCODISCO Noa, Edinburgh, Fri 7 Sep.
While the relationship between tumbleweed and Friday night dancefloor activity is not yet synonymous, most Edinburgh- based promoters will testify to the hard work involved in retaining a consistent club outside peaktime Saturdays.
However, one year on, the irrepressible Martin Valentine and Steven Wanless have their sights set. Friscodisco was born out of a desire to offer dynamic house sounds to open—minded participants on a monthly Friday. The duo believe that a recent move from Ego to Noa will ensure survival and further strengthen their apparently watertight case for house music on a Friday night.
‘We were initially apprehensive about a move to the West End, but Noa has an intimate feel and seemed a natural choice,’ says Valentine. While a lack of relevant feeder bars in the immediate neighbourhood is an issue, he reasons that Friscodisco actually benefits from a dedicated crowd who make the effort to attend.
It’s been twelve months of hard graft but their distinctive award- winning flyer designs and a regular crowd have set the tone for music which retains the spirit of West Coast US grooves. ‘The name was
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derived from our love of music from that scene — from the soulful sound of Naked Music to more tripped-out
material,’ explains Wanless.
Aside from this evident love of music, the duo show boundless enthusiasm for the unique styles of different DJs
and how individuals develop a personal style of playing. Up until now the Friscodisco main room dynamic has been
based on the complimentary styles of Valentine and Wanless, but a new ingredient is about to be added to the mix as of the first birthday when the Sub Club’s Harri takes up the post of quarterly resident. ‘His sound fits the Friscodisco vibe perfectly,’ enthuses Valentine. ‘Harri obviously has his own sound but he always keeps things intense even when energy levels are reduced — and his sets peak several times throughout.’ As for the next twelve months, moves are being made for a few different guests and the development of a second room specialising in funk, soul and lounge-stylings. All that, plus the pre-requisite dose of graft that club promotion seems to demand in Edinburgh right now. (Colin Cook)
I Space Face at The (‘octcau l.oungc. llptn 3am. £3. 21 Sep. Monthly Scott i‘t‘l'g'llst)” (|)cfunct Records) attd .v\nd_\ Williams (Nuphonic Records) join forces once again \\ ith Murray Richardson (:\L‘L‘1ttlt‘/RL‘1)C1 “nil/l 1()11()sl itltUlllt‘l’ \cssttttt ()f lltt\ (Ill-lch slum casc. (ical't‘tl \cry tnttch towards an older clicntclc well-\crscd in the history of house. tltc music policy \\ ill range frotn old»school disco lt) tlL‘L‘p. funky stuff.
I Spectral at \\'cc Red Bar. Monthly NC“ tlitlL‘ 33 Sep.
I Sublime at The Honeycomb.
lllpm 3am. £9 (£7). 7 Scp.1‘ortnightl_\. The city 's trancc attd techno staple play s host to a rcsidcnts' showcase in thc tttaitt room featuring a three hour set from ldgc plus support from the masterful Kc\ “right. In the cosy confines of (ltc back rootn. l-lix attd (iary .\1ac freak tltc funk fantastic w ith all manner of clcctrilicd beats and breaks.
I Underground Solu’shn at the lloncycotnl) has now finished.
I Up! at ’1‘hc\'cttuc (top floor).
ltl..‘\()pttt 3am. £S (£(i). 1-1 Sep. Monthly. '1‘hc uplifting. [H'Hg'l‘L'SSlH‘ Itousc night hosts the last of its montth l-ri sessions bcforc Itl()\ ittg to a regular slot on the first Sat ol cwry month. |)anccf|oot dccadcncc is spurred on by funky l'S house from .\'ic ('ay cndish l()1|()\\ cd by hat'dct‘ larc lt'om .'\lan .1amc Please note that the nut dalc ol l'p', will be Sat (i ()cl. \\ ill) a warm-up \t'ssltHl from ‘lpnt at l’l\().
C9 UTI presents: ‘3-D’ at the \Vcc Rcd Bar. llptn 3am. £8 (£5). 1-4 Sep. Monthly \cwcastlc—bascd Stcc\io fronts up for a 1).! set and an cxclttsiyc li\ c 1’.»\ showcasing the latest tnatcrial for the .\1indtours label. li\pcct warm. funky tccltno with a soulful cdgc frotn thc innoyatn c prodttccr who first fottnd critical acclaitn with the Roost itnprint. l'or tnorc ittfo on .\lindtours surf your \\a_\ to \\\\\\.ltlllltllUllt‘St‘tLllk. Scc llitlist.
I Waxworks at ‘fhc Honeycomb has tum finished.
I Work at 1".go. 10.30pm 3am. £8 (£o). l‘l Scp. Monthly. (ioing to ‘work' at the weekend ain't as miserable at it \(llllltIS1111”thitll'L‘\1tiC11l 1).1\1’clt‘ ()\\cn attd Rob Hunter and their hefty house nigltt.
I Zealous at Studio 2»). Monthly. \L‘H (lttlt‘ 33 SUP.
Chart & Party
I Fridays at ('lub .laya. 5pm 3am. l't'L‘L‘ bcforc lllptll; £5 aftct‘. \Vcckly (call \cnttc to confirm). ‘l'hc sumptuous surroundings of l.cith‘s ltt\urious clttb \cnuc allow (or wild abandon on tltc downstairs (lttltccfloot‘ or tnot'c scdatc goings on in the comfortable upstairs lounge.
I Friday Funkin’ at (he Ark.
Illpm 3am. £1 (£2 ). Weekly. You'yc worked hard. tum strut your funk) stuff like thct‘c‘s no tomorrow to Big Day c's part} mi\.
I Fusion at liros/l-Ilite. 9.30pm 3am. £4 (£3) before I lpnt; £5 (£4) before midnight: £6 (£5) after. Weekly. House and garage hits at this behetnoth of a Venue with occasional liye 1’.-\s an added bonus.
I Gorgeous at 1.oca. lllptn 3am. Free before midnight: £3 (£2 with ﬂyer) after. \Vcckly (iet ready to ptttnp that party at (his mainstream chart affair.
I Night To Remember at The ('a\cndish. ltlpm 3am. £o. Weekly. ()r not. giycn the all too reasonable drinks promos on offer. ()yet' 35s.
I The Subway at The Subway.
0pm 3am. l‘t‘cc before 11pm; £3 (£1) after. Weekly See 'I‘hu.
I Tease at The Subway West lind. 4pm 3am. 1-‘rce before 1 1pm; £3 (£1) after. Weekly. 1)] llammy with a \L‘lL‘L‘lttttt of chart tunes.
I The Time Tunnel at (‘luh Mercado. lllpm 3am. £5 (£4 with flyer). \Vcckly. 'l'rcndy Wendy. Showbiz ".ISL‘ and Betty Ford disrttpt the space-time contittttttttt w ith tunes from the otls right up to right now. ()r maybe it's just the alcohol.
I Why Not? at Why Not‘.’ 10pm 3am. lircc before 1 1pm; £5 alter. Weekly. Mainstream chart and disco with .\'cil Donald attd (‘raig .‘ychrtney at this popular city centre Venue.
I Yum Yum at Rcyolution.
10pm 3am. £5 £7. Weekly. (‘hart and dance ttight at this hcaying mess of humanity.
I Baracoa at Baracoa. 9pm—lam. liree. Weekly. Big Beat's Simon Hodge dons his sombrero and gaucho mottstache for a scorchio selection of Latin favourites.
I Beats Down WJ. Christies. Monthly. Next date tbc.
I Black Sauce at Bam Bou.
()pin- lam. Free. Weekly. Confucius say this new ()riental style bar got plenty good ttnderground house music with Martin Valentine and Steven Wanless. I Cuba Norte at (‘uba Norte.
ltlpm lam. Free. Weekly. Hot salsa! lt’s Saturday and that means. er. hot salsa at this epicentre of all things Latin.
I EH1 at 1-211 1. ()ptn—lam. Free. Weekly. In the swanky surrounds of this salubrious style bar. (‘lare (‘onlon aka Queen 8 gets bisay with her funky drtttn & bass selection (8 Sep) while Bob (‘airns lays down the latest nu-jazz platters (15 Sep).
I Flashback at Flashback.
8.30pm - lam. Free. Weekly. An even mix of chart pap from the past four decades. Over 21s on1y .
I Four To The Floor at Rush. 9pm 1am. Free. Weekly. El Segundo‘s DJRedo playing funk. soul. jazz and all that inspired hip hop.
I Freefall at ()xygen. Monthly. Next date 6 ()ct.
I Freeway at W]. (‘hristies (basement). Monthly. Next date 6 ()ct. I Funk And Disorderly at The ('ity (‘afe. 9pm -1am. 8 Sep. l-‘ortnightly. Yogi ‘1)a Bear' Haughton supplies the very best in danceﬂoor jazz. R&B and vocal garage.
I Groove City Soul Club at The Spider‘s Web. Monthly. Next date 6 ()ct.
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