Pre-club session at PopRokit, club at Ego, Edinburgh, Fri 23 Nov.

In its short history since launching in 1998, Finger Lickin’ Records has made a decisive impact on the UK breakbeat scene. DJs as diverse as Sasha, The Freestylers and Pete Tong have taken the label’s funked- up, party rockin’ sound to their hearts and a nationwide tour promoting the latest compilation It’s A Finger Lickin’ Thang 2 looks set to spread its influence even further.

Unlike other labels where specific artists are promoted individually, Finger Lickin’ is a package deal, set up by Justin Rushmore and Jem Punufnik aka Soul of Man around the gang hut vibe of Rushmore’s Camden record shack~cum-boozer Vinyl Addiction/Bar Vinyl. The hub created here by Soul of Man, the mighty Plump DJs, Jessica Joy, The Drumattic Twins (formerly Shades Of Rhythm) and Lee

Coombs has generated over 100,000 records sales and the national tour, soon to touch down in Edinburgh, is our

chance to meet the family.

‘The main drive behind it was just to make people aware that Finger Lickin’ was a collective and that the Plump DJs, Lee and Soul Of Man are all part of that collective,’ explains Rushmore. ‘Because we’re an independent label and we don’t have lots of money to spend, we opted to use the marketing in quite a creative way so that we could make an impact and raise the whole perception of Finger Lickin’.

That perception will be raised by a pre-club session at PopRokit, the massive club date at Ego featuring Soul Of Man, Lee Coombs and Jessica Joy and an exhibition of Jem Panufnik’s distinctive Finger Lickin artwork, running at the Outhouse until Monday 10 December. All this has been organised in association with local breakbeat night Boogie Mo Dynamo, a showcase that’s previously featured Lee Coombs and Soul Of Man separately but never before brought their complementary styles together under one roof.

‘Different artists on the label represent slightly different sounds,’ says Rushmore. ‘Lee Coombs is really housey and I’m sort of nu-skool but not, and what me and Jem do is a very funky, party vibe. Together though, we’ve always got to be about the dancefloor and the only thing that really defines it is breakbeat and the fact that it’s not straightforward house music.’ (Catherine Bromley)

together to introduce house music‘s commercial contenders. This fortnight. Saeed and Palsh take centre stage. with DJ support provided by Craig Smith and Yogi Haughton.

7.} Joy at Ego. 1().3()pm—3am. £10 (£8). 24 Nov. Fortnightly. Up-front. ditty house grooves at this long-stand- ing. gay-friendly clubland institution. Maggie and Alan make the moves on the tnain floor. while Trendy Wendy. Sally Finlay and their guest. Simone Black. raise a riotous mix of chart. pop and garage in the downstairs suite. Arrive early to guarantee entry and see Hitlist.

I Last Night A DJ Stole My Wife at Po Na Na. 1 lpm—3am. £3. Weekly. DJ 4th Varmint. keeping it real with the old skool to nu skool beats thing.

I Latin Explosion at The Mambo Club. l()pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Your weekly dose of high octane Latin rhythms (run exclusively by women). with dance classes starting at 9pm for beginners and for tnore experienced salsa aficionados at 10pm (priced £4 which includes entry to the club).

I Latino Loco at El Barrio. l()pm—3am. Free before 1 1pm; £2 after. Weekly. The original Latino chart party continues with the freshest beats from the barrio from DJ Hector and his Latin posse.

I Luscious at Club Java. ‘).3()pm—|ate. £6. 17 Nov. Fortnightly. The name‘s the same but the [)J is now Stuart Perdie frotn R(a"l'l‘ and the music policy has jumped from UK and US garage to funky house. If you‘re on

a budget and/or a lazy arse. you‘ll be pleased to hear that if you catch a cab from the city centre straight to the venue. you can reclaim your taxi fare (with receipt) from the Luscious door staff. Maximum claims are £6. so don‘t take the piss.

I Luvely at The Honeycomb. l().3()pm—3am. £12 (£10). 17 Nov. Monthly. Gorgeous girls and boys flock to this glammed-up. gay-friendly house night featuring tnain room residents

Jared and GP and back room beefcakes.

Newton & Stone. Please note that this will be the last Luver at the Honeycomb. Dates for new year and January will be released soon.

I The Mambo Club at The Mambo Club. l()pm—3am. £4 (£3 with tlyer) before midnight; £5 after. Weekly. Sir Ossie takes his ragga. hip hop and reggae showcase on an African tip. mixing it up with Socca and other indigenous flavas. I Messenger Sound System at The Bongo Club. 1 lpm—3am. £7. 24 Nov. Fortnightly. Upfront roots. dubwise reggae and bowel-shuddering bass via the mighty Messenger sound system. Go on. feel those vibrations.

I Mlngln’ at Studio 24 (upstairs). l().3()pm—3am. £6. 17 Nov. Fortnightly. No-nonsense. gay-friendly clubbing where it‘s the filthy house and twisted trance from the residents Brian Dempster and Alan Joy that matters and not the decor. dress code or attitude.

I The Mission at Studio 24.

l lpm—3am. £5 (£4). 2-1 Nov. Fortnightly. Astoundineg popular haunt for the alternateens of the capital featuring three rooms of up-to-date darkness.

I Opium at ()piutn. l()pm—3am. Free. Weekly. The all-new rock bar cum club complex takes hold of Edinburgh's after- hours scene like a Rottweiler to a small. defenceless child. In terms of music policy yep. you guessed it! -- it‘s rock. nu-metal and alternative/indie from resident gal DJ. Marsha.

I Oxygen at Studio 2-1 (downstairs). l()pm—3am. Members £8 before midnight. £ 10 after: non-members £10 before tnidnight. £13 after. 3 Nov. Fortnightly. Hard-hitting house night featuring resident DJ Dowzer and his go- getting guests BK (Nukleuz) and Little Miss Natalie. ‘.

Scotland’snumber onegie to Clubbing

I Phosphoresence at The Venue (lower two lloors). Monthly. Next date 8 Dec.

I Posh at (‘1th Java. 9pm-—late. £7 (£5). 24 Nov. Monthly. A discerning blend of soulful. jazzy grooves from your distinguished hosts. Kye and Plum. Complimentary bubbly booze and olives are served in the upstairs lounge.

I Progression at The Liquid Room. Next date 15 Dec.

I The Project at The Bongo Club.

1 lpm—3am. £7. 17 Nov. Monthly. Sassy. brassy breaks and beats at this consistently rammed showcase brought to by Al Bee. AJ and Fawaz. Ragga. hip hop. funk and soul are just some of the genres at play and this month. the aural pleasure comes via the mighty Messenger sound system.

I RAW at La Belle Angele. Next date the.

I Scratch at La Belle Angele. .‘vlonthly. Next date 8 Dec.

I Senses at Noa. Monthly. Next date 8 l)ec.

I Soundfactory at The Venue. l()pm~3am. Second session of this all- new trance and techno night. with guest I)Js The Knuckleheadz (Tripoli Trax) topping a bill that also includes Dave Lewis. Peter Parker and Dave Butler.

I Tease Age at The (‘itrus Club.

1 lpm--3am. £4. Weekly. Now going into its ninth year. this indie stalwart flavoured with hints of soul and funk continues to draw a packed and sweaty crowd week in. week out.

I Ti'afik at Noa. l()pm—3am. £6 before 1 1pm: £8 after. 17 Nov. Monthly. Keiron Hart (The (‘ross. London)joins the resident posse to celebrate the first birthday of this funky to uplifting house party. Willi over eight I)Js booked to rock both rooms of this free-wheeling affair. expect varied interpretations of the progressive house/trance model. See Factlile.

I Ultragroove at La Belle Angele. l().3()pm 3am. £10. 17 Nov. Fortnightly. The city's leading real deal house night hosts a Swirl People album launch party featuring Raoul (Swirl People). (‘hris llarris ('l‘rinicsole) and the resident I)Js. (iarcth Sommcrville and Colin Cook.

I Up! at The Venue (top floor). Monthly. Next date 1 Dec.

I Vegas at ligo. Monthly. Next date 1 Dec.

Chart & Party

I Atomic at The Subway West End. 7pm-«3am. l’ree before 1 1pm; £3 (£1 ) after. Weekly. DJ (ius Bain joins the residents for some chart and indie action. I Big Cheese at Potterrow. Input—3am. £5 (£3). 2-1 Nov. Fortnightly. Shameless cheesey anthems from the 70s right up to the sad and sorry present day. Please note that only students and their guests can gain entry to this night.

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