SHUT UP AND DANCE Shake The Disease at the Soundhaus, Glasgow, Sat 26 Jan

As early as 1989, proto-jungle pioneers Shut Up and Dance - aka PJ and Smiley - were using breakbeat to inject a bit of urgency into dance music. Responding to the combination of ecstasy and speed, these mad-ass north east Londoners sped up the beats from hip hop’s standard 80—90bpm to 130bpm on early tracks such as ‘£10 To Get In’ and ‘Green Man’, creating a sound that was a kind of slow-motion jungle before the fact.

Although too often overlooked, SUAD were featured in the recent Channel 4 documentary series Pump Up The Volume, where they were given due credit for their rudimentary experiments in dance music. ‘A lot of people have been going on about that, but I haven’t even seen it,’ says Smiley. ‘We don’t really pay attention to the press, but if you’re going to talk about where jungle started, then obviously we have to be mentioned. And that’s why people said that programme was good - because it was accurate.’

Despite SUAD having being limited by the equipment of the time, PJ and Smiley’s experiment in breakbeat paid off in May 1992 when they charted at no 2 with ‘Raving, I’m Raving’, a track that’s since been recognised in The Guinness Book Of Records for maximum sales in minimum time. ‘The ideas were good back then

but they weren’t technically great,’ says Smiley. ‘That wasn’t the style though; it’s not as tight as it is now. At first we thought people might laugh at it or wouldn’t go

with it but we just went overnight.’

In the ten years since, SUAD have continued with their pioneering escapades in drum & bass and breakbeat. Their last single ‘No Doubt’ made a dramatic impact on the UK garage scene, a success soon to be consolidated by the new single ‘Movin’ Up’ and a



The Cocteau Lounge, Edinburgh, Fri 25 Jan

How do you Choose a name for your Club night? Poll the trend setters? Peruse the style rags? Or lll‘.’(}lll a pun around a bizarre late 70s Japanese TV series featuring one very tough monkey?

For the men behind Funkey Magic. there was only going to be one option. 'I got the Video of Monkey Mag/r: from my brother for Christmas last year,‘ says promoter Jaeko Justice. 'and when we put on a one-off night for our friends we decided to use the name Funkey Magic. When that one did well we ended up keeping the name for the monthly nights. Looking back, if we'd ‘~.'-/;.inte(.l to be cool we definitely wouldn't have called it Funkey lvlagie. but it's only a bit of fun."

The night was set up last January by The Hoff PFOJOCl. a group of friends who number Stukid. Jules "our German friend; and Springfelloixr

Shut Up And Dance - looks like they mean it

forthcoming album. Too busy in the studio to waste time on retrospection, Smiley’s got some words for the wise on the wave of

misty nostalgia in the form of the acid house revival.


among lll(}l" DJing Their soundtrack of soul-tuelled deep house is given a twist by regular percussionist Pete 'lagg. ‘.'.’ll|l(3 this i‘ionth's birthday bash, in an experiment that may beeome ;; regular teature. also features a saxophonist.

It all sounds refreshingly low-w key and. according to Stukid iaka Stuart

‘lt’s not a revival. It’s just fuckin’ major labels trying to sell old records and the media’s eating the whole thing for dinner. It’s nothing to do with no revival it’s an old music game scam. Trust me mate, l’d know.’ (Catherine

(from left) Live percussionist Tagg, Stukid and Jules

Mori'isi. the organisers wouldn't hax'e it any other n'xa‘ya "the night's got a great little yibe.' he says. ‘As a DJ in the (Ioeteau l ounge you're "l(_)tll among the crowd. it's not like you're up on a pedestal or anything. Plus theie's a lisl: tank as ‘~.'.rell. i.'./hi(:h is (:()()l.' Best take their word tor it. lJaines Smart)

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