DRUM & BASS HIP HOP MISCHIEF The Venue, Edinburgh, Fri 1 Feb

It’s often overlooked that as a thriving university town, the capital derives a considerable proportion of its club scene from the enthusiastic efforts of the student population. The latest student-run club night to take the city by storm is Mischief, the brainchild of north Londoners Isaac Moshe and Josh Freedman Berthoud and their fledgling PR company, Parlay Entertainment.

A one-off spectacular in October featuring the combined worlds of drum & bass and hip hop and a hellisth impressive line-up including DJ Hype, Randall and Phi Life Cypher rocked the roof off the Venue. It’s in light of this success that the boys have undertaken a regular monthly residency.

‘Of all the university towns, Edinburgh’s got a scene that’s saying a lot but I feel that it needs some sort of coherence to it,’ says Moshe. ‘There’s a lot of people into their urban, underground sounds - be it drum & bass or hip hop - and

it’s those elements that we’re looking to unite in Edinburgh with Parlay Entertainment.’

From these assertive comments, it is abundantly clear that Parlay speaks with confidence but, like all able club promoters, Moshe and Freedman Berthoud made sure to check the territory before embarking on their enterprise. ‘We weren’t going to jump in without knowing the scene up here so during our first year we spent time working out what would work best. We came up with Mischief, which is essentially two club nights in one: the drum & bass night, Reload, and the hip hop night, Bodyrock. So it’s two club nights for the price of one and the Venue’s perfect to do that. And if you check the line-ups, we’re proud of the fact that sometimes in one room alone they’re better than you’d get at most hip hop or drum & bass nights.’

And proud they damn well should be. The second

TECHNO SYNTAX Soundhaus, Glasgow, Fri 1 Feb

Five years is a long time n techno and few clubs siir‘Ji/e. Btit despite its nomadic existence. Syntax nas managed to keep on its; feet .vhile others have fallen {HULH‘Yl it. So expect a FEtll’llLEtl‘t and fat; deserved —4 celebration .‘.’ll(;l‘i DJs Jace and Nik Craig hriig out the balloons. the cake and of course the finest that electro. teennr, and tech- house has to offer to commemorate the club's fifth birt iday.

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Mischief masterminds Isaac Moshe and Josh Freedman Berthoud

session features jump-up jungle heroes Aphrodite and

Mickey Finn in the drum & bass arena while

good relationship with, and next month we'll have Funk D'Void.' Looking back over five years of frustrated house-hunting. Jace may have played at 'more clubs than it's worth mentioning, but he'll never forget Syntax's first night at the art

school. ‘There were 600 people there.

we had Mark Ambrose guesting and

bodyrocking hip hop comes care of UK scene leaders Rodney P and Skitz. Providing the best of both worlds, these boys aren’t blind to the fact that they’ll be saving many of us the chore of dancefloor dilemma. ‘So many people say that their drum & bass interests are always clashing with their hip hop interests,’ explains Freedman Berthoud, ‘so when they realise they can get it all in one place, you know, they’re well pleased.’

Add to the mix a third arena featuring ragga, R&B and two-step from Yush Recordings’ boss A.J., a host of local players including Scottish DMC Champion Ritchie Ruftone, live breakdancing from Edinburgh crew Random Aspects and it would seem that these plucky student prospectors have struck pure clubbing gold. (Catherine Bromley)

Syntax resident DJ Jace

it was brilliant.‘ he says. ‘That night we got a standing ovation, but I just hid behind the decks. I'm not used to that kind of experience!'

Let's hope that he‘s got over his stagefright by now. because there may just be some Syntax punters waiting to see him blow out those five big candles. (Steven Clark)

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