NU—JAZZ. SOUL JOSEPH MALIK
Mish Mash at the Arches, Glasgow, Sat 20 Apr
It is said that true geniuses are never recognised in their own time, or town for that matter. ‘I can’t really get a gig in Edinburgh and nobody wants to book me; I don’t know why,’ says Joseph Malik, the Glasgow born DJ, producer and angelic singer who lives in Leith and has just gone international. The Japanese can’t get enough of him, the French would happily give him nationality and every major MC and producer in the land wants to work with him. This will come as little surprise to anyone who has heard his sumptuous debut album Diverse with its sweet soul
But Malik is at pains to point out that singer- songwriting is not the only string to his bow. ‘I don’t see myself as a singer,’ he says. ‘l’m mainly a DJ, I don’t want people thinking I’m some sort of soul guy, I do a lot of electronic stuff. How all this came about was that I did a track called ‘Crackpipe’ with Black’nized years ago and once we had done that, I thought: “Yeah I can sing,” but I wanted to know what to sing, which was something beautiful and spiritual, so writing the album became like writing an autobiography of my life with poems and songs. I just aimed to make deep spiritual organic truthful music.’
Malik seems uncomfortable talking about his
deeply personal debut and becomes more verbose about the future. ‘There’s a lot of great remixes coming out soon: Aqua Bassino is remixing the Bill Withers tune (‘Take It All In And Check It Out’), Grand Unified is remixing ‘Futuristica’ and Zero 7 are remixing ‘Soul Blues’. I’ve also just done a track with Dolphin Boy and I’ve been working with the new Darren Emerson supergroup (which includes Steve Hewitt from Placebo, Tim Deluxe and David Donnelly) which is definitely gonna blow up when it comes out next year, it’s kind of Marshall Jefferson meets Jimi Hendrix.’ As well as Mayfield, Gaye and Shuggie Otis, Malik feels he has been deeply influenced by Prince Paul, Pro Herc, Norman Jay and Aqua Bassino, but his real guidance comes from ‘three brothers who have always been with me:
Spike Lee, Malcolm X and Ali’.
‘Nobody wants to hook me’ says Malik
So go knock it to ‘em fella but just don’t expect that homecoming welcome. (Paul Dale)
I Boogie Nights at Media.
I lptn 3am. £6. Weekly. Step back in time to revel in the tunes of the 7()s and 80s. Arrive early to avoid a crttshing disappointment.
I Classic FM at I-‘ury Murry"s.
l Ipm 3am. £(i (£4). Weekly. Nicely named night of happiness from the old cltth tttidergoing something of a renaissance. Dance classics and party tunes. with alternative and rock tunes upstairs in Twister.
I The Garage at the (iarage.
ltlpm 3am. £5 (£3) before I Ipm; £6 (£4) after. Weekly. ()ne of the busiest nights in town. Super-commercial party sottnds on the tnain dancelloor and indie classics in the Attic.
I Graduate Club at g2.
l lptn 3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. l)esigned to sttit those who have always enjoyed a (iarage-style night ottt. bttt feel a little long in the tooth when surrounded by fresh-laced. lager-stained youngsters. Steve Davis provides the party anthems.
I The Shack at Sltack.
l().3()pm 3am. £7 (£5). Weekly. (‘heesy chart tunes and commercial dance tracks frotn DJ (iraetne.
I Seduction at Destiny. l()pm 3am. £6 before I Ipm: £7 alter. Weekly. Tonight the clttb would like you to ‘dress to impress' while enjoying the Usual commercial house ‘n' trance pap. I Strawberry Fields at Strawberry l-‘iclds. l().3()pm 3am. £5. Weekly. ('lassic party nonsense from the ()()s to last week.
I Budda at Bar Budda.
8pm midnight. l‘ree. Weekly. Dispel the night-alter hlttes with DJ ('olin Walker of the New York Alliance. who will be playing only the deepest house and most progressive grooves.
I Divine Intervention at Bret. 9pm midnight. l‘ree. DJ llushpttppy blends mod. old groove and funk into a pleasing mash. sel'\ ed with sotne line house red.
I The Hustler at Air ()rganic.
5pm midnight. l’t'ee. Weekly. Straight otlt the 'hood to your neck o' the woods: Johnnie [Hale and his occasional guests supply grooves so smooth they'd tnove yo‘ momma's ass. I The Man With No Suitcase at the (irifliny. 8pm Midnight. Free. Weekly. Diversity is the key itt this. possibly (ilasgow‘s most fun-orientated pre-club mashfest. Hosted by Ashton Lamont. and shot through with a healthy dose of freaky fttnky visttals. killer heats and smile-inducing Competitions.
I Miso at the ('aptain‘s Rest.
(rpm tnidnight. Free. 14 Apr. Fortnightly. A new night hrottght to you by the people behind (ilasgow‘s Burnt ()ttt festival. lixpect to hear all kinds of music from folk to electronica. l‘eatttring live acoustic. toned-down electronic perft)rmances. DJ sets attd \rd sets.
I Moloco at Moloco. 8pm midnight. Free. Weekly. Martin St John keeps it mixed up. with a selection that takes in stotnpin' northern soul. roots, rock and reggae.
I Nico’s at Nico‘s. 9pm tnidnight. l‘ree. Weekly. 'lttrn that frown upside down? Billy Milligan. the lan Mellis of dance music. offers a cheeseboard of no small variety.
I Phonic at Moskito. ()pm midnight. Free. Weekly. 'l‘hese l’honic fellows are popping up everywhere. Winding down the weekend. (iordon and Steven play only the choicest hottse cuts.
I R&B at Bar It). 7pm midnight. l-‘rce. W'eekly. Relax with R&l3 tracksmithery and take advantage of the generotts drinks promos at this class city ~centre bar.
I Scratch ‘n’ Sniff at Mc('huill‘s. ()pm midnight. Free. New pre-club venture. featuring Danny Barbour playing house. garage and whatever else he lancies.
I Soulful Sundays at 'l’chai-Ovna. 3 7pm. Free. Weekly. It's all conducive to a deep sense of chill: drink obscure teas. play chess. gi\e your body a rest. Ilosted by Raymondo and Rodrigue/ (Fools ()nly). this is a soulful session to help rejoin the htttnan race after the weekend's silliness.
I Sugar Shack at the Baby (il'ttlltl (6 [ﬁlm Bank (iardens). 8pm midnight. l‘ree. Weekly. A blend of fttnk. ja/I. sottl and Latin frotn DJ Marcelo.
I Sunday Social at the Arches. Monthly. Next date tbc.
I Bennet’s at Bennet‘s.
I l.3()ptn 3am. £3. Weekly. In which we are confronted by a strange parity. 'l‘om plays tunes loved by twelve-year- old girls. pltts sortie hangin‘ handbag. to equally appreciative gay men. littnny old world.
I Bite at the ('athottse. 10.30pm 3am. Free before I 1.30pm. £2 (£ l .50) alter. Weekly. A milder mix of indie and rock than you’ll find at the city’s premier rock ventte on l‘ri or Sat.
I Bump ‘n’ Grind at the Velvet Rooms. I Ipttt 3am. £4 (£2). Wind down the weekend with l)M(i's mix of R&B and street sottl.
I Chittlin’ Hoedown at the l3th Note (’afe. l 1pm 2am. £ l. A new night devoted to pretty tnttch whatever the DJs please. including dttb. hip—hop and electro with added splashes of indie sltlll‘.
I Club Tropicana at the (iarage (Attic). I Ipm 3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Indie. both classic and ct)ntemporary. with a healthy dose of Bt'itpop.
I Dream at Strawberry l’ields. l().3()pm 3am. £15. Weekly. Fifteen
nicker might seem a hit steep for a night down Strawberry Fields. hill in addition to hanging house anthems and saucy dancing girls. the bar is totally and utterly free. Much like a stomach pttmp on the NllS.
I Liquid Cool at Baha/a. 9pm 3am. £5. Weekly. .-\.J.. Kris Keegan and Ian 'l'hotnpson playing top-notch vocal garage and hottse to a club packed with hy per- hedonistic twentysomething revellers. all of whom seetn to have forgotten that they ltave work in the morning. If quality tttttes and glatnorotts antics are your bag. Stm at Btlhtlltl is unmissable.
I Optimo at MAS (in association w ith the Stth ('luh). I Ipm 3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. At this price: lunacy? ()ptitno continues its quest to bttst (ilasgow's collective gut with the craziest selections this side of a John Peel omnibus. The tnost notorious night out in Glasgow, methinks. I Solvent at Alaska. 1 Ipm-3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. One for those who just won't let the weekend die. (‘olin Davie spins funky house and whatever he fancies to a crowd of up-for-it Alaskan revellers.
I Sunday Best at Shack.
10.30pm» 3.30am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Jitn Da Best plays po . dance and R&B.
I Sunday helter at Ad-l.ih. Monthly. Next date the.
I Sunday Service at l3th Note (’luh.
l lptn 3am. £2. Weekly. A night of indie music to end the weekend nicely.
I Transistor at the Polo Lounge.
1 lptn~ 3am. £thc. Weekly. Real pop for real people with DJs Niall McMumty and Wayne Dixon.
Chart & Party
I Atmosphere at Destiny. lllpm 3am. £3 before I lpm; £4 alter. Weekly. Windy. bent tnetal surroundings and sequin clad youths. all marinated in a generous amount of cheap booze and hrottght to the boil with only the cheesiest of track selections.
I Disco at l-‘ury Murry ‘s. l lpm 3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. ('heese-tastic disco fttn for students. with Dave and Phil spinning the discs.
I Media at Media. l lpttt 3am. £2. Weekly. A full-on flavoured mix from rotational residents pltts karaoke in rootti two. Drinks promos a bonus (all drinks £2 all night).
I Salsa for Beginners at (‘uba Not'te. 7pm midnight. £4 (£3). Weekly. (’an you learn the salsa'.’ (iive it a right good go at this high-class night of tomfoolery.
I Cul De Sac at ('ul De Sac.
9pm midnight. Free. Weekly. Watch you don't httrn your fingers on Dr Paul‘s Quiz of Fire.
I Loose at the Variety Bar.
()pm midnight. Free. Weekly. This night deserves respect for its attempt at something new. Altcountry. classic 7()s rock and blues from Paul Shields.
I Open Decks at Bar Jedi.
9pnl~ midnight. l’ree. Weekly. Your chance to show the world (or Bar Jedi at least) what you're made of. Dttst off those 12s and spin to infinity.
I Burn at MAS. I lptn 3am. Free for staff of any ptth or club; £3 to everyone else. Weekly. DJs Norman and lens preside over the biggest attd longest running staff night ottt in history. l-‘reedom to the workers!
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