Edinburgh Fridays: Club
0 El Segundo at Bongo Club. l().3()pm—3am. £6 (£5). 31 May. Monthly. London funk and hip hop col- lective take over El Segundo for one night only. DJs Tufkut. Skeg and Rob Life will be showcasing their album The Deadly 7" Sins. Psylent V will be sup— plying the beatbox and breaking crews Aspekts and Newcastle City Crew will be showing us what they‘re made of.
I Evol at the Liquid Room. l().3()pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Edinburgh's longest running indie night (ten consecutive years. with no holidays and no sickies). providing an ever reliable mix of the best current and classic altemative. crossover tunes. It's an institution already and with the recent addition of the back room. playing host to Mr & Mrs Mogwai. the future looks like a happy place for all things Evol.
I Fiesta Fiesta at Gaia. 1 lpm—3am. £4 (£2). Weekly. DJ Fabuloz (Vibe. 2 Urban) drops the latest pressings and jams from the hot and jiggy worlds of hip hop and R&B.
I Finisternis at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar. 9pm—lam. £2 (£1). 24 May. The lighter side of goth (if such a thing truely exists) with a mix of dark ambient. neo- classical and ethereal tracks from Petit Scarabee. Deception Boy and Ghost Dancer. This opening night sees a live ‘dark ambient syth recital‘ from Grimbergen.
I The Fun at Ego. l lpm—3am. £2. 24 May. Monthly. Simmone Black and Morgan playing a tasty selection of house and garage.
I Funkey Magic at Cocteau Lounge (downstairs at Ego). l lpm—3am. £5 (free to members). 31 May. Monthly. Soul- fuelled deep house for pilgrims via the Hoff Project featuring live percussion from Tagg.
I Go-Go at Cocteau Lounge (downstairs at Ego). 1 lpm—3am. £6. 24 May. Monthly. Swinging 60s garage (of the rock variety sorry to disappoint any So Solid wannabes). soul. mod. soul. R&B and sleazy listening from the righteous Tall Paul Robinson. Angus A Go-Go and Kaiser George. Frank Murphy (The Goodfoot) guests with more soul for your soul.
I Impulse at Club Java. 9pm—2am. £6—£8. Monthly. Next date 21 Jun.
0 Kaos at La Belle Angele. lOpm—3am. £1()—£1 1. 31 May only. Hip hop and drum & bass producer extrordi- naire Adam F heads this night of serious breaks with DJ Kid. DJ Extra. G—Mac and MC MC. See preview.
I Lick Shot at Bongo Club. 7.3()—1()pm. £5. 24 May. Monthly. Hip hop. ragga and R&B for the kiddie winks (strictly under 18s only!) hosted by Brian Jones. Nasty P and the live stylings of the Scotland Yard MCs.
I Lush at Ego. l().3()pm—3am. £6 (£5). 31 May. Monthly. Resident DJs Dale and Craig play pop hits and commercial house classics for a gay/mixed crowd. To become a Lush member. sign on at www.clublush.co.uk.
I Majestica at the Venue. l().3()pm—3am. £11 (£10). 24 May. Monthly. Down and dirty house night featuring residents and guest DJs Keith McDonnell and Andy Moor.
I The Mambo Club at Mambo Club. l()pm—3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. The highly respected mix of reggae. ragga. R&B. rap and hip hop continues to be one of the strongest nights for music of black origin In town.
I Manga at La Belle Angele. l().3()pm—3am. Monthly. Next date 14 Jun with Goldie no less.
I Modern Lovers at Ego. 11pm—3am. £4. 7 Jun. Monthly. A swinging mix of rare soul. Hammond jazz and freakbeats galore with guest DJ John Mclean (The Betaband).
HIP HOP/DRUM & BASS ADAM F Kaos at La Belle Angele, Edinburgh, Fri 31 May It's not as if drum & bass producers have never worked across other genres. Total Science. for example, have made a career out of surreptitiously sticking out deep house. downtempo and hip hop under a variety of names on a variety of labels. But there was something different about the way Adam F (that ’s F for Fenton) switched from the deep, dark subterranean world of techstep drum 8 bass in London to the almost limitless commercial potential of US hip-hop. Because of last year's KAOS, much has been made of his background.
Here was a white guy who lives near Leighton Buzzard working with some of the most interesting elements in the annals of US hip-hop. Capone-N-Noreaga turned up at the studio sporting crash helmets, briefcases full of cash and an entourage of
Nearly as much has been made of the fact that he is the son of Alvin Stardust. from whom he is largely estranged. 'It wasn't like I went to America and said: “My dad is Alvin Stardust. can I make a record with LL Cool .1. please?",’ he says.
Of course, he benefited from being at the commercial end of the horror-film- sampling, paranoid era of drum 8 bass and his background may have made the execs at EMI more willing to give him his own subsidiary label. F-Jam. rather than
The way Fenton crossed the tracks and then crossed back says as much about the genre as his own musical ability. Drum 8. bass has always accommodated sophistication and innovation more readily than other native dance genres. Fenton. fOr instance, came to his cartoon gothic version of gangsta rap via an appreciation of the scores of film composer Danny Elfman.
He has been a keen advocate of live performances and has always spiced up his sets with hip hop style idents and guest vocalists. This is a man with aspirations that go way beyond the limits of clubland. However EMI were disappointed when KAOS didn't sell as well as they expected and Fenton was ditched in their recent clear-out. No doubt his next move will be an interesting one. (Tim Abrahams)
I Moody at Wee Red Bar. 1 lpm—3am. £5-£6 (£4). 31 May. Monthly. An all- new club night showcasing ‘all styles and no smiles’. Don’t even think about having a good time then when residents Stephen Brown (Transmat) and Vinnie take to the decks. playing Detroit techno. Chicago house and whatever else they feel like.
I Nuklear Puppy at Ego. 10.30pm—3am. £8 (£7). 14 Jun. Monthly. Hard house night featuring residents Jason Cortez and Phil York.
I Opal Lounge at ()pal Lounge. 10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Funked up vocal house with a smattering of disco from Mike Thornton.
I Opium at Opium. l().3()pm—3am. Free. Weekly. See Thu.
I Planet Earth at Citrus Club. l().3()pm—3am. £5. Weekly. The varied visual and musical delights. of the 70s and 80s. with some stress laid on the exploits of early 80s electro artists. No smoking at the bar please.
I Roadblock at P0 Na Na.
1 1pm—3am. £3. Weekly. Nicci F stops the traffic in bad music when she digs up the best in funk. disco. house and block rockin‘ beats.
I Salsa Con Saber at El Barrio. 9pm—3am. £4 (free before 11pm). Weekly. Hot. hot. hot salsa and Latin sounds from DJ Hector and Nano.
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I Space Face at Cocteau Lounge (downstairs at Ego). l 1pm—3am. £3. Monthly. Next date 14 Jun with Bill Brewster.
I Spectral at Wee Red Bar.
1 1pm~~3am. £6 (£5). 7 Jun. Monthly. Kovac joins the residents (Dave Anderson and Phil Dickson) for a live set ofjazz- tech and the deepest tough. funky house grooves. Surfers can snoop www.spectra1.org.uk for more info.
I Sublime at Honeycomb. l().3()pm—3am. £8 (£6). 24 May. Fortnightly. The tech-trance night that lives up to its name holds its last ever resident‘s special. The sad truth is that Sublime is finishing on 21 Jun. So come along while you still have the chance (Mark Allan guests 7 Jun).
I The Time Tunnel at Club Mercado. l()pm~3am. £5. Weekly. Trendy Wendy. Showbiz Jase and Betty Ford disrupt the space-time continuum with tunes from the 60s. 70s and 80s. ()r maybe it‘s just the alcohol.
I Trouble At The Blue Note at the Beat Jazz Basement. l().3()pm—3am. £3--£4 (free before l()pm). Weekly. All- new improvised jazz jam sponsored by the legendary Blue Note Records. This fortnight we have Calum Walker (Guidance Recordings) dropping by (24 May) then an [id Rush (the mini-festival not the hardcore junglist) special with Craig Smith (31 May).
I Up! at Studio 24. l().3()pm—3am. £8 (£7). 7 Jun. Monthly. Progressive house and tribal trance from resident DJs Adrian Davenport and Nic Cavendish. why not come down and welcome them back to their old stomping ground. you know you want to play on their bouncy castle.
I UTI presents: MAYHEM at Wee Red Bar. 1 [pm-3am. £8 (£5 £6). 24 May. Monthly. Underground techno night
featuring resident DJs Semaj. Johnny ()h! and Tormod Mor plus guest DJ Sam Watson (Complex Records).
I Velvet Chains at the Laughing Duck. 8pm—-2am. £2 (£1). 7 Jun. New gothic themed night of mixed sexualities. No entry unless suitably attired —- S&M. fetish. goth etc (changing facilities available).
I Work at Ego. l().3()pm—-3am. £8 (£6). 7 Jun. Monthly. Funky house from Pete ()wen and Bret King.
I Zealous at Studio 24. l().3()pm--3am. £4—£5. 24 May. Monthly. Serious nu- metal and rock action pre-()zzfest party with live guests Fractal Jack and Zillah.
Chart & Party
I Canned Heat at Gaia. l()pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. DJ Harry Let‘s Go (Boornbox) lays on the pop and partied- up funk. disco and house tunes. Plus DJ Fabuloz upstairs in the lounge with the latest R&B. hip hop and ragga.
I Cyber Subway at Subway West End. 9pm—3am. £4 (£1 ). Weekly. An interactive club experience for those sad puppies who txt rather than talk to people. Vote in advance for the drinks promotions and the music policy online or by SMS or use the ‘digital cyber subway polling stations‘ in the venue on the night. Surf to www.subwaywestend.co.uk for more info.
I Friday Funkin’ at the Ark. l()pm—3am. £4 (£2). Weekly. You‘ve worked hard. now strut your funky stuff like there's no tomorrow to Big Dave's party mix.
I Frozen In Time at Time.
I lpm—-3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. A short. grumpy man plays commercial chart and dance. ()ver 21s only.
I Kick at Loca. l()pm---3am. £2 before midnight; (£4 after). Weekly. Kickstart the weekend with current commercial chart and pop pap from across the decades.
I Majestic at Majestic. l().3()pm—2am. Weekly. Chart and party tunes in room one with a selection of 70s and 80s favourites in room two.
I Office Affair at Subway West End. 4--9pm. £l—£4. Weekly. Chart tunes. buffet and cheap drinks what else do you need to make a fool of yourself in front of you colleagues?
I Push! at Peppermint Lounge. l()pm—3am. £3—£4 (free before midnight). Weekly. Chart. dance and R&B tunes. with funk and hip hop in the back room.
I Supernova at Revolution. l().3()pm~3am. £7 (£5). Weekly. Chart and party hits all night long.
I Beluga at Beluga Bar & Canteen Restaurant. 8pm-lam. Free. Weekly. House. garage and jazzy beats frotn [iric Da Viking and friends.
I Black Sauce at 8am Bou. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. Confucius say this new ()riental style bar got plenty good underground house music with Martin Valentine and Steven Wanless.
I Extra Width at Gilded Saloon. 8pm— lam. Free. Weekly. New wave disco (i.e. all your favourite indie hits) with rotational DJs Grainne. Keiron and Stuart Braithwaitc (Mogwai). Seeing as these folk play a somewhat significant role in Scotland‘s independent music scene. guest DJs from bands like Belle & Sebastian and Snow Patrol are a regular feature at Extra Width.
I Fabuloz at Biblios. 8pm—Ilam. Weekly. A contemporary mix of urban sounds from DJ Fabuloz.
I Immersed in Music at Pivo Caffe. 9pm~lam. Free. Weekly. The Czech style bar launches a new DJ schedule to get the party started in a progressive house and tech-trance
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76 THE LIST 23 May—6 Jun 2002