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& MAXIMILIAN HECKER CCA, Glasgow, Fri 5 Dec
BARBARA MonoENsTEiiu -' I
Following a personal invitation from the Goethe Institute to perform live on this 33-date world tour, contemporary German artists Barbara Morgenstern and Maximilian Hecker will be ‘presenting a topical aspect of German pop music’ to
So then, Maximilian, who were the heroes of German pop for you? ‘Well, when l was seven I started listening to the Beatles,’ he says. ‘Then I got into Queen and in the 90s it was bands like Oasis, Radiohead, Grandaddy, Travis . . .’
Hold up a minute, we thought you said German pop? ‘Well, y’know, many people from Germany have a problem with Germany,’ he says. ‘Maybe it’s the same with other countries, they have this inferiority complex, that foreigners always seem more mystical. But Britain and America just have such a strong
tradition and taste for music.’
So in essence what Hecker is doing is bringing our own music back to us, but filtered through German perceptions. Despite his predilection for bright, colourful anthemics, remember that Hecker is signed to the ﬁber-fashionable Kitty-Yo record company, so you can expect something a bit more broad in scope than many of the artisans named above. Also appearing will be Barbara Morgenstern, whose album Nichts Muss is lighting up the clubs in her late- night Mecca of a home country - but then maybe that’s just my inferiority
complex talking. (David Pollock)
I Inside Out at the Arches.
10.30pm 3am. £l8. 2‘) .\'ov. Monthly. Simon lioy and Alan Belshavv keep their public on the delirious side of happy vs ill) another serving of trance and techno at one of I'K's higgest club nights. Citiests include Japanese l-‘tittire lleroes. linergi l)ai and Taka.
I Jamboree at Reds. l Ipm 3am. £7 (£5). Weekly. John Lyons and Martin llesketh of Velvet Rooms fame mix tip a blend of commercial R&B and sotil.
I Kevin Austin at Canvas (Aria). 10.30pm 3am. £7. Weekly. Continue dancing to the main room sounds of funk. disco and club anthems \thile the live entertainment take a \y ell-desert ed break. I Life at Life (Corinthian). |()pm 3am. £5. Weekly. A foriiiidahle night of funk for those vs ho like their entertainment mature. btit still jammin'. Ross Macmillan presents a selection of soul. funk and disco augmented \\ ith original samples and loops to guarantee a he“ take on familiar sounds.
I Lite at Corinthian. ‘)pm 3am. £tbc. Weekly. Modern nevi bar and club at this gorgeous Ingram Street mega-venue. They alvvays ptit a lot iitto their \enues. so try to make an effort. will yoti'.’
I Lush at the Polo Lounge.
10.30pm 3am. £5. Weekly. licaturing Andy in the Tl'UPll} Rooiii vs ith hits front the (ills to the 80s. \v hilc Tom proy ides an tip-front dance selection in the main room at the city 's prettiest gay club.
I Mas at Mas. l lpiii 3am. £8 (£o). \VL‘Clsl}. Some Of the lllICsI hullsc l)Js around ptit the boompity-boomp into your Saturday night. ()n 2‘) Nov digital funkmaster l’ercy X rocks the mix alongside linyoy and Sobek and on () l)ec the prolific Tom Middleton gets in the DJ cage.
0 Melting Pot at Rbcrside (‘ltib.
l2 3am. £l(). 2‘) .\'ov. A night of live vocals from the Soul lltistlers. an extremely talented couple all the way frotti Philadelphia \ ia Amsterdam. They 'll be
joining forces vs ith l’apa |)eep (l’aper
Recordings. l’apa Washington Trio). Who'll be laying tltmn the house tracks in the background. Andrevs l’irie and resident Billy Woods take you off on a .\'e\\ York disco house trip. .S'r'i' [)I'l’l‘lt’ll'.
I Miso at Lith .\'ote. l lpiii 3am. £tbc. 2‘) Nth and () l)cc. (iel your ll.\ UT electronic cclectica here. Highpoint Lotslife Records brings its tour to (ilasgim on 2‘) .\'o\, “ith talents including ()ST and 'l'horsten Sideboard (great name?) and the lolltm ing vieek there's some liv e music u ith a line- tip including Schneider TM a knob-
tu iddler \yhose discography includes a Smiths cover version?
I Moda at Motla. ‘)pn) 3am. liree. Weekly. l‘inc (ilasgovv 1)] (and footballer) Barry (iemiiiel drops bombs at this beautiful bar in the gay district.
I Opus at 0pm. 2pm 3am. l"ree. Weekly. 'l‘herc's a live s“ ing hand from tvso. and then it gets ftinkier with DJ Paul
from Wicked Soun/ playing until three in the morning. ()li yes.
I Orient House at the Carnival Arts Centre. |()pm 2am. £tbc. 2‘) .\'ov only. Dancers and musicians come together from around the [K and Canada for (ilasgovv's largest ever celebration of Middle liastern culture. After a showcase of Scotland’s top belly-dancers. local bands and I)Js play a variety of Arabic and Turkish music. belly-dancing tunes and ()riental club beats.
I Papacool at Ad Lib. I I.3()pm 4am. £5. 2‘) .\'ov. Monthly. Cutting edge beats and classic funk-soul grooves from the l’apacool collective.
I Rapture at Media. I Ipm 3am. £tbc. Weekly. 7()s and 80s classics from James Rtissell. and guest l)Js every tvvo vveeks make this a fun night otit.
I Red and Gold Room at Aria. |()pm 3am. lirec before I lpm: £8 after. Weekly. Billy Milligan mans the decks for a line night of Latin house. This will seriously spice tip your life. if that‘s what‘s required.
I Saturdays at Blanket at Blanket (formerly Bed). l().3()pm 3am. £7 (£5). The funkiest R&B in the city rocks the big back bedroom on a Sat in Bed with the legendary Raymond Woods. Jim da Best and his musical antics keep you avvake in the front bedroom making this nevv Sat night one of the most popular iii the city.
I Seduce at Archaos. l Ipm 3am. £8 (£6). Weekly. Charty dance and R&B. not to mention an unhealthy smattering of cheese on this huge Sat nightei'.
I Shack at the Shack.
l().3()pm 3.30am. £7 (£5). Weekly. Let your hair dovvn and liven things tip on the tlancclloor to the sounds of all your Shack favourites. played out by (iraenie lierguson.
I The at the Sllc‘tl.
l().3()pm 2am. £o. Weekly. Demand is hiin for this one. so get there early. Tuneage deployed by litian .\'ei|son and Andy Robertson.
I Shine On at Corinthian. l Ipm 3am. £tbc. Weekly. (Jordon Miller and Ross Macmillan rock the joint after a session in the Lite bar. Lots of funk and fun all round as the residents take in the genres they vvant.
I Skatalites Official After Show Party at Renfrevv l-‘erry. l().3()pm-3am. £5. 2‘) Nov only. The official aftershovv for the ska acts live shovv. smokehelch reggae on the river. I Soma Sessions at MAS. l().3()pm-3ani. Weekly. l'nfettered quality house music at this reliably mind-blowing slltiyvcttsc for a very line (ilasvvegian label. Liverpool's finest. Chibukti. mans the decks on 2‘) .\'ov, arid ll-l'oundation turns the heat up on b Dec.
I Subculture at the Sub (‘luh
l Ipm 5am. £l2. Weekly. Believe the hype it’s jtist the best underground house night in the country. Harri arid Domenic play the tunes that are even better than the music in your head.
I Superfly at the Woodside Social. |()pm-2am. £5.‘)‘). o l)ec. Monthly. More psychedelic sotil with necro- chancers Duncan Stiperlly and Ian Lamarra. They're joined by (ilasvvegian favourites The Ducks and tunesmith Warren Maclntryre.
I Tiger Tiger at Tiger Tiger.
1 Ipm 3am. £o. Weekly. Join the party at this beautiful bar favoured by those Wearing suits and expensive dresses. The music policy is commercial dance and the ubiquitous R&B.
I Traffic Light Party at Aria.
8pm lam. Tickets £20 from vvvvvvattraxion.co.uk. 2‘) .\'ov only. A new take on the dating/singles night. pioneered in the CS and (you gtiessed it) Australia. A red badge means ‘don't even think about it'. amber means ‘play your cards right’. and green means. we”. ‘go. go, go.’ If ye cannac get at least a phone number in here there's summit \vrong.
The comps you really want in Santa’s sack
Westwood Platinum Edition (Def Jam UK 0.. ) Even/ones favourite wigga is back with another massive compilation. Whatever you think of the man. he knows his hip hop. and this is so huge in its scope it takes in all the big hitters (50 Cent. DMX. Eminem) as well as a few more esoteric Cuts (Million Dan. Bristal). J Majik Fabric/rye 73 (Fabric 0... ) If you like your drum & bass hard as fuck J Majik is your man. A touch repetitive by the time you reach track 2i). btit killer nonetheless.
Nicky Blackmarket Rel/in' (Blackmarket COO. ) Similarly exemplary drum 8. bass from the Blackmarket man. Admittedly you don't really need both of these but either will set the speakers alight. The Annual 2004 (Ministry of Sound 0. ) The biggest of them all. its sheer si/e means there's some quality floating in a sea of chart shite. Thankfully better than last year's woeful compilation (it would have been hard to get worse than that load of toss) and the addition of a Bonus Anthems CD makes this far more palatable.
DJ Pogo The Best of Pulp (us/on (Harmless OI. ) Stximlessly mixing tip the best in funky law in a hip hop style. Smooth yet cut up so yOu can easily see why he's won so much acclaim and seCured his place as Courtney Pine's resident DJ.
Soma Recording 2003 (Soma COO ) Always nice to know Soma have stuck to their roots and not abandoned us for the big smoke like so many other labels would have. Again the local lads do good. featuring the cream of their 2008 roster including
H Foundation. Percy X and. of course Slam.
Defected in the House (Defected .0. ) Massive smooth house mix across three (308. If you love US vocal house you'll be sorted. If you don't you'll hate every second.
I For more revrews see Records section.
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