Who’s worth picking up on the singles market?
Cypress Hill ‘What’s Your Number’ (Columbia 0 ) A lesson in how to turn a sample from one of the best political songs ever (‘The Guns of Brixton') into some trash about picking up chicks.
Livesciences ‘Heroes’ (LVS ooo ) The Edinburgh hip hop collective show the Hill how it's done. Inclusive and expansive in its laid back scope. proving flutes. trombones and rap aren‘t mutually exclusive.
Basement Jaxx ‘Good Luck’ (XL 0000 ) Another irresistible sound-clash from Jaxx towers. Insatiany good as Lisa Kekaula‘s vocals kick your ass good and proper.
Freeland ‘Supernatural Thing’ (Marine Parade 00. ) Adam Freeland's cover of Ben E King's original transmogrified into a funked up beats monster in a David Holmes stylee.
Agoria ‘stereolove’ (Pias oooo ) Urgent. grinding, mutant disco. stabbing synths and robotronic vocals. Don’cha just love French techno?
N‘E'R'D ‘She Wants to Move’ (Virgin 00000) Hot and sultry hip hop from the Neptune‘s public face. Perfect for doing the nasty. Zero 7 ‘Home’ (Ultimate Dilemma oooo ) The only cut from Zero 7's latest LP that doesn't induce narcolepsy. Chilled in the right way and those vocals hit the spine tingling centre just so. Stereotype ‘Soul for Your Stereo’ (Surface Pressure
000 ) Well the title says it all as this Scottish collective lay down some serious jazzy vibes while Finale and Dee J A'la Fu lay down the raps.
Rennie Pilgrim ‘Defender’ (TCR oo ) Old school tea dances mix with drum & bass rhythms. picks up in the middle but this feels old ('Vox' version is even more ancient). Has the breakboat king lost his touch?
Insignificant Others ‘Milk’ (Skyline 0.. ) Jackin' funky electro with a demure housey edge. Bit too long and repetitive mind y0u. (Henry Northmore)
I For more reviews see Records section.
86 THE LIST 18 Mar- l Apr 2004
Edinburgh Fridays continued
I Mocha Rocka! at Berlin Bierhatis.
l lpm 3am. £5. 26 Mar. Monthly. Two of lidinbtirgh's best collectives join forces. Space Face residents Spider and the Blonde Flash bring the R&B. hip hop. ftiiik. disco and more while Tokyo Blti take care of the house.
6 100% Dynamite at the Bongo (‘lub ll).3()pm 3am. £8 (£7). 26 Mar. Quarterly. Following the storming success of their last trip the Sotil Jazz Sound System rolls back into town to begin a quarterly residency at the Bongo. Bringing all the reggae. roots. dancehall. ska. dub. funk. soul and jazz. that has made them legendary as both a London cltib and an international record label. it's time to nice tip the dance.
I Planet Earth at (‘itrus (‘luh l().3()pm 3am. £5. Weekly. Mtisic from 1976 through to 1989 or. it) other words. a healthy dose of ptiiik. new wave. new romantic and electro pop.
I Pogo Vogue at the Bongo (‘ltib. Next date 9 Apr.
I Pop Fiction (formerly Time Tunnel) at Massa. l()pm 3am. £5. Weekly. 'l‘rendy Wendy and regular gtiests (inc Betty Ford) lay down the coolest blend of pop. ftiiik. soul. disco, R&B. hip hop and house with a real sense of ftiii. Plenty of drinks promos on offer an' all. 0 React v Radio Babylon at ligo. ll).3()pm 3am. Free. 26 Mar only. One of the newest players and one of the most established names on the capital's alternative club scene join forces for a ftill on night of musical madness. lixpect techno, electro and other oddities all for the princely sum of U).
I Roadblock at Po Na Na. ltlpm 3am. Free before 1 lpm; £5 after. Weekly. Nicci F stops the traffic in bad music when she digs tip the best in funk. disco. house and block rockin‘ beats.
I 30 at the Venue. l().3()pm -3am. Free before 10.30pm; £5 before midnight; £7 after. Weekly. A new concept at the Venue as each week three big name cltibs are gathered together under one roof for one tiny entrance fee. More eclectic sounds from l'ltragroove. .‘ylotherfunk and Scratch ( 19 Mar) followed by Pogo Vogue. Rogue Sale and Jump (26 Mar). I Tokyo Underground at the (‘ellar Bar. Next date 9 Apr.
I Trouble at the (‘ellar Bar. 9pm 3am. £2.99 £4.99. Weekly. The Beat Jaz/ Basement is reborn in a slightly different format as the 'l'rotible gtiys bring their ja/J inflected dance selection back home. [ix-Beat regular Dan Bland joins the party ( l9 Mar). then lleadspin mainstays the Resonance and Big Beat! supremo Simon Hodge gtiest (26 Mar).
I UTI presents: BUZZ at Studio 24. Next date 9 Apr.
Chart & Party
I The BIG One! at Mood. 9pm 3am. Free before I lpm; £3 after (free to members). Weekly. A fantastic start to the weekend as you cavort to all those pop classics from the last five decades.
I Boogie Juice at l.‘ Attache. 10.30pm 3am. £3 before I lpm; £5 after. Weekly. Playing otit the best in R&B. chart and funky favourites.
I The Dog’s Balearics at Revolution. It).3()pm 3am. £5 before midnight: £6 after (£3 £4). Weekly. The best Ibiza and chart dance numbers from throughout the summer.
I Fridays @ City at (‘ityz lidinbtirgh. l lpm 3am. £5. Weekly. DJ Tony entertains the masses with the best in current house. R&B atid chart. ()n 26 Mar (iood Intentions continue their new monthly residency in the Men Bar at (‘ity with their unique brand of ftmk.
I Office Party at (‘avendish/Diva. 4pm 3am. Free. Weekly. Night of after work silliness and cheesy ftiti. Bucking broncos. games and more to keep the suited masses entertained. Buffet for pre- booked parties (as well as a bus pick tip service).
NOSTALGIA BIG SCHOOL Venue, Edinburgh, Sat 20 Mar
‘I think the night speaks for itself really,’ says Trendy Wendy, headmistress of the Venue’s new Big School night. ‘I’ve done a school disco and a school reunion at Tackno and they've been absolutely massive. I suppose
everyone loves getting a caning.’
With chat like that, you can be sure this night does exactly what it says on the flyer. There’s no hidden agenda or arch irony here, just the finest nostalgic cheese and a crowd getting into the scholastic spirit with some
frankly fetishistic high school clobber.
‘I can guarantee it won’t be like any other Old School night,’ Wendy says sternly (possibly getting in practice there). ‘The music we [\Nendy, Nick Silver, Lenny Love] play is much more imaginative than that, plus the fact it’s the Venue means we’ll have a whole different crowd. Everyone I’ve spoken to is really up for it, from house to hip hop people. Anyway, who says all clubs have to be serious? We just want a laugh.’ (David Pollock)
I The Subway at Subway. 7pm 3am. £l. Weekly. Nigh on a (‘owgate institution of commercial dance and chart hits with the odd indie classic.
I After Dark at (‘abaret Voltaire.
llpm 3am. £|(). 2() Mai. Monthly. Resident Yogi llatighton mixes tip a Saturday night selection of soulful house. ftinked tip garage and diva driven vocal tracks. Joined by Martin Solveig the king of Aft‘o-percussion grooves and old school house.
I Ascension Goth Club at ‘l‘eviot Row l'nion. ll).3()pm 3am. £5 (£2 liD(i&R members). 2() Mar. Fortnightly. Monthly. In association with lidinbtirgli l'niversity‘s (ioth and Rock Society comes this cheery tiiix of tip-to-date darkness featuring all the latest goth. rock and industrial greats.
I Asylum at Sttidio 24. l lpm 3am. £5. 2() Mar. Fortnightly. The Mission's down and dirty brother specialising in rock. iiti metal and other hardcore sotiiids.
I Audio Tourism at l’ivo Bar (‘Itih 9pm 3am. Free. Weekly. A serious alternative to conventional night clubbing with chunky. funky house tracks from Kev Wright (20 Mar) and Stuart Duncan (27 Mar).
I Berlin presents Craig Smith at Berlin Bierhatis. l().3()pm 3am. Free before I lpm: £5 after. 2() Mar. Monthly. Smooth. sotilftil house from Atidio Deluxe's main man and special guests.
I Big School at the Venue. l().3()pm~3am. £7. 2() Mar. Nostalgic school disco night (uniforms required) btit this ain’t no cheesy romp -well it is btit in the best possible way with 'l'rendy Wendy. Nick Silver and Lenny Love in charge of the choons and discipline. Sm' pl‘t'rft’ii‘.
I breakitdown at Honeycomb.
l()pm 3am. £8 (£6). 2() Mar. Monthly. This new night continues apace with special guest Anthony Papa one of 01' greatest exports mixing tip liotise atid other beats in a seamless show of mixing skills. remember he picked tip a DM(' (‘hampionship at just I5.
I CC Blooms at (‘(' Blooms.
l().3()pm 3am. Free. Weekly. DJ Ally is
back again with more of her trademark high-caiiip-to-hotise decknical expertise at this always hoaching gay venue.
0 Club Hed at (‘ommplex
9.30pm 2am. £l2.5() £l4. 20 Mar. Residents Blair & Ryan llarrower and DJ Beefy are joined for a [K exclusive from dark. progressive house jock Moshic.
0 Colours Live! at the Liquid Room. 10.30pm «3am. £tbc. 2() Mar. Monthly“. ('olours invite their pals for another session of the best in house. (iet ready for a big date as (‘olotirs step off the road marked ‘house' with very special guest Dave (‘larke (live). Phil Kieran and Alan Simms. Sec preview.
I DEFinition at the ('ellar Bar.
lllpm 3am. £6 (£5). 2() Mar. Nasty P. JP and P-Sty'l/ host a night of ttirntablism hip hop as Dlil-‘initimr makes its return. Focusing on Scottish talent opening tip with the Yard limcees with support from (ilasgow’s Surface limp. Featuring aii east coast v west coast showdown hosted by Stiiiiwon.
I Diggin’ Deeper at Nichol lidwards. lllplllmiitlll. £5 (£4 members). 3 Apr. The Diggin' Deep Allstars rock the party with their eclectic brew of funk. hip hop. reggae. beats. movies and tnore. Residents Titian Robertson. (iavin Fort. Donald MacArthur and Mark Balneaves kick start the club with vinyl gems with a live performance from the Virgin Teeth and (ias (iiant and a short film festival from Dr Awkward. See www.deepdig. co.tik for more info.
I The Egg at Wee Red Bar. 1 lpm-3am. £4.50 (£4). Weekly. Still the best mix of indie. 60s garage. northern soul. ska. 70s punk and new wave you're likely to stagger across. A well loved institution that refuses to change.
I El Barrio at lil Barrio. 10pm 3am. Free. Weekly. See Thu.
I Fiesta Latina at Teviot Row l'nion. Next date 24 Apr.
I Flaunt at Massa. l lpm 3am. £6 £|(). 27 Mar. Fortnightly". Moneypenny‘s present this night of timeless club classics that made house music what it is today. Willi Tommy (iallo. Marco Smith and Jon lidwards‘.
I Funkysensual at Po Na Na.
9pm 7 3am. Free before I lpm; £5 after. Weekly. llot mix of sexy. funky house music from Mark B.