Clubs HITLIST THE BEST DANCEFLOOR ACTION
Sunday Circus & Slam Barn Dance Two of Glasgow’s most reliable clubbing names come together for a bank holiday party at a secret location in the country, with Seth Troxler and Craig Richards. MacSorley’s, Glasgow, Sun 25 Sep.
Heavy Gossip & Ultragroove Gareth Sommerville has teamed up with Nick Yuill to create an all-new party, presenting Tony Lionni and Rahaan. Below Stairs/Green Room, Edinburgh, Sat 24 Sep.
Musika Edinburgh’s biggest house and techno night host a large-scale Liquid Room party featuring James Zabiela and breakthrough producer Maya Jane Coles (Mobilee). Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Sat 8 Oct. Pressure They’ve been celebrating all year but this is Soma’s offical 20th birthday party night with Slam (obviously), Funk D’Void, Silicone Soul and more. Arches, Glasgow, Fri 30 Sep.
Felix Da Housecat One of dance music’s biggest and most consistent stars for nearly two and a half decades, Felix returns to Glasgow with his Sinnerman tour. With Boom Monk Ben and HaHaHa. Arches, Glasgow, Sun 25 Sep. Annie Mac Presents An appearance by Radio 1’s ambassador of dance music styles never disappoints. This time she’s bringing Fake Blood and Jigsaw with her for a night of electro mayhem. Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Sat 1 Oct.
Cabaret Voltaire’s Alternative Freshers Week A bunch of special guests over nine days welcome new bloods to one of Edinburgh’s finest clubs. Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Fri 30 Sep-Sat 8 Oct.
Highlife Glasgow’s ground-breaking party dedicated to the dance music of the world (but not world music) welcomes Argentina’s Comeme-signed DJ duo Pareja, alongside resident Auntie Flo. Stereo, Glasgow, Fri 7 Oct.
Divine! We were worried it might have gone for good, but Glasgow’s longest- running and most revered indie, soul, funk and 60s night is back in a new venue for the new term. Admiral Bar Basement, Glasgow, Sat 24 Sep.
Tokyoblu 9th Birthday Party After almost a decade at the forefront of the house music scene in Edinburgh, Tokyoblu take over Teviot’s student union building for a celebratory party. Teviot Row Union, Edinburgh, Fri 23 Sep.
The closure of the Art School Union for renovation was bad news for Glasgow clubbing, but at least the city’s oldest club night has survived in a new venue. ANDREW DIVINE accepts the tricky challenge of choosing six of Divine’s best.
Divine’s summer vacation has been a perfect opportunity to stockpile some new (old) vinyl ammo aimed straight at the dancefloor. These recent 7” excavations are all awaiting their debut Divine spins at The Admiral, beginning with Tangerine Peel ‘Solid Gold Mountain’ (CBS, 1968), a fantastic, brassy mod-pop stomper based around Alan ‘Mohawk’ Hawkshaw’s Hammond organ. Cooling things down a bit is The Terrible Frankie Nieves ‘True Love’ (Speed), a mid-tempo Latin- infused vocal cut, which is currently a massive track on the Northern Soul scene.
Judy Clay ‘Do You Think That’s Right’ (Ember) is an out-and-out R&B stomper, and that’s real R&B. Judy sounds rightly pissed off with her wayward cad of a man in the vocal, and it’s got a great harmonica solo too. After that, there’s always a point in the night when only a bit of reggae will hit the spot, and Marcia Griffiths ‘Feel Like Jumping’ (Coxsone, 1968) is an all-time rocksteady classic. Then some more garage punk with The Hunters ‘Russian Spy & I’ (RCA, 1966). They’re actually a Dutch group, and this track features perhaps the only freakbeat-Cossack-acid solo ever committed to wax.
One more funky reggae cut awaiting a spin is Laurel Aitken ‘Reggae 69’ (Nu Neat, 1969), a Jamaican re-working of James Brown’s ‘Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose’. The bassline sounds like it could blow speakers and minds. I can hardly wait! (interview by David Pollock) ■ Divine!, Admiral Bar, Glasgow, Sat 24 Sep.
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