Clubs HITLIST THE BEST DANCEFLOOR ACTION
Substance Five years and still going strong, inevitably the underground techno night is throwing a party, where they bring you the fuzzy acid synths of Nathan Fake (live) and DJ Pete. Nice. The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, 4 Nov.
Scottish Soulful Weekender Spend a weekend immersed in house and soul as Dumfries (!) hosts over 50 international DJs and live acts (including Todd Terry, Kerri Chandler, Cassio Ware, Deep City Soul and Joey Negro). Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries, Fri 4-Sun 6 Nov. Numbers Worth recommending every time they throw a party and this final Numbers of 2011 is especially deserving of your time. With guests Pearson Sound, Space Dimension Controller and Jackmaster. Sub Club, Glasgow, Fri 4 Nov.
Soul Heaven The Master, Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzales, goes to Work (see what we did there?) with a smooth house mix blending elements of soul, funk and hip hop. Green Room/Below Stairs, Edinburgh, Sat 22 Oct. Pulse Forget the wild hair and the slight whiff of insanity and just revel in the show-stopping electro/techno genius that is Green Velvet as he guests at Pulse’s second birthday. Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Sat 5 Nov.
Tim Westwood How can we resist? Radio 1’s don of urban music and spouter of lovably ludicrous faux bad bwoi gibberish makes an appearance at the Arches. Arches, Glasgow, Sun 30 Oct.
Pinup Frights One of the biggest indie nights in Glasgow returns with its Hallowe’en party, featuring guest DJs Carl Barat, Scott Paterson and Adele Bethel (Sons & Daughters), live bands and more. Flying Duck, Glasgow, Fri 28 Oct.
A Masquerade Dungeon Of Ill- Repute A masked party with guests invited to communicate ‘by touch only’ while enjoying the sounds of Organs of Love (live) amongst others. Berkeley Suite, Glasgow, Sat 29 Oct.
Club 10-86 It’s an important milestone for any club as this techno night reaches its first birthday. And they invite rising double act Gabriel D’Or and Bordoy along to help celebrate. The Lane, Edinburgh, Sat 22 Oct.
Optimo Presents Espookio! Twitch and Wilkes’ seminal Sunday-nighter presents its legendary Hallowe’en party. Expect thrilling music and some of the most twisted fancy dress apparel in the city. Sub Club, Glasgow, Sun 30 Oct.
54 THE LIST 20 Oct–17 Nov 2011
Underground house and techno nights No Strings Attached heads along the M8 for its first Glasgow date. Debut guest DEETRON, aka Sam Geiser, tells us what gets him moving.
Scuba ‘Adrenalin’ (Hotflush Recordings) has been a constant in my set since I got it a few weeks ago, because the crowd reactions are always amazing. The combination of Detroit-ish bassline, euphoric pads and the vocal works beautifully, it’s a real anthem. Next is Redshape ‘Goom’ (Running Back), which really represents the essentials of the Redshape sound. The percussion of just cowbell, snare and shaker is sparse, and leaves the necessary space for the bassline to work its magic. It’s warehouse rave music for 2011.
It’s all about the driving, rolling bassline on Simon Garcia ‘Tears in Vain’ (Perspectiv), paired with an arrangement which leaves nothing wanting. A smart build-up, laser-gun sounds and shuffling 909 hi-hats lead the way to a drop into nowhere just before the bass kicks in, then the track builds towards its finale with an outer space vocal chorus. I was blown away by BNJMN’s debut album for Rush Hour earlier this year so I was really excited when I got the promo for his new mini LP in my inbox. BNJMN ‘Keep the Power Out’ (Rush Hour DC) is based on a hypnotic vocal loop which is repeated throughout the track, I love its dreamy atmosphere and the little doses of sub-bass.
A tiny bit of shameless self- promotion finally, but I really had to include Gerd ‘Palm Leaves (Deetron remix)’ (Clone) in my selection as I’ve been playing it in my sets for a long time. It was a real pleasure to remix, working with the beautiful original and its excellent vocal parts, and the package comes with an amazing Larry Heard remix as well. (David Pollock) ■ No Strings Attached at Chambre69, Glasgow, Sat 5 Nov.