Druzzi from ‘The Rapture’ – We are Electric Wed 2 July @ Cabaret Voltaire

•June 25, 2008 • Leave a Comment

‘We are Electric’ continues in its quest in fuelling new and exciting dj’s for the Edinburgh populous. Next month welcomes multi-instrumentalist Druzzi from New York band The Rapture to play a DJ set. Famous for blending shades of acid disco with catchy indie-pop, Druzzi comes with a reputation of mixing anything from trance classics to nu-rave crowd pleasers. Druzzi has been keeping himself busy with a recent monthly residency at Shoreditch’s top club ‘T Bar’, not to mention the four year old ‘Druzzis Baltimore Rave Club’ which has seen the likes of 2manydj’s, Erol Alkan and Optimo through its doors. Sure to be a ruckus of an evening, head on down and pull some shapes.


Image from Cabaret Voltaire


Marc Stage – Blush

•June 25, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Marc Stage has teamed up with new label iO Music to create his first production. Playing his residency at top German night Rock Inc, famous for championing the tech sound, it’s a bit unusual that we haven’t heard more from him. ‘Blush’ covers all the elements needed for a dance floor belter; an infectious riff given meat by a brooding electro tinged bass line. Stage’s flavour takes root from his fatherland, giving a wink to Berlin. The new track has turned heads around Europe, with Paul Oakenfold set to give his version soon. Re-rubs on the EP come from iO music’s Juergens and Martin Heyder. Juergens take grips the attention most, with some funky drum patterns to liven up the original. It’s a taster of what’s to come, and so far, it’s sweet.


Image from Marc Stage – MySpace

Mark Henning – Jupiter Jive

•June 25, 2008 • Leave a Comment

This one might take a couple listens to get into, even for those who do cream themselves for a bit of minimal. Jupiter Jive disappoints from its failure to recognise what its for; too fast to be classed as tech-ambient and too slow to be an out-an-out club album. A stand out track is hard to pick on the first listen. It’s well produced, and Henning uses some interesting ‘smoke-esque’ reverse delay samples. After a brief opening rant Alamaha913 starts it off with some swing-time tech house, the album then progresses through one trippy affair after another. Some hit some miss; the end of the album builds into a darker affair. Stash is eery, makes the room feel dark like a dirty minimal cave, also benefiting from a stonker of a breakdown. Tracks like moody bastard and I lost my brain at winchout spun 3-4 bpm faster have enough freaky funk to keep a floor moving. It’ll suit Soma fans that like to keep their sets on the minimal house side out things.


Image from Mark Henning – MySpace

This week…

•May 29, 2008 • Leave a Comment

It’s that discernible time of year; Student’s lounging around, suitably impressed with themselves about finishing that arduous dissertation that ‘took over a weeks research’. The May sun glows like a beacon, lifting our hopes for a summer worth being in Scotland. And all those that fit into the ‘key demographic’ (that is, us 18-30’s) will be looking for things to reward ourselves with.

This week has enough talent to justify any electronica fan. A solid built-up before the festival months of June, July and August. Edinburgh’s Polish contingent have put together ‘Minimalism’ at the Bongo Club on Thursday. DJ’s include Pagowsky, Adam O and headliner Siasia. Siasia is fast becoming Poland’s major techno export, his past concentrations have taken him across eastern Europe. Now he’s taken time to gig in Edinburgh. This being his only tour date west of the Czech Republic for the foreseeable future.

Friday has a corker for anyone who loves a party, not club, atmosphere. ‘Club for Heroes’ at the Wee Red Bar, invites weegie dance floor specialist Hushpuppy to take the controls for a night. House, techno, electro and overall disco typify these affairs, the ‘bar’ (barely) size makes it a firm favourite for those who lust for a bit of intimacy with their DJ’s.

Onwards and upwards. The weekend also has some high-fliers across the city. ‘Sugarbeat’ at Cabaret Voltaire will be chopping up beats from here, there and everywhere to borrow the old cliche. Recently ranked no.1 breaks DJ’s in the world (Breakspool.com), the Stanton Warriors are sure to be well received. The two London boys are currently keeping an impressive dj-ing schedule, which takes them across Europe and includes Global gathering, Glade, and Glastonbury. Be sure to not miss, they won’t be back up north until August.

If the Warriors have run out of tickets (not unlikely), and its a hearty dance your after, Friday also has ‘Xplicit’ to wet your  appetite. Edinburgh’s Drum’n’breaks scene has been indebted to Xplicit for many years, each month they provide artists such as Pendulum, DJ Fresh, Grooverider and Fabio to name drop a few. But this week its the residents who will be ripping up records, slicing up samples and laying down some phat (with a ph) beats for Edinburgh to dutifully cut dance floor shapes to.

And finally, JD Twitch and JG Wilkes are back once more just to prove they don’t have a weegie bias. In fact, since the move to Cabaret Voltaire last month, ‘Optimo’ is set to keep Edinburgh as a monthly date. Optimo typifies cross-genre mixing; rock flows from techno, which flows from pop to electro into dubstep into breaks into ska into… you get the point. It’s this diversity that keeps the night so popular, and this saturday will be no exception.

This week’s top tip – Stanton Warriors @ Cabaret Voltaire.

Images – MySpace.com, KDY-side.com, Optimo.co.uk.

Let’s Go Outside (Remixes) – Girls Don’t Like Me

•May 19, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Remixes of ‘girls don’t like me’ come from Soma new boy Mr Copy as well as Edit Select and Mark Broom. Mr Copy provides a minimalist take on things with less emphasis on bass, more on a build-up of sharp toned harmonics. More variety might have helped Edit Select’s six and a half minutes of mediocrity. On the other hand, Mark Broom’s mix is absolutely damaging. Using every trick in the techno handbook, Broom’s take satisfies both rhythmic and melodic needs. The hook will carve itself into your head and its skillful breakdowns make this by far the most engaging track. As a whole it’s what we expect from Soma, good quality techno – west coast style.


Image from Soma – MySpace

Jakn @ Studio 24. Friday 27th June.

•May 16, 2008 • Leave a Comment

“Techno. In all its forms” is the mantra for the Jakn bunch. The residents’ (Fuk-Nut aka Milkovic and Sekonzaka Dirkatron ) take a back seat this month, letting local boys></p> <p> are taking a back seat this month, letting local boys <a href=The Apprentice, Danny Wilson and Edin-Tek show off their skills on the lap-decks . These three young producers hover on the hard (and even harder) side of techno; ear numbing synths, industrial noise and vigorous tempos are sure to whip up the crowd into a suitable frenzy. The three year old club night has a loyal troop of supporters to judge the new talent. Drink promo’s all night. Free CD at the door. Expect a ringing sound in your ear for a couple days after.


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•May 15, 2008 • 1 Comment

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