Harvey Mckay – Output EP

•May 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

><br /> written all over it, stripped down beats that resonate through any bass filled system. Output is a brew of rumbling lows and effective delay patterns. Remixes of ‘girls don’t like me’ come from Soma new boy <a href=Yet again Glasgow is the birthplace for another techno feast. Harvey Mckay’s Output EP encapsulates the Soma sound, stripped down beats that’ll resonate through any bass heavy system. Output is a brew of rumbling lows, pitched basslines and effective delay patterns. Perfect for any sweaty underground occasion. Flipping the vinyl, Xiphoid is an agitato of continual percussion augmented with high-key midi synths. McKay keeps his tracks layered, making a textured sound that instinctively draws the head to keep nodding. Sure to make tech-enthusiasts raise a hand in appreciation, Soma has found an undoubted new talent. Luckily for us, he’s got an album on the way too.


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this week…

•May 7, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Scottish musicians are congregating in Edinburgh this week. ‘T Break’ is being held from Sunday to Wednesday at the Bongo Club, with the winner of this 4 day band-off bagging the last T in the Park booking. The annual fisticuffs for recognition and back stage passes is upon us. Good luck to the winner.

Its also a big week for the unsigned talent of Edinburgh’s Universities. Napier University’s music department showcases its next generation of budding musicians with a night of original music at the Bongo Club on Thursday. The Edinburgh College of Art key production of the year is on Wednesday and Friday. The ECA fashion show highlights many of the artistic talents fostered at the school, from fashion design to theatrical bits -with a hybrid of tunes to match the occasion. A cultural landmark for anyone wanting to see the artistic expression of Edinburgh’s youth.Renaissance @ Cabaret Voltaire

After leaving the art bonanza at 10pm, you’ll of course be faced with two choices: Hard House or Dirty House. First of all, club Ego plays its part as ‘Nuklear Puppy’ hosts another night of endless bass pounding. Headlining this hard house affair is Frankfurter Frank Zenker aka Scot Project. No stranger to the big club scene, Scot Project has accomplished most mainline festivals including Gatecrasher and Global Gathering – he’s sure to please each and every one of the Kappa sponsored crowd that Ego regularly attracts. Cabaret Voltaire on the other hand has King Unique (good name!) they’re here to launch ‘Renaissance’. Not only that but Neil Bartley (Afterdark), Nick Yuill (Solescience) and Euan Mckensie (Renaissance) will be keeping that crowd gagging for ‘one more tune’. ‘Renaissance’ has taken its parties to 25 countries worldwide but this, their first night on Scottish soil.

The capital sees another launch this Saturday. Audiablo records makes its debut at Cabaret Voltaire’s ‘Karnival’ night. The new electronic label will promote the cream of Edinburgh’s DJ community including Mark Price (Taste/Fever) and Ricky Paly (Beatroot). Other label artists Iain Gibson (Tokoyo Blu), Ryan Ellis (Karnival/Stereotype) and Bruno F:K (Tweek) will provide the warm-up for a night of tech-house based bangers. At only £5 entry, this is sure to become a prominent feature in Edinburgh’s electronic calendar.

‘Musika’ have managed to bag a big juicy treat on Saturday night. Back after their canceled gig in March, House luminaries Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso are hitting the decks – imparting some Swedish wisdom upon the Liquid Room. The pair are stopping off in Edinburgh as part of their gigantic four month world tour that takes them through Ministry of Sound, Pacha, Gatecrasher and Cream to name but a few. Both continue to make great floor rumbling records including Angello’s new remix of Hard Fi’s Suburban Knights. Check it out on his Myspace. This week’s all rounder – Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso @ The Liquid Room.

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this week…

•April 23, 2008 • 2 Comments

Perk up those lugs of yours, this week there’s plenty to choose from. This weekend sees the Triptych festival across Scotland, with a wide array of talent from across the musical spectrum including renowned hip-hop producer The RZA under the new alter ego aka Bobby Digital. Other musical treats, cut from a non-electronic slice of pie, include soul man Jamie Lidell and Edwyn Collins got his chance to meet ‘another girl like you before’ on Monday. Destiny is calling Mancunian chart toppers James to the Corn Exchange on Friday. So all in all, a nae bad week in Edinburgh.

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But back to the electronic stuff. As part of Triptych’s superb weekend line-up, Radio one’s ‘Queen of Breaks’ Annie Nightingale will be introducing ‘Sugarbeat’ at Cabaret Voltaire this Friday. Her weekly broadcast has recently won the 2008 Breakspoll’s Best radio show award. She’s supported by none other than Krafty Kuts. Krafty has been voted International Breakspoll Best DJ three times from 2003 to 2006, also winning best Breaks DJ at the recent M8 awards in Ibiza and has been booked solid ever since. Producing partner A. Skillz will be providing just that to round off one ‘hell-of-ann’ amazing night for any breakbeat lover.

Dumfermline five piece Underling are teaming up with Saturday Night Fish Fry at the Jazz bar on Saturday. If your open to new styles of music and musicians, you must go see Underling! The local boys create a sound of jazz, swing, one man raps, one man scratches; it’s certainly a band with cross-genre idea’s. Watch out for the new album coming out soon. And for god’s sake, go see them play!

The Stereotype posse have outdone themselves this month. Bringing the dance floor to their feet will be Dutch House star DJ Rene Amesz. His radio one essential mix was voted in the top 5 sets for 2007, and Saturday will be his first time in Edinburgh . Berlin Bierhaus is the venue and its sure to be a glow stick free for all.

If it’s a little light relief your after, and a feel for the Caribbean, then Jah Shaka might be right up your street. The Zulu Warrior will be taking the late slot at the Bongo Club for a four hour session of sweet reggae vibes.

And last, but of course not least, Optimo return to the capital. Hosted by veteran Glasgow DJs JD Twitch and JG Wilkes, these guys have influenced the Scottish electronic landscape for years. As ever, I can’t tell you what to expect as it’s always a different experience. But it will be an eclectic mix of tunes, last time they finished their set with a metal number. Always good, always well mixed, and always something different. Could anyone ask for more? This week’s top tip – Optimo @ Cabaret Voltaire.

Preview – Shapeshifter @ The Liquid Rooms, May 17

•April 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

So, you like drum and bass, you like soul, you like reggae and you might even like rock. If you’ve mentally ticked these boxes then you might like to hear them all sequenced together in a way like no other. Shapeshifters will be blessing the Liquid Rooms with their presence this May, providing the audience with a truly eclectic mix of tunes and beats. Promoting their new single ‘One’, which is due for imminent release. It features a remix from D-Bridge, founder of D&B outfit Bad Company. Their third studio album ‘Soulstice’ reached gold status in five weeks in New Zealand, and has since gone platinum. The boys are coming off the back of winning best live act at New Zealand’s Bnet Music Awards. The kiwi five piece are hitting Europe, giving Edinburgh the Scottish exclusive. They pride themselves on their energetic live performances, and will demand an appropriate response from the crowd. Head on down, get your shoes dirty, and hear one of the most inventive and exciting acts down under.


Preview – ‘Noise Pollution’: Pacou, Fancy & Spook, Hektor Ruiez & RV aka Stick 430 (Blackfriars basement, Glasgow, May 31)

•April 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

‘Noise pollution’ is still going strong thanks to resident Sean Matthews with a night of underground techno. Berlin born DJ Pacou will top the bill for what is set to be a night of quintessential debauchery. Pacou has been on the scene since 1996, but you might have known him as ‘Agent Cooper’. Having made friends with famous Dutch label ‘Djax-up-beats’ in the early naughties, Pacou has since concentrated his efforts on his newest project; helping to create vinyl label “Cache Records”. Starting in May 2005, three years on sees its 10th release. So far Pacou has played in more than twenty countries, and so his story will continue; “spreading the good vibe” as he says. Local guests Fancy & Spook, Hektor Ruiez & RV aka Stick 430 will join him, so there’s no danger of a waning dance floor. Simple as this – if you like techno hard and bouncing – go to ‘Noise pollution.’


Review – James Talk (Cabaret Voltaire, April 12)

•April 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

If you’re needing somewhere to get lost: James Talk will provide the rhythms to lose yourself in. Cabaret Voltaire booked the Southampton born DJ to headline a night of tech-based madness. It’s a little unnerving to see at half past midnight, the club is only slowly getting busier. Ryan Ellis, warms up the crowd with some techno/electro based beats but there is a feeling of anticipation. There is a lot of talk about James, and the three full rooms hastily make their way to a moist dance floor at half past one. Talk provides the crowd with exactly what they’re looking for, his set crosses from some of the dirtiest electro this observer has heard in a long time to an absolutely climatic last 30 minutes (always what you want) which is progressed by the melodic nature that techno should be based around. A deafening ‘one more tune’ shout is happening at ten past and the bouncers don’t look happy. Only one thing for it – slam on two more tunes. Talk doesn’t make the schoolboy error of asking, and his set finishes twenty minutes late with a crowd of grinning faces.

This week

•April 9, 2008 • Leave a Comment

In a week that’s seen the remaining members of the Beach Boys resurrect themselves to play the Edinburgh part of their tour (Tues April 8, Playhouse) the choice of what to go see is surprisingly good, for this time of year.

Starting off with, this Saturday. German duo Electro crossover outfit Digitalism are taking hold of the Liquid rooms. The night starts a nationwide tour for the boys who have branched their electro style ways with an increasing emergence of indie covers. Stepped up to the digitalism pace of things of course.

If electro’s not your bag, and you can only stomach one night out(weaklings). Portishead have booked the Corn Exchange this Friday. Hailing from – well, Portishead, near Bristol, these guys are touring their new album. The band seem to have taken an ‘experimental’ direction with some interesting results. This gig, probably not for those who like a vicious dance.

Keeping with Friday night. Telefunken present Jason Hodges at Cabaret Voltaire. Being ramped up as a ‘Scottish exclusive’ “Slodge” (as they call him) will be surely out to impress. The Toronto born DJ and producer is not unknown in his circles, but yet to make a massive impression in the UK. He’ll be at the heel from about 1pm onwards , giving his blend of distinctly house style beats.

Cabaret Voltaire hits the mark once again on Saturday. “Karnival” is back for another night of progressive Techno. The event, will be headlined by up-comer James Talk. He’ll be doing a live set which is sure to get the Edinburgh crowd moving. Originally from Southampton, James is fast becoming one of the genre’s talking points. Not only has he released his own album ‘Walky Talky’ on the Nu-Republic label, he’s kept himself busy remixing with artists such as Danny Howells and Fedde le Grand. Having fans like Steve Lawler, Jonny Digweed and Pete Tong means a lot of tech-heads will have heard his music not knowing it was him. Later this year he’ll be mixing his way through the Ministry of Sound in June, before setting off for his Australia & New Zealand tour. This weeks top tip – James Talk.