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Interview: R&B/future house star Cyril Hahn

27 Mar 2014

The DJ and producer talks bootlegs, original material and PMR labelmates Lone, Javeon and T Williams

Cyril Hahn's is a very modern success story. The Swiss-born, Vancouver-based producer became famous almost overnight after posting a couple of bootleg remixes of Mariah Carey and Destiny's Child to his Soundcloud, and a globetrotting DJ career was in…

Mogwai, Hudson Mohawke, Optimo and Numbers join forces for the East End Social's Last Big Weekend

26 Mar 2014

The two-day music festival will take place in Glasgow on Sat 30 & Sun 31 Aug

Mogwai, Hudson Mohawke, Optimo and Numbers have been announced as acts at the East End Social's Last Big Weekend, a new two-day music festival to be held in Glasgow in August 2014. Mogwai will headline the first day of the festival on Sat 30 Aug, while…

Jon Hopkins at Leisure System – The Art School, Glasgow, Fri 28 Feb 2014

25 Mar 20144 stars

The electronica producer du jour weaves synths, bass and beats into a eurphoric whole

Having only reopened again in January, Glasgow’s Art School union already feels like its regained its position as a home for events promoters might struggle to organise elsewhere in the city. In fact, its welcoming of more experimental, musically…

Interview: Sean O’Keeff (2 Bad Mice) and JD Twitch (Optimo)

21 Mar 2014

Breakbeat pioneer O'Keeff discusses 2BM's recent resurgence, including slots at Berghain and Optimo

'Absolutely unique,’ was the response of Optimo’s JD Twitch when he first heard post-hardcore breakbeat originators 2 Bad Mice in 1991. ‘They were pushing production, sampling and the use of breakbeats way out there, and they still fit in just fine with…

Anonymous house star Ten Walls is probably, definitely Mario Basanov

21 Mar 2014

The 'secret identity' of the producer is more than likely that of the Lithuanian deep house maestro

Last year's big electronic music mystery hasn't actually been much of a mystery at all for some time now. It all started last May with the release, on hugely respected Berlin house label Innervisions, of Gotham – a glorious slice of deep house from a…

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Top 5 tracks: Egyptian Lover

18 Mar 2014

Discover the best music from the forefather of US electro

With 30 years of music making under his pimped out belt, Egyptian Lover has earned his stripes as the forefather of the US electro scene. Releasing some of the earliest rap LPs, he began making beats ‘because no-one else was’, programming the Roland…

Disclosure with Joey Bada$$ - Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Wed 5 Mar 2014

6 Mar 20144 stars

Poor sound quality can’t hamper a night of near-perfect pop-house

Given that the Corn Exchange is used as much for wedding fayres and corporate events as for live music performances, it’s not surprising that it lacks the decent acoustics of purpose-built gig houses. Tonight’s support act, Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$…

5 acts to see at the Wee Dub Festival 2014

25 Feb 2014

Featuring Nucleus Roots, Iration Steppas ft. Danman, African Head Charge and more

Founded by Gregory Lapinski in 2011 as a one-dayer and expanded into a full weekend this year with the help of Chris Knight (Astrojazz, Departure Lounge, Kelburn Garden Party), the Wee Dub Festival celebrates dub and reggae styles across a bunch of…

Julien Temple's Requiem for Detroit? serves both as a warning and inspiration

19 Feb 2014

As Temple examines the collapse of America's Motor City, should Glasgow and Edinburgh take note?

It's all too fitting that Julien Temple's Requiem for Detroit? is being screened at The Arches during the Glasgow Film Festival. Later on that same evening, a club night is hosted there by Pressure featuring Detroit techno legend Carl Craig, reflecting…

Interview: The founders of Edinburgh LGBT club night Dive!

19 Feb 2014

The Annabels aim to present 'something inclusive, accessible and unique... A proper dance party!'

'The scene is too quiet! It needs a shake-up,' claims Miss Annabel Sings. And a shake-up is exactly what eclectic underground queer party Dive! promises. February marks the annual LGBT History Month, featuring a programme of art, dance, literature…

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Interview: producer of the moment Jon Hopkins

19 Feb 2014

The King Creosote collaborator reverts back to his 'upbeat and hypnotic' techno stylings

‘I didn’t used to find myself playing at three in the morning quite so much,’ ponders producer of the moment Jon Hopkins on the line from Prague ahead of a concert later in the evening. ‘My previous albums have been much more varied in terms of beats…

Interview: Breach, the house producer behind 'Jack' and 'Everything You Never Had (We Had it All)’

18 Feb 2014

The producer favours longer sets rather than just ‘smashing through the records you're really into'

Last July, Hertfordshire-born DJ/producer Ben Westbeech, aka Breach, joined the likes of Duke Dumont and Disclosure in the ranks of formerly semi-obscure house producers suddenly troubling the upper reaches of the UK charts. ‘Jack’ was the single that…

Galcher Lustwerk prepares to present his 'Working Man’s Techno' at Numbers

18 Feb 2014

The house/techno producer will be sharing a bill with equally eclectic producer Midland

Somewhere between 100% Galcher, an hour-long journey of snippets and longer tracks, and the release of his debut EP Tape 22 last May, hype for Galcher Lustwerk has settled into place. Across many darkened bedrooms, fans of deep house, soft techno, and…

Moderat - ABC, Glasgow, Sat 8 Feb 2014

18 Feb 20144 stars

The much-delayed live date for Modeselektor and Aapparat's joint project was worth the wait

Spare a thought for club promoters, Substance, as a series of unfortunate events meant that this gig nearly didn’t happen. Originally timed to celebrate the Edinburgh club night’s seventh birthday last October, a motorbike accident, venue closure, then…

Jamie Jones, Tiga, Andrew Weatherall and Vitalic confirmed for Riverside Festival 2014

12 Feb 2014

The Glasgow dance music fest will also feature sets from Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, Slam and more

The line-up for Glasgow's second Riverside electronic music festival has been announced, with Hot Creations boss Jamie Jones, Andrew Weatherall, Tiga and Vitalic (live) among the big names attending. Aphrohead aka Felix Da Housecat, Derrick Carter…

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Crate digging: Paul Maslin from Edinburgh underground acid night Din Sync

29 Jan 2014

Tracks from DJ Pierre, TNT, Gesloten Cirkel and Funkineven & Delroy Edwards

The Edinburgh DJ and hardware freak pulls out some records you’re likely to hear him play alongside fellow 12’’ spinner and analogue slave, King Rib, at Din Sync, which had its launch night last August

Interview: DJ/producer Appleblim on fellow artists Shackleton and Beneath

29 Jan 2014

All three will appear at the freshly refurbed Art School's dubstep & funky night

Expect a triple bill of pioneering dubstep courtesy of a pair of the genre’s early experimenters and a brand new face at this high-value triple bill, with Skull Disco founder Sam Shackleton, his long-time collaborator Appleblim (Laurie Osborne, pictured…

Calvin Harris, Irvine Welsh, Jay Z and Will Smith linked to new TV series Higher

23 Jan 2014

The half-hour comedy series, set in the world of electronic music, is due to be screened on HBO

Calvin Harris and Irvine Welsh are to collaborate on new TV series Higher, a half-hour comedy series to be screened on HBO (as first reported by Deadline). The series will be 'set in the world of electronic music', and will count Jay Z and Will & Jada…

Interview: techno producer Daniel Avery on debut album Drone Logic

17 Dec 2013

'I wanted to make something Andrew Weatherall would play... Slow, psychedelic acid music'

With the end-of-year ‘best of’ lists due around about now, it remains to be seen whether or not Daniel Avery’s debut album Drone Logic really is the crossover success it feels like at the moment. It breaks few boundaries, but there’s just something…

Interview: Marcel Dettmann and Animal Farm resident Quail

17 Dec 2013

The pair play the house and techno night's now-traditional slot between Christmas and New Year

There's always a strange hinterland between Christmas and Hogmanay. However, Animal Farm is amongst a handful of clubs deciding to reclaim this clubbing limbo, throwing their ninth birthday party. ‘The last few years have been a sell-out so the…

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Five great Hogmanay club nights in Glasgow and Edinburgh

17 Dec 2013

Featuring Optimo, Club Noir, Mardis Gras at Midnight and the Pi-Eyed New Year's Eve Meltdown

1 Club Noir: New Year’s Eve Burlesque The pioneers of burlesque in Scotland host their biggest ever Hogmanay party. A mix of decadent glamour, cabaret and other delicious goodies. Expect music from the 1920s right up to last week, alongside speciality…

Best Hogmanay events in Edinburgh and Glasgow 2013

12 Dec 2013

How to spend the Christmas holidays, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in Scotland

The best events in Glasgow and Edinburgh for Hogmanay 2013/2014. Plus, all the places open on New Year's Day. 1 Watch some pop lords. The former assistant editor of Smash Hits (that’s Neil Tennant, fact fans) and Chris Lowe bring their deadpan, yet…

Interview: Richard Chater discusses a decade of clubbing institution Numbers

12 Dec 2013

The club night & record label hosts Hudson Mohawke, Jackmaster & Spencer at its 10th birthday party

‘It was probably the first time that my older mates and Jack Revill and Calum Morton’s younger friends came together; over the years, this mixing of different crowds has definitely become a crucial element of Numbers. I played a bit of R & B and…

Hot 100 2013: 79-70

11 Dec 2013

Peggy Hughes, Freya Mavor and Dominic Hill among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 59-50

11 Dec 2013

Young Fathers, LuckyMe and Rally & Broad among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.