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Neil Landstrumm on what makes him tick on tour and at home

19 Aug 2014

Techno veteran talks favourite cities, biking riding and cheese ahead of Sneaky Pete's set

Favourite club to play It’s impossible to single just one out, but a concrete, golf ball-looking venue in St Petersburg was pretty good this year. The name escapes me. Favourite city to chill out in I've become less of an urbanite nowadays – I’d…

Crate Digging: Darkstar set for UK date ahead of forthcoming album

17 Aug 2014

Playlist from group’s James Young featuring Nochexxx, Nicolas Jaar, Gwilym Gold and Micachu

Melodic, densely atmospheric, at once minimal and psychedelic... production trio Darkstar have found a fitting home on both Hyperdub and Warp Records, and will be well at home in the dark, snug confines of Sneaky Pete’s on 13 August. With vocalist and…

Interview: Ninja Tune / Solid Steel’s DJ Moneyshot aka Macroy ‘Roy’ Spencer

14 Aug 2014

'Expect old-school style, heavy on the funk. Don't expect modern bass music or clownstep'

We’d love to give you the guided tour around the multifarious styles of Ninja Tune / Solid Steel’s DJ Moneyshot (aka East Midlands boy Macroy ‘Roy’ Spencer), but he’s willing to do it himself, so open his Mixcloud, sit back and enjoy the ‘greatest…

Interview: Berghain Panorama Bar resident Prosumer discusses why he loves Edinburgh crowds

14 Aug 2014

'The crowds here are a happy bunch – people feel comfortable enough to dance with their eyes closed'

Given his well-documented ability to understand his audience and give them exactly what they want, it’s no surprise that the reaction to Bixon’s third booking of Prosumer, one of Europe’s formative house DJs and producers – this time for an…

Interview: Bobby Perman aka S-Type talks to us ahead of the LuckyMe Annual Festival Party 2014

14 Aug 2014

The Blessing, eclair Fifi and Joseph Marinetti complete the line-up

Once again Glasgow record label LuckyMe are heading to the capital for a festival special. 'It's really difficult to pinpoint the common theme between all the artists on the label. I think it's more of an aesthetic than a sound,' explains S-Type (aka…

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The best nocturnal activities during the 2014 Edinburgh Festivals

7 Aug 2014

Try something alternative like ceilidh dancing or a cabaret club night

One of the best things about Edinburgh in August has to be the wealth of indulgent after-hours fun to be found in the most unexpected of places. David Pollock picks a few highlights for those seeking a lighthearted alternative to the usual late-night…

Techno night Unseen prepares for farewell shindig

6 Aug 2014

Summer of 2014 is end of the road for diverse techno night at Studio 24 in Edinburgh

Two years after Unseen brought its eclectic techno sound to Studio 24 for the first time, the club’s residents have chosen the busiest month of the year to go out on a high. They’ve been here before, when they ran techno night Dogma at the same venue…

Grandmaster Flash and Paul Trouble Anderson among guest DJs at 99 Hanover Street this August

28 Jul 2014

Eddie Piller, Richard Searling and Detroit Swindle complete the bar's Fringe Thursdays line-up

For the last three years, city centre bar 99 Hanover Street has been drawing a crowd for a repertoire of in-house nights and DJs which would have it crowned one of the best clubs in Edinburgh were it not for the lack of a 3am licence. During festival…

Edinburgh Festivals 2014: a guide to the city's LGBT scene

22 Jul 2014

Visiting the Fringe this August? Here's an insider's guide to the local LGBT nightlife

Edinburgh’s gay scene converges at the top of Leith Walk, where the city’s most infamous gay club, CC Blooms has had a bit of a revamp in recent years. A club so gay it was named after Bette Midler’s character in Beaches, what was once Edinburgh’s…

Edinburgh Festivals 2014: a guide to the city's clubbing scene

22 Jul 2014

A rundown of the best guest DJs visiting Edinburgh during the Fringe, including Justin Martin & Perc

For many visitors to Edinburgh, the club scene in August revolves around a bunch of lively but hardly challenging party DJs playing the late-night venue circuit, whether that’s in a Spiegeltent or a basement bar. For many others, the city’s club scene…

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Interview: DJ Tom Loud re-installs his Hot Dub Time Machine at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

21 Jul 2014

'I want to hear The Beatles and Beyonce and maybe a bit of Skrillex all in the same night'

The secret is very much out. Now on its third Fringe appearance, if you’ve not already been, you might have had someone telling you that you ‘really, really should’ – and that someone could be from any variety of walks of life, too. But that’s the thing…

Chicago house don Paul Johnson joins Numbers for 11th birthday

11 Jul 2014

The renowned producer is the man behind 'Get Get Down' and 'Feel My MF Bass'

That’s the thing about Numbers: they know how to throw a party. Turning 11 this summer, the label, founded in Glasgow but now straddling Glasgow and London in terms of the scope and attitudes of their parties and records, is enjoying another busy year…

Interview: DJ Theo Parrish on playing live footwork tracks with Teddy's Get Down

11 Jul 2014

'Expect fun, expect to see songs being interpreted in dance. Expect to get down!'

Say hello to the Theo Parrish you’ve never met before. Familiar to audiences in Scotland – where he plays regularly – as a techno innovator of Detroit’s 1990s era and the days when he and the 3 Chairs of Moodymann, Rick Wilhite and Marcellus Pittmann…

Interview: blogger and label boss Brian Shimkovitz discusses his Awesome Tapes From Africa

3 Jul 2014

The blog/label highlights music inspired & made by King Sunny Adé, Fela Kuti, Hailu Mergia and more

Awesome Tapes From Africa began when ethnomusicology student Brian Shimkovitz decided to share the music he'd collected on his travels. The blog, and now label, has become a portal to obscure and amazing sounds from across the continent: hip-hop to…

Interview: founder Suzanne Bonner on Hi-NRG Italo-disco club night Shoot Your Shot

3 Jul 2014

'I wanted to bring an element of fun to the dance floors of Glasgow. There’s always room for that'

Could this be the funnest club night to hit Glasgow for a long time? Embracing the flamboyant, the eccentric and the downright outrageous, the music policy is quite simply one of taking you HIGHER – caps lock on – with a vibe nestled somewhere between…

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Interview: DJ Richard Keyte recounts six years of Stepback

24 Jun 2014

The club has hosted Hudson Mohawke, Jackhammer, Rustie and Keyte's own Synthagram Project

In selling his night to us, Richard Keyte shows just why Stepback has for the last six years been one of Edinburgh’s finest clubbing dates. ‘I'd hope we bring a fresh and fun approach to clubbing in Edinburgh,’ he says. ‘We won’t ever get bogged down…

Interview: house/techno DJ and producer Deetron

19 Jun 2014

The in-demand producer talks to us ahead of the launch of his Fabric mix

‘I don't think I've enjoyed myself as much working on a mix in the studio before,’ says Deetron of his Fabric 76 mix, released on 16 June to a gaggle of excited dance fans. A swift glance at the tracklist, and you can see why: recorded after one single…

Club night Zone aims to connect the dots between dance and extreme experimental music

17 Jun 2014

Co-founder Toby Ridler talks about the club and booking Andy Stott as its first guest

Darkness is afoot. Music collective and soon-to-be record label Zone is all about the heavier side of dance music – experimental electronics, the harder edge of techno, and the drones and pitch black aural blanket of noise – and now they’re taking that…

John Talabot set for date at Glasgow's Subculture

10 Jun 2014

Barcelona producer and DJ continues to grow reputation with further live dates

Barcelona’s John Talabot has told the story of his very earliest days in music, when he was just transitioning from a love of atmospheric guitar music like Joy Division to soaking up the sounds of Jeff Mills, Aphex Twin and the stables of Warp and…

Crate Digging: Stephen Marshall from Moon Hop

20 May 2014

The resident at the world music dance party gives us a peek inside his record bag

Brought to you by some of the folks behind the FOUND collective (namely Ziggy Campbell and Kev Sim), with a little help from their friends (namely Stephen Marshall and his giant record collection), Moon Hop is a monthly dance party, forward slash, live…

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Interview: JD Twitch on the Optimo (Espacio) Barrowlands Revue

15 May 2014

The line-up features Todd Terje, Golden Teacher, Ben UFO and Tim Sweeney

Glasgow tastemakers Optimo are decamping from their usual stomping ground at the Sub Club for a special all day event. ‘The East End Social, whose mandate is to bring music to the east end of Glasgow, approached us to see if we would be interested in…

Interview: resident Ivan Kutz spills the beans on the unique Platform 18 street party

15 May 2014

'Our main focus is creating a grooving party feel, with the odd banger thrown in for good measure'

Platform 18, the Glasgow club event, shares its name with the Arches-based theatre award, the latter of the two being named in honour of the imagined 18th platform at Central Station above the venue itself and the strange lands it might lead to. In the…

Crate Digging: DJ Lord Holyrude

13 May 2014

The gramophone maestro shares his five essential tracks of the 1920s & 30s

Do you get your thrills from feeling like you’re breaking the rules? Do you tend to get upset by music made after 1950? For those who fit this rather snug box, the National Museum of Scotland opens its doors a little later on 16 May as part of its…

Many-aliased German producer Rene Pawlowitz presents 'a visceral, dancefloor-focused sound'

13 May 2014

The techno-house-ambient producer is also known as Shed, Head High, WK7, STP, EQD & Panamax Project

Commonly known as Shed, mainly because it was simply his first major alias, German producer Rene Pawlowitz chose the name to tie in with the title theme of his own first album Shedding the Past, which was released on Ostgut Ton in 2008. It’s a sentiment…

Umberto – The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh, Thu 1 May 2014

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Impressively danceable basement set from the horror synth muso

Back in 2012, LA resident Umberto played a live soundtrack set to ridiculous 80s slasher Pieces at the Arches, as part of the Glasgow Film Festival. It’s something of a surprise, then, to have him show up in this dingy, wee, 100-capacity basement in…