Slo-Mo and La Di Da bring disco, house and funk to Glasgow
‘After being stuck in Edinburgh for 12 years,’ says club promoter and blogger Chef De Party (not his real name, you might have guessed), ‘moving through to Glasgow is like finding the promised land.’ Which is a bit harsh on the capital, but then Chef is nothing if not thorough with the club life. Having worked for or DJed at numerous Edinburgh clubs including Telefunken, Pins & Needles, Jam the Box and Red Star Institute pretty much since he moved there from Fife, he and the DJ and promotion team he works with (Charles Gardiner, Stuart Holbeck and Rob Firth) are now starting three nights in their new home city within the space of a month.
The first of these, though, is based on a tradition he believes is more typical of the east than the west. ‘There’s so much on at the weekend here,’ he says, ‘but there aren’t that many really good underground nights from Sunday to Thursday, whereas in Edinburgh, midweek clubs like Motherfunk get as busy as the weekend.’ So the Flying Duck’s fortnightly Slo-Mo is pitched at those who don’t have work on a Friday morning with a slightly more laid-back diet of new disco, midtempo house and classic funk, influenced by Chef and co’s favourite Glasgow nights like Melting Pot and Supermax.
In comparison, the monthly La Di Da is just a proper mess about, offering ‘countryside fashion meets the sounds of the city’ with a ‘country gents and ladies who lunch’ dress code, and Pimms and scones at the bar, while next fortnight’s first Forever Cookin’ Presents brings Nottingham’s Rob Da Bank and Gilles Peterson favourite Red Rack’em to the city’s Ivory Blacks for a set on Fri 28 May.
Flying Duck, Glasgow, Thu 20 May; Bacchus, Glasgow, Fri 14 May