New Glasgow club Pass the Peas promises funk, soul, hip hop, disco mish-mash
Alternate Saturday nights at Blackfriars Basement
Veteran Glasgow DJ Andy Taylor, whose own productions have appeared on Wack Records and Resense, and Graeme Kerr aka weeG, who is also one of the quartet behind Edinburgh’s Four Corners night at the Bongo Club.
Not at this debut night, but the plan is that live bands and guest DJs will start to appear from December. Hopefully Mossa Funk Club (who Taylor plays double bass for) will be the first guests and possibly the resident house band, while Wack label boss Smoove is a possible future guest.
‘It’ll be a funk, soul, hip hop, disco mish-mash of an event,’ says Kerr, also citing reggae, Latin and the fact that Taylor’s ‘a B-Boy at heart’. The flyer sums it up as ‘an unstoppable soul revival featuring the cream of what’s happening on the international funk and soul scene.’
What they say
‘Since the Funk Room at the Arches came to an end, it’s been hard to go out and hear this kind of music in Glasgow,’ says Kerr. ‘The Buff Club’s tried to keep the vibe going, Divine at the Art School plays it and I believe Superfly is back, but there aren’t many strong nights focusing on funk and soul in Glasgow. We both wanted to do something together and Blackfriars were really supportive, so it just seemed like the perfect time.’
What we say
A night like this might not have the currency of all the fresh-faced dubstep clubs springing up around Glasgow, but Kerr’s right when he says the timeless styles he plays aren’t well catered for in the city right now. Patrons of now-defunct social clubs like the Winchester and Woodside should find a spiritual home here.
Blackfriars Basement, Glasgow, Sat 13 Nov and then the second Saturday of each month.