The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Fri 24 Aug
By the end of August the residents of Edinburgh will have endured almost a month of living and working in the midst of the International Festival. Those embracing the mayhem have been out and about soaking up the atmosphere and ensuring the 5am licenses are fully used and abused. On Friday night DJ Randall takes on the task of keeping the party going, when he drops in on Xplicit to celebrate the launch of his forthcoming mix album.
Having been rocking dance floors for the past 20 years, it’s probably a safe bet to say he should measure up to the challenge. Randall landed his first set at one of the many acid house raves taking place in and around his native East London in the late 80s. His popular mix tapes exposed his talents as a DJ playing good music with air tight mixing.
Well loved by his punters and his peers, Randall’s sets are traditionally constructed around rolling, darkened drum & bass although he doesn’t shy way from pouring a range of different styles into the mix. His new CD contains tracks by artists including Dillinja, Marcus Intalex and Calibre as well as Randall himself, and while he clearly holds an unquenchable thirst for new music, there is always a distinctive old skool flavour to his sound. Xplicit’s resident team are on support together with the now infamous Xplicit soundsystem, making sure the Festival gets the send-off it deserves as the fireworks come early down at the Bongo. (RJ McInnes)