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Interview: Stuart Cosgrove on Detroit ‘67

4 Mar 2015

Popular Scottish football presenter’s passion for soul music inspired his latest book

He’s familiar to Scottish radio listeners as half of a double act with Tam Cowan on BBC Radio Scotland’s football satire and discussion show Off the Ball. But Stuart Cosgrove’s career extends into areas which most of his listeners are probably unaware…

Christmas 2014: Top five Edinburgh club nights

7 Nov 2014

Featuring Juice, Vegas!, Xplicit, Musika and Jackhammer

Juice The trap and dubstep night reaches its second birthday and rather fittingly hosts two parties to celebrate. Expect beeps and bleeps from Martyn at Part 1 followed by Bok Bok going head to head and back to back with Tom Trago for Part 2.

Har Mar Superstar announces 2014 UK dates in support of new album Bye Bye 17

25 Jun 2014

Tickets for the September date go on sale Fri 27 Jun; presale available Thu 26 Jun

Flamboyant R&B/sexpop icon Har Mar Superstar is touring in support of his new album, Bye Bye 17. A significant departure for the man known to his friends as Sean Tillmann, the new album explores a more soulful angle, with Otis Redding and Sam Cooke…

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014: The top 5 horror movies

17 Jun 2014

Featuring Honeymoon, Let Us Prey, Fish and Cat and Eli Roth's The Green Inferno

Fish and Cat (Mahi va Gorbeh) Inspired by rumours of a restaurant which served human flesh to its customers, this Iranian film uses a kite-flying competition to make urban visitors come into contact with creepy locals, testing slasher conventions to…

Bobby Womack - Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Mon 27 Jan 2014, part of Celtic Connections

29 Jan 20144 stars

The soul legend makes a comeback, and proves he's neither shy, or retiring

There are a few things that Bobby Womack can do, that you can’t. He can wear a head to toe red leather outfit and make it look good. He can sing things normal people would just say, without seeming ridiculous. (Eg, ‘Please can you turn up the lights/ I…

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Soul legend Bobby Womack to play concert at Celtic Connections 2014

22 Jan 2014

A rough guide to the Womack story, from recording classic albums to collaborating with Damon Albarn

Every great artist who has endured periods in the musical wilderness is deserving of a comeback story, and Bobby Womack’s is full of more twists and turns than most. After a decade on the fringes of making music, and years of struggle with poor health…

Crate Digging: Bob Jeffries

24 Oct 2013

The soul DJ will be appearing at the Scottish Soul Weekender 2013 - here are his top 5 records

Spoonie G – ‘The Godfather’ (TTED) Bassline, horns and that voice. Huge Club 9/Hattonrigg tune. Trouble Funk – ‘Pump Me Up’ (Sugarhill) About '85 I ran all-dayers at the Bobby Jones in Ayr. Two buses from Brum. Whistles and cowbells – you…

Muscle Shoals

22 Oct 20134 stars

A music doc about an Alabama town rich in musical history, from Aretha Franklin to Alicia Keys

Most music documentaries tend to focus on artists rather than environment, which is what makes Muscle Shoals an interesting prospect. You may not have heard of this small Alabama town that nestles on the banks of the Tennessee River, but the sounds it…

5 reasons to go to The Scottish Soulful Weekender

18 Oct 2013

Motor City Drum Ensemble and Jocelyn Brown join Yogi Haughton's annual three-day dance fest

1 The Line-Up Back for its third year, 2013's Scottish Soulful Weekender boasts over 50 top disco, soul, funk and house DJs. Names like Fish Go Deep, DJ Spinna, Studio 54's Nicky Siano, Horse Meat Disco, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Jocelyn Brown, Oliver…

Crate Digging: DJ Pierre, aka Nathaniel Pierre Jones

10 Oct 2013

The Chicago house DJ is attending the Scottish Soulful Weekender 2013

Nathan Lee - 'Chocolate Cadillac' (Guest House) Loving the disco loop on this, Nathan Lee sampled it up just right. The energy is high while maintaining that soulful funky disco flow. The Voice - 'Shut Up And Dance' (1605) Nice soulful house…

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Tony Humphries, Prins Thomas and Driza Bone to appear at Scottish Soulful Weekender 2

16 Oct 2012

Organiser Yogi Haughton picks out his line-up highlights

‘We lost a lot of money,’ is one of the first things Yogi Haughton says about last year’s debut edition of his Scottish Soulful Weekender, a live-in party in a Dumfries hotel for fans of his particular axis of musical taste – broadly, Northern Soul and…

A guide to Edinburgh club nights

30 Aug 2012

Club Together, The Egg, Karnival, Musika and more

Club Together. A mix of dubstep, electro and breaks taking place in Edinburgh’s biggest student union. Jakwob kicks off this year’s club calendar on 12 Sep, followed by The Cut Up Boys (26 Sep) and Kissy Sell Out (28 Nov). And it’s free entry. Bonus.

A guide to Glasgow club nights

30 Aug 2012

Pressure, Octopussy, i Am, Killer Kitsch, Melting Pot, Love Music, Totally Visual Tuesdays and more

Pressure.Big room, big name house and techno events at Glasgow’s most impressive club space, courtesy of Slam Events, the team behind the Slam Tent at T in the Park. Typical guests include the likes of Laurent Garnier and Jeff Mills. Arches, Glasgow…

A guide to Scotland's club scene

30 Aug 2012

DJ, co-owner and promoter of Third Door Sarah David on the beauty of student nightlife

So here you are. You are about to embark on this incredible journey of discovery. You want to hunt out fresh and exciting experiences, to meet and embrace new people and to embark on the next chapter of your life... oh... er, yes and, of course, study.

Lianne La Havas: Is Your Love Big Enough?

18 Jul 20123 stars

Promising debut from soul singer who stands out from the crowd

(Warner Brothers) Even amid such a crowded marketplace as that of a solo female soul singer making her way in a post-Winehouse world, young Londoner Lianne La Havas stands out. Her debut album isn’t all remarkable, more a clutch of impressive…

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Madrid vintage funk act The Sweet Vandals to play Four Corners

17 Jul 2012

The soul night is joining forces with the Edinburgh Intl Jazz & Blues Fest

‘There’s been an explosion in the number of bands playing the same music we do over the last few years,’ says Simon Hodge, one of the promoters of the Bongo Club’s long-running funk and soul night Four Corners. ‘There are two reasons for that: one is…

Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe

22 May 20123 stars

A wise yet not world-weary record from the soul legend

‘As a singer grows older, his conception goes a little deeper, because he lives life and he understands what he’s trying to say a little more...’ So said Sam Cooke back in the day, and so opens electro-soul hymn ‘Dayglo Reflection’, the fourth track…

DJ Yogi Haughton presents Scottish Soulful Weekender

18 Oct 2011

Dumfries event features Todd Terry, Kerri Chandler and Joey Negro

A weekend of soul music held at a hotel in Dumfries & Galloway sounds almost like a niche market event, a retro get-together for old school Northern Soul junkies to relive the glory days. Yet Yogi Haughton, the promoter of the first Scottish Soulful…

Crate Digging: Andrew Divine

21 Sep 2011

The Divine DJ picks some of the long-running indie night's best

Divine’s summer vacation has been a perfect opportunity to stock-pile some new (old) vinyl ammo aimed straight at the dancefloor. These recent 7” excavations are all awaiting their debut Divine spins at The Admiral, beginning with Tangerine Peel ‘Solid…

Niki King & The Elements - It’s All Good

13 Jul 20114 stars

New York-based Scottish jazz vocalist with new band and soul-funk sound

(Soul Route Records) When Edinburgh jazz vocalist Niki King relocated to New York at the end of last year, it was inevitable that the city would lend its magic to her creative impulses. So, with the backing of her new ten-piece New York band, The…

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Orchestre Poly-Rythmo set for Glasgow Jazz festival date

23 Jun 2011

West African afro-beat band tour their new album Cotonou Club

The influential West African band have set a series of tour dates circling the UK this summer, visiting Glasgow for the first time in the 30-plus years that they have been a band. Having formed in the late 60s, they have accumulated a collection of…

Glasgow club institution Divine reaches 20th birthday

17 Feb 2011

The Retro perspective from Glasgow’s longest running club night

‘Twenty years ago I was a student at the Art School,’ recalls Andrew ‘Divine’ Symington. ‘One day a newsletter went round all the departments saying that the students’ union was looking for a DJ. I’d run a few clubs and I could design posters, so I…

Janelle Monae brings high-concept pop statement ArchAndroid to UK

11 Feb 2011

Soul fused with elements of cabaret, movie scores, psychedelia and English folk

The immaculate pop offspring of Little Richard, Annie Lennox and David Bowie, Janelle Monáe is the most exciting figure to enjoy – and court – mainstream exposure since the entrance of a certain bad romancer. But whereas Gaga often relies on well worn…

Soulsville aim to rejuvenate music from the 40s and 50s

30 Nov 2010

Live soul in the heart of the Capital

Name: Soulsville Occupation: Edinburgh’s hub for soul, swing and rock’n’roll. ‘We’re trying to rejuvenate music from the 40s and 50s by finding music I think is relevant to current times,’ explains promoter Francis Dosoo (aka DJ Tsatsu). ‘So…

Emeli Sande - King Tut’s, Glasgow, Mon 15 Nov, 2010

23 Nov 20103 stars

Voice of UK rap-pop hits tours classically-styled soul material

Acknowledging the fact there were representatives of London record labels in the house for this last date of a short Scottish tour, Aberdonian singer Emeli Sande seemed every inch the promising young singer-songwriter trying hard to make an impression.