Two old-school male DJs from either side of the Atlantic and a young female mixer from Birmingham make up this week’s eclectic but resolutely high quality selection of special guests across Edinburgh’s club scene, with a couple of school-nighters thrown in there for good measure. Get your holiday requests/sick notes ready now.
Juice: Dance Mania Ghetto Madness with Parris Mitchell – Sneaky Pete’s, Thu Jan 22
Midweek mayhem is lined up at this very special intimate date from one of the classic but less well-known second wave Chicago house artists of the mid-90s. Victor Parris Mitchell recorded as Rhythm II Rhythm, Pleasure Inc and Victor Romeo (nice), but it’s as just Parris Mitchell that he made his name with tracks on Jesses Saunders’ Dance Mania label in the mid-90s, amongst them ‘Traxx’, ‘Life in the Underground’, ‘Project’ and ‘Funk Electric’. As the title suggests, expect a bit of madness.
Fourbyfour with Phil Kieran – Studio 24, Fri Jan 23
Well-established Edinburgh house, bass and techno night Fourbyfour is back and armed with a high quality guest headliner in Phil Kieran, Belfast boy, sometime half of Alloy Mental and former resident at his home city’s Shine gone international. As well as his DJing skills – which will be emphatically shown off here – he’s well-known for an extensive production CV which stretches back to the start of the millennium and takes in appearances on labels including Bugged Out!, Skint, Soma, Cocoon, International Deejay Gigolos and Hotflush (the latter releasing last year’s tense, atmospheric double-A ‘Going There’/’Getting Away’. Support comes from Krowne, Strut and resident DJ/promoter Jack Simon.
Coalition with DJ Barely Legal – Sneaky Pete’s, Sun Jan 25
At the grand old age of 21, Chloe Robinson (pictured above) hardly lives up to that edgy, Lolitaish DJ handle, but in fairness she was 16 when a mate gave her the title as a joke. She’s only been working the decks for two years, but already the Birmingham-raised bass queen has had respect and support from artists like Wiley and 1Xtra’s Mistajam, while she draws inspiration from artists as diverse as Kode9, HudMo, James Blake and Dusky. As an early treat from Sneaky’s for 2015, this will be a free party.