Brace yourself against the bitterly cold weather of the last several weeks hence (and no doubt to come) with the thought of the warmer spring season ahead and the clubbing pleasures that will lie therein. By which we mean, have you got your tickets for the Riverside Festival yet? Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth, Siriusmodeselektor (live), Popof, Slam and Optimo announced so far with many more to come. In the nearer future, there are great nights out (inside) to be had this week at The Arches, Sub Club and Art School – read on.
Kölsch – The Arches, Fri Feb 6
He shares a name with a brand of Cologne lager and his DJ sets are every bit as refreshing. World-renowned, multi-million selling Danish/Irish techno DJ and producer Rune Reilly Kölsch has released on Kompakt and his own label Tattoorec (no titles for their releases, only tattoos) among others, selling millions of records in the process (in particular the sax-tastic ‘Calabria’, a ubiquitous breakout club anthem of the late noughties). He hits the Arches with support from Vilmos and the Hot Dance Party DJs.
Opal Tapes x Night School – The Art School, Fri Feb 6
Two top underground independent labels go head-to-head at The Art School, mashing up everything from punk to cosmic jazz and techno. Opal Tapes is a finger-on-the-pulse home of house, techno and experimental sounds founded in rural Redcar in the northeast of England, releasing only on, you guessed it, cassette. Night School are Glasgow based purveyors of an eclectic range of out-there DIY sounds with a raft of great 7” and 12” releases under their belt to date. Here they bring together live sets from Prostitutes, Basic House, Wanda Group, Whilst and Apostille plus DJs.
Subculture presents Spencer (Numbers) and Telford – Sub Club, Sat Feb 7
One of the founding members of Glasgow’s Numbers collective and a DJ since he was just 13, Spencer (pictured above) learned his chops working alongside his school friend Jackmaster at Rubadub – the record and electronic music equipment store that’s practically the hub of the local dance music scene – while honing his mixing and party planning talents by night. He’s since moved to London to work for Warp, toured the globe, and now divides his time between his hometown and Berlin. Here Spencer turns in a Saturday night special at Subculture together with Telford.