HEX are a Glasgow-based collective running nights featuring the best in forward-thinking underground music. The crew met here in Glasgow a few years back after they were taken in by the vast electronic music scene the city has to offer. Following this, they decided to combine their different styles to create a fresh, unique sound. Their music tastes are inspired around the electronic music spectrum with influences from: UK Bass, Garage, Jungle, House and Techno. With half of the crew headlining iAM at Sub Club alongside Beta and Kappa back in November and all 6 residents (pictured below) playing to a packed-out Burn Mondays night at Buff Club – the future will tell which venue the Hex collective will pack out next. For now, La Cheetah on Queen Street is Hex’s home venue – with many successful events already under their belt, often followed by the occasional afterparty ///
After finding a perfect venue in Max’s La Cheetah last year and after months producing and mixing their new underground sound, the collective began to upload their latest tracks, sets and mixtapes on music distribution platforms such as: MixCloud and SoundCloud. Their launch night back in April 2013 was set up to kick start the Hex soundsystem with all 6 residents (Sebmann, Blackie, Walbaum, Smack, Ching and Alias) playing to a packed-out underground venue. This event created a stepping stone for Hex to improve on with high-energetic performances from the whole crew creating a new following from the crowd with a special vibe that made for an all-round memorable night ///
Hex returned after summer last year and welcomed back friends to the city with a follow-up for Round II which was another electric night attracting a new crowd to La Cheetah. The sheer vibration of the venue’s Funktion 1 soundsystem along with well-hyped performances from each the residents particularly set the mark for the launch of Sebmann’s ‘Shtun’ EP a few months down the line joined by members of Nineteen 89 Records prior to the artist being signed to the London-based electronic label ///
Round III was the first event of this year back in January with Simon Fowler supporting Sebmann returning fresh from his EP Launch and headlining the night was residents Smack playing a back-to-back set with Ching. The following month was the Hex Education night set up as an Anti-Valentine event with friend of the collective Fergus warming up the decks before the residents took over and once again shook the underground of La Cheetah with their massive sound. We cannot mention the Hex crew without the work of The Art Slinger featuring on every Hex flyer and poster used to promote each event – creating fresh illustrations and animations (below) which replicate each event’s general vibe. Jess is also known for her exquisite wild animal art designs for Glasgow’s favourite clothing brand – Feral Threads ///
The Hex crew celebrated their first year together as an electronic collective at La Cheetah on Thursday 29th May with regulars Walbaum and Ching on warm-up duties playing a back-to back set before Sebmann took to the decks. Their special guest for the night was producer F.T.G (Fuck The Government) from Italy who headlined the celebration at La Cheetah playing tracks never heard before from the crowd and Hex residents. He had been on their radar’s for a while, with ‘Tribute89′ becoming an underground success back in 2013, featuring in electronic charts around the world. All of his tracks are available on Resident Advisor. F.T.G has an immense passion for the Chicago sound which shined through in his production and selection on the night – the Hex collective appreciate and respect the producer as a true enthusiast of all things vinyl and analogue. Listen to Fuckthegovernment #001 ///
The collective’s 1st birthday celebration at the end of May marked a summer break for the whole Hex crew whilst they plan their next event. They are to use this time to reflect on the past events over the past year, to create and discover new electronic music styles and to further improve their unique sound. This will lead them to produce new tracks ready to be played out to their growing fanbase when the Hex crew return for another huge party in September – exact date and venue to be announced over the next few months. With three of the members headlining iAM at the end of last year, Alias, Smack and Sebmann represented Hex at Sub Club on Tuesday 1st July, joining the residents Beta and Kappa for yet another unforgettable aural adventure ///
Editor – Roger Whyte
Photography – Bryce Powrie (c) Art/Design – Jess Slinger (c)
The East End Social and Optimo (Espacio) are elated to announce a stellar revue that will see the Barrowland Ballroom transformed into a club bacchanal on Sunday 25th May. Featuring some of our most impressive global and local electronic acts, the event will include an unmissable Scottish live debut from Nordic electro-seducer Todd Terje plus DJ sets from Glasgow’s inestimable Optimo, Ben UFO, Tim Sweeney and hypno-groove experts Golden Teacher. Following the event, there will be an unmissable after party at the Sub Club ///
Norwegian disco trailblazer Todd Terje has been elevating hearts and dance-floors for almost a decade, all thanks to hypnotic astral-electro tracks such as: ‘Inspector Norse’ (below) and his 2005 breakthrough single, ‘Eurodans’. Terje’s live set at the Barrowlands will celebrate the release of his excellent debut long-player, ‘It’s Album Time’, whose Balearic charms include last year’s astronomical ‘Strandbar.’ The album released on April 7th of this year has already received positive reviews from both Resident Advisor and Pitchfork.
Optimo (Espacio) are DJ duo Twitch and Jonnie Wilkes, whose legendary nights in Glasgow (and around the world) mixes up techno, electro, rock and other assorted records out of leftfield. With their wide arrangement of music tastes, they always put on an unforgettable show and these days Optimo are taking their unique sound to well-renowned clubs in Europe and Asia. Whilst Optimo remain Sub Club residents, Glasgow’s electronic following are constantly treated to outstanding special guests, who have included the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Atom Heart, Luciano, Justus Kohncke and Four Tet.
Over the past five years, Ben UFO has acquired a deserved reputation as one of the UK’s most daring and wide-ranging club music selectors, with his keen ear and technical ability enabling him to cut between eras, dance lineages and mixing styles with dazzling ease. Ben UFO plays on RinseFM every Thursday night. He co-founded Hessle Audio in 2007 with Pearson Sound and Pangaea while all three were students in Leeds.
Tim Sweeney is one of New York’s most sought-after DJs and is best known for his radio show, Beats in Space which he has been running for over a decade. In his early days, he worked in the studio of hip-hop legend Steinski absorbing as much as possible from the producer’s vast record collection. Since launching his radio show, Sweeney has dug deep into New York music circles and he showcases the best dance music from around the world – whether it’s disco, new wave, Chicago house, minimal techno, or classic funk and soul.
Glasgow voodoo-groove deviants Golden Teacher started as a studio tryst between noise-punk triad Ultimate Thrush and analogue-house duo Silk Cut. Their unusual tribal sound besieged Optimo’s discerning ears, and their label has since issued: ‘Bells From the Deep End’ and in April came the release of ‘Party People/Love.’ Optimo call their latest EP ‘a party record’ and tell listeners to play it loud and let yourself loose with an array of lasers and strobe lights ///
- Date : Wednesday 16 April 2014
- Time : 11:00pm – 3:00am
- Venue : Sub Club
David Moufang (Move D) is one of electronic music’s most celebrated and respected producers with a long and varied musical history containing roots in 60′s and 70′s jazz, psychedelic rock, soul and early electronica. After growing up in Heidelberg listening to early Pink Floyd and Kraftwerk records; he has been influenced to create his own ambient techno sound. Over the years, the German-born producer has explored the boundaries of electronic music through his collaboration with Jonas Grossmann as Deep Space Network.
With a compilation of records under their belt, this led to the release of solo tracks such as: Things Will Come and Got2b. Moufang gathered a vast following through showcasing his unique style in clubs around the world and at festivals such as Dimensions Festival (below). He also delivered a mind-blowing set alongside Optimo at the Boiler Room in Berlin. The Sub Rosa collective, known for bringing high-calibre guests to Sub Club every Wednesday, present Move D on the 16th April with support from residents Spittal and Nowicki ///
Resident Advisor || Sub Rosa presents Move D
Electronic collaboration Darkside (Nicolas Jaar / Dave Harrington) come to The Art School on Wednesday 26th March for their first ever Scottish show as part of the Psychic Tour ///
A collaborative project with electro/house supremo Nicolas Jaar and live guitarist Dave Harrington, Darkside was formed in 2011 while the pair were touring in Europe to promote Jaar’s ecstatically received solo album, Space is Only Noise.
Whilst their debut EP Darkside, released on Jaar’s Clown and Sunset label, sparked an immediate buzz with its slick guitar-based funk and spaced-out disco vibes, it was their follow up last year – a stellar full-length reworking of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, which cemented their status as one of the most interesting collaborative projects in electronic music at this moment.
Their follow-up album Psychic (above) released last year was praised as a profoundly forward-thinking and inventive piece of work, mixing progressive rock sensibilities with Jaar’s idiosyncratic style of electronic soundscapes.
“Darkside is utterly sincere, and at its most fractured and psychedelic, Harrington’s guitar lends a smoky, mysterious dimension to Jaar’s slinky electronica.”
Paper Trails is the record’s exceptional midpoint, and in their first RA Sessions video (below), recorded at the Resident Advisor HQ, Jaar and Harrington subtly teased the track out to twice its original length.
With a growing reputation for innovative live shows that sees the pair improvising together to create new, syngeneic sounds; this is one of the most hyped shows of 2014 for electronic music fans in Glasgow ///
Sub Club are set to join Red Bull Music Academy for one of the biggest celebrations of UK club culture on the London Eye, with Red Bull Revolutions in Sound on Thursday 14th November. As Red Bull Music Academy marks it’s 15th Anniversary, they are to take over one of London’s most iconic landmarks and bring the most legendary UK club nights of past and present together for one night, each hosting their own capsule for a 360° homage to the seminal players of, and contributors to, the club landscape over the past 30 years.
Revolutionaries in their own right, with the longest running weekly house night in the UK, Subculture’s Harri and Domenic and special guest Derrick Carter are to represent Glasgow as they join the roster of hosts including: Richie Hawtin, Green Velvet, Erol Alkan and Derrick May; all who have arguably transformed the face of electronic music along with a further swathe of dance music’s elite to man the decks on the landmark night.
As those in attendance at the London Eye dance through history in the skies, we can dive into the action online via the coverage from 7:30pm. A world first in live-streaming, all thirty capsules will be broadcast simultaneously on Channel4.com and globally on Red Bull’s YouTube channel so music fans around the world can participate in this unique celebration of sound ///
www.revolutionsinsound.com || #RevsInSound
Many artist biographies begin by describing the producer as being on a “warpath”, grinding their way to the top. Steve Huerta fulfills and surpasses this typical notion, riding a line between the underground and the Beatport charts with his highly polished sound. His signature style spans back to house music’s roots while maintaining a deep, fresh modern sheen. With support from many of the industry’s top electronic acts, Steve Huerta’s tracks can be heard in clubs, festivals and warehouses all over the world..
Huerta began producing in 2012 with releases ‘Take Me Closer‘ and ‘Can’t Let Go‘ on Montreal based Amadeus Records, run by frequent collaborator Urulu. These forward-thinking productions paved the way for a rewarding 2013, with Huerta’s EP ‘Do Good To Me’ (below) and soon after ‘Things I Didn’t Mean‘ was released on Berlin’s highly respected Dirt Crew Recordings and has since graced the airwaves of BBC Radio 1, Ministry of Sound Radio and Ibiza Global Radio.
With the August release of his EP ‘Retrofit’ and more to follow scheduled on Amadeus Records, Huerta hasn’t slowed down on the journey to the top of his game and his next goal is to tour Europe towards the end of 2013. Don’t sleep on this up-and-comer, Steve Huerta already has a unique sound that would appeal to electronic music fans around the UK and would bring something fresh to Glasgow’s thriving underground scene…
WRITTEN BY :: ROGER WHYTE /// ANIMATION BY :: AIDAN SHAHBAZKHANI
The Electric Frog and Pressure have joined forces to bring you The Riverside Festival – an event which promises to be something special, whatever the weather. These prominent names in the Glasgow nightlife scene have set up an immense line-up for the grounds of the iconic Riverside Museum and Tall Ship down by the River Clyde //
The event will feature outdoor stages and bars, covered dance floors, street food, comedy and performance art with a real carnival atmosphere. It’s all happening on Saturday 24th August kicking off at 4pm and finishing off at 11pm. It’s going to be explosive from start to finish, so round up for the dance event of the summer!
BOYS NOIZE is first on the line-up for The Riverside Festival and is one of Germany’s finest producers. Based in Berlin, Alex Ridha is has remixed tracks for the likes of David Lynch, Depeche Mode and The Chemical Brothers. He is known as one of the most valued electronic artists, awarded with the Independent Music Award as well as Best Electronic Artist 3 years in a row on Beatport. His DJ sets are uplifting and he’s regarded by many as one of the worlds’ best DJ’s, not only technically but also as a showman. Seamlessly mixing and remixing on the spot, he never fails to deliver high-powered and gripping sets: unforgettable experiences for the witnesses.
JAMIE XX is London-based music producer and member of Mercury Music Prize winners The XX. Born Jamie Smith, he began his musical career playing the drums but after realising he couldn’t use his innovation skills on this instrument, he turned to producing music using electronic percussion pads allowing him to play both live and in the studio. He is now known far and wide for his work with The XX as well as remixes of songs from artists such as Radiohead and Gil-Scott Heron with ‘I’ll Take Care of U‘ which was named a masterpiece in its own right. We’re in for a treat when Jamie XX brings his euphoric set to Riverside.
LEN FAKI is considered a legend in the techno world and is guaranteed to get Riverside Festival goers fired up. He’s done it before back at Pressure in March this year and he’s set to it again. Faki is a well hyped DJ and producer Faki, resident of Berlin’s highly regarded Berghain club, touring clubs all over, he’s done his bit for this community, spreading the love for techno all over the world. We’re very excited to have him back in Glasgow and always show him the warm welcome he deserves – this time should be no exception.
NINA KRAVIZ is currently the name on everyone’s lips in the house and techno community. Very rarely does a DJ/ producer shoot to stardom so quickly – and when they do, they seldom have the talent to back it up. Nina is the exception to the rule. She always attracts the crowds with her mystical stage presence and own blend of house and techno. When she comes to Riverside this August it’s sure to be massive…
JOSH WINK was one of the pioneers in the rave scene in the U.S during the early 1990’s. Native of Philadelphia, he embraces a diligent work ethic, a spiritual mindset and a self-taught mastery of dancefloor devastation using little more than a pair of turntables. He has worked hard to become one of the world’s most in demand purveyors of experimental, electronic dance music. To this day, Josh Wink has stayed true to his roots and we have a lot of respect for that.
J.ROCC is one of the original turntablists and a welcome addition to the Riverside line-up. He began DJ’ing in the mid 1980’s and later formed the Beat Junkies, a collective who became a seminal force in the rise of instrumental hip-hop. In addition to numerous mixtapes and his own production for Stones Throw releases, he has featured alongside artists such as Jurassic 5, The Visionaries and Cypress Hill.
UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE (LIVE): This is the debut performance in Scotland of Underground Resistance’s live outfit Timeline and is not to be missed. Named after the Galaxy 2 Galaxy classic, the legendary collective from Detroit has included the likes of Dan Caballero, Darren McKinney, Gerald Mitchell, Raphael Merriweather’s Jr and UR don Mike Banks in its number down the years. With two previous EPs under its belt – Return of the Dragons and more recently Graystone Ballroom – Timeline carries UR’s proud tradition of live machine funk with aplomb.
MICHAEL MAYER is a German DJ who started producing music at a young age. Experimenting with his own sound and playing clubs where his music wasn’t for the general public, he eventually found his feet and became a foundation of the music scene in Cologne, Germany and is now co-owner of the Kompakt label. Whether it’s his productions, his dj’ing or his remixing, he’s not one to mess around, Michael Mayer is a welcome addition to the Riverside line-up.
SLAM are a dynamic duo who need no introduction to the regulars in the Glasgow nightlife scene. Founders of Soma Records continues to be one of the world’s leading purveyors of cutting edge electronic music. Slam are responsible for some of the biggest nights about. They are the reason behind Pressure, Return to Mono and their Slam Tent at T in the Park. They never forget to come home and put on a big party after travelling all over the world to share their passion for electronic music.
OPTIMO are in the building; or rather down by the river. Twitch and Johnny Wilkes are a Scottish double act that have graced dance fans with their presence amongst busy tour dates across Europe and America. Depending on the duo’s mood, their sound will veer from sleazy funk to punk, electro and anything inbetween. With their wide mix of music tastes, they always put on a unique show and it’s always a pleasure to watch them perform and the Riverside Festival goers will not be disappointed.
AUNTIE FLO is a Glasgow based DJ and producer who is a resident at the club night Highlife. With released records for Kompakt, Domino and Philomena / Innervisions – there’s no doubt he will give us a live set not to be missed. A regular on the international club circuit, he has performed at the Panorama Bar, Fabric, Sub Club, at festivals around the world and live on BBC Radio 1.
PRO VINYLIST KARIM has held it down for many a year at Glasgow institution Rubadub; a breeding ground for aspiring music producers and showmen. Never far from the turntables, Karim has featured at RockNess, T in the Park and is a regular support act at The Electric Frog. The List magazine wrote that he: “pretty much sums up what’s happening in electronic music in Scotland right now.”
The Riverside Festival presented by Pressure and The Electric Frog is expected to be off the scale and the already massive line-up will reel in music fans from far and wide. With the Riverside Museum and Tall Ship (above) being a unique and iconic location in Glasgow – organisers and music fans look forward to this being the new home of Scotland’s premier electronic music event over the coming years…
Tickets £30 + booking fee – available from Resident Advisor
Written by: Jamie Campbell /// Edited by: Roger Whyte
Tribal Pulse is a new record label and club night based in Glasgow who aim to push for a psychedelic techno sound from the future. Their initial releases will feature work from resident Boom Merchant as well as talented artists such as: Pole Folder, Acidulant and Deepfunk. Tribal Pulse aim to release a record every few months, with mastering by Shawn Joseph at Optimum perfecting the massive sound.
The Tribal Pulse launch night is on at the Chambre 69 replacement Make Do with a live set by German producer Robert Babicz (below) and support from Glasgow-based producer and co-founder of the label, Boom Merchant, who’ll deliver his own hypnotic brand of house and techno music.
Tribal Pulse aim to provide music of the highest quality, both in live and recorded format. Fire down to Make Do on Friday 10th May for an experience of sound that promises deep, pulsating rhythms that will rattle your chest and make your spine tingle…
Tickets: Resident Advisor /// Written by: Roger Whyte
The explosive sound of Beardyman comes to The Arches on 2nd June! Expect to be mind-blown by this extraordinary talent as he embarks on his new tour. His unique sound will send you to another dimension as he creates a live experience not to be missed… Beardyman (below) is a London-based beatboxer, comedian and musical extraordinaire who is considered as one of the most talented musicians in the UK. Throughout his career he has experimented with elements of drum and bass, dubstep, breakbeat and techno mixed in with the occasional reggae and ska beat which are performed solely using his vocal chords and new production technology. By working hard to create a unique show, he has earned himself a massive reputation as ‘one of the most interesting performers operating today’ by showcasing his beatboxing skills on stages in the UK and beyond…
Dubbed as a beatboxer from the future, Beardyman can loop, edit and add effects to his voice in real time making the possibilities of his live show almost endless. Since he’s not tied down by conventional instruments, entire sound scapes can be layered up in seconds with bass, drums and melodies that sound as if they were created by synthesisers and drum machines. The high quality of his instantaneous production gives the impression that there’s no sound that Beardyman can’t create with his voice that won’t blow your mind.
Beardyman is now on tour through the UK to showcase his newly-designed technological innovation for use within his live shows and recordings. His creativity shines through on the Beardytron 5000 (video below) which promises to transform simple beats and sounds into a fresh melody which will send his music into another dimension //
Through his innovative and futuristic outlook on creating music, Beardyman has inspired a new generation of electronic production in Glasgow and beyond. For the full Beardyman experience, you’ll have to see him for yourself when he comes to The Arches on Sunday 2nd June for the final show of his tour…
Written by: Johnny Clark /// Edited by: Roger Whyte
This story spans three decades and three generations. Their elasticated bass tones have touched the lives of everyone with a love of techno in Glasgow. Stuart MacMillan and Orde Meikle are the devilish duo responsible for developing the genre and bringing it to clubs. It’s none other than: Slam!
Wherever you drink, wherever you work, wherever you dance; every teen to thirty something has raved and craved the coveted duo Slam. They are the dirty disco duo who form part of the cultural fabric of Glasgow’s clubbing society. Ask around the city and most people will have had a life changing moment at a Slam performance. Below you will find the Positive Education released by Soma Quality Recordings (SOMA#008) back in 1993.
Soma – Slam Positive Education
Label: Soma Quality Recordings
Catalog#: SOMA 008
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Glasgow’s underground experience
Slam came together over ten year’s ago and the duo share a passion for music and a debauched past which started with soul weekenders, punk and reggae through to early acid-house at the almighty Sub Club. By the late 80’s Slam had already led the field. Acid house exploded in Scotland with the legendary Slam at Tin Pan Ally. “For most people Slam was their first clubbing experience.” Soon after, in 1989, full of acid house enthusiasm, Slam produced the City’s first all-night rave!!
Sub Club’s famous soundsystem works well with Slam in it’s dark, funky, bass heavy, sweaty, writhing, sleazy techno, punctuated with house grooves. Slam’s sound this reflects the environment – long nights enveloped by a vibrant and eccentric crowd. Their clubbing experience provides Glasgow with an soundtrack that will inspire future underground producers to raise their game and release their music to the masses…
This is the true sound of Glasgow and Slam made it…