Scottish Clubbing Highlights: July 2018

Summer is firmly upon us and July's club highlights are set up nicely to usher in the warmer climes. This month includes crate-digger extraordinaires, dub and reggae flavours and a flurry of birthday celebrations

Feature by Michael Lawson | 02 Jul 2018

DABJ: Machine Woman @ The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow, 6 Jul
Russian-born, Berlin-based Machine Woman claims to have made 1000 tracks in six months, while also finding time to tear up Berghain on a regular basis, so expect a similar effect when this tour de force is unleashed on the Berkeley basement. Residents on the night – Dixon Avenue Basement Jams – aren’t too shabby either.

Hunee & Sassy J @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 6 Jul 
Two of the world’s most in-demand diggers come together for a night of dancefloor democratisation in one of Europe’s most revered clubs. Unidentifiable bangers and big smiles all round. Not one to miss.

Jamaica Special: Marshmello & Sarra Wild @ The Rum Shack, Glasgow, 6 Jul
Marshmello (not that one) can boast the title of first DJ to broadcast on NTS Radio, and like many hosts affiliated with the Gillett Square institution, the Londoner has used the station as a springboard to bigger things. She joins OH141’s Sarra Wild for The Rum Shack’s first ‘Jamaica Special’ of the summer.

Palidrone x Hilltown Disco: Sync 24 @ The Mash House, Edinburgh, 6 Jul
Phil Bolland aka Sync 24 has been at the forefront of electro’s supposed resurgence of late, with his Cultivated Electronics imprint responsible for some of the genre’s most crucial output of recent years. Edinburgh club night Palidrone and Dundee collective Hilltown Disco have joined forces to bring him to The Mash House.

5 Years of Groovement: Radioactive Man @ Ice Factory, Perth, 7 Jul 
Groovement has been instrumental in putting Perth on the clubbing map, bringing the likes of Serge, Or:la and Domenic Cappello to the Fair City over the past few years. For its fifth birthday, Radioactive Man has been sworn in to mark the occasion with a night of uncompromising, breakneck electro.

Nightrave 5th Birthday Special: Nightwave + Special Guests TBA @ La Cheetah Club, Glasgow, 13 Jul
Genre-traversing club night Nightrave turns five on Friday the 13th, with the party's namesake Nightwave promising to bring "a mystery selection of close DJ pals" along for the ride. She's keeping her cards close to her chest at this stage, but expect party vibes as soon as the doors open - especially when the first 50 go free.

Moonlight: Metrist, Ribeka & Sofay @ Stereo, Glasgow, 14 Jul 
Bristol’s bass-inflicted techno sound, championed by the likes of Batu, Bruce and Hodge, is currently enjoying a moment in the sun. Joseph Higgins, aka Metrist, is another purveyor of this forward-facing, genre-blurring style, releasing music on Timedance and Hotline among others. He plays Stereo on 14 July, joined by local favourites Ribeka and Sofay, and Moonlight resident Lisa lööf.

TEESH with Jamie Tiller @ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh, 14 Jul
Boundary-pushing record label Music From Memory often comes across as an exercise in musical history, such is the depth of crate-digging from those involved. The imprint has shone a light on Brazilian new age; European ‘deviant pop’ and obscure Japanese ambient among a wealth of uncategorisable oddities. Jamie Tiller, who co-runs MFM with Tako Reyenga and Abel Nagengast, graces the Sneaky Pete’s DJ booth as part of the club’s tenth birthday celebrations.

Telfort’s Good Place: Smallpeople @ Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, 20 Jul
“Sneaky’s literally is a good place, so it’s perfect.” Sam Telfort didn’t waste too much time or effort when choosing a name for his semi-regular Sneaky Pete's endeavour. Instead, he's maintained a policy of bringing close friends into the booth with him for nights with limited fanfare but killer tune selection. This time around its Smallpeople, who run Hamburg record store Smallville Records, joining him for the second Good Place of 2018.