Hi, I'm Marc. I'm a freelance journalist specialising in music, clubbing, culture and entertainment. I wrote Night Moves for the Evening Times for more than nine years and I write the weekly clubbing previews for Times Out every Thursday.
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On the subject of the Sub Club, Richy Ahmed is full of superlatives. He loves – loves – playing there. “I’d play there every week if I could. It’s tremendous,” he tells me from Shoreditch House as he scuttles around in search of a quiet corner. The Tynesider is in London for meetings and a brief period of chill – “catching up on work that doesn’t entail mixing music, y’know?” – but his thoughts are firmly on his next Glasgow gig, tonight at the famous Jamaica Street basement.
The last time the imperious New York dance punks LCD Soundsystem were in Scotland, it was in a scenario unbecoming of a band of their stature. I watched in disbelief as they headlined the second stage at T in the Park to a mostly-empty field, with no more than a couple of hundred people in attendance. That would have been fine if we were in a sweaty basement club, but the reality was this was a stage that could have accommodated thousands, and only a handful turned up.
Rebekah is a DJ’s DJ. There’s a few moments on Fear Paralysis, the debut album by the Birmingham-born artist, where it’s brought sharply into focus that it isn’t – and was never going to be – what you’d term a fun listen (maybe the title gives it away slightly). It’s driving, relentless, thumping music: proper gritty techno that should be heard in a small room like the Sub Club, with just a couple of hundred people there and an enormous soundsystem.
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