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M8 Progression @ The Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh

YEAH, I did review this club last month, but they pulled off such a blinder this time around that they simply couldn't be left out of the column. While the Progression boys have managed to lure most of the progressive mafia to the capital over the years, one of their biggest coups yet saw Argentinian superstar-in-the-making Hernan Cattaneo jet in for a night of top notch South American-tinged grooves.

Cattaneo has been tipped for stardom for some time now, his associations with Cream and Paul Oakenfold sending him scurrying up the ladder faster than most DJs can even imagine. And it's not hard to understand his success, or the willingness of such key players to endorse him. Hernan was wicked, playing out a smooth but chunky, tough while soothing, pumping yet mellow take on the progressive sound. He rocks. Oh, and an honourable mention has to go to resident Alan Dobson, who threatened to steal the imported talent's thunder with a storming set. As for the after party - let's just leave it there, actually.

Progression is on the third Satuday of every month

Platinum @ Privilege, Glasgow

PRIVILEGE is a superb venue, a multi-level, sprawling, open-plan sort of place with everything from a cafe and pool tables to a kick-ass sound system, huge dancefloor and sexy little VIP balconies.

The DJ booth, which places the turntablists very, very close to the crowd (always a plus in atmosphere terms), plays host to a plethora of local talent. Residents include Jon Mancini, Scott MacKay, Trevor Reilly and 23rd Precinct's Mal. And, naturally, the odd top-flight guest drops in, most recently Luke Neville, Black Box's Daniele Davoli and Tin Tin Out's Darren Stokes - all on the same night! Saturdays see Trevski crank it up a notch or two with the pumping, tough trance he's renowned for, and a strong crowd of regulars ensure a wild atmosphere - no wonder the big guy's so excited about this residency, if it's always as good as when we dropped in. And with more and more people waking up to the reality that Privilege is a bloody good club, and numerous major events coming up in the next few months, it seems Glasgow's most swankily turned-out venue could well become its most popular.

Platinum is on every Saturday at Privilege

Fridays @ The Boulevard, Clydebank

NOW, this is a club worth visiting. And don't let appearances fool you. As you approach the club, you could be forgiven for thinking someone's been winding you up, as the neon sign and staid structure aren't exactly typical of cool, cred clubs these days. Thing is, the Boulie, as it's affectionately known, is part of a complex, with a hotel, (top drawer) Indian restaurant and a cheesy commercial club on the lower floors. Upstairs, though, is where it's really at, as a dressed up, clued-up crowd pack into the long, low, dark sweatbox - a real clubber's club, this place.

As is always the case with this sort of room, the atmosphere is intense, the crowd all facing the DJ booth while the more exhibitionist take to the large stage, compete with its blessedly cold back wall. DJ-wise, it's all good, residents Fraser 'Fritzy' Latta and Colin Tevendale having created a wicked night in this off-the-beaten-track venue. Latta's star is firmly in the ascendant, while old master Tevendale continues to win plaudits as the nation's finest. And Silky Kilkie even drops in from time to time to join in. Great club, with an atmosphere you'll find hard to top.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 26, 2002
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