specialises in bringing you the latest cutting-edge hard dance music
from the U.K.'s most talented, imaginative and innovative DJs.
We'll play new tracks, the hottest Hard Dance and the most uplifiting
The music policy at 2Klub's
events is to build the atmosphere on the Main Floor through cutting-edge
UK/Euro Hard Dance Music and NU NRG.
We deliberately say "cutting-edge" above to emphasise the fact that
we don't play tunes which have been well played for months elsewhere.
Any club can do that.
We look for DJs who have access to, or are creating, new sounds.
Our aim is to provide clubbers with an uplifting musical experience,
different from anything in most other clubs.
Find out more about our music policy on our page
of info for DJs who want to play for us.
Meet the DJs
Come to 2Klub events, or meet them here! You can find
out all about our resident DJs, and some of our favourite ones in
the DJ pages. You can even leave messages
for our residents (or your
mates) in the guestbook.
Wanna know more
about our music? Hear mixes from 2Klub nights at our
mixes page where you can find free
MP3 and Real Audio mixes from 2Klub DJs.
you a DJ?
We are interested in up & coming talent here at 2Klub!
Check out the DJ info page and if
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From The Parents' Guide to
The Music Maze an article in The Sunday Times 1st. June
Authors: Tony Barrell, Mel
Bradman, Matt Munday & Scott Athorne
|| Mindlessly repetitive
dance music that uses a four-to-the-floor HOUSE rhythm
but lacks any of the melody, funk or lyrical content found
in ordinary house music. As a result, hard house hasn't
made much of an impact on the British top 40 - though
this may also be because its devotees tend to spend their
spare cash on recreational drugs to help them endure the
music's monotony. Nevertheless, hard house remains popular
among club DJs such as Radio 1's Judge Jules.
||(Can't really argue with that can we!
||Characterised by a 'four to the floor'
drumbeat (boom, boom, boom, boom), and some musical train-spotters
say there should be between 124 and 135 of those booms
a minute. The Oxford English Dictionary defines house
as a 'style of pop music, typically using drum machines
and synthesized bass lines with sparse repetitive vocals
and a fast beat'. It is one of the most fertile dance
genres of modern times, and its fragmentation into various
subgenres is one of the reasons for its survival (see
DEEP HOUSE, HARD HOUSE and PROGRESSIVE HOUSE). (TELL YOUR
KIDS: House began in the 1980s at Chicago warehouse parties,
and at a club actually called the Warehouse (hence the
name 'house'), when DJs beefed up soul and disco records
with drum machines.)
||(What they don't say is that even if
you tell your kids this, you'll find your kids are significantly
||An update of disco, retaining the soulful,
mostly female vocals, but constructing orchestral dance
grooves with drum machines and computers, not musicians.
Still going strong, it is now often known as 'soulful
house' to avoid confusion with UK GARAGE. TELL YOUR KIDS:
Garage takes its name from the New York club Paradise
Garage, whose DJ Larry Levan developed the sound in the
1970s and 80s after the demise of disco. The first two
garage 'tunes' were Off the Wall by Paul Scott, and You
Don't Know, by Serious Intention
||(Errrr.... don't bother - see above.
||Takes the complex drum
patterns of DRUM'N'BASS but slows them down to the tempo
of HOUSE, around 124-135bpm (see BPM), and adds thunderous
reggae bass lines. The music can stand alone as raw instrumentals
- when it is sometimes known as '8-bar' - or provide a
backing for rappers and singers. You can hear UK garage
on FM pirate radio stations in most big English cities.
Several UK-garage vocalists have become fully fledged
pop stars - including Ms Dynamite, Craig David and So
Solid Crew. Once successful, many switch to making R&B
or HIP HOP, as the global markets for these genres dwarf
that of UK garage, which has failed to catch on abroad.
|| This mystifyingly popular, thumping
dance music uses repetitive, staccato synthesiser riffs
and diva-style pop vocals over a four-to-the-floor beat
- usually faster than HOUSE but slower than DRUM'N'BASS.
At intervals there is a breakdown, when the drums disappear
while the melodic elements carry on, but eventually the
drums kick in again and clubbers can continue with their
dancing. A lot of it sounds like very bad Eurovision,
so it's not entirely a surprise to discover it came from
||Imagine Jean Michel Jarre's
old synthesiser soundscapes set to a pulsating dance beat,
and you're almost there.The standard techno sound, which
is entirely instrumental, takes sped-up HOUSE beats and
overlays intricately programmed synthesiser patterns and
otherworldly special effects. A few of the more accomplished
techno producers, such as Detroit's Carl Craig, have elevated
the sound almost to the level of art, producing filmic
mini techno symphonies. Meanwhile, in northern Europe,
more bombastic strains remain very popular, with millions
of youngsters making the annual pilgrimage to Berlin for
the Love Parade - a techno street party on a similar scale
to London's Notting Hill Carnival. (TELL YOUR KIDS: Techno
emerged from 1980s Detroit, where a handful of bedroom
producers such as Derrick May and Magic Juan Atkins fused
all kinds of electronic and industrial influences - from
Gary Numan to the German band Kraftwerk - to create a
futuristic new style).
||(You get the sense of
where the preferences of the authors lie from this last
entry, as well as the snobbery that goes with some music
Why they imagine that any kid's self-respecting parents
would want to pretend to know more about their music than
the kids themselves beats me. J. )
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