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Rotary Club 4th Birthday, Undertone, Cardiff

Sat 18 Nov

Not content with putting on superb annual fireworks displays and the annual ‘Youth Speaks’ debating contest… oh, sorry, wrong Rotary Club. Rather, this Rotary Club is one of Cardiff’s flourishing tasteful 4/4 nights, which are doing great things in the capital right now. While they originally launched in Cornwall, the past two years has seen the crew decamp to the Welsh capital, where they’ve formed something of a triumvirate with Blue Honey and Groove Theory, with whom they put on a ‘triple threat’ party in Kongs last month.

To celebrate four years, they welcome a true legend of acid: DMX Krew, aka Ed Upton.  A contemporary of Aphex Twin (he’s released work on Richard D James’ Rephlex label) and a mainstay of festivals like Bloc and Bang Face, the analogue-gear obsessed crate digger has had a recent stellar run of releases on labels like Hypercolor and Super Rhythm Trax. His latest album, Strange Directions, is his 21st and might just be one of his best. More fire comes from gritty Australian house peddler Warrenraww.

“A reoccurring highlight is when a ‘tops off’ moment occurs, and it’s even more memorable when the DJ is involved too,” Sam Jones, one of the club’s founders and residents told us, as we mulled whether William Hill would give us odds on lank-haired acid veteran Upton whipping off his t-shirt in a sweaty Cardiff basement club.

Tickets: £8. Info: 029 2022 8883 (KD)

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