Another day, another legend. Alun Thorne looks forward to a visit by Derrick Carter
It seems Birmingham is the place to be at the moment. Well if you like house music anyway.
After a few years in the wilderness, Birmingham's club scene has never been in better shape.
While old favourites like Godskitchen are still packing them in, particularly since they relaxed the trancetastic music policy, it is the smaller, unsung venues that are really pulling out all the stops.
Nights like Jigsawmusic at the Boiler Room in Hockley have enjoyed rave reviews in recent months with their eclectic lineups and various events at the Custard Factory's Medicine Bar have also pushed the envelope for the benefit of the house aficionado.
The culmination of this was the Masters at Work extravaganza at the Custard Factory earlier this month when they drained the pool as 1,000 clubbers witnessed New York's four deck heroes.
And tomorrow night the Medicine Bar will once again play host to one of the true legends of the genre when Derrick Carter comes to town to impart a lesson in tough Chicago house.
Carter is the latest 'name' to be snared by the boys behind Stupid Underground who have previously managed to persuade the likes of Mr C (formally of The Shamen and now owner of The End in London's West End) and the indomitable DJ Sneak to name but a few.
Around since pretty well time began, Carter has most recently been making music rather than playing it although it's three years since his acclaimed Squaredancing was released.
And despite his massive reputation, very little is known about the man who likes to keep himself out of the public eye.
As he said recently "I like to keep myself pretty invisible. You may think I'm somewhere, but I've already left".