Sugar Club, Dublin Wed 9pm ¤15/¤12 01-6787188 The Deep Fried Funk crew have flown the flag for house, techno, electro, breaks, beats and assorted other sounds in Derry for some nine years. That’s akin to a lifetime in clubland, and it’s to the club’s credit that they’re still going strong. They mark the occasion with two specials. On Friday, Slam boyos Silicone Soul (left) will lead the way with a three-hour DJ set (probably featuring Right On, Right On, their biggest tune to date), alongside Phil Kiernan’s Alloy Mental to-do, previewing their soon-come debut album. On St Stephen’s Night, DJ/producer Riton (below right) is the main draw with the kind of dirty electropop and turbo-tech showcased on his Beats du Jour and Homies and Homos albums. Joining him will be Get Physical newcomer Heidi and rising Irish crew Japanese Popstars, who will see their Rodney Trotter banger finally hitting the shops in ’07.
As for Jerome Sydenham (below left), it’s the Ibadan chief’s third Irish show of the year, which proves that you can never get too much of a good thing. In the case of the Nigerian-born New Yorker, what’s on show is the finest in deep, jazzy, premium house. The Ibadan label is one of the best in the house game, featuring releases from Kerri Chandler, Joe Claussell, Danny Krivit and many more big US names. Sydenham himself has plenty of form, including big-ticket A&R work with Atlantic and East West, where he worked with En Vogue, Das EFX and Simply Red. He compiled Underground Dance Classics, Vol 1, one of the first significant deep house showcases, before setting up Ibadan in 1995 to initially release Afro-tinged tracks by Claussell, Chandler and, naturally, himself. Also on the bill tonight will be percussion king Basil Isaacs, Billy “The Chef” Scurry, rising punk-housers Noise Control, and Keith Dalton.