JEROME SY­DEN­HAM

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS - Jim Car­roll

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.

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