Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, aka London's Basement Jaxx , have two sets of fans: those who buy their music, a polyglot of rude and raw bass lines, R&B vocals, and insouciant disco bump; and those they spin for on the dance floor. For their DJ sets they dig deep into their crates, unleashing cuts from Bootsy to Boston and even creating their own special unreleased remixes and edits of favorite songs strictly for the purpose of club play. It's been almost two years since their last proper album, Kish Kash, but they do have a brand-new single, the rock-guitardominated “U Don't Know Me.” Heck, they might even unveil some of the songs they've been producing for 18-year-old Lady Sovereign, a rising star in the U.K. urban underground. DJs Frenchy Le Freak and Alain Octavo will warm up the crowd with flirty house music before the roof catches fire from the Jaxx attack on Friday, July 15, at Ruby Skye.
The following night, Saturday, July 16, Ruby Skye hosts another great dance music duo, Deep Dish . Ali “Dubfire” Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi are Persian expatriates living in America (specifically, D.C.) but are truly citizens of the world. They're among the most internationally recognized names in the genre, standing alongside other names such as the Basement Jaxx and Daft Punk. Busy remixers and DJs who frequently release mix CDs, they've just put out their new album, George Is On, their first set of original music in seven years. As seems to be the fashion these days, their '70s and '80s rock influences are worn heavily on George's sleeves — the collection is topped out by a fierce remix of Stevie Nicks' “Dreams,” for which the Gold Dust Woman herself recorded beautiful new vocals. DJ Behrouz kicks off the evening, while RastaQ holds it down in the “Jungle Room” with hip hop and downtempo sounds. For those interested, a special $40 weekend pass is available for both Ruby Skye shows; call 693-0777 or visit www.rubyskye.com for more info.