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Deep Dish 

Saturday, Dec. 9; Velvet

In the world of remixology, the peach gig is getting a chance to work with the queen of the club, Madonna. If she deems you worthy of reconfiguring her precious work, you're not only guaranteed worldwide club play, you immediately leap to the upper echelon of dance producers and the line outside your studio door lengthens immediately. Deep Dish didn't need Madonna's help, though, when she requested their services in remixing "Music." They had already reached the top on their own, thanks to work in recent years with Everything But the Girl (a great mix of their "Temperamental"), Beth Orton, Janet Jackson, Amber and, yes, even the Rolling Stones. A Madonna remix, then, is just icing for Deep Dish on top of early work with BT and, most impressive to us technoheads, work with Detroit's Carl Craig -- big bonus points there.Deep Dish's recent Renaissance Ibiza showcases the Washington, D.C., duo's love for deep house and their ability to create a whole monster from a few choice parts. If the mix resembles the type of stuff they'll be dropping at Velvet, we strongly suggest you attend: The house they spin is beautiful, textured stuff, full of melodic somersaults, pretty asides and rhythmic complexity, summoning the kind of bliss that only great deep house can. Sure, they can be a tad poppy at times, and the hardcore househeads may fault them for even considering remixing the Stones -- talk about plebian! But screw that. Deep Dish know something important about house music; they build drama into their sets and can sustain it over the long haul. If you need any extra incentive, it's this: The duo is spinning at four venues on this tour: Twilo in NYC, Axis in Boston, the Crobar in Miami and Velvet in St. Louis. Kudos to Velvet for landing this date. It's an indication of the growing cachet the club is garnering on the national landscape, the result of both good taste and a blossoming reputation for attracting good acts. Highly recommended.

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