IQU, PEPE DELUXE, DJ MUGFROSTY
It's been three years since Seattle's beloved IQU released the Teenage Dream remix EP, and five since their outstanding Chotto Matte a Moment! album. At this, their only live performance of 2003, Kento Oiwa and Michiko Swiggs will preview songs from their forthcoming Sun Q disc (still being shopped to labels). Much better produced than their debut full-length, Sun Q abounds with playful, electro-organic funk and Chic, Princely pop. Kento's dazzling theremin excursions--especially on the cover of Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You"--lift everything heavenward. Only the dourest killjoy won't bounce to this fun, exotic music. Pepe Deluxe (who'll be DJing tonight) prove on their new partycentric album, Beatitude (Emperor Norton), that Finns have the funk, too. The disc initially sounds like a sincere homage to mid-'90s big-beat ballistics, but delve beyond this faade and you'll hear the type of soulful eclecticism that fuels David Holmes and Death in Vegas' best work. Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $10 adv.
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 18
STUCK UNDER THE NEEDLE PRESENTS DRUM AND BASS TUESDAYS
A master of apocalyptic tech-step jungle, Hive, helps celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Baltic's drum 'n' bass night, the longest-running such event in Seattle. L.A.-based Hive (AKA Michael Petrie) has gone from punk-rock guitarist in D.C. band Backlash to acclaimed hiphop/jungle DJ to internationally respected producer/remixer/label boss. He's the rare Yank jungle producer to have his music and remixes accepted by renowned UK labels like Tech Itch, Metalheadz, and Moving Shadow, and he's also reworked a track by wicked Brit unit Bad Company. His "Neo" 12-inch on his own burgeoning Violence Recordings has been one of 2003's biggest dance-floor bombs, and Hive's certain to have a bag full of similar explosives with him tonight. With Zacharia, Demo, Nitsuj, and Slantooth. Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St, 625-4444, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $7.