Deep Dish Toronto Review

Compilation. Released 2003.  

BBC Review

Global Undergound present a milestone in mix compilations with their 25th release. ...

Jack Smith 2003

With Deep Dish's Yoshitoshi record label celebrating its 100th release, what better time for Global Underground to issue a second mix set from the DC boys; Toronto is also a milestone in GUs history its twenty-fifth global adventure.

Two years after their Moscow mix demonstrated their tougher edge, this 2CD set aims to redress the balance treading a tightrope that spans from funky bass-bin shakers to the twisted and progressive.

While many have talked about a slump in super-clubbing, Deep Dish deliberately choose Toronto as a location for not only its burgeoning scene, but also its wealth of creativity. "We felt that Canada had been neglected for a long time", says Deep Dish's Sharam Tayebi. "There's been a resurgence of Canadian producers. Luke Fair, Sultan, Tone Depth, Max Graham. These guys are doing some amazing stuff." His partner Ali Shirazinia (aka Dubfire) concurs. "We've met a lot of talented people and great promoters and jumped at the chance to shine the light on them."

Creativity is certainly the name of the game as their set opens with Julie McKnight's soulful "Diamond Life" vocal dropped atop Meat Katies minimalistic mix of Stephane K's cult offering, "Numb". Electroland's "Drop Beat" flutters over subterranean rhythms, while Montreal artists Sultan & The Greek contribute the Middle Eastern influenced "Rezin". A theme continued on Sultan's Arabic whisperings "Nightvisions".

Recorded in front of 6,000 revellers at the city's vast futuristic Guvernment club, the second disc takes a deeper direction, mixing the known (Junkie XL, Sasha, Sander Kleinenberg) with the upcoming. In the latter Situation 2WOs "Situation Way2tite" bounces along with its husky charm, while Maurice & Noble's "Hoochi Koochi" echoes of U2 guitar-lines.

Mixed with total self-assurance, this aptly highlights the two Iranian-Americans Middle Eastern influences. If you've yet to witness Deep Dish live there's no better way to enjoy their shrewdly structured mix of percolating beats, synth-driven basslines and tripped-out vocals. Fusing their trademark crystalline electronica with oddball percussion, Deep Dish continueA to plough their eccentric furrow with considerable style.

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