Record Review - 3 August 22 2001

Though named "Hot Duo" only this past month by Rolling Stone, Washington, D.C., house DJs Deep Dish have been slowly simmering for years. As early as 1993 Deep Dish were working with progressive house wunderkind BT, and in the mid-'90s a relationship with New York's tribal DJ leader Danny Tenaglia helped gain the duo further underground cachet. They've even managed to remix Madonna and 'N Sync recently without being branded sell-outs. Maybe all that insider status is why the Iranian-born pair of Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi was rumored to have quite the attitude problem, though their musical reputation never suffered.

Deep Dish sets unleash a wave of dark minimalism. Their original productions are full of tight programming, and their legendary five-to-seven-hour sets reflect bigroom leanings (they've held residencies at superclubs on both sides of the Atlantic). But Yoshiesque Two, the second installment of Deep Dish's mix series on their own Yoshitoshi label, reveals the duo's wispier side as well.

The two-CD mix is separated into "Westcoast" (from majestic to moderate, with tracers of anthemic, vocal progressive house) and "Eastcoast" (post-peak cavernous house swirled with flowing foundations of bass and sullen synths). Overall Yoshiesque Two has the digital sterility of most modern computer-mixed CD sets, so it isn't the best indicator of Deep Dish's warmth. But the eclectic track listing bodes well for those looking to experience Deep Dish's dubby blend of house, trance and techno.

Deep Dish spin at eleven50 Fri., Aug. 24.??