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Deep Dish
George is On
Thrive Music

Rating: 7/10 ?

August 26, 2005
Ali Shirizania and Sharam Tayebi, a couple of DJs from Iran who have been working over and barnstorming the US club scene since the early 90s, may be better known to most as Deep Dish. They may also be known to some for their 2001 Grammy-nominated remix of Madonna's "Music" or their Grammy-winning remix of Dido's "Thank You." Or perhaps you might know them from one of their many mixed CDs, the most recent of which was 2003's Yoshiesque. Then again, you might not know them from any of these achievements, but judging by the user-friendly - but still edgy and dancefloor ready - sound of George is On, you'll probably know them pretty soon, by way of a car commercial or sweaty nightclub, whichever scenario is more your speed.

While the up-tempo energy of the first two tracks on the record, especially the vibrant "Sacramento," are slightly marred by Richard Morel's passable but forgettable vocals, but the proceedings quickly improve from there. "Flashdance," features Anousheh Khalili's subtly soft spoken but tuneful vocals, which easily float over an urgent 4/4 house beat, augmented by a repetitive distorted guitar riff and frequent brief breakdowns. The track is revisited at the record's end as "Flashing for Money," credited to Deep Dish vs. Dire Straits - the song is essentially a dancefloor reworking of the classic 80s track combined with the duo's original, and is a surefire crowd pleaser for any DJ's record bag. Another track of this sort follows the trend over the past several years of taking 70s and 80s rock and infusing it with electronic soul: Stevie Nicks' "Dreams" is furnished with a set of trance rims and let loose on the freeway - an enticing comb over for this classic song.

Some of the best moments on George is On are the low key bubblers, such as "Swallow Me," a dubby track with a swelling synths and bass ominously lurking beneath the programming. "Awake Enough" is another unlikely highlight - Khalili's vocals soar above a swirling acoustic guitar and looped keyboard patterns in a true moment of electro-pop pleasure. And "Dub Shepherd" moves with slinky and sexy acid bass, thumping drums and filter manipulation, as Janis Leahy's steams up the mix with her almost moaned utterances of, "Touch me, I'm watching, come closer…"

The second disc of the set contains a variety of remixes of "Flashdance" and "Say Hello" by the likes of Paul Van Dyk and others, but the real joy is still within Deep Dish's originals. This isn't leftfield electronic music by any means, so if the Warp Records catalogue is your heart and soul, you're better off putting "Windowlicker" in your stereo on repeat. But Shrizania and Tayebi are masters of their craft and use their knowledge of accessibility to create both house bangers and trancey head-nodders, and another shining moment may be upon them with the release of this record.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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