Sharam, one half of dance duo Deep Dish, gets set to drop his second artist album which continues to tell his story through the prism of a warehouse, where he first discovered his love for dance music in Washington DC’s underground club scene. Comprised of a collection of tracks he’s held in the vaults waiting to release as a cohesive concept, ‘A Warehouse’ revisits his roots across 13 tracks that traverse from early-80s Giorgio Moroder inspired disco to futuristic, dark and hypnotic clubby affairs with D&B inspired sounds - illustrating house music’s metamorphosis into different sub-genres and the house offshoots Sharam possibly helped shape.
Sharam: “I never want my records to sound like anyone else’s, and at the same time I never want two of my own tracks to sound the same. Every track is its own adventure, like an individual ride in a theme park. Each ride has to stand on its own, but come together as one cohesive unit in the context of the theme park. In this case the theme park is A Warehouse, filled with hypnotic rides and emotional roller coasters.”
‘A Warehouse’ begins with ‘Arpi’, an old-skool yet future minded tune built around progressing techno sequences and bright, melancholic melodies that set the stage for the tonally dark album to follow. ‘Over You’ borrows the thickly-vocoded productions of the late-70s and mixing them with sounds popularised later on in house history.
Sharam features one of his heroes, Giorgio Moroder on his heavily-synthesised ‘Crazi Flute’, and conjoins the soaring and heartbreaking vocals of long-time collaborator Anousheh with techno beats on ‘Blue Red’. ‘Techi’ and ‘Burning’ keep things raw and underground with hypnotic layers and big basslines, while ‘Gypsi’ oozes soul looped in a groove. ‘The Photograph’, a collaboration with Alex Neri, clocks in at over 14 minutes and is a testament to Sharam’s ability to create a true journey into sounds.
The album concludes with the bonus track ‘Here Comes The Rain Again’, a cover of the iconic ‘80s Eurythmics record. Instead of reworking Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’ like many producers before him, Sharam transforms ‘Here Comes The Rain Again’ into a distorted dancefloor dubplate that will possibly anchor sweaty sunrise sets.
‘A Warehouse’ is released 10 June on Yoshitoshi Recordings.