Dance music label Global Underground recently announced that on 1 July it will be releasing an exclusive limited edition “Collectors Edition” box set of the US Billboard #1 album, - ‘GU025 Deep Dish, Toronto’. Included in the package will be a 116 page hard back Toronto Travelogue Book, Limited Edition GU Postcards, GU Luggage Tag and a 24 page “Book Pack” Deluxe Version of the CD all housed in a bespoke red GU Box.
The Travelogue comes with an exclusive foreword from writer Dom Phillips and is full of photographer Dean Belcher's images of Deep Dish themselves, the city of Toronto and the night at The Guvernment club back in December 2002 – a large amount of the photos used are exclusive to the book and have never been seen before. The album will also be made available on Deluxe CD format and for download at all digital stores such as iTunes and Beatport.
It’s been 16 years since Deep Dish’s Toronto mix first came out. Now re-released in this commemorative set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Global Underground, it still sounds timeless. It’s a portrait of a moment in time, when Toronto’s nightlife was ruled by a 5,000-capacity, multi-roomed super-club called Guvernment – a futuristic music factory that dominated a desolate stretch of waterfront now booming with redevelopment. It also had a live venue alongside, the Kool Haus and big raves linked both venues together. The complex became a landmark in Toronto – not just physically, but culturally as well. The Rolling Stones played there. Daft Punk, Sasha and Digweed and Macy Gray played there. Deadmau5 made his name there.
This collection represents possibly one of the most consistently creative teams in electronic music at the peak of their powers. CD1’s sinuous grooves snake through liquid rhythms and occasional sultry vocals. CD2 raises the stakes with tougher beats, echoed vocals and big-room melodramatics.
But the sound is just part of it. Just as they caught the energy and life of the party, Dean Belcher’s vivid photos, full of life, light and colours, also captured the city, especially the Queens Quay port area, at a moment in time.