The Washington, D.C. progressive house duo Deep Dish are out to prove that dance music can live beyond the DJ booth with George Is On
, their first artist album since 1994’s Junk Science. GIO
features a house version of Fleetwood Mac’s "Dreams"— sung by Ms. Stevie Nicks herself — as well as guest vocalist Richard Morel, a kind of Leonard Cohen-Daniel Ash ’80s new wave rocker, who sings on the opening "No Stopping For Nicotine." House music never sounded so, well, un-house-y. More interesting, especially to the home listener, are Deep Dish’s attempts at earnest songwriting. On "In Love With A Friend," Deep Dish-er Dubfire croons like he’s fronting Jesus and Mary Chain on a mid-tempo track without getting too cheeky. In fact, it’s the utter sincerity here — from the adrenaline-rush, ’80s guitar riff of "Flashdance," featuring the nondiva-ish, Tori Amos-styled vocals of newcomer Anousheh, to the DJ Sultan mash-up of "Flashdance" with Dire Straits’ "Money For Nothing" riff that closes the album. Deep Dish’s rock-savvy take on progressive dance music sounds
progressive. They’re looking to the past, sure, but it’s not the disco-diva ’70s, it’s the pointy riffs and chugging new wave of their own ’80s comings of age.
Hobey Echlin writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to [email protected].