However misleading the title may be, Junk Science has my vote as the best studio produced house album of the year. Its soft tonal quality fortifies each track’s internal dynamic to a point of revelation. Remarkably, only two of Dubfire and Sharam’s singles, “Stay Gold” and “Chocolate City,” find their way onto the album. Vocals by Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl and insightful lyrics have been added to “Stay Gold,” retitling it “The Future of the Future.” With the addition, it opens up a new dimension not heard on the original piece, and will no doubt find renewed chart and floorplay in all markets of the dance realm.
Early in their career, Deep Dish made their name as predominantly “instrumental and deep house” producers with tracks based around strong percussion and evocative melody lines. On Junk Science, they have continued to develop and inspire those within an earshot of their humble, mature, and moody tracks. “Stranded,” with vocals by NYC house originator Richard Morel, is likely to have Madonna busting down their studio door in hopes of commissioning future projects for the Maverick at large. After a month or two in the retail market, this should be flying off of the shelves. I hope that this duo continue to stay gold. Essential for the house head closest to your heart. Thoroughly endorsed. Arista Records, 6 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019-3913