Seven years after his debut solo album Get Wild, Sharam is ready to unveil his sophomore LP, A Warehouse.
One half of the legendary dance duo Deep Dish, Sharam’s second artist album 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 thirteen tracks that traverse from early 80’s Giorgio Moroder inspired disco to futuristic, dark and hypnotic clubby affairs with menacing drum and bass inspired sounds - illustrating house music’s metamorphosis into different sub-genres and the house offshoots Sharam indelibly shaped.
“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,” Sharam explains. “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 Retroactive, filled with hypnotic rides and emotional rollercoasters,” Sharam says.
Retroactive begins with “Arpi,” an old-school 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” is a certified dance floor gem, borrowing the thickly-vocoded productions of the late 70’s and mixing them with sounds popularized later on in house history. Sharam features one of his heros, the disco legend Giorgio Moroder on his high-octane, heavily-synthesized “Crazi Flute,” and conjoins the soaring and heartbreaking vocals of long-time collaborator Anousheh with thudding 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 tireless 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 80’s 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’s sure to anchor sweaty sunrise sets.
From underground classics like “My Way” “Tripi” “Texi,” “Get Wild” and “Don't Say A Word,” to scoring international chart toppers, like “PATT (Party All The Time”), “Fun”, and “The One,” Sharam's musical credits are as dynamic as his DJ sets. His production collaborations include artists such as Kid Cudi, Shakira, Patsy Cline, Chris Martin and Daniel Bedingfield just to name a few. He seamlessly vacillates between hypnotic underground sets rooted in his rich history of house and techno, while entertaining younger dance enthusiasts of today with laser focus and dedication to quality. His motto remains 'entertain while educate'. His sound is Ibiza in Vegas. His style is limitless.
ABOUT YOSHITOSHI RECORDINGS
Since its conception in 1994 by Grammy-award winning duo Deep Dish, Yoshitioshi Recordings has built itself into a household name by releasing a range of essential dance records from deep house to techno, and everything else in between. Throughout the years the label has released multiple chart-topping hits as well as genre-defining mixes, from classics like Yoshiesque to Sharam Live at Warung Beach Brasil, and “In House We Trust.” Just last year, Nicole Moudaber’s remix of Alcatraz’ “Giv Me Luv” was Beatport’s top-selling techno track of 2015, continuing Yoshitoshi’s reign as a forward-thinking, tastemaking imprint.