Back in 2006, Washington DC-based house heroes and Yoshitoshi Recordings founders Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi shocked dance music fans across the globe by pulling the plug on their Grammy-winning collaboration Deep Dish. Making deep, progressive marks on tracks by both underground artists and music icons (from Madonna to The Rolling Stones), not to mention two studio albums (1998’s excellent Junk Science seems to stand the test of time better than its 2005 follow-up George Is On), the tech-house innovators launched solo endeavors while their cultish following struggled to dissect the distinct Deep Dish sound by comparing and contrasting two previously unconsidered sides of one coin.
Based in no small part on his remix of Eddie Murphy’s campy single “Party All the Time” (released in the wake of the Deep Dish divorce), Sharam got pegged by the music blog Resident Advisor as the one “gunning for the pop charts” while Dubfire mined deeper territories suited for “underground dance floors.”
Seven years after their admittedly bitter breakup, the Iranian-American duo announced they’d be burying the hatchet to “finish the story properly” with a new single (“Quincy”), a reunion show at Miami’s Winter Music Conference in 2014 and a headlining set at Ultra Music Festival the following year.
“A lot of time had passed, and we let it go, and started to forget why we were angry at each other at the beginning,” Sharam told the Miami New Times in 2015. While a third Deep Dish album is reportedly in the works, Sharam and Dubfire continue to produce and tour as solo artists. A rare treat for Alamo City house heads, Sharam lands at Jack Rabbit on June 24 in support of Retroactive, an introspective sophomore LP that traverses “from early ’80s Giorgio Moroder-inspired disco to futuristic, dark and hypnotic clubby affairs.”