Embark on a journey through the dark and mesmerizing sounds of Deep Dish’s Global Underground 021: Moscow, and discover how this iconic mix forever changed the course this DJ’s life.
(Originally posted to Substack)
Artist: Deep Dish
Album: Global Underground Moscow
Release Year: 2001
Genre: Electronic Dance Music, Progressive House, Techno
Musical vibe: Hypnotic and Mesmerizing; perfect for dancing all night long.
When I first discovered Global Underground 021 – Moscow by Deep Dish, I was already a seasoned DJ and event producer. But something about this album changed everything for me. It was a revelation, a sonic journey that transported me to another world.
Growing up in Upstate NY, I had few options when it came to buying new techno records. But the mall had Record Town and an import section. I can’t tell you how much money I spent on double-cost albums just because they said “import” on them. Any album titled “Global Underground” was an instant buy. These double-length CDs inspired me to be the DJ I am today.
After the first listen of Deep Dish’s offering I was hooked. The first thing that struck me about Global Underground 021 was its diversity. This was not a one-dimensional album. It featured a diverse selection of dark and brooding tracks but also had an almost pop vibe with its lyrical content. It was upbeat and downtempo, melodramatic and romantic, eclectic and otherworldly, all at the same time.
Their track selection and mixing techniques were haunting and captivating and unlike anything I’ve heard before. At the time, techno in the States was mainly hard trance or rave music. This was something different. It was tribal, dark, and deep and gave you this communal vibe.
I’m not going to go into individual tracks for this review. You’re meant to listen to this album in order to experience the journey yourself.
As I listened to Global Underground 021, I was transported to Montreal, to its iconic clubs Sona, Stereo, and Aria. This album sparked countless trips to these epic venues, where I could dance the night away and into the next morning. It was not uncommon to see the biggest DJs in the world play 8-10 hour sets at these clubs.
Perhaps the most powerful message of Global Underground 021 is the idea that we should all step out of our comfort zones and experience music that is different from what we are used to. As someone who has been a DJ for over three decades, I know how easy it is to get stuck in one genre or style of music. But when we open ourselves up to new sounds and experiences, we open ourselves up to a whole world of possibility.
And that’s what Deep Dish did with Global Underground 021 – they opened up a whole new world of sound and experience. They showed us that there is no one way to make electronic dance music, no one style that is better than another. They proved that music is an ever-evolving art form, one that is always changing and growing.
Every album I review is important to me and helps shape me into the person I am today. But Global Underground 021 – Moscow by Deep Dish is more than just an album to me. It’s a reminder of why I fell in love with electronic dance music in the first place.
So how does it rank? Deep Dish delivered one of the greatest DJ mixtapes of all time on Global Underground 021 and I’m ranking it as number 3 on my all-time list. While this album isn’t a pop sensation, it had more of an impact on me than nearly every album I’ve ever listened to and I still play many of these tracks in my DJ sets today 20 years after the album’s release.
As we close the chapter on Deep Dish’s “Global Underground 021: Moscow,” we are left with a sense of awe and reverence for the transformative power of music. This album has not only stood the test of time but has become a beacon of light for aspiring DJs and music lovers alike. Its influence has been felt far and wide, reaching every corner of the globe and inspiring countless artists and musicians to create and express themselves.
In a world that can sometimes feel divided, music has the power to unite us, to bring us together in a shared experience that transcends boundaries and connects us on a deeper level. Deep Dish’s masterpiece is a testament to this, a shining example of how music can bridge the gap between cultures and unite us in our humanity.
To all the artists and musicians who pour their hearts and souls into their craft, we thank you. Your creativity and passion continue to inspire us and remind us of the boundless possibilities of human expression.
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