Since putting their collaborative efforts on hiatus last year, the dynamic duo of Dubfire and Sharam, known more famously as Deep Dish, have each sought to create a stronger distinction between their solo recordings. Although Sharam has adopted a free-wheeling aesthetic, Dubfire has taken a decidedly rootsy turn with his new Global Underground compilation, Taipei
. Dubfire's no stranger to the GU series, so although the album takes liberties with trance, retro, and new wave influences, the intensity remains intact. The first disc ramps up slowly with a few low-key indulgences before hitting stride on Julien Jabre's "Swimming Places," a smart blend of soft-plucked guitar welded together with loops of melodic flute. The mix then take its best turn with the pairing of nostalgic new wave and Knight Rider-esque synths on a remix of Ballroom's "Remember Me." Really, it's among the new wave, industrial, and retro infusions where Dubfire's self-reflective mood finds its stride. A skillful rendition of Nitzer Ebb's "Control I'm Here" and a cover of Love and Rockets' "I Feel Speed" sang by Dubfire himself stand out in particular. Through it all, Taipei
remains well-produced and sharp, proving that this half of Deep Dish has plenty to offer on his own.