Sharam - Get Wild
Wed 3rd Feb, 2010 Music Reviewsin
When you’re one half of one of the most successful productions duos of the last decade, it is fair to say that you probably know a thing or two about producing a track or two. And that certainly describes Sharam, previously one half (along with Dubfire) of the uber-successful house outfit Deep Dish, who in recent years have gone their separate ways. While Dubfire has been having a lot of fun with techno and minimal, on the other flip of the coin, Sharam has been delving into the proggier side of house. Needless to say, he’s been doing OK: in 2006, his Global Underground: Dubai mix was very well received, and in 2009 his Essential Mix on the UK’s BBC Radio One was voted the year’s best. Not a bad effort. Amidst all that, and fresh from a visit down-under across the New Year festival period, his studio album Get Wild warranted a closer look.
In short, it’s fun. With a capital F. And while it is definitely on the housy side of the EDM spectre, trying to categorise it anymore specifically than that proved difficult. Across two discs, you’ll find a touch of ambience here, a punchier track there, all acting like different sized raindrops across a broad and brazen EDM sky. To some it might be populist, as he takes a slightly scattergun approach to it all, but for others, therein lies it’s appeal. Namely, there’s a bit in it for everyone, and often within the same song too.
Prime example: PATT with Diddy, featuring *P. Diddy*on the vocals. It starts as a touch of acid, maybe even a hint of techno, and Diddy’s vocals aside, it slowly transforms into the looped and housy melody of Eddie Murphy’s classic anthem Party All The Time. Go figure. As a contrast though, elsewhere when he keeps things absolutely simple – Texi being the best example – he actually offers up a damn nice tune. That particular track was first released back in August 2008 though, and while successful both amongst many a techno and/or house DJ (*Luciano*, Villalobos and Garnier all loved it) it confirms that all up, the album has certainly been a while in the making.
While nothing gets in the way of the fact that this is a handy collection of house tunes, neither is it particularly earth shattering. It’s good, it’s fun, and confirms that the man obviously knows a thing or two about production, although I doubt anyone ever really doubted that. Maybe though, just maybe, as the album name suggests, Sharam could’ve just thrown caution to the wind a bit more, and got a touch more adventurous.