Occasional ODTech and Jump Digital artist Ben Sterling has become the latest signing to Josh Butler's fast-rising Origins imprint. There's a pleasingly "classic house" feel to title track "Besides Me", with Jaquie Smith providing heartfelt, diva style vocals that wrap themselves around Sterling's bustling, '90s New York House style drums and hypnotic, Tenaglia style riffs. It's moody and clandestine, but also subtly soulful and a whole heap of fun. The '90s revivalism continues on the thrillingly bass-heavy, late night sweatiness of "Come With Me", while "Basement" sees Sterling unfurl a jaunty chunk of jazz-house full of fizzing cymbals, wavy stabs and looped vocal samples. Like the rest of the EP, it sounds tailor-made for peak-time floors.
Josh Butler is a tech house hero from the north of England with releases on Rejected, Defected and Kaoz Theory among many other heavy hitters. His flourishing Origins label readies its first various artists EP where he hands the reins over to some of his favourite picks. South Shields' Mark Jenkyns gives us the slinky and melodic tech house of "Peanut Butter", Truth Be Told's "Somniac" gives you your fix for rolling main room tech house (in the vein of Gruuv or Saved) while Naples rising star Stefano Esposito gives us the uplifting classic house sounds of "Believe", channeling the spirit of the legendary Lil Louis.
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