Review: Experienced tech-house producer Josh Butler has been rather prolific of late. Amazingly, this outing on Kaoz Theory is his fourth EP of 2017, and we're barely five months into the year. The headline attraction is undoubtedly "Sunday Club", a bouncy, peak-time slammer complete with crackly high-end percussion, bowel-bothering sub-bass and mind-altering electronic riffs. There's still much to enjoy elsewhere, though, from the bustling percussive bounce and cut-up vocal samples of "Tracks", to the basement-bothering late night throb of "Jackal". Also worth checking is Seb Zito's deep, warm and woozy remix of "Sunday Club".
Review: From Leeds but now based in Manchester, Josh Butler has embarked on a career that in a mere six yeras has gone from strength to strength - with releases on Origins, Hot Creations and now the mighty Poker Flat. The Dreamweaver EP features the slinky and bass driven title track that works a sense of tension and suspense so amazingly well, second offering "Through You" is something more upifting and funky - this swing-fuelled groove is perfect for the afternoon set. Finally to bridge the gap we have the hypnotic "Movement" which gets more deep and minimal and is perfect for those heads-down moments under the strobe light.
Review: Award winning, crowd pleasing all round top boy, Leeds lad Josh Butler once again delivers the goods, this time for renowned and widely respected label Defected. Combining all the elements of a well designed funky house track, at its heart a 4/4 and crisp highs, we're loving the blurred, echoing darkness subtly shrouding mix. On remix duties is Dario D'Attis and brings a more subdued vibe, with less going on musical your attention is really drawn to the raw soul of the vocal.
Review: Josh Butler may come from the north of England, but he sounds like his soul originated in the US. This is clearly audible on his latest EP. Featuring the sublime vocals of house legend Kerri Chandler, the title track resounds to a lean, driving rhythm, raw beats and tinkling piano keys that have an unmistakably New York sound. It's one of the finest US style garage tracks released this year. Remixer Nick Curly does a fine job as well; beefing up the bass and adding in some swirling synth lines, he dispenses with Chandler's vocals, but the result is just as effective as Butler's original.
Review: If the combo of Butler, Demuir, Flashmob and De Hey doesn't get your musical taste buds tingling then we have to ask: do you even deep house, bro? Butler and Demuir kick off a fine sampler EP with the hazy, looping 'Tropicana', an understated number topped with some chorus'd lounge-y vocal snips, while Italy's Flashmob takes us into pacier, more jacking territory with 'The Island' and its SAW-like vocal. Michel De Hey's 'Garyamoi' is an eyes-down small hours chugger with classic Chi-town stabs, before JPA channels mid-90s house vibes on the glorious 'Here Now'. Four very reliable bullets for your Saturday night disco machine gun.