Review: On this must-check EP, Madhouse offers up another selection of 21st century revisions of vintage productions by label head honcho (and all round US deep house legend) Kerri Chandler. Henrik Schwarz kicks things off in fine style with a warm, groovy and melody driven soft-touch deep house rework of Chandler and Jerome Sydenham's superb "Powder", before D'Julz gets dreamy and gently intoxicated on a hypnotic, locked-in version of "Peace of Mind". Kettama raises the dancefloor pressure version with a bumpin', late '90s U.S garage style take on Lafayette's "Better Late Than Never", while Marquis Hawkes also takes a trip to New Jersey via a skipping, life-affirming "Classic Club Mix" of Jiletta Riley's "The Way Things Were" (think late 90s David Morales and Frankie Knuckles remixes and you're close).
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.