Review: Leeds legends Audiojack return to Josh Butler's ORIGINS RCRDS to deliver some riveting new material, after a slew of top releases for the likes of Crosstown Rebels, Hot Creations and Knee Deep In Sound over recent years - not to mention running their own well respected Gruuv label. They deliver two tracks, with "No More" kicking off proceedings with its soulful Detroit inspired vibe, not limited to an epic and emotive chord progression that has to be heard. This is followed up by the high-octane adrenaliser that is "On The Run". This proves that the duo are still true experts of rocking the main room at peak time - slinky and hypnotic UK tech-house at its best.
Review: 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.
Review: DJ/producer Josh Butler has previously tempted a swathe of old school house heroes to join the Origins Rcrds [sic] family, including Kerri Chandler and Rhythm Masters. Here he continues the trend, persuading Groove Armada boys Andy Cato and Tom Findlay to serve up their first new single in almost two years. Title track "House Musique" is a deliciously muscular, bass-heavy affair, with the long-serving duo peppering a stomping groove with nagging stabs and all manner of druggy vocal samples, before unleashing classic riffs and head-in-the clouds chords. "JB & The Drive" is similarly chunky and low-slung, with the epic breakdown, sleazy vocal sample and muscular vibe recalling the basement-bothering thump of Junior Vasquez's Sound Factory era work.
Review: Tring's finest returns and lets it be known that even he has given into the whole hysteria surrounding the Blockchain craze- if his new HuxCOIN EP is any giveaway. Huxley serves up three perfect perspectives of dancefloor ready tech-house here: from the slinky and hypnotic groove of "Eastside" (which is sure to make the sweat drip from the walls) or the funky party starter "Struttin" which borrows more from classic Stateside formulas. With its emotive piano lines and dusty, swing-fuelled rhythms beneath the pitched down diva vocal hooks - this one's hot! If that was not enough, London based minimal house hero Alex Celler makes a surprise appearance; he's on form as always with a remix of the latter track, which takes things into tripper and reductionist territory and perfect for getting weird at the afterhours.
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.
Review: 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.
Review: UK tech house hero Seb Zito appears outside of his usual stables such as FUSE London, Seven Dials or F&Z for this fresh thumper on Josh Butler's Origins, following up some equally impressive work on Play It Say It, Edible, and Vatos Locos. Up first is "Skipin" a tight, boompty swing-fuelled roller that is aimed squarely at main room dance floors, whilst the early rave influenced "Breakin" (like its name suggests) utilises fierce breaks, booming sub-bass and hypnotic melodies. Lastly, Leeds duo Audiojack bring on their trademark Gruuv sound with their bangin' peak time remix.
Review: Manchester tech house duo System2 are comprised of Danny Hevingham and Tez Hurst who formed the project back in 2014 although they've both been producing since the mid noughties. Their new one for local hero Josh Butler's Origins is more of the same quality you've come to expect from them, as heard on top labels such as Politics Of Dancing, Viva Music and Roush. Not to mention their eponymous vinyl only imprint which is now five releases strong. On "Sunscreen" prepare for deep latin tribalism that is looped to perfection in the vein of DJ Sneak's legendary Sneaky Trax series. It gets a wicked remix by the legend Bushwacka up next, giving it a summery and slinky liquid tech house makeover. Finally "Glass Eye" gets back to the program on this sleazy and druggy number for after hours sessions on The White Isle. We really rate System2 and are glad to see more of their stuff on digital, top stuff!