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REVIEW: Josh Butler - What Is Real? / Innocence out on Strictly Rhythm

Strictly Rhythm is back on track after a summer hiatus with a double header from one of the most exciting producers in house music right now:  the UK’s Josh Butler.  What is Real? and Innocence showcase Butler’s talent at blending his love of classic house with fresh flavours cut for today’s dancefloors.

With over a dozen record releases to his name in a short career, Josh Butler is on the up.  He’s notched up notable partnerships with the likes of MTA, Noir, Cajual and MadTech, turned the heads of house music heavyweights Kerri Chandler, Marshall Jefferson and Pete Tong and made himself an essential fixture on the international DJ circuit.

Butler broke through in 2013 with Got A Feeling on Chase & Status’ MTA label, for which he picked up a beatport award, and followed it up with the No Frills EP on Kerri Chandler’s MadTech imprint, The Situation and Portable EPs on Cajmere’s Cajual, Feelings on Noir and a remix of Fatboy Slim feat Macy Grey’s Love Life.  He was awarded the prestigious Best Breakthrough Producer by DJ Mag for 2104. 

The DJ diary isn’t too shabby either, with a posting supporting the legendary Chic on tour and two full summers in Ibiza at Sankeys under his belt, plus a US tour and clutch of festival appearances at the likes  of SW4, Parklife and Secret Garden Party.

Dimitri Kechagias review:
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 [item value="10"]Beat and Rhythm[/item]
 [item value="10"]Basslines and Groove[/item]
 [item value="10"] Melody [/item]
 [item value="10"] Synths [/item]
 [item value="10"]Vocals and Lyrics[/item]
 [item value="10"]Breakdown[/item]
 [item value="10"]Climax  / Drop / Crescendo / Pay off moment[/item]
 [item value="10"]Intensity, Drive and Energy[/item]
 [item value="10"]Sound-design and Arrangement[/item]
 [item value="10"]Overall Atmosphere[/item]
 [item value="10"]Goosebumps / Shivers moments[/item]
 [item value="10"]Emotional affinity and heartfelt moments[/item]
 [item value="10"]Originality and Inventiveness[/item]
 [item value="10"]Dancefloor Efficiency / Festival Arenas Effectiveness[/item]
 [item value="10"]You can’t get this memorable track out of your head[/item]
 [item value="10"]It has potential to become an anthem or a classic[/item]
 [item value="10"]Josh Butler - What Is Real? / Innocence [/item]
 [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Leeds is not only one of the most vibrant student cities but also the home of many great labels and artists. The stunning Josh Butler is an example of a local talent that manage to break to international territories and now even has a release on a label that is responsible for many evergreen classics. The new EP includes the brilliant Innocence which is a laid back early house set track with stunning saxophone riffs and spacious old school raw basslines and simple but effective drums like being back in the analog era. The rhythm is infectious and will awake up your sexual desires. The vocal snippet Set Me Free will definitely make you feel ready to let the inhibitions go and start the dance. What Is Real moves on the same old school tech house sound with vocals that will take you back in the days. Velvet male voice will mesmerize you and make you wonder why house music is such a powerful force. Leeds should be proud for Josh. #PureGold Love It[/content]

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