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Chicago house makes a triumphant return.
UK house DJ and producer Josh Butler is back with the third and final installment of his ‘Heroes of House’ series. For this episode, he has teamed with long time friend Bontan to create an original based on old-school sounds.
The three-track EP contains two remixes of the Robert Owen’s legendary Chicago house tune ‘I’ll be your Friend’. Josh’s ‘Origins Mix’ manages to take the David Morales-produced 1992 classic into new, deeper and darker territory. Focusing on the iconic vocal track and filtering Satoshi Tomiie’s original keys, Josh’s mix brings an updated, minimal take on the original bass line. Built for the club, the track moves into a dynamic section with luscious pads and urgent chord stabs that ramp up the energy.
Josh’s collaboration with Bontan ‘Call You Back’ is a sub bass heavy roller, punctuated by a simple but effective vocal refrain. Synth stabs and airtight percussion push the track through the motions, with hi-hats cutting through the mix as the rides create an unrelenting drive.
Over the course of three volumes, Josh’s Origins project saw him collaborate with house legends and heroes Todd Terry, Marshall Jefferson, Santé, Darius Syrossian and Bontan and has enabled him to remix Robert Owens. Davi Comodo’s comic book style artwork has given each collaborator a unique character over the series, bringing the project together and demonstrating both the individuality and the togetherness of the music.
Josh Butler’s ‘Heroes of House Vol. 3’ is already available on ORIGINS RCRDS.