Release Date: 7th November
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.
a1. What Is Real?
b1. Innocence (Featuring Tom Da Lips)
Speaker-shaking underground house is part of Strictly Rhythm's DNA, so it's safe to say we're hyped to present The Point EP by T. Williams and James Jacob, an exploration into the deepest corners of underground house techniques complete with a vocal contribution from the Master At Work himself, Kenny Dope.
West London's T. Williams is no stranger to this genre, having spent the last few years honing both his DJ skills and a tough, percussive, Afro-influenced production style via releases on labels such as PMR, Enchufada, Pattern, Local Action and his own imprints Deep Teknologi and Today, Tomorrow.
T's Sodality EPs have proved another musical milestone for him, the second of which marked his first collaboration with James Jacob.
James Jacob is a multi-genre producer, DJ and label owner who's pursued his creative urges - both original productions and remixes - under several different artist monikers. His partnership with T. has proved to be a fresh twist in musical direction for both parties, yielding four quality cuts of pure house spanning the sparse Moody and storytelling house music
history grooves After That and title track The Point.
a2. After That
b1. With It
b2. The Point