Don’t be distracted by his recent support duties for Chic – Josh Butler is still in the business of making first-class club records. The Leeds-based talent has ascended the ranks of Beatport success to global festival staple in just short of 12-months, begging a global following and some suitably epic originals along the way. For Noir Music, Butler uses his four-track debut to take things back-to-basics, leading with the acid-primed leads and supple grooves of “Feelings & Meanings.”
For a stripped back club record, the A-side successfully holds both soulful undertones whilst channelling that groovy edge that has cemented the UK prospect as an connoisseur of tunes that take the idea of house music back to its core values – tracks that work on the club floor without a concern for crossover capacity. Butler operates within the underground house market in a very organic way – a wholeheartedly refreshing trait given the industry’s recent gravitation towards anything remotely associated with that musical space. With the right timing, a finely tuned sound and an unquestionable allegiance of high calibre imprints behind him, Josh Butler remains a UK golden boy among the high end of modern house music.