Now knee-deep into our second year of total deep house ubiquity, the wagon-jumpers are falling by the wayside and the genuine talents with real staying power are becoming more and more prevalent, adding an authentic chapter to the genre’s 20+ year heritage. Genuine talents like UK freshmen Josh Butler and Bontan.
Responsible for one Ibiza’s insistent soundtracks Got A Feeling (Beatport’s second highest selling single ever) and, more recently, their MTA-released Found A Place, Butler and Bontan dig deep into house music’s psyche with respect and creativity. The most recent evidence of this behaviour being their Be True UK/Ireland tour.
Kicking off tomorrow – Friday 13 – at Sankeys Manchester (full tour dates at the bottom of the page), the title Be True says it all: Butler and Bontan know their roots and they’re paying homage to dance music’s most original source. Here they express their extensive knowledge with a serious schooling of deep house classics spanning right back to 1991. Dig deep and discover…
Frankie Knuckles – Your Love (1991)
Butler: “Because this is what started it all!”
Chez Damier – Untitled (1993)
Butler: “Chez Damier is one of the greats!”
The System – You’re In My System (Kerri Chandler Remix) (1998)
Butler: “If, for some reason, I had the option to only listen to 1 song ever again, this would probably be it.”
Floorplan – Never Grow Old (2014)
Butler: “This track gets a lot of love and I’m not about to stop sharing now!
De Sluwe Vos – Concrete Groove (2013)
Butler: “On the heavier side of things, but for me De Sluwe Vos is the man!”
Shaun Escoffery – Days Like This (Spinna & Ticklah Club Mix) (2001)
Bontan: “Hearing this record for the first time at the Southport Weekender was one of the happiest moments in my life”
Masters At Work – I Can’t Get No Sleep (Ft India) (1993)
Bontan: “Everything about this record just works.”
Lewis Boardman – Work On Me (2014)
Bontan: “A modern classic in my eyes! Hypnotic vocal.”
Hauswerks – Gotta Get Out (2015)
Bontan: “The rolling bassline throughout the track is so addictive!”
Kerri Chandler – Three (1995)
Bontan: “Just because: Kerri Chandler….”