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Butch – Reshef review

Artist: Butch
Title: Reshef
Label: Trapez Ltd Germany
Minimal House/Tech House
Format: 12″, Digital
Buy From: Juno Records, Juno Download

Already a staple in the record collections of fellow techno DJs Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano, Butch continues to build on his fast growing reputation as a producer. “Reshef” is another impressive slice of deep, percussive house and techno that validates his lofty regard amongst his peers.

“Reshef” is a twelve minute killer of epic proportions. It manages to do the whole frenzied techno monster thing but still sounds deliriously funky in the process. It has a groovy beat and almost tribal percussion as Butch layers the sounds to devastating effect. Slowly building throughout the track, the tension bubbles away just beneath the surface in this dancefloor destroyer. Amir’s remix comes next with a seductive and trance inducing quality that makes this too, perfect for the dancefloor. With eerie tribal chants added to the spellbindingly funky percussion there is an element of ethnicity that makes this remix all the more exotic and dangerous.

A new version of “Muskatnuss” follows, its crazed vocals and sirens doing much to keep up the wild and untamed atmosphere throughout this release which finishes with a trio of new remixes of “Reshef.”  UK producer GOW delivers an intensely deep and hypnotic version before Markus Sur strips things down to the original’s funky rhythm. Deep’a & Biri close the release with their raw, super deep remix whose deep rolling percussion collides nicely with the ethno elements that give the track real flavour and identity.

If deep, funky, tribal percussion is your thing then you need look no further than “Reshef.” Armed with infectious rhythms and eerie atmospherics, this is one of that tracks that can drastically change the mood of a room in an instant.

Review: Tom Jones