Josh Butler’s Top 5 Strictly Rhythm classics

Josh Butler is an artist that has been taking the industry by storm in the past few years, with stand out releases on the likes of Noir, Cajual, Avotre, MTA and Kerri Chandler’s MadTech records. 2016 has seen the young man keeping busy, launching his own imprint ORIGINS, touring the globe and the talented Northerner now turns his attention to the legendary Strictly Rhythm for his latest release. In honour of landing a spot on one of the world’s most revered dance labels, we asked Josh to run through his favourite Strictly tracks through the years..

Josh Butler“To be releasing on Strictly Rhythm is a huge achievement for me. Some of my earliest memories of house music came from this label with their crossover hits.”




Ultra Naté – Free

Still one of the finest popular/crossover house tracks in history. Even recently I’ve made some very fond memories of this song. I played it every night when Bontan and I warmed up for Chic and Nile Rodgers…Nile would dance his way on to the stage doing air guitar and give us a hug during this track, still seems unreal!


Reel 2 Real – I Like To Move It

Erick Morillo is one of the kings of house music from this era. Every man and his dog know this track as it’s been licensed to films and adverts time and time again. Amazing when you think how far it spread across the globe.


The Believers – Who Dares To Believe In Me?

Another great example of a house hero under another alias. This is my boy Roy Davis Jr bringing that solid Chicago sound and it was a huge inspiration for my own track, Innocence, on Strictly.


DJ Sneak – Keep On Groovin’ (Ian’s Fierce Mix)

Sneak’s original is a damn good track too but for me this remix is a real driver whilst still retaining some of my favourite sounds from the deep side of house music.


Hardrive – Deep Inside

I just HAD to include this. It shouldn’t need an explanation or introduction, its’ Kenny and Louie doing what they do best. I heard this track was made start to finish in just a few hours by sampling a section of vocal they had recorded for a Barbara Tucker song and you can hear how naturally it all came together. That’s the reason people still play it weekend after weekend 20 odd years on.


Josh Butler ‘What Is Real?’ is available on Traxsource via Strictly Rhythm: HERE.


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