Two-times producer of the year (Groove Magazine), over 100 tracks in 5 years, and releases on the prestigious labels of artists such as Ricard Villalobos (Sei es Drum), Sven Väth (Cocoon), and Radio Slave (Rekids); German deep house/techno producer Butch hardly needs an introduction. Fresh off his successful Visionquest debut, Lullabies to Paralyze, Butch is back with yet another outstanding release, the Highbeams EP on Hot Creations.
The EP starts things off with the title track, Highbeams, featuring the phenomenal vocals of Benjamin Franklin. Soulful vocals, thumping drums, dramatic synths, and chord changes all help turn the song into a slow burning dancefloor hit. Faith, the other original track on the EP, shows off what Butch is best known for – huge, trippy buildups, elaborate drum work, and amazing vibes. Once again featuring the vocals of Benjamin Franklin, Faith builds and builds until it’s almost unbearable, before finally exploding into a colossal, peak-time banger. It’s so hypnotic, the song almost feels like it is actually collapsing in on itself before kicking back into full-speed – definitely check this one out with a solid pair of good headphones.
The EP also includes 4 remixes. Deep house guru Maceo Plex turns Highbeams into a song more suitable for the clubs, adding a nice electro bassline and his signature-style drums. Miguel Campbell injects space-age funk into the EP with a very groovy nu-disco remix, thanks to some catchy synth work and clever vocal manipulation. PBR Streetgang’s remix of Faith is just fantastic, the definite highlight among the remixes. The bassline is undeniably infectious, and the song just oozes class all the way through; expect dancefloors to burst and brains to melt when this one comes on. Finishing off the EP, Butch himself remixes the title track, switching around the vocals and adding some heavy, spaced out sounds. Pick up the Highbeams EP now on Beatport, and also make sure to check out Butch’s Soundcloud page for more.