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EP Reviews

Martin Buttrich

Earth of foxes

Following a couple of choice back-to-back performances in Ibiza this summer, Martin Buttrich and Guy Gerber will reconvene this winter for the German’s debut EP on Supplement Facts. In what is becoming something of a mini Desolat takeover (tINI put together the label’s last release), Earth of foxes further explores Buttrich’s rich, punchy approach to dance floor tech house.

I’ve got this feeling, the age-old house music adage, reverberates across the title track’s intro. Sensuous female vocals join the fray, before gritty synths sweep across a bed of rhythmic claps and two-tone bells, inflecting the record with more of a duskier techno edge. It’s a bold, catchy effort from the seasoned producer. It’ll be interesting to see how popular it becomes on the dance floor.

On the flip, Monkey Troopers takes a more direct approach. One of Buttrich’s signature tumbling basslines drives proceedings, adorned with padded stabs, eerie echoes and a piercing yet melodious synth-line. It’s a typically robust and moody affair from the producer, which rounds off a solid enough effort. It’s not groundbreaking stuff, but you can be sure DJs across the house and techno spectrum will pick it up for the quality of the production values alone.