Ich finde die Compilation schon mit dem ersten Track gut, denn Detroit Techno und Basic Channel Anleihen wirken bei mir immer. Der Mix nimmmt verhalten Fahrt auf, kommt dann aber nach ner Viertelstunde ratzefatze knackig an den Start. Um die Minute 25 herum wird es spacig. Sehr spacig. Ok, wir driften nicht in Trance Techno ab, aber eine ordenliche Portion Geplucker mit schwebenden Harmonien zieht sich zehn Minuten durchs Set. Danach hat der gute Herr Butch ne Portion Minimal ins Set geschaufelt, und dann wieder in Richtung zweite Hälfte erneut ins verspielte träumerische abzugleiten. Schönes Ding.

Watergate 18

CD, digital

01. Jonas Kopp – 55 Dias
02. Octex – Liagon
03. Mister Jackson/Draq – Visohvis (Cezar Remix)
04. The Horrorist – One Night In NYC (Ricardo Villalobos Remix)
05. Rocco – Tbt3
06. Redshape – Goom
07. Alland Byallo – Blindsided
08. Minilogue – When Sadness Releases, Joy Arises
09. Shifted – Gates + Area Forty_One – Reminiscence
10. Shifted – Gates + Martini Brös. – Big And Dirty
11. Jeff Derringer – Panic
12. WestBoy – Green Illusion (Truncate Remix)
13. Polar Inertia – The Last Vehicle
14. Sigha – Politics Of Dying
15. Butch feat. Hohberg – The Spirit
16. Vedomir – Musical Suprematism (Marcel Dettmann Remix)
17. Butch & Hohberg – Thai Cubensis
18. Sebastian Mullaert – Chant De Paris
19. Vincenzo Monastra – Incessantemente (Zece Remix)
20. Heiko Laux – Souldancer (Ray Kajioka Remix)
21. Kornél Kovács – Szikra (Abdulla Rashim Remix)
22. Weltwirtschaft – Maud

It seems that there is an overabundance of artists today who have reached a level of success from their work, but very few of them come close to the level of output and range as Butch. Equal parts producer extraordinaire, DJ, gentleman, and comedian, Butch has everything deserving of a star in todays dance music arena. Which is why, we here at Watergate are extremely pleased to present him as next in line for our Watergate Mix Series.

In twenty three tracks spanning an hour and twenty minutes, Butch guides you through a lucid dream in a technicolor world where time ceases to exist. Reminiscent of a turn of the century Danny Tenaglia, Butch displays his prowess as not only a tastemaker, but an artist encompassing a boundless spectrum of intention and interpretation. The journey begins with the washed out ambience of Jonas Kopp’s ’55 Dias‘ as the groove of Octex’s ‚Liagon‘ slowly surfaces establishing the foundation for which the mix will follow suit. Slowly but precisely, Butch moves into a lush landscape of utopian sounds with tracks like Redshape’s ‚Goom‘ and Minilogue’s ‚When Sadness Releases Joy Arises‘ before taking a turn to the heavier side of dance floor pandemonium. Almost obliviously, you find yourself locked in a hypnotic state as the sound of Truncate’s remix of WestBoy’s ‚Green Illusion‘ and Polar Inertia’s ‚The Last Vehicle‘ lash out in proper „four to the floor“ techno.

The mix would be incomplete without two cuts from Butch himself, and this is where the mix dives into the psychedelic side of club music. Both tracks ‚Spirit‘, exclusive to the mix, and ‚Thai Cubensis‘ with his partner in crime Hohberg are psilocybin laced expeditions into the outer reaches of deep
space. As with any psychedelic experience, it must come to an end. And, this is where your shaman, Butch, eases you back down from your journey with a plush and opulent cloud of warmth. With a compassionate touch and soothing tone, you are gently laid into the sonic opera of Weltwirtschaft’s ‚Maud‘. As an atmosphere unlike that of a ride through the cosmos slowly fades into silence and the adventure ends, you are left with a feeling of complete content and gratification. Watergate 18 is a demonstration of a master’s touch and we could not be more thrilled to have had Butch as our guide.