Today is the day! The legend that is Guru Josh is back with a vengeance, with this latest offering entitled “MY BURNING BUSH” and true to style, Mr Josh has well and truly stepped out of the proverbial box to bring us something that is original and will stick in your mind for a long time once you have listened to it.
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I am a child of the rave generation, cutting my teeth at a very early age on happy hardcore nights, KLF and field parties, I remember all three outings of the hugely popular dance track Infinity 1990 (which remains my favourite version to this day) Infinity 2008 and Infinity 2012 with the wonderful use of the signature saxophone, which is synonymous with this iconic tune. There was a time in the late naughties that you couldn’t turn on the radio, TV, step into a bar or a club, or buy a commercial dance compilation without hearing it. So it isn’t surprising that it has notched up 1.4 BILLION YouTube hits and 12 million in official sales, making it the biggest selling dance tune in history.
Can history repeat itself? Well lets break things down a bit. Firstly, and this bit to me is a stroke of genius, Josh has very cleverly enlisted the help of a Hollywood A Lister – and I don’t make that statement lightly. With a voice like “God” himself (In Tinsel Town and in my eyes – its as close as it gets) reeling off a re-written “modernized” version of the Ezekiel 25:17 monologue as made famous by Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction – was in itself a smart move. If you don’t know what i mean this will jog your memory. The original chapter read “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.” – now you remember I know you do!
And then just when you think you know where this track is going – this sweet gentle “God like” human being drops the line “BEELZEBUB IS COMING TO F**K YOU UP”
Now depending on your tastes and preferences, you have a bounty of options, all high tempo, catchy and with a twist – The original three mixes (Edit, Extended Radio Edit and EDM Mix) are being released on Lose It Records, exclusively on Beatport today (July 28th). For me however, I am looking forward to the remix package which comes to us in the coming weeks. A plethora of talent has stepped up to endorse the track and give us their own take including Stereojackers Vs Mark Loverush, Wickaman, Super Stylers, Andrew Carra, Electronic Youth and David Noakes – the last two of which are my stand out favourites.
So back to my question – can history repeat itself? Who can say. With the direction dance music has taken, the many different ways music can now be listened to, downloaded (legally or illegally) and streamed. It’s not for me to decide. Its down to the people! And trust me every WILL have an opinion on this. For sure, its Marmite. For me, I’m just glad Josh is back with his unique style and take on life. Welcome back GJ – its great to see you!