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After their Butterfunk EP from last year, Fouk are back again with their new offering 'Mating Call EP'.  As the name suggests, this three track EP is made for the hot & heavy moments while dancing away, during those infinite summer days. The title track 'Mating Call' is a funky beast, driven by a very infectious bassline and live instrumentation, edging the line between disco and house, as has we have come to expect from the duo. The next track on the flip furthers the fact that this release is all about the groove. Housey vibes with a classic hint, Rhodes floating on a solid rolling funk bass. 'Just Feel Good'? Yup! Finally we come to 'Down Below'.
You might wonder what's down below?. Well, there you can find a dreamy thumper, driven by te compact kick, repeating drone and deep bassline, while the synth pads in the middle tie it all together.
All in all, a great essential DJ weapon of mass destruction that you tots need. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: Funky, playful, accessible, happy and positive. A feel good, let your hair down and non-pretentious music affair here. Surprisingly good house music.

Harry Wolfman joins the Outplay family for a fun-packed four tracker of upfront house business. Kicking off with "Hitch", a warm and dusty groover driven by Rhodes, a rubbery bassline and a squashed kick. Beatdown and backroom orientated, this is heads down, dancing with your eyes closed tackle. "Pigs In Blankets" is next, tipping its hat to the new boogie revival as it deploys mid-tempo drums and low filtered hooks to a proper shoulder dropped beat. The track incorporates 80's style samples with some excellent synth and chord work, perfect for that all-important warm up slot! The wigged out and wobbly, "Nemoto" opens side B, characterized by head mangling synth swirls and nagging synth strings, this is one of those track's that'll always turn heads in the session! Finally, to ease things off, "STS-136 (Final Call)" comes in at a slow 88 BPM as a perfect closure to the EP. Dreamy pads, piano licks and a calming marimba melody all join forces to conjure up a moment of coastal serenity or bedtime fun. Lovely stuff! 

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: You might not realize it yet, but those endless days of dancing outside under the summer sun are literally just around the corner! Ok, maybe not here in Manchester but this record should transport you (in mind at least) to warmer climbs and more free spirited exhuberence.

New Franklin Theory

Overhill Road Variations

Outplay's newest project is a special 10" vinyl release with 2 tracks by mysterious artist New Franklin Theory, an undercover alias for a man with a heritage in the Midwest. As to who is behind the project, some ears might pick up the resemblance to another artist you all know well. Digging into his past, New Franklin Theory heads deep into the groove, serving up a pair of classic US house bangers with all those rich ingredients which make the dancefloor move. On the A-side, "Overhill Road Variation #1" rips the set up with expansive pads, buttery bass and percussive intricacies, all fused together perfectly with vocal snippets, hard hitting club kicks and the tender sound of a kalimba. Soulful, smooth and sure to do damage on any dancefloor which matters. On the other side, "Overhill Road Variation #2" injects a little funk flair into proceedings, bumping along with scratchy disco guitar chops, West End bass and a wonderfully swung rhythm track. Using bongo rolls as if they were a melody, the producer weaves an intoxicating spell for seven soulful minutes, occasionally introducing cheery synth stabs, chiming keys or yelped vocals as he goes. This is proper house music - designed for good times with good company.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Bright-eyed feel good house music with a tribal tinge. Excellent!


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