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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! 


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.

Fouk have been curating Outplay since 2013, but their "Butterfunk EP" is in fact the duo's first proper EP on their own imprint. It finds the pair comfortably at home in their make-shift studio, reinterpretating all that is fresh and funky for 2017. "Organ Freeman" blends infectious Hammond lines with squelchy synth niggles for a killer funk buckstomp. "Butterfunk" is a rich and gloopy number, tied to a loose 4/4 but still operating within house music's hedonistic framework. "Wong Way" could well have been robbed off an unreleased "Ugly Edit", its frantic energy and vintage sampling reminding me in particularly of #11 in the iconic series. Finally, "Winter" sees the producer hit the brakes and deposit a plethora of celestial space juice onto a slow and steady rhythm track. An interstellar ballad for universal lovers. Most recommended.

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.


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

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