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Junktion Presents New Franklin Theory

Chemical Boogie

As Hans Peeman's side project next to his Junktion moniker, New Franklin Theory returns to Outplay with a very personal project. Five carefully produced songs in the form of a mini-album of sorts, which showcases his journey into more melodic synth heavy work.

Starting off, 'Andromeda Beach' eases you into the spacey atmosphere of the record with dreamy rhodes supported by his distinctive percussion and bass work.

Following, 'Homeward' introduces melancholic synth lines grounded by an infectious bass line for a Balearic inspired feel. 'Afterburner' ups the tempo with warm arpeggiated Juno sounds and saxy disco samples, which will remind you of his previous work.

Space-funk-synth-boogie, that's what comes to mind when listening to 'In Orbit'. Instant groove with a solid beat interspersed with brief vocal samples and dreamy rhodes chords. As the closer, 'The Holtzman Effect' (award for 2018's most nerdy song title, look it up) sets you off floating away on warm chords and bass together with characteristic space bleeps.

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.

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