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 the compact kick, repeating drone and deep bassline, while the synth pads in the middle tie it all together.
fouk might have been curating outplay since 2013, but their butterfunk ep is in fact the duos first proper ep on their own imprint. its not that theyve been resting on their laurels: they ve drip-fed a handful of eps on the likes of heist and house of disco over the past few years, and released solo efforts on kolour ltd and razor n tape that stormed the charts. it s been fascinating to see the dutch pair slowly break the mould, moving from heavy sampling in favour to an emphasis on original instrumentation and production. the butterfunk ep is fine showcase of their prowess in the studio, loaded to the hilt with contemporary dancefloor funk. things kick off with the rolling drums, off-beat percussion and seriously infectious hammond lines of organ freeman. title track butterfunk is aimed squarely at the hips with its smooth keys and perfectly placed vocal, while some acid lines give the track a little edge. flip over for the bumping wong way, a chunky workout with a rubber bassline. the finale of the ep is winter, a fantastic slice of 80s inspired downtempo mushroom jazz.
fouk are finally back on heist after their great ‘kill frenzy’ ep in 2014 and have taken mount liberation unlimited along for a remix. we’ve been waiting patiently for new material, challenging the guys to take the signature ‘fouk’ sound to the next level. fouk’s brilliance has been obvious on recent work for their own label outplay and razor ‘n tape, as well as their respective solo projects. we’ve kept a close connection, teaming up whenever possible for heist showcases, with highlights in amsterdam’s “claire” and paris’ “concrete-. seeing their work and enthusiasm made it abundantly clear that it would only be a matter of time before they’d show us what the next step would look -or better yet- sound like. anticipation ran high but boy, do fouk deliver. the excellent ‘with lasers’ ep still very much portrays their own style of loose, live percussion and many layers of funk, but they’ve expanded their vision and even toughened up a bit. their new taste for grit and an interest in the heavier side of funk is probably most evident on the opener ‘f3000′,,,,, where a thunderous arpeggio is supported by distorted drums and lush cosmic synth stabs. title track ‘with lasers’ is more of a classic fouk track, combining a lovely walking disco bassline and their signature drum programming with… erm… lasers. lots of them. the b side ‘see you on the other side’ sets a different pace, carefully blending guitar licks, rhodesy chords and vocal chops into a lovely groove that feels just as carefree and improvised as it feels exciting. swedish synth nerds “mount liberation unlimited” ran with it and transformed it into a dreamy -pepe bradock goes balearic- track where airy echoed guitars take turns with some equally dreamy and evocative pads.
long awaited 2016 repress! a collection of four deep, warm and fuzzy house tracks by outplay co-owners daniel leseman and junktion. while both daniel leseman and junktion are showcasing their individual talent on the release, their new collaborative project fouk sees the light of day for the first time! influenced by the soulful house sounds of old chicago and detroit, this vinyl debut from outplay shows you what they re all about.
repress !! everything started back in early 2014 when i came across the first tracks of junktion on outplay, remembers dairmount with a smile on the face. heavy on the bacon & coconuts are already supported & played by detroit swindle, session victim, medlar, axel boman, jimpster, wolf music, lay far, kito jempere, art of tones, crazy p, late nite tuff guy, henry wu, max graef, roberto rodriguez & more
three is truly the magic number on this special rsd release from razor-n-tape, with a trio of groovy tracks by nashville-based magic in threes. the original version of beatin tha breaks is an easy-breezy affair dripping with soulful guitars and harmonies, freddie joachim s brings his signature smooth and rhythmic sound on his remix, and the fouk mix rounds out the triptych with a touch of uptempo housey deepness.
tale of 2 cities (or t.o.2.c for short) is the culmination of what was just a whim of an idea from label owners mike & justin. it s the first of its kind for us & anyone who knows anything about kolour ltd should know that we shall leave no stone un-turned on a release of this magnitude. this 14 track, 3x12 vinyl compilation is a smooth journey throughout the realms of deep house, mid-tempo grooves, funk/soul, with an edit (or two) for good measure. disc 1 features the incomparable talents of jimpster (under his franc spangler alias), admin, ugly drums & lady blacktronika, henry wu, and the hue ft. kissy asplund. disc 2 features the fouk boys, frank booker, vincenzo de bull & halve soul, & inkswel. disc 3 features the talents of eddie c, napoleon, sleazy mcqueen & vinyladdicted, patchworks, and leblanc. 3 x lp in a trifold sleeve & poster.
the round up part 2 marks the end of the 2nd year of heist recordings and stays true to its original format: put the names of your releasing artists together in a bowl, and let the luck of the draw decide who gets to remix who. the result is this amazing 12? + 10? heavyweight vinyl combo. the vinyl comes in an inside out sleeve with handmade special artwork by baster. sincerely yours, lars & maarten
to celebrate fifty fathoms deeps 2nd year of pressing we asked some of our favourite producers to remix a selection of cuts from our back catalogue and as expected they ve all come up trumps! the ep opens with fouk boys riding the groove on their remix of ugly drums don t let life (passing by) then thatmanmonkz goes left of centre with his reimagining of phil asher feat james massiahs move ya self. on the flip new zealand s frank booker comes correct on his take of lay-fars triptych to round off a great package. the ep is a fitting way to mark another year of quality music from fifty fathoms deep.
2016 repress - outplay s third vinyl release will be from young mancunian artist loz goddard. with releases on large music and editorial he has been making a great impression with his combination of disco and beatdown house. a well balanced blend between samples and synth work makes this a varied ep and a great showcase for loz s sound. outplay s own fouk takes care of the remix, turning the lush it will come to me into a solid dance floor track with added bass line groove