Outplay is a label known for focusing on the deeper, sunnier side of house music and co-owner Junktion – also one half of Fouk – is freshening things up yet again with his latest EP Wide Awake. The four tracker explores a sound he has been developing over the years and breaks new ground too.
The opener, ‘Wide Awake’, is a funky number featuring the classic familiar Junktion synth laden summer sound. The breakdown is pure and simple yet done with utmost skill resulting in a timeless house gem fit for any time of day. ‘What We Are’ has a strong and swift synth undertone layered with sparse but cleverly used samples, again the breakdown is a real feature of the track. ‘Sunny Side Up’ is our pick, introducing itself with a warming, heavy bassline before the funky guitar pitches in exactly where you want it. ‘Dont Mess Up’ sends the EP off in style and whilst being a more low key affair the production is second to none with seamless sample blending easing along side afrobeat rhythms. Great all-round EP from an exciting producer.
Wide Awake EP is out at the end of May – pre-order from Red Eye.