Junktion has been featured on here two more times in the past and we still feel he deserves all the exposure he can get. Half of the fun Dutch Fouk project and co-owner of the awesome Outplay imprint, both of which he shares with Daniel Leseman, Hans Peeman is dropping one release after another under his extremely fresh alias. After being featured in two amazing releases, one on Outplay and the other on Times Are Ruff, Junktion debuts on Slow Town next month with his first ever solo EP pressed on wax, one that delivers three original tracks and a slamming Mr. KS remix to complete the package.
The aptly titled 'Monologue EP' opens up with a 'Prologue' in pure Junktion fashion. The leading track serves as both an introduction and as a reminder into the deep, soulful realm that Hans in getting known and praised for. 'Prologue' combines a smoothly modulated rhodes stab with groovy bass lines, funky guitar strings and clever vocal cuts and then sprinkles the mix with various samples and one-shots that give this great crowd-warmer a lot of character. The title track follows up next, gliding gently with its cleverly filtered mild synth chords, low paced drum arrangement, a low slung bassline and on the point vocal sampling that give 'Monologue' not only meaning, but also a great deal of personality.
Flip the side and discover the 'Epilogue', a playful and jazzy take on the real sound of deep house that showcases once again Junktion's feel for cutting and looping and his amazing selection of carefully selected samples. The guitar strings are present again, but this time pitched down into bass territory, while a fresh string line complements them into the highs. The kicks are present but not overpowering, the drums well swung and the vocal cuts exceptional as usual, Hans also included a nice little easter egg at the end that gets teased out throughout the track. A pleasant surprise comes with the last track as we are thrilled to see France's emerging house artist of the year, Mr. KS giving us his own interpretation of 'Monologue'. Stripping down the original for parts, the French artist keeps the strings and loops them up into a hypnotic pattern that swirl and twirl over a simple yet effective arrangement of tight drums, kicks and claps. From here to burning down the clubs there's only two more steps: a grooved up raunchy as fuck bassline layer and the perfectly placed vocal samples from the original Junktion track.
We can't recommend this enough, but you'll have to be patient and wait for the 1st of December to get this baby ;)