Dutch house has been on a high rise in the past years with big names such as Homework, Detroit Swindle, Gerd, De Sluwe Vos or Ben La Desh emerging straight into world wide recognition and labels like Clone and 4Lux becoming major European hubs of quality underground music. So even though the big players are well established into the scene, once in a while something totally new and fresh comes along and quickly catches everyones attention. Outplay is a relatively low profile label that has released only three digital EPs in all of it's short lifetime of one full year. Their founders Hans Peeman a.k.a. Junktion and Daniel Leseman are looking to change that right this very month with the label's first ever vinyl release.
'First Things First EP' is a four track vinyl only record that showcases the skill and talent of both label owners individually, but also the perfect chemistry of their brand new collaborative project Fouk. Side A is governed by the duo's work and 'Stuff Your Dad Liked' paves the way into smooth deep house territory with a slow-paced rhodes-infused warmer, filled with various vocal cuts ranging from basic shouts to sleazy classic-dutch porn moans, groans and dialogue lines that suggestively occupy each breakdown in the track. Next up is 'Cat Lady', a happy groover that quickly gets you in the mood with its use of swinged percussions and life-like claps, an energetic trumpet line and a sweeter-than-candy melody all topped with a simple but lively "Ye-yeah" cut that will definitely put a smile on your face.
Retaining the vibe and energy of the previous side, we find Daniel Leseman on the flipside with a fat-bassed invitation-to-dance that makes you 'Keep On Moving' with an amazing chord-melody ensemble that brings back the soulful into house and gets the party started in proper deep house fashion. Junkion's idea of rounding up the release comes in the form of a dark'n'driving low-end sexyness that only 'Tuesdays' can provide with it's subtle use of a gruffly sax sample, the occasional wandering smooth synth line and the engaging thick outcries scattered about.
Released this very fine day in a limited batch of 300 copies, Outplay's much required vinyl debut 'First Things First' is an essential piece of black gold for any DJ, record collector or vinyl enthusiast to own and enjoy!