New Franklin Theory – Homeward [Outplay]

Hans Peeman, perhaps better known as Junktion or as one half of Fouk with label mate and friend Daniel Leseman, also has another side project. New Franklin Theory is his lesser known alias, one focusing a bit less on sampling and more on melodic explorations, with a lot more synth work and instrumentation. He’s only released under the moniker once before, a 2 track 10″ on his own native Outplay Records that perhaps went a little bit under-appreciated. Now he’s back once again on the label with a 5 track mini album of sorts, entitled “Chemical Boogie”, to really showcase what he can do.

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Peeman’s signature percussion is perhaps best heard on the opener, Andromeda Beach, a funk and boogie fuelled jam that’s closest to what we’ve come to know him for. Our premiere today and the A2 on the record, Homeward, features some fantastically spacey cosmic pads and a rumbling bass, lending it a bittersweet, introspective sound. Closing off the first side of the record is Afterburner, an uptempo groover with some addictive synthesized horn-like melodies. Ladies and gentlemen, we have liftoff.

On the flip, the B1, In Orbit, takes you for a ride. The funky bassline and deep rhodes chords paired with the interplanetary atmospheres and effects do the title justice. Finally, The Holtzman Effect, named after a fictional scientific phenomenon, caps off the EP with a hooking subterranean bass that sends you wiggling your butt straight into alien territory.It’s refreshing to see a producer so well known for a particular sound continue to explore new avenues and evolve as personal tastes change and mature, but still retain some of that flavour that made his music so irresistible in the first place. You can now pre-order your copy of the record due out soon.