H2 – Party Harder EP

Scoring a release on the Tenampa imprint (previously home to the likes of Dave Seaman, Pautrice Baumel, Phonogenic, and Alland Byallo amongst many others), H2 set to land with their brand new ‘Party Harder EP’ at the end of September.

In keeping with the label’s Deep and Tech roots, the tracks selected for the EP are late-night efforts, and predominantly brooding in nature. There’s varying degrees of success with each of the records contained within this release, and although there is some material to be had here that will appeal to the deeper DJs of the world, unfortunately not all of them get the proverbial thumbs up.

Kicking things off is the title track, and probably the strongest of the three (best foot forward, n’ all that jazz). It’s a sinister workout with a decent (if not very original) vocal peppered throughout. That classic House beat is prominent throughout, so it will certainly appease fans of the resurgence (i.e. Waze & Odyssee / Citizen etc), yet it still retains enough of the techy elements that Progressive DJs will warm to. On the whole it’s a solid effort and one that should find its way into a variety of CD wallets.

Following up proceedings is the acidic ‘Messed Around’. Yet again, it’s a straight forward Housey affair that’s fairly well constructed, although somehow it lacks anything that would make it stand out from the crowd. The bubbling riff that builds and subdues as the track progresses isn’t particularly memorable and some of the other elements that are introduced seem a little out of place. It’s definitely the sort of track you might use to pad things out a bit if you were tasked with the warm-up set, although past that you’d struggle to want to fit it in amongst a platter of more interesting tracks.

Rounding things off is regrettably the weakest of the 3 records, ‘Should I’. It’s actually rather difficult to find anything to say about this track at all, such is the extent of its plodding minimalist bleeps and twangs. This sort of music might have been popular during the heady days of Paul Woolford et al, but there’s precious little occasions these days that you’d want to give this a spin. It is a largely ignorable closing section to an EP that possibly could have offered much more.