EDM. Dance. Electropop. House. They’re all labels that get bandied about a lot, without actually specifying very much at all; “EDM isn’t a genre”, I hear you cry. Well, maybe not, but with “We Sing Through It”, an irreverent, feel-good slice of early ‘90s-style Euro-House, Oh Balboa has probably got closer than anybody to defining, exactly, its essence; if you open up the dictionary for ‘Electronic Dance Music’, there won’t be any words. There’ll just be a sound-clip of this track playing. Repeatedly. Over and over, around your head, on an endless loop. For days.
Sure, there’s not much to it; a catchy-as-fuck simple nine note sampled phrase, rising and falling through the octave, repeated, round and round over some deep synth swell chords and old school Roland beats, smack on the ‘Balearic’ money at 128 BPM. Aside from the drop around the 1 minute mark, that’s about it. And damn, if that’s not enough for you then frankly you’ve never done the Running Man at an Ibiza foam-party; ‘We Sing Through It’ could be this year’s ‘French Kiss’.
Review by Alex Holmes