Louis La Roche returns with his 5 track ‘Composure’ EP, his first original material in a year. Out now on the producer’s own label Ever After Records it sees him return to his own productions after spending the last twelve months remixing for the likes of Aeroplane and Calvin Harris.
The EP opens strongly with Italo house number ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ a perfect song for Summer dancefloors with its catchy hook and throbbing bassline. The second track ‘Keep In Touch’ sees the Norwich man take on some old school funk that works for the most part even if it does sail a little too close to Mylo’s song ‘Otto’s Journey’ – but since when was that ever a criticism?
The middle track ‘Looking Up’ sees Louis change the pace, with its 2-step tempo and cut up vocals its clearly placed in the centre of the EP because of its differing style from all the other tracks – but that makes it feel more of a distraction rather then a song present on its own merits. ‘Let Go’ sees us return to more familiar Nu-Disco territory, all be it, a little too familiar. Sounding more like an updated version of ‘Coma Cat’ its similarities to the Tensnake smash hit take away from its strengths in other areas, which include an invigorating breakdown.
Closing track ‘So Good’ plays on everybody’s fondness for old funk records and drags them into the modern dance era. A lovely soft female vocal hook aligned to some vintage sounding synths ensures the EP ends in such an uplifting fashion that it makes you immediately feel as the songs says “so good inside”.
This 5 track EP starts excellently and ends beautifully but suffers from over familiarity in between these two highlights, and which is a shame as Louis La Roche has all the tools to make the perfect Summer EP but we only got to see glimpses of it here.
HBF Rating 3/5