Having been friends since childhood, it was not until 2013 that the Hungarian duo Szabo and Marton ratified ‘TheFirth’, a studio collaboration nurtured from a shared passion of electronic music. Inspired by artists such as Deep Dish, Guy Gerber and the seminal Global Underground series, an education in all things underground ensued. Fast forward to 2015, and the team are ready to unleash their debut EP via Sublabel Records.
Keen to relay a plethora of influences, ‘Heberberger’ EP features no less than four originals, each with an identity of it’s own.
Title track, Heberberger, sets the scene in sublime style. A foundation of solid drums pummel the low frequency range while a progression of trippy hooks and vocal musings float majestically aloft.
Ethereal melodics are thrown to the wolves as things get serious on ‘Rollercoaster’. This no- nonsense techno groover swells and multiplies in relentless fashion.
‘Alice’ is a simply gorgeous interlude from the burly club tracks that it is preceded by. Exquisite chords float across the bewitching soundscape and refined, yet subtle melodics glide effortlessly above. An underbelly of edgy percussion provide a nod to the dancefloor, ensuring this will find favour athwart several nuances of the genre.
The EP concludes in the form of ‘Derby’. As validated throughout the whole package, the track is competently able to blend the needs of the floor with those in search of a further quota of uplifting chords and melodics. Yet it is the rhythmic bass and uplifting vocal phrasing that take the plaudits as principal components, ensuring a compelling finale to a well-rounded EP.