Review

HABIT TO return to the scene with a EP which throws it way back

There’s nothing like a good ol’ throwback to old school pop – laced in the modern, slick production of Grammy winning Harshn Reddy.

Dirty bass lines and synth-driven pop hooks are rife and generously scattered in Durbanite outfit HABIT TO’s freshly dropped EP HellBent. They’re pushing 16 years on the scene and have never been better. 

Part 1 of of a two-part EP release, HellBent explores the universal themes of daily life struggles, letting go, and having fun. “All Night” sets the tone from the first note. Soulful jazz influence worms its way into the mix around a burgeoning caved, teardrop synth and powerful, narrative vocals.

Modern electronicism takes the cake in “Light It Up” and “Dreaming” (whose nostalgia-soaked theme is hidden beneath an anthemic chorus line) – both of which are going to get your hips moving, while “Danger!” is all chocolaty vocals and acoustics.

Perhaps paying homage to their previous bassist, “Too Late To Thank You” slows things down for an ballad-esque acoustic closure which might make you feel things.

Also you’re going to want to dig out those dancing shoes. The good ones.