Donae’o – Party Harder
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Donae’o keeps us partying into the New Year

With respect to Roska or Marcus Nasty, it’s Donae’o who’s the undisputed king of funky house in the UK, and he’s proved it once again by delivering a stellar album, in the form of Party Harder. Donae’o has been in this thing from the beginning; from giving us the grimey ‘My Philosophy (Bounce)’ in the early noughties, to gifting us with funky house heaters like ‘Party Hard’ and ‘African Warrior’, and more recently showing us that he has the bars to match the funky beats, with the release of Sixteen. Even though Sixteen included some absolute bangers like: ‘Polo’, ‘Mami No Like’ and ‘Black (Social Circles Remix), some would say that Donae’o was going away from his core sound. But this past NYE, he shut this hearsay down, with the release of Party Harder.

Party Harder is a 12 track project, which Donae’o put out as a free download, as a gift to his fans for all of their years of support. From the first track ‘Its Life’, you’ll be producing the smoothest of skanks whilst listening to the project. However, Donae’o doesn’t just stick to funky house, we also see him infusing the sound with afrobeats, in the shape of ‘Bandoe’, featuring Don E. He also brings in grime queen Lioness for the grime tinged, ‘Break Bread’, and he finishes off the tape with an ‘African Warrior RMX’, featuring Section Boyz rappers Dee Pee and Swift, to give the funky house anthem a rap reboot.

Other notable tracks off of the tape are ‘The Link Up’, which will have you cutting the sharpest of shapes in your room; then there is ‘Womp Womp’ the dub face inducing thumper. But it’s not all banging 808’s, he also includes ‘Baby Love’, featuring a very strong vocal performance from Cherri V. Overall the tape highlights how versatile Donae’o is, whilst still being able to maintain consistency throughout the tape. With an album with no fillers, don’t miss out on this one, you can sink your teeth into it below.
Words: Denzil Bell