P1Harmony have already proven themselves compelling rookies, but they’ve been undercut by a serious lack of promotion. FNC missed a big opportunity limiting them to a single comeback in 2021. Hopefully 2022 will offer a more steady stream of music, because their hip-hop sound has a ton of potential. Last year’s Scared pointed toward a satisfying niche for the group. New single Do It Like This continues the trend, yet feels like a weaker version of the same sound.
This is a more upbeat, celebratory track than Scared, yet the beat is far more generic. A track like Do It Like This is nothing without a killer beat. Its production will certainly have you nodding your head, but the repeating synth loop and trap undertones feel ripped from so many other tracks. Even so, I appreciate the instrumental’s consistency. It doesn’t bend over backward to offer something for everyone. It simply grooves. This is becoming more of a rarity in K-pop.
P1Harmony’s rapping has always been a highlight, and Do It Like This takes advantage of that skill. Its melodic segments are largely forgettable, responsible for set-up rather than pay-off. The core of the track is its titular spoken-word hook. It’s hardly original, but the good-natured energy is infectious enough. If the group had been granted more comebacks up to this point, Do It Like This’s slight effort might have felt more welcome. But for a group with only two title tracks under their belt, now is not the time to coast. I hope they rediscover their ambition for the next comeback.