There is simply too much music and not enough hours.
Attempting to cover every notable and great album is difficult enough, but reviewing every notable and great song is simply impossible.
Instead of a futile attempt at covering everything, then, we’ve come up with the DJBooth Report Card: a simple, daily review of five recently-released records, using an A (incredible) to F (make it stop) letter grade system.
Along with a grade, each song will be accompanied by a brief sentence or two. Report Card isn't meant to be a deep dive nor profound analysis, but a daily appetizer for music scavengers seeking great recommendations and the newest, most notable songs to either bump or avoid.
Rex Orange County — "Edition"
“Edition” has one flaw: it’s simply too short. A song this lovely deserves to be longer than a Kanye West and Taylor Swift beef. Rex’s voice is guaranteed to make you believe an angel has crawled into your headphones. (B)
Everything Is Recorded — "Mountains Of Gold" ft. Sampha, Ibeyi, Wiki & Kamasi Washington
Do you hear this? From the first guitar riff to Kamasi’s saxophone solo it's like being lost in a swirl of majestic sound. "Mountains Of Gold" is nothing short of seeing a family of unicorns galloping into the sunset. (B)
Rexx Life Raj — "IDFWYN"
“I think we all brainwashed and need some guidance, but who am I to preach, my first rap check was spent on gold teeth,” captures the beauty of Rexx Life Raj’s “IDFWYN.” He approaches the song with a level of honesty and self-awareness that is different from all the other rap songs about the industry being fake and "fuck friends." These are the words of someone who is noticing the world around him is beginning to change, trying to keep some grasp on reality while surrounded by smoke and mirrors. (B)
Dave East — "Bi-Polar"
V Don will remind you that New York City is a lovely city with a grimy heartbeat. The instrumental he supplies Dave East is bleak and menacing, like walking through Brooklyn in the ‘90s before the transformation brought upon by gentrification. V Don is the mood setter, but Dave shines the brightest. His approach to the song's storytelling is filled with vivid details and spotlights his potent penmanship, a dreary world that is colder than a New York winter. (B-)
OMB Peezy — "Pressure"
OMB Peezy encapsulates being young, Southern, and black with raw depiction. There’s no hook and the drums are so minimal he’s practically rapping to keys and a bassline that is lighter than a lady bug wings. There’s a hunger here that I hope he continues to put at the forefront as he grows. (C+)
By Yoh, aka Rex Yohrange County, aka @Yoh31