Welcome back to "Might Have Missed, and this time we've got new music from Diamond District, Case Arnold and much more coming for ya. But first, a refresher for those who are new.
I want y'all to be locked into The DJBooth at all times. Not just because every pageview matters, but because we post a lot of new music and the thought of you missing your new favorite song keeps me awake at night. I get paid to do this, so it's easy for me to listen to everything we feature, but for you, a student or an adult with a job that isn't as absurd as music writer, I know it's hard to stay that glued to The DJBooth. No worries, we've got you covered.
Here is some of the particularly fresh DJBooth-featured material from the past seven days or so that you might have missed, with an emphasis on the indie and underground (because it's a lot harder to miss the superstars). You can thank me later.
A few months ago, after we polished off our burritos, Case and I hung out and shared music with each other; there is nothing like talking music with someone who loves it as much as you do. One of the gems he played for me was a rough version of a record that he was working on. Well, it turns out that track was his next release, "Head Trip," and it's even better than I was expecting. It's really interesting listening to this, the final version, after hearing a rough cut. While you can't hear the first draft, the final rendition will do just fine. That second verse is so engaging. Not only is Case as personable as ever, but I love the way he combines a pretty slick sung-rapped flow. I'm impressed with his ability to jive with the soft, airy beat yet still rattle off some bars; that second verse has a really unique flavor. I think a lot of rappers would have trouble with this type of beat and approach, but it feels very natural for Case.
Death, taxes and Diamond District making real hip-hop. I know they appeared here a few weeks ago, but I can't help it if they make great music and are criminally overlooked. I also wanted to include the record because it resonates with me more than "First Step"; it felt cheap not to include one of my favorite songs of the week because they had another favorite just a few short weeks ago. That's like not eating pizza because you had some good pizza a week ago. First and foremost, this beat absolutely and undoubtedly knocks, Oddisee chops the sample perfectly. Though the pace is furious, Oddisee, Uptown, and yU (who has such an dyanmic vocal) have no trouble adjusting. Of course, with any Diamond District cut they don't sacrifice lyricism for gritty energy, dishing out some stellar bars. From top to bottom this cut is well-executed and of the upmost quality. I cannot wait for this album.
There are DJBooth debuts and then there is Symmetry's "Junky." When making your introduction, it is best to give our readers an effort that they will remember and make them want to check out more of your material. Symmetry's debut does that and more. Since this is his debut, so you might have missed it, but it's one of the more powerful cuts from last week musically and content-wise. Normally, I need drums. For me, the drums drive the track and give it that kick my brain longs for. "Junky" doesn't have any drums, but it is just as gripping and powerful as the most drum-laden beat. That's 100% due to Symmetry's delivery and content; the orchestral beat is engaging, but it's Symmetry who engines the effort. Obviously, you can guess what the song is about and the powerful, personal lyrics combined with the passion and emotion in his flow will really leave a lasting impression. An engaging effort with passion and originality? Winner! Welcome to the Booth, Symmetry.
Yo. This beat. This beat, though. Stellar work from Justin Jay Beats flipping a Karen O tune into an intoxicating hip-hop insturmental. The production has some serious pop vibes, but not so much so that it feels like a fake, bubblegummy record; there is still some meat on the musical bone. I love the choice by Big Whiskey to change up his style after his last DJBooth feature, "One Way Or Another"; where that record had some edge, "Hide Away" has a more of a laid-back and upbeat appeal. Matching the easy-going, rejuvenating vibe of the beat Whiskey and his perfectly-picked guest, SkyBlew (his flow is great for this kind of track) add some motivational bars in the event you are feeling a little less than enthused about your daily life. A motivational tune with a different vibe. A feel good effort in the vein of this next offering...
Whenever I need a pick-me up, I almost always bump a little Bad Rabbits. They are one of my all-time favorite bands and their fun, energetic sound always puts a smile on my face. So, when a feel-good band does a song about feeling good, you know you're getting just what the doctor ordered. The band's natural energy and vibrant sound is the perfect delivery method for their positive, upbeat message. It's hard to get better than Dua's soulful vocals and a funky ass instrumental. Now get up and dance!
Those are my favorite features from last week. What are yours DJBooth Nation?
[Lucas Garrison is a writer for DJBooth.net. His favorite album is “College Dropout,” but you can also tweet him your favorite Migos songs at @LucasDJBooth.]