Sweet Baby Jesus!! This is the second to last "Might Have Missed" of the year! Let that sink in for a minute... okay, now, are you ready to move on? Good, because there ain't no slowing down. Last week, everyone on the internet (DJBooth included) was talking about best album, rapper, song of the year; it's that time again folks! Well, just because we are looking back doesn't mean our favorite artists aren't still hard at work. There is always great music being released daily. Don't believe me? Check out the selections below.
But first, for those who are new to my weekly column, here's a quick breakdown. Every week, we feature a lot of new music. Like, so much music that even the hardest of hardcore music lovers may have trouble listening to everything. As a result there inevitably will be some joints that passed you by, and that is a damn shame. A great song unlistened to is like a non-alcoholic beer - what's the point?
So here's 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). As the kids definitely don't say, leggoo...
Last week was a struggle for me, I needed a million cups of coffee and some seriously amped up music to get me to Friday. The Kingdom's DJBooth debut is neither of those things, but still, it was in heavy rotation. Jerm Scorsese (the production half of The Kingdom) cooks up a cool, minimalist beat driven by a spooky vocal chop. It doesn't have a ton of bells and whistles or drastic changes, but its starkness, when paired with King Draft's gravely, deep vocal, works perfectly. This cut grabs you without really having to try; a different approach will do the trick every time.
As I said, last week was a struggle; coffee and amped up, vibrant music. Well, Voli's "Burn Everything" was just what I needed. From top to bottom this a thorough, layered, and colorful effort. I love the way the song ebbs and flows; it progresses perfectly and there is not a moment you can afford to miss from start to finish. The beat, his songwriting, his vocals, that catchy ass guitar riff, they all really work well with one other to create quite a dense tune. It's like a finely tuned machine, each part doing it's job to the upmost degree to build something much bigger. A totally complete effort.
For real though, Alex Wiley had a low-key great year. He may not be a household name (yet) but those who really pay close attention know he is one to watch and he really proved it in 2014 with Village Party. Still, since the release was in June, I had kind of forgotten, so "Top Of The World" serves as a great reminder that Wiley will remain one to watch come the new year. While his latest effort reminded me to listen to Village Party, "Top Of The World" had a totally different vibe. It is still fun, but there is some serious heart on display here that I wasn't expecting. I have to say it makes me very excited for this bright Chicago's future.
A song title that is a play on Nia Long?! I'm fucking sold! However, if you think I selected this song based on just the name you obviously have not yet listened. I included this Bop Alloy creation because it is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. It's upbeat and colorful, yet still relatively simple (in a good way) thanks to Marcus D.'s smooth, jazzy boardwork. On the mic Substantial impresses, per usual. He has this ability to really make you listen to his words, delivering some really powerful, dense bars, but he's always calm, cool and collected. He doesn't need to yell or rap fast to get his point across; when he rhymes you can't help but listen. Like Nia Long running or a bowl of chicken soup on a cold day, this effort is good for your soul.
Between PRhyme, Ghostface, Cole and now D'angelo, music fans have a ton of projects on their plate, but please, for the love of all things holy, lend JMSN your ears. I have been a JMSN fan for a hot minute now and through live shows and exhaustive listening sessions, I had him down as somewhere between R&B and rock, with just a touch of pop thrown in. On JMSN (The Blue Album), however, the Detroit native delivers some serious soul. There is a more fresh and lighter feeling to this album, as compared to his past works, and it's a really interesting change of pace. Sure hardcore JMSN fans will love "Addicted Pt. II," but songs like "'Bout It" and "Delay" show a different, more soul-driven side. This guy can literally do it all and this isn't an album you will want to miss.
[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.]