MXM - Match Up

 
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Release Date: January 10th, 2018
Label: BrandNew Music
Genre: Rap/Hip-Hop
Length: 5 Songs/16:01


 

01. 다이아몬드걸 (Diamond Girl) {8.5/10}
This song is an absolutely fantastic way to introduce the album, and a pretty solid choice overall to be the title track, too. That funky bassline (with certain parts pulling Michael Jackson vibes out) provides a great melody that’s so simple to get sucked into right off the bat. The raps are clearly from a capable rapper that was able to express energy and speed without being too aggressive for this type of song, and the synergy between those parts and the singing is fantastic. The weird, scratchy, high-pitched synth noises during the chorus are the main element that put me off from the track, though. They’re a bit too grating for me, and I wish that the chorus was a bit more filled out like the verses.

02.  Errday {7/10}
This song shifts us pretty heavily away from the first track, though it keeps familiarity in the rather engaging bass rhythms. I like the spaced piano as the main instrumental set and I think it worked pretty well alongside the synth notes and hollowed wood sounds. This song feels a bit too nonstop for me, unfortunately, and there’s always something happening so all of the pieces kind of bleed together in a way that makes it feel like it’s not really progressing forward, but remaining stagnant. It’s definitely not the worst they could have done, though, I just wish there was a bit more variety to help out.

03. 완벽하게 완벽해 (Perfectly Perfect) {8/10}
The piano chords continue in this track, though they lose their prominence as the main instrument due to the fact that the slapping bass from our first song on the album is back. This song is notably more upbeat than “Diamond Girl,” though, both because of the playful synths and brass horns, but also due to the cheerier bass rhythm. The chorus for this song is a little on the weak side, sadly, featuring a quick run through a few sung lines and a simple rap hook. I really love the verses, though, and they definitely help to keep this song as a solid track with a great vibe overall.

04. 딱 기다려줘 (Rush On You) {7.5/10} 
I hesitate to call this the most basic track on the album, but the pulsing synth rhythms feel fairly standard and their progression sounds entirely familiar. If it wasn’t for the strong vocal performance from both boys I don’t know that I would even think to give this track another listen, honestly. However, the chorus for this track is also the one that stands out the most on this track. It features some buttery smooth vocals that are addictive and there are some interesting bits going on the background as well. Even though the instrumental styling of this track is by definition loud, it never drowns out the vocals, so the mixing is also damn solid here. Even though I think the general progression of the song is fairly standard, I do like the choices of just about everything else going on, and that helps to save this track for me.

05. Lips {9/10} 
Right from the start of this song you know that this is last track is about to send you on a wild ride of pure fun and funk. Once more that funky bass guitar returns, this time with the aid of some guitar strums, clapping, and groovy synths. The chorus for this track is a lot less about the vocals and instead we get a bit more instruments introduced while some gentle singing about lips goes on. However, the second verse for this song starts with a flurry of greatness, and I love the way that this song progresses forward from section to section. It might be a bit repetitive for what all is going on, but it’s got that classic funk essence written all over it, and I’ll always be a fan of that.

 
 

▲ = Favorite song on the album
▼ = Least fav. song on the album
 

 

Summary
This is only MXM’s second release and they’re already proving themselves to be a force to be reckoned with. They’re truly capable of multiple styles and its apparent from this mini-album that they’re more than okay with venturing into several different territories to prove it. I know that most people are probably oblivious to who MXM even is, but damn I feel bad for them. They’re missing out on some fantastic music and what I think is a sub-unit that is absolutely going to explode onto the scene one day very soon.

Overall Score: 8/10