A Ok-pop act’s title observe isn’t all the time the perfect track on their album, even when it’s the one most individuals will hear. Generally, b-sides deserve recognition too. Within the singles-oriented world of Ok-pop, I wish to highlight a few of these buried treasures and provides them the props they deserve.
I wasn’t on the TO1 Drummin’ prepare when the track first got here out, nevertheless it wormed its approach into my head and steadily turned one among my favourite songs of the 12 months. I’m seeing an analogous trajectory with Freeze Tag, although I don’t assume it’ll fairly match these heights. However, its accompanying mini album is TO1’s strongest assortment of songs since 2020’s Working TOOgether. It appears like a pure sequel to this summer time’s Why Not?? and I really like how the group has discovered their area of interest and are sticking with it.
I’m naturally biased towards the old-school sounds of Retro !ove, however surprisingly the b-side that’s protruding most can also be the album’s shoutiest second. Troublemaker opens issues with a bang, going full on rock in a blustery spectacle of perspective. These components aren’t all the time to my style, however the track makes use of them properly. It’s taut and centered and bursts with vitality. I really like the guitar-powered rap verses. They’ve acquired a vaguely retro really feel whereas becoming at this time’s developments properly.
Quite than a sung refrain, Troublemaker segues right into a boisterous chant. Once more, that is often one thing I’d roll my eyes over, nevertheless it’s delivered very properly right here. Regardless of being quick on sung melody, the construction is catchy and is sensible towards the backdrop of its bombastic instrumental. It’s a number of enjoyable to shout alongside to, as any track of this style needs to be!