I needed to look again to see if I had written about NTX’s debut. I couldn’t keep in mind them in any respect, however as soon as I replayed final 12 months’s Kiss The World I remembered how a lot I loved that tune. With out a comeback since March of 2021, the group had fully fallen off my radar. That’s a loooong hiatus for a rookie group. Nonetheless, they’ve returned with a brand new retro idea that focuses on their rap line.
I’m a sucker for old-school hip-hop. It’s one in every of my favourite musical eras. Give me a giant, resounding breakbeat and I’m set. With this in thoughts, Outdated College (올드스쿨) comes out of the gate with loads of goodwill. Lately, it’s uncommon to search out an idol hip-hop monitor with such a constant groove. Some could name it boring or repetitive, however I really like the truth that Outdated College maintains its vitality and retains my head nodding the entire approach by.
NTX are surprisingly participating rappers, performing with tons of vitality and character. And when Outdated College segues into its melodic bridge, we’re handled to an equally-exciting vocal efficiency. In the meantime, its vivid refrain recollects debut-era NCT Dream in its fluffy, pop-oriented sheen. This distinction between verse and refrain works nicely, and that goes again to the consistency of the manufacturing. With a through-line as regular as Outdated College’s easy beat, you’ll be able to throw disparate parts excessive and nonetheless get a tune that works as a complete. I doubt NTX will obtain a lot consideration for this, however Outdated College is likely one of the month’s extra refreshing surprises.