Most of the time, a k-pop group’s title track is the best song on their album. But, sometimes b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.
DRIPPIN’s debut mini album doesn’t have a weak song on it. I don’t know that it instantly solidifies their place in the K-pop industry, but that can come with time. For now, I’m happy to hear Woollim Entertainment focusing on good songs. Their title track Nostalgia is fantastic, but b-side Overdrive might be even better.
Overdrive is my kind of boy group track. Its breakneck instrumental goes for the jugular, never slowing or stalling. In this way, it reminds me of tracks like ONF’s Complete and Wanna One’s Energetic. Overdrive bounds forward on a similar energy, with an opening verse that gathers steam before crashing into the song’s megawatt chorus. At this point, it’s like the producers set out to attack the listener with everything they had. Bombastic electronics join rhythm guitar and swoops of bright synths as DRIPPIN unveil an incredibly catchy hook.
I love the vocal arrangement during this chorus. I haven’t yet discovered any individual voices in DRIPPIN that live up to Woollim’s prestigious past, but the guys sound great when performing in unison. Better yet, Overdrive continues to surge forward after this chorus, never losing momentum. Even the rap bridge propels along the same high-energy instrumental. This gives the track incredible continuity, and makes the entire package relentlessly invigorating. I’d love to see DRIPPIN promote this as a follow-up, or return in a few months with a title track that harnesses this same intensity.