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Florida hip-hop duo Social Club Misfits fixed the problems with their most recent project April 5 and came out with “MOOD.,” an upbeat EP that experiments with their sound.
Their last project, the “Into The Night” album, didn’t really hit its mark. The album was bloated with what felt like a lot of filler tracks and weak attempts at a more serious tone.
Social Club Misfits return to form with “MOOD.” and keep it to a tight five songs.
Each track retains the humor and energy that makes the band unique and interesting while also incorporating important elements of their lives.
The introduction track, “Everytime,” has unique production and lyrics that serve as a criticism of hip-hop culture clichés. The duo also talks about dead friends and what they want their lives to be. The motivation of honoring these friends and struggling with personal faiths serve as the core of the opener.
This song, like a lot of their music, is complemented by each other. Martin Lorenzo Santiago (Marty) does the hook and carries a lot of the lyrics, while Fernando Miranda (F.E.R.N.) deeper voice and verse serve as a good contrast. Despite the somewhat heavy subject matter, the song remains light and listenable and is accompanied by a music video.
The second track, “Que Lo Que,” takes a turn to a Latin American-influenced track that includes some upbeat background vocals and a fresh sound, as well as a Kanye reference and a Spanish verse from F.E.R.N. that shows the band’s versatility.
The third and middle song on the “MOOD.” EP, “Up,” swings in with a new energy and an entertaining verse based on classic films that reference Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock. The theme of this song is how the duo is trying to be on the come up and return from their weaker projects. “Up” also features some fun beat drops and pitch shifts that serve to make it a varied track.
This segues into “Chinatown Freestyle,” a song that splits between anecdotal storytelling and the pair clowning on hate and generally having fun with music.
The EP ends with “So Our God Came To Us,” which starts out slow and has a mumbled and generic chorus. However, apart from the chorus, the heavy beats and fun scream effects cause it to serve as strong finish despite its weak spots.
Overall, the EP is a refreshing and summery project that delivers on the good time its pug-featuring cover promises. While it isn’t super ambitious, “MOOD.” has a personality to it, and every track on it distinguishes itself from the rest without any weak songs.