Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

NSG ft. Tion Wayne – Options

Rap collective gives us some options of verses, we give some options of takes…


Joshua Minsoo Kim: NSG have a slew of solid singles, but “Options” falters because of its production. Like “PUTB” and “Eyelashes,” there’s considerable effort to make sure the instrumentation and its mixing single-handedly keep listeners engaged. The issue is how producer JAE5 handles the beat, constantly throwing in frilly ornamentation that simultaneously cheapens the song and distracts from the rappers’ contributions. Even then, the whole thing sounds uncharacteristically sloppy for all parties involved.

Thomas Inskeep: The rapping is solid, but the track is too noncommittal. It’s got an almost summery vibe, but is simultaneously slightly dark, and can’t seem to decide which side of the fence it sits on, which works to the record’s detriment. “Options” wants all of ’em but ultimately just kinda sits there.

Ramzi Awn: “Options” flaunts an inspired vision with ready harmonies to boot, and it doesn’t overstay its welcome. The beat shimmers and NSG hits their mark. The vocals only work in parts, but the track manages to prevail.

Katherine St Asaph: Up front, a great springy coil of a piano line; in the background, a subdued brass fanfare; plenty pleasant in between.

Ryo Miyauchi: Those creaky two notes from the organ is catchy enough to sustain the whole song, but NSG and Tion Wayne do more by presenting an ideal kind of posse cut with every man involved pitching a different way to ride the spacious beat. Some sing sweetly, some rap without breaking a sweat, and all celebrate money-making the only way they know how.

Iris Xie: This song, like any other one that sparks a social dance, is best listened to when you walk by a student center, and hear it playing from a phone, placed nearby on the ground. You look up, and see a group of students preparing to film a quick routine before they need to go to their next class. Listening to it, the piano is tinny and lazy, and the melody is laidback and full of sway, with the vocals chill and lacking urgency or concern, but the dancers inject a lot of life into it with their own interpretations and pops of surprise. It’s a damn fun choreo. Once they’re finished, you see them laugh and applaud each other, and you smile and keep on walking to your next destination. A moment of levity and joy that takes you out of your concerns, if only for a fleeting minute.

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