After releasing the first part of their newest full-length album back in January, Epik High are set to complete the project in the coming weeks. Before that, they’ve teamed with fellow rappers Giriboy, Sik-K and JUSTHIS for pre-release Face ID. The group’s past few title tracks have been restrained and emotional, so it’s fun to hear something more energetic.

My favorite Epik High tracks tend to be these big, boisterous ones, and Face ID reminds me of 2014’s fantastic Born Hater. In fact, as soon as the song’s rock-infused instrumental kicked off, my anticipation shot threw the roof. Face ID’s verses conjure a great groove, offering plenty of dynamic rhythm for the guys to sink their teeth into. It’s almost impossible to sit still when listening to a track like this.

Unfortunately, the theme of today seems to be “mixed bag,” with songs that promise one thing before moving into something else. I adore Face ID’s verses, but I’m not as sold on the chorus. I get what they’re going for, and further listens make the transition less jarring. But, I’m tired of songs that pull back during their chorus. Face ID’s core groove is so satisfying that I want it to bound to a whole new level during the hook. Instead, the tempo changes, the vocals become muffled and processed and the song decelerates. The alt-rock influence carries through, lending just enough connective tissue for this big transition to work. But, every time the chorus hits I’m reminded how great the verses are. Thankfully, Face ID wraps up with a fun, chant-along climax that sends us off on a high.

Hooks 7
Production 9
Longevity 9
Bias 8


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Publisher: Nick