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can never be too early for a new thread when NewJeans keep on releasing great tracks


Roz, Monday, 2 January 2023 09:16 (five months ago) link

doesn't blow me away like "ditto" but it's still really good, love the percussion

ufo, Monday, 2 January 2023 09:53 (five months ago) link

TAEYANG - "VIBE (feat. Jimin of BTS)"

aggressively underwhelming imo but recent k-pop has been sorely missing vocally distinctive/charismatic male soloists like Taeyang so I'm glad he's back to making music at least (and here's my annual complaint about YG artists continuing to work with Teddy instead of branching out to other composers/producers *grumble grumble*)

Roz, Friday, 13 January 2023 06:21 (four months ago) link

Yeah who are the top male solo rnb and pop singers right now.. Jay Park, Dean, whatever popular boy band member is releasing something.

abcfsk, Friday, 13 January 2023 09:22 (four months ago) link

pretty slim pickings. I guess Rain is still out there, though mostly just coasting off his past successes - quite enjoy him randomly showing up on someone else's track every few months or so lol

Among the boy groups, Taemin is the only one I can think of who regularly releases good and interesting music solo. Wonho tries but I find him pretty boring/generic as a performer

Roz, Friday, 13 January 2023 10:51 (four months ago) link

Yeah they hit top 10 on the global Spotify chart too

abcfsk, Thursday, 19 January 2023 20:35 (four months ago) link

This is a real nice song

(The members are Japanese but they operate in Korea as a k-pop group, I think..?)

abcfsk, Saturday, 28 January 2023 09:47 (four months ago) link

oh xg are an extremely weird situation yeah - japanese label, japanese members, based in south korea and operate as part of the industry there, sing nearly exclusively in english, still seem to have had the most success in the japanese market

it's a good track

ufo, Saturday, 28 January 2023 11:41 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I haven't had the energy to fully figure out the format of the former Loona creative mastermind's (way before their recent troubles) new group, but I understand it's a lot of sub-units and not all members are announced yet. Here's a new song

abcfsk, Monday, 13 February 2023 19:47 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

is it just me or has kpop been particularly dire this year? finally came across a couple of decent releases this week:

Aespa's track from the soundtrack of the Tetris movie (of all things!) is an unexpected gem - a pulsating synthpop banger based around a sample of the Korobeiniki melody

AESPA - "Hold On Tight"

BILLIE - EUNOIA - in the NewJeans/TripleS-style of laidback 90s bounce but BILLIE has enough personality that it doesn't seem completely like they're trendchasing. Also Youha has a songwriting credit on this. :)

speaking of NewJeans... their Coke Zero tie-up actually starts off pretty well but good god, that chorus is awful. shame because I really liked the sound of NewJeans doing dnb:

Roz, Thursday, 6 April 2023 09:06 (two months ago) link

i enjoyed that aespa track

oscar bravo, Thursday, 6 April 2023 09:41 (two months ago) link

I like the Zero chorus, it's kinda psychotic but based on a Korean schoolyard rhyme.

Also the rookie group Fifty Fifty now have a certified major global hit with Cupid, which never took off in Korea before it hit tiktok, spotify, billboard, uk charts etc.

It's currently #13 on global Spotify. Belatedly it is now also climbing in Korea.

abcfsk, Sunday, 9 April 2023 08:16 (one month ago) link

in more international chart news, Jimin of BTS has the US number one single this week with “Like Crazy”:

And what does it take to dethrone NewJeans from the top spots? Only IVE's more conventional pop bangers

abcfsk, Tuesday, 11 April 2023 17:56 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

sound design on this is great but it feels like it's missing something to truly make it a great song overall?

ufo, Tuesday, 16 May 2023 21:42 (three weeks ago) link

yeah kinda feel that way about their whole mini (and a lot of current k-pop in general)

a few more good recent songs I've liked, but also feel like they're missing a little something:

NCT DOJAEJUNG - "Perfume" - boyband r&b straight out of 1998

(G)I-DLE - "Allergy" - cute pop punk

IVE - "Wave" - japanese single that's very... IVE - I like that they seem to have established a signature sound/mood

Roz, Saturday, 20 May 2023 10:50 (two weeks ago) link

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