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I was waiting for someone else to start this... but I guess it's me, huh?

Liking the laid-back, retro club vibe some of the newer Kpop groups are going with... seems like it's trickled up from last year's underground summer singles.

Personal highlights from January:

MIXX - Love is a Sudden
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3MH-RzWgCQ

Cross Gene - White Mind
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TTQUkrW1xI

Sixth Sense - Don't Go (also check out their SUPERIOR single from last summer, Feel Me https://youtu.be/7rGpYP-gzwY)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqyzQXUQTkM

BP Rania - Don't Start a Fire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp5vQm-UmbU

Day6 - I Wait
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3nFopIjmjI

Also listening to some of last year's summer singles I missed, for example TwoX https://youtu.be/nebBti6L4pA, Bulldok https://youtu.be/dOnK_GOR3W8, Dorothy M https://youtu.be/yZw4tLGgyjU... and K.A.R.D.'s Oh Nana https://youtu.be/yPTcKSVAEvA and IMFACT's Feel so Good https://youtu.be/JOXVTjlF2pk from the end of last year, which still bang).

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 5 February 2017 22:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

In more mainstream news, Red Velvet's mini is strong.... you gotta give the single a chance, it grows on you:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHDgdx0Jy7Y

The b-sides are strong as usual, I like Talk to Me the most https://youtu.be/dk5726y2M2g

CLC are bombing hard after trying to become 4minute, but their mini has some decent b-sides too, I like Meow Meow the most https://youtu.be/APLZNFQU_Yc

Also a fan of Zion T's first mini since he signed with YG, it's exactly what you'd expect from Zion.T, but in a good way:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgT2JQ0EtcM

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 5 February 2017 22:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

it's felt like a fairly weak start to the year so far. rookie is ok but the chorus is kinda annoying

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7gOqqbBW6w

one of the better singles in the standard girl group vein lately

ufo, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 04:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I kinda agree...though iirc last year didn't have a lot of great singles out in January either.

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 9 February 2017 22:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

Taeyeon jumping on that stripped-down instrumental chorus train, I think it works:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHqy1JsVvIE

The song has a lot of momentum which it purposefully squanders on the sax drop, I think? In order to create an introspective feel.

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

Meanwhile Cross Gene's new single sounds like it could have gone to BAP instead... which is probably why I like it...

https://youtu.be/zDEBLbeT23s

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 18 February 2017 01:22 (nine months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A2t_tAjMz8

best new single of 2017

, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

linking other thread for posterity rolling k-pop 2017

, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

this rules

devvvine, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 20:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdT1OEYfcMs this is basically Awoo + Send My Love (To Your New Lover) but it's quite nice

like all Twice singles Knock Knock is extremely catchy but doesn't really do any more than that. the instrumental bit before the bridge feels pointless too

ufo, Thursday, 23 February 2017 12:03 (nine months ago) Permalink

Aw, that's nice!

Frederik B, Thursday, 23 February 2017 12:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

Thumbs up for Subin, Happy Face Ent has some nice songs.

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 24 February 2017 22:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

Incidentally here's Gaon's official singles for each month in 2016:

January - GFriend - Rough
February - Mamamoo - You're the Best
March - Jang Bum Joon - Fallen In Love (Only with You)
April- Twice - Cheer Up
May - Urban Zakapa - I Don't Love You
June - Sistar - I Like That
July - Wonder Girls - Why So Lonely
August - Blackpink - Whistle
September - Lim Chang Jung - The Love I Committed
October - Twice - TT
November - Blackpink - Playing with Fire
December - Big Bang - Fxxk It

from http://omonatheydidnt.livejournal.com/19804561.html

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 24 February 2017 23:34 (nine months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

First GOT7 single I've liked in a while:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ1t7CwfvEc

More melody than you'd expect from a song in this style.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 13 March 2017 17:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1n_1jrUEjU

this is basically an Infinite single from a few years back so i like it a lot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1c0Y3Q7c8I

enjoying this a lot despite being straight forward tropical house, chorus has a good hook. gloomy mansion is a very weird mv concept for it though

ufo, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 14:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Rolling is pretty good, WINNER's new tropical house single on the other hand...

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 8 April 2017 01:33 (seven months ago) Permalink

Lost their main vocalist and main rapper... but this song is the light and the truth:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dvs-rOu-bq8

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 20 April 2017 18:15 (seven months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9IxdwEFk1c

abcfsk, Friday, 21 April 2017 09:56 (seven months ago) Permalink

Taking bets on whether GDragon will show up for the live performances...

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 21 April 2017 16:48 (seven months ago) Permalink

This is nice though, a really smart collab that's having a bit of a conversation with Bae Bae ("You’re forever 25 to me / Won’t ever change BABE 5 X 5 BABE"). Walks a fine line between being self-appreciative and allowing other people in to witness and appreciate.. Twenty-five/truly fine is a bit clever too.

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 21 April 2017 16:56 (seven months ago) Permalink

Not to mention the clever conversation with Twenty-three

abcfsk, Friday, 21 April 2017 20:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

yep, that too

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 22 April 2017 19:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoySmwO7QHg

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 22 April 2017 19:18 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNcBZM5SvbY

this is a lovely dreamy synth jam

ufo, Tuesday, 23 May 2017 12:30 (six months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

god bless "palette"

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:14 (five months ago) Permalink

new blackpink sounds quite 5 years ago but in a good way, it's probably the best single from any yg group in about that long

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amq-qlqbjYA

ufo, Sunday, 25 June 2017 07:26 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Thread much slower than in past years... not much happening or nobody posting about it?

anyways, half-year update:
ILM'S Rolling K-Pop Thread 2017 Spotify Playlist

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Sunday, 16 July 2017 17:07 (four months ago) Permalink

it's definitely felt a bit unexciting this year due to the big trend still just being tropical house but that's the same situation as elsewhere i guess

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyiIGEHQP8o

best red velvet single since ice cream cake i think

ufo, Sunday, 16 July 2017 23:35 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Just find this year's songs kinda lackluster honestly. And the girlgroups just keep getting thinner which bothers me on a personal level aha.

I do like the Blackpink and Red Velvet.

My favorite Kpop song of the moment is this b-side track from LOONA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2sLXAf4ZcI

There's also Myteen, who are like a new MRMR for me (lesser known group specializing in RnB whose vocals elevate their material - they're from the same label as VIXX which bodes well for them musically):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_TlyZ5Y3h8&t=76s

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 03:03 (three months ago) Permalink

Trying that again...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_TlyZ5Y3h8

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 03:04 (three months ago) Permalink

can't help but think that having a western band called "MYTEEN" release a single called "Take It Out" would be how you say problematic

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 03:28 (three months ago) Permalink

man that blackpink track is so good
what a chorus

nxd, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 10:11 (three months ago) Permalink

CLC trying to get themselves remixed into a vaporwave single, I dig it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khEW_JABKjw

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 4 August 2017 03:03 (three months ago) Permalink

So lush, so 90s

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 4 August 2017 03:03 (three months ago) Permalink

I feel like I'm witnessing the evolution of Kpop disorientation/sensory overload techniques with this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G_fQOSvccU

So much shaky cam, so many quick cuts, so well executed.

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 4 August 2017 03:16 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eifrBiNTU88

this has been one of my favourites lately

still unable to stop listening to 'everyday i love you' though

ufo, Friday, 4 August 2017 03:57 (three months ago) Permalink

lol but also ;_; http://www.theonion.com/article/report-south-korea-developing-new-pop-group-capabl-56555

Roz, Friday, 4 August 2017 04:40 (three months ago) Permalink

anyone got a link to either of the two new snsd double a-sides?
apols if not out yet

nxd, Friday, 4 August 2017 10:06 (three months ago) Permalink

Solid songs, but neither one really sounds like a single? Holiday has some cute dance moves though, and I like the synths on All Night.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 7 August 2017 18:42 (three months ago) Permalink

they're not even in the top 15 tho... fans are blaming SM for not releasing the physical and digital albums on the same day

WINNER says hi from their #1 spot (this is for you Roz)

http://sd.magatsu.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/LOVE.png

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 7 August 2017 19:42 (three months ago) Permalink

Tropical house now fully digested into the Kpop songwriting toolbag, can be used to punch up the chorus of a midtempo RnB ballad https://youtu.be/iAVAhkvXXoQ

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 9 August 2017 17:49 (three months ago) Permalink

xpost lol thanks. Mino's resemblance to GD in those dance videos is very distracting.

I'm not really liking the new Winner songs - they're nice enough I guess but other than trop house fatigue, I actually kind of miss their cheesy ballads.

Roz, Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:44 (three months ago) Permalink

Gfriend familiar and safe but still catchy imo. Dreamcatcher single rocks. Good for live performances too.

abcfsk, Thursday, 10 August 2017 16:20 (three months ago) Permalink

I can like CLC's Especia lite

abcfsk, Friday, 11 August 2017 04:32 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Choi Sam going harder, tighter, closer, more brutalist, to great effect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG-I1c7DPMQ

abcfsk, Friday, 25 August 2017 12:14 (two months ago) Permalink

Interesting to see Heize releasing a Seo Taiji cover. She operates in that same area of K-artists who are rappers and singers at the same time and pop stars and underground (at least in origin) at the same time, sometimes tough, edgy, sometimes silky smooth and sugary sweet.

Also interesting concept: Heize as the top hit chart force in 2017. Not sure many people thought the messy first Unpretty Rapstar season would produce something like that.

abcfsk, Friday, 25 August 2017 12:18 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGRv8ZBLuW0

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 02:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Pros - visuals, voiceover, the way the vocals overlap on the verses
Cons - WE GOT THAT POWER... POWER... POWER... POWER.... POWER.... POWER...

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 02:44 (two months ago) Permalink

And the highlight of Primary's ft every famous idol vocalist of the last few years album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y0Bd3T3RY4

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 02:57 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

BTS now stands for "Beyond the Scene" according to a CNN article with them (that same article carefully does not refer to Kim Namjoon as "Rap Monster"). Their single DNA is too poppy for me but I kinda like the hypnotic repetition Go Go.

Also, Go Go has probably the most intensively GIF-able choreography ever devised for a Kpop group:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnKQZkkM5dA

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 23 September 2017 03:23 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/22/theater/kpop-musical-review.html?mcubz=0

K-Pop the NY Off-Broadway musical

Theatergoers are divided into different teams (according to the color of wrist bands issued before the show begins) and ushered through a series of meticulously imagined rehearsal spaces, recording studios, cosmetic analysis rooms and a theater-cum-bar, where we are allowed to observe the finished product.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/theater/broadway-training-gangnam-style.html?action=click&contentCollection=Theater&module=RelatedCoverage®ion=Marginalia&pgtype=article

Though Mr. Kim was a writer on HBO’s “Girls” and his play “The Model American” ran this summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival, “KPOP” is his first major New York theater production. The cast is massive — 18 people, 17 of them Asian, a rarity in the American theater world. “The fact that we’re trying to make a show with not only one Asian person, but with 17 — I can’t believe it,” he said.

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 September 2017 16:12 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyInv6RWL0Q

loona continue to be great

ufo, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 08:26 (one month ago) Permalink

yessss, the whole album is good!

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 28 September 2017 01:36 (one month ago) Permalink

i'm also enjoying April's laid-back take on the stirring orchestral Jpop schoolgirl genre:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=215

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 28 September 2017 01:40 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta84YROEIto

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 28 September 2017 01:40 (one month ago) Permalink

Also pretty mad I missed this song from 3 months ago, it has DEEP GROOVE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqwJNSi0E84

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 28 September 2017 01:50 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Riding that Latin pop wave...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=212&v=GDkjmQv4PXg

Typical Kpop move: putting Actual Latin into a latin pop song

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 15 October 2017 01:23 (one month ago) Permalink

Plus there's the Very Silly flamenco choreography move in the chorus: https://youtu.be/c-s8-Yz0qYs @3:38

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 15 October 2017 01:25 (one month ago) Permalink

My apologies, @1:04 ^^ above

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 15 October 2017 01:27 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHglTopVlKQ

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

that's a groove

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

also a song that gets straight into it and doesn't waste time

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Also there's this disjointed EXID single, like all their singles it probably just needs time to gel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axVvZrDz60k

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hani sounds good on the prechorus, you can feel Solji's absence on the chorus though

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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