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it's been fairly slow january again

Jonghyun's posthumous track is nice, "Always Be With You" indeed, RIP

other highlights so far:

LOONA's Go Won should release her track in a week or so to hopefully continue their excellent run of singles

ufo, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 04:53 (four months ago) Permalink
this is good too

ufo, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 05:02 (four months ago) Permalink

Chunga's good, good do well at a Eurovision, I like that we have a couple of popular female solo pop stars doing their thing now.

abcfsk, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 06:56 (four months ago) Permalink

sigh, that Jonghyun video is making me sad all over again. He really was one of the best.

Roz, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 12:19 (four months ago) Permalink


Just can't get behind Ravi as a rapper (he's an OK producer) but nice to see Park Jimin getting some work.

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 02:30 (four months ago) Permalink

Jonghyun's entire album is out:

Proceeds are going to his mom, you can read up on how to support here:

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 02:41 (four months ago) Permalink

I really like Jonghyun's Rewind off of the new record:

fragglerock, Sunday, 28 January 2018 01:50 (four months ago) Permalink

The whole album is great but I can't quite bring myself to replay it. It's #1 on iTunes BTW.

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 28 January 2018 01:59 (four months ago) Permalink

I'm really enjoying the fanscreams for East Light, they sound like elementary school students...

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 28 January 2018 02:03 (four months ago) Permalink

new red velvet is ok but their r&b 'velvet' singles are never as good as the pop 'red' ones

ufo, Monday, 29 January 2018 10:23 (four months ago) Permalink

loona continue to be excellent

ufo, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 04:58 (four months ago) Permalink

Loona stuff continues to sound quite different from release to release but maintain its cool, and a conceptual consistency.

Velvet song seems ok, but yeah, when they're not 'Red' they tend to get more generic

abcfsk, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 09:07 (four months ago) Permalink

I guess I'm in the minority that likes Bad Boy more than their last two singles... winter is the best season for RnB and the production on this is so nice.

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 1 February 2018 03:10 (four months ago) Permalink

I really like the Go Won track too!

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 1 February 2018 03:12 (four months ago) Permalink

I like Bad Boy a fair amount, and more than Peek-A-Boo, but it's summer here. it's probably their best r&b single so far but Red Flavor is my favourite single of theirs.

ufo, Thursday, 1 February 2018 06:06 (four months ago) Permalink

Thoughts on Holland, the first openly gay idol? song isn't great imo but am glad there's actual making out in the video.

And I really like how breezy this iKon track is (their actual title track was bleh). The fun choreography helps:

Roz, Saturday, 3 February 2018 15:46 (four months ago) Permalink

He has a nice voice (Holland). The BF is cute. There have been other idols who were all-but-out but it's something different to have a scene that purposefully removes the ambiguity. I wonder if he'll end up with a niche audience like Double A (never forget).

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 3 February 2018 22:58 (four months ago) Permalink

or the fabulous, Kazaky-inspired N.O.M :D

yeah someone on omona pointed out that even Adam Lambert hasn't had any gay scenes in his videos, which honestly surprised me considering how long he's been out.

Roz, Sunday, 4 February 2018 05:25 (four months ago) Permalink

I'm reading that most of Holland's fans are international, which could be a problem for him financially (again similar to Double A). A solo singer is a lot cheaper to produce than a group though, hopefully he'll make it.

I have to say that I like Love Scenario more than Beautiful... on the one hand Love Scenario is really minimal and sparse, so on that count it's kinda boring but on the other hand it's got the old-tyme-country feel with the weird off-beat rhythms like Bae Bae had and that's a recent YG production trend I enjoy and support.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 5 February 2018 04:56 (four months ago) Permalink

Another excellent single from Sunmi:

New Suzy is good too, kind of Bad Liar-ish:

Roz, Thursday, 15 February 2018 15:46 (four months ago) Permalink

Finally an NCT release that fulfills the promise of the project:

It's young, hip, melodic, retro, current, and has an easy chorus. And for once the easy chorus/dense throwback harmonies aren't at odds with the rest of the song!

Though I do like BOSS too.

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 03:45 (three months ago) Permalink

Like here, they are still making unusually melodic hip hop over a decent beat, but they don't know how to incorporate the more traditional "kpop" melodic content, except by suspending the beat for a few bars.

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 03:55 (three months ago) Permalink

great sunmi track
the riff reminds me of 'fight for this love'

nxd, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 10:52 (three months ago) Permalink

Sober is quite good but I think I'd like it more if it had a moment of cartharsis like Bad Liar does with "oh baby let's make reality actuality" etc.

I really like all the overlapping vocals in the Baby Don't Stop chorus, definitely one of the best NCT singles.

ufo, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 15:41 (three months ago) Permalink

Right??? And right before it ends, there's some straight-up jazz do-wop harmonies.

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 1 March 2018 03:35 (three months ago) Permalink

Be ba da loo bob beep bop ba

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 1 March 2018 03:36 (three months ago) Permalink

Lol this is the first time I'm watching the "BOSS" video - that is both great and hilarious.

And "Baby Don't Stop" is just great, period. Those vocal arrangements are incredible.

Roz, Thursday, 1 March 2018 14:26 (three months ago) Permalink

Bad Boy has grown on me quite a lot. Roller Coaster still great, glad to see Chungha killing the charts.

abcfsk, Saturday, 3 March 2018 09:39 (three months ago) Permalink

Interesting to see if Momoland can follow up BboomBboom and become a truly major group. I enjoy their Egyptian Shumba-like screams live. Seems Japanese interest is high.

abcfsk, Saturday, 3 March 2018 10:03 (three months ago) Permalink

@Roz that's not the official video for BOSS, it's just something MNet does. I kinda prefer it tho lol.

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 3 March 2018 22:17 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Is there some brand value to putting "ft Jay Park" on a Loco song? Because I'm not sure what he adds to this lmao.

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 23 March 2018 00:39 (two months ago) Permalink

whoops forgot the v=, here's the link :

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 23 March 2018 00:40 (two months ago) Permalink

OMG guys... this is the most brilliant marketing scheme of 2018...

What's the 1 thing preteen girls love more than Boyz?

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:09 (two months ago) Permalink

The spoiler sounds awesome too, I'm excited:

GIDDY UP, guys!

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:11 (two months ago) Permalink

Also JYP on a roll with the self-produced boygroups... this one has a rock/hiphop sound as if some Korean American kids who grew up on eminem and linkin park were later given a chance to produce an idol group.

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:47 (two months ago) Permalink


hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:48 (two months ago) Permalink

this one has a rock/hiphop sound as if some Korean American kids who grew up on eminem and linkin park were later given a chance to produce an idol group.

oh good, i was trying to figure out where that familiar sense of secondhand embarrassment was coming from.

Roz, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 12:36 (two months ago) Permalink

middle section of the new LOONA is maybe a little too disjointed but I love the rest of it

ufo, Friday, 30 March 2018 03:17 (two months ago) Permalink

chorus seems a bit lacking, but it's a lot better than the last one (GoWon's). The other song on her single is great too:

Their sound design is incredible - i can't wait for their group debut.

Roz, Friday, 30 March 2018 14:33 (two months ago) Permalink

I think she's a little weaker than other vocalists in LOONA, which makes the chorus sound lacking. But her emoting on the verses is good. I like the last section starting at 3:45 when they put all the echo effects on, other sections were a little predictable.

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 30 March 2018 20:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Dunno if EXID's new jack swing will bring back all their fans who drifted away but I really like it, it's chill without being boring (lots of breaks for vocalists to show off):

Could use maybe a change in tempo or volume though. I was a bigger fan of DDD.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 2 April 2018 14:44 (two months ago) Permalink

I really like that too, it could use a more distinctive bridge or something to change things up as you said, but I prefer it to DDD

ufo, Monday, 2 April 2018 14:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Love this track, sounds very SHINee-esque.

Roz, Thursday, 5 April 2018 11:16 (two months ago) Permalink

that's pretty good, I love the bridge especially

ufo, Thursday, 5 April 2018 11:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Helpful youtube commenter:

Once * Army
6 minutes ago
Movie references in the MV:
0.31 Ghost - 1990
0.49 Pulp Fiction - 1994
1.07 Romeo and Juliet - 1996
1.14, 2.43 Love Letter - 1995
1.23 La La Land - 2016
1.42 La Boum - 1980
2.19-2.31 Leon:The Professional- 1994
2.39 The Princess Diaries - 2001

abcfsk, Monday, 9 April 2018 15:44 (two months ago) Permalink

decent but it's pretty TWICE-by-numbers

ufo, Monday, 9 April 2018 20:02 (two months ago) Permalink

TWICE-by-numbers >>>> 90% of K-pop

Roz, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 13:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Plus the video really is a delight

abcfsk, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 14:22 (two months ago) Permalink

it's a total earworm even if it's not as exciting as Likey

ufo, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 16:26 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm a fan of Giddy Up, even if they didn't put the horses in the actual MV.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 16 April 2018 03:22 (two months ago) Permalink

best horse-related choreography since Gangnam Style.

Roz, Monday, 16 April 2018 03:32 (two months ago) Permalink


hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 16 April 2018 03:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Really nice jazzy b-side from CLC. They have good voices for this style, it really makes me wish April's "The Blue Bird" was their song instead. (See also: CLC "Distance" for a song that mines the same emotional territory as April's "The Blue Bird" but less jazzy/Jpop-y with a more straightforward drum machine beat and throwback fast-sad rap.)

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 16 April 2018 03:48 (two months ago) Permalink

The whole CLC album is good, I like "Like That" a lot too.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 16 April 2018 03:48 (two months ago) Permalink

For all you LOONA fans of chopped and screwed stuff.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 16 April 2018 03:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Can I just say, because it just missed my 11-favourite-songs-of-the-moment-fuck list, how much I like LOOΠΔ’s “Rosy”, even if it’s sort of the B-side?

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 April 2018 14:44 (two months ago) Permalink

My favorite nasal-voiced, whiplash-loving boy group back at it again:

Nasal rap, nasal rock, nasal crazed breakdown, nasal pop chorus, it's all there <3

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Also, auto-post for VIXX, who reward but don't demand your attention:

It's a very layered song, and interesting to hear everyone but Leo singing low and keeping the vocal runs short. It goes with their new, restraint is sexy vibe.

"Eux de VIXX" is a very coherent album, rise producer Ravi.

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:46 (two months ago) Permalink

Sounds good

abcfsk, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 09:16 (two months ago) Permalink

I know it's meant to be like "heartfelt", but Ha:Tfelt always just makes me think of fedoras.

Roz, Thursday, 19 April 2018 08:18 (two months ago) Permalink

abcfsk, Monday, 23 April 2018 16:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Some Sweetune for spring

abcfsk, Monday, 23 April 2018 16:06 (one month ago) Permalink

i'm late on this but "egoist" is wonderful

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 23 April 2018 16:25 (one month ago) Permalink

would love it if something came of this (grimes is a known fan of them too)

ufo, Friday, 4 May 2018 06:36 (one month ago) Permalink

omg yes please. "Loonatic" is the best grimes song not by grimes.

Roz, Friday, 4 May 2018 07:03 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

#이달의소녀 #yyxy / LOOΠΔ yyxy [beauty&thebeat]

2. love4eva (Feat. Grimes)#LOONA #이브 #츄 #고원 #OliviaHye #Yves #Chuu #GoWon #올리비아혜 #beautyandthebeat #love4eva

— 이달의 소녀(LOOΠΔ) (@loonatheworld) May 19, 2018

it's happening, she's appearing on a track on the LOONA mini-album that's out at the end of the month. no idea how she'll fit among k-pop idol vocals but i'm excited

ufo, Saturday, 19 May 2018 15:36 (one month ago) Permalink


BTS album is out, not much to say about it overall except that I really like the jazz flute on PLUTO:

They have two rappers with naturally deep voices, it works well for something spoken-word-esque like this, Suga in particular sounds great.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 21 May 2018 03:38 (one month ago) Permalink

Most of the rest of the tracks are thoughtful takes on the subject of fame/the pressures of, which IMO is smart writing for a band whose main selling point is their connection with fans.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 21 May 2018 04:26 (one month ago) Permalink

The songwriters speak, LOL @ them getting the writer on "Havana" to do their Latin song.

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 02:46 (four weeks ago) Permalink


abcfsk, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:24 (four weeks ago) Permalink


hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:23 (four weeks ago) Permalink

the Pristin V track is nice, odd to hear a 2014 rnbass track these days though. the SHINee and Khan tracks are good too

new LOONA is ok but the chorus is so frantic that it ends up a little unsatisfying. i really like the pre-chorus at least. the Grimes feature just being the introduction is lol

the real gem from the mini is Frozen though

probably should listen to the BTS album since they've hit #1 in the US, still feels wild that they've actually crossed over

ufo, Thursday, 31 May 2018 07:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Loona & E-tribe looking back to Gee for inspiration and Grimes doing the Jessica opening bit lol. Catchy song.

abcfsk, Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

love4eva just makes me want to listen to Gee, lmao. The instrumentals are fine but the vocal melody is too simple and there's soooooo much autotune, in a way that takes all the energy out of the track.

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 1 June 2018 02:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Twice mini album is really good. The lead/title song is the weakest thing on it. 'Sweet Talker' is probably the highlight but 'Ho!' and 'Dejavu' are not far behind.

Jeff W, Sunday, 3 June 2018 14:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

beauty&thebeat is pretty good too

Jeff W, Sunday, 3 June 2018 14:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ufo, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 14:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

V. trendy but v. well produced song:

Great production, fun summer song.

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 7 June 2018 22:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yubin solo is more like recent Wonder Girls than anyone else solo, interesting choice.

I like her voice, she sounds like a S. Korean soloist (a lil bit of in trot in there).

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 7 June 2018 22:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

wow Complete is fantastic, a great summer jam for sure

enjoying this too, it's been a good week for summer singles

ufo, Friday, 8 June 2018 00:14 (one week ago) Permalink

New Blackpink is very good!

emil.y, Saturday, 16 June 2018 11:48 (five days ago) Permalink

yeah I like it, the coda and Jennie's rap in the second verse elevate it. the whole mini is good

ufo, Saturday, 16 June 2018 14:13 (five days ago) Permalink

This mini is disappointing, though the production is good as always. Really underwritten IMP.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 18 June 2018 20:25 (three days ago) Permalink

On the other hand Taeyeon is killin it (literally) on her solo:

The only unbelievable part of this is that Taeyeon would actually carry her own suitcases :P

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 18 June 2018 20:27 (three days ago) Permalink

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