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to start the year off we have a gorgeous sophisti-ballad from Luna

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

and another solid Chung Ha single

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlN2BXNJzxA

ufo, Friday, 4 January 2019 05:06 (seven months ago) link

oh and of course Blackpink high up on the coachella lineup - rumour was they're going to make a big push at the US market this year so that fits

ufo, Friday, 4 January 2019 07:03 (seven months ago) link

yay Chungha killing it early in the year once again.

Luna's song is pretty - would prefer another "Free Somebody" though.

Blackpink signed with Interscope a few months back so yeah it makes sense. As much as I like them though, just thinking about their live performances makes me wish it was really 2NE1 at Coachella. Alas, the timing was never right.

Roz, Friday, 4 January 2019 15:33 (seven months ago) link

This little ditty is 10 years old today

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7mPqycQ0tQ

Roz, Saturday, 5 January 2019 04:48 (seven months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUJ3Pq74H4c

new japanese red velvet single 'Sappy' is pretty interesting, chorus still leans towards the sort of annoying repetitive thing they've had on weaker singles like 'Rookie' but that warped brass line rules

ufo, Sunday, 6 January 2019 05:02 (seven months ago) link

it's probably their weirdest single yet and i'm here for that

ufo, Sunday, 6 January 2019 05:08 (seven months ago) link

cosign on "weird" and "here for that"

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 6 January 2019 17:02 (seven months ago) link

I couldn't finish Sappy the other day, but maybe I'll give it another try today. I just can't get into Red Velvet's new direction.

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 6 January 2019 19:15 (seven months ago) link

it's the first time one of their hyperactive kitchen sink r&b tracks has really worked this well for me, predecessors like Really Bad Boy (still can't believe they called a song that), #Cookie Jar and Rookie were nowhere near as strong

Sappy feels like it's constantly threatening to completely go off the rails rhythmically but never quite does

ufo, Sunday, 6 January 2019 23:56 (seven months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5daqkRvJDE

still confused by Apink's sudden shift to being decently interesting that happened last year but i'm glad they're keeping it up

ufo, Monday, 7 January 2019 09:56 (seven months ago) link

I really like this a lot, it's what So Sick promised to be but for real this time.

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 10 January 2019 01:43 (seven months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0LfLNWUwE8

just discovered this fantastic shambhala track from last year, if i'd heard this sooner i'd absolutely have it in my eoy list

ufo, Sunday, 13 January 2019 06:56 (seven months ago) link

Surprising (to me) chart topper, lot of fun!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBouh6xLbdo

abcfsk, Monday, 14 January 2019 20:58 (seven months ago) link

Ok this lady rocks, this would've been campaigned for year-end heavily if I had heard it before

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r076sitx4AE

abcfsk, Monday, 14 January 2019 21:08 (seven months ago) link

'Tting' is really really good, but 'Enchanted Propaganda' might just be the greatest song in human history!

abcfsk, Monday, 14 January 2019 21:39 (seven months ago) link

Thank you ufo/abcfsk - last few tracks are all amazing.

Meanwhile, Lee Hi's all grown up. ;_; In my head, she's still the teenager with the big voice who YG insisted on dressing like a 5-year-old.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGDwcoGnI7M

Roz, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 03:31 (seven months ago) link

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 16:54 (seven months ago) link

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

abcfsk, Friday, 25 January 2019 22:33 (six months ago) link

Really love that Nieah track.

I don't dig this CLC single as much the G-Idle ones, and I fear this still won't be CLC's breakout moment, but it's cool that one girl group member wrote, composed and produced another girl group's single.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZO8guhtnFw

abcfsk, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 16:16 (six months ago) link

i like "No" a fair amount, Soyeon absolutely one of kpop's mvps at the moment

ufo, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 16:20 (six months ago) link

guys, I know I didn't do enough campaigning for it (thanks for picking up the slack ufo!) but i'm going to be really bummed if "Baby Don't Stop" doesn't make the Top 77. It was ranked 3rd on my ballot, while Red Velvet was 4th and that just barely made it in. Suspect name recognition helped RV too - they've made the list twice before.

Roz, Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:36 (six months ago) link

"Baby Don't Stop" is the one i'm still hoping will place, i had it very high on my ballot too. if it does place i think it'd be the highest kpop placement ever apart from gangnam style at this point so that'd be something

ufo, Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:42 (six months ago) link

that would be great yeah but i'm not feeling too confident, ILMers don't seem as interested in boybands compared to girl groups. Also, TSJ never reviewed it - I feel like that's usually needed for non-English language pop to get some traction on the poll.

Roz, Thursday, 31 January 2019 03:00 (six months ago) link

i think there's still room to be pleasantly surprised after "new" did so well last year mostly from people discovering it in the nominations playlist and going "wow this rules"

ufo, Thursday, 31 January 2019 03:25 (six months ago) link

My 13 yo listens to kpop. Got into it cause of a classmate. It's the only thing she listens to. Bought her some kpop gear for xmas. I love how obsessed she is.

nathom, Thursday, 31 January 2019 08:14 (six months ago) link

Yeah, I noticed that Portuguese stores that barely still sells CDs do have a largeish section for K-Pop.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 31 January 2019 10:46 (six months ago) link

It's very cool to listen to kpop, I notice. Kinda like indie was when I was young (or northern soul when my dad was young). So when my kid only talks ab it, I get it. The only text messages she sends me or pics of Jungwoo. Haha.

nathom, Thursday, 31 January 2019 20:46 (six months ago) link

teenage girls into K-pop are the only people in the world who are still buying physical copies of CDs - many of their fan communities organise bulk buying campaigns. (It helps that K-pop artists are also the only pop acts that still have the budget to produce album covers with bonus features like photo booklets, postcards, pull out lyrics sheets, etc.)

Roz, Friday, 1 February 2019 15:15 (six months ago) link

Well, except for idol fans in Japan.

It's the new JYP girl group! Obviously launched as TWICE counter-programming

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNfTK39k55U

abcfsk, Sunday, 10 February 2019 19:58 (six months ago) link

Chungha’s “Gotta Go” is awesome. I love the swirling psychedelic trap soundscape.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 10 February 2019 20:53 (six months ago) link

"Dalla Dalla" is really fun

ufo, Sunday, 10 February 2019 22:19 (six months ago) link

LOVE "Dalla Dalla". What a great debut.

Roz, Monday, 11 February 2019 15:34 (six months ago) link

seeing Taemin lean into androgyny after spending most of his early years in SHINee being uncomfortable in his role as the designated pretty one makes me happy.

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

Late but enjoying "Sunrise" too - classic spring K-pop single

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iciFwCnsyY4

Roz, Monday, 11 February 2019 15:36 (six months ago) link

the only complaint i have about "dalla dalla" is that chanting in the bridge - it was annoying enough in quite a few twice singles

taemin's "want" is really great, such a groove

ufo, Monday, 11 February 2019 23:17 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq_mbTSR-a0

abcfsk, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 11:16 (six months ago) link

Whoa that rules. I haven't liked their previous singles but this is straight up awesome.

Roz, Thursday, 14 February 2019 16:09 (six months ago) link

this rules

nxd, Friday, 15 February 2019 10:18 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEOCbFJjRw0

new LOONA "Butterfly" is their best single in a while, doesn't quite reach the heights of say "Girl Front" or "new" but pretty enjoyable still. the chorus beat drop is very nice but the rest of the chorus lets it down a little, though it is a lot better at the end when there's more going on

ufo, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 11:57 (five months ago) link

Yeah that is lovely - their sound design is incredible.

Underwritten choruses or choruses that are mere excuses for a drop/dance break have been a thing in K-pop for a while now ("Killing me" by IKON and RV's "Peek-a-Boo" come to mind, but there are loads of others).

Roz, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 14:42 (five months ago) link

On the opposite end of the spectrum, this song is all over the place but I'm kind of obsessed with the echo-y harmonies on the chorus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C3hIJg4rHo

Roz, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 14:46 (five months ago) link

loona are so good arent they

nxd, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:29 (five months ago) link

Japanese singer releases Korean single in the Japanese city-pop genre style

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67jSYCSrnE4

abcfsk, Friday, 22 February 2019 12:51 (five months ago) link

Really should post this over on the J-pop thread but on a similar tip, Japanese-Korean artist Chanmina raps/sings in both languages + English. She's a Big Bang fan if it's not obvious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJ1caaQYkz0

Roz, Friday, 22 February 2019 15:06 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

just catching up on the past few weeks - posted about it a bit on the Big Bang thread, but what started as tawdry gossip over a nightclub assault has turned into an epic clusterfuck. Like this article doesn't even scratch the surface of what's been reported on so far (if anyone finds a decent primer on it, let me know).

Meanwhile, the rest of kpop world keeps on rolling.

the season of great debuts continues with TXT (I'm annoyed that Spotify lists them by their full name TOMORROW X TOGETHER, which is just awkward):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3iSnJ663II

"Senorita" has really grown on me. Love those horns:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8APgeFfkAk

Park Bom be like "YG who?" I don't love her in ballad mode, but this is nice enough. I'm happy to hear her voice again and she must be so relieved to have escaped YG's dungeon when she did lol.

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

And finally, the best music video of 2019 so far (sorry CRJ):

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

Roz, Monday, 18 March 2019 14:14 (four months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dab4EENTW5I

Roz, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 13:01 (four months ago) link

Been talking w my kpop obsessed daughter about the scandal. My colleague's sister was just "wtf is happening!" The whole coverage is weird too. Watching it on youtube, it's weird.

nathom, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 13:25 (four months ago) link

yeh the coverage has been a lil strange

xp that sunmi song rules

nxd, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 09:36 (four months ago) link

re coverage: I think it's because it wasn't a single exposé that revealed everything or a scandal that was focused on a particular issue - it started with a brawl at a club, and unfolded in fits and starts to uncover all manner of wrongdoing in Seoul's celebrity/party/business circles. The central figure in all of the stories is Big Bang's Seungri, who straddles all of these worlds - on top of being part of one of Korea's biggest and most-loved boy groups, he owns a successful ramen chain and has a reputation as a party boy. So all of the reporting has ultimately been about him really, even as it has engulfed other pop stars/celebs.

I will say that as a former Big Bang obsessive, nothing that has come out about Seungri has been particularly surprising, other than being baffled by why he thought it was a good idea to go so far in the first place. I'm just looking back at stuff I wrote in 2012-13 in which I had described him variously as: "a frat douche", "a skirtchaser", "an uncontrollable freak" and "a sociopath" - like even though I was half-joking in most of these, the signs were always there.

I'm mostly heartbroken for the young women and teenagers who worshipped these guys - it's always a huge betrayal when you find out your favourite artist are secretly terrible people. weirdly, it hasn't affected me that much but I've gone off Big Bang quite a bit in the past few years (plus, I think after Jesse Lacey/Brand New, I've come to expect that bands/male artists that mean a lot to me will probably disappoint me eventually).

Roz, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 14:32 (four months ago) link

artists*

Roz, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 14:36 (four months ago) link

Another distinct female rapper hitting it big... outside of all the shitty news stories 2019 is a good year!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcpHE-BpGHA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBBQNCDzeYo

abcfsk, Sunday, 31 March 2019 15:58 (four months ago) link

For posterity, and for purely selfish reasons (as I’m in a country rn that won’t allow to see YouTube links): what songs are those?

breastcrawl, Sunday, 31 March 2019 16:12 (four months ago) link

allow *me

breastcrawl, Sunday, 31 March 2019 16:14 (four months ago) link

Swervy, young rapper and recent signee on Paloalto's label Hi-Lite, and her debut single "Red Lite", and the new collab single with the rest of the label's crew, "Hi-Lite Sign", which is rising on the charts

abcfsk, Sunday, 31 March 2019 21:45 (four months ago) link

Thank you - hopefully the tracks will be on Spotify soon...

breastcrawl, Monday, 1 April 2019 00:30 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

recently kpop has been really quite uninteresting unfortunately but there's finally something of note

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P87gzqWr1_U

Lim Kim finally returns with this weird rap track in english that doesn't bare any resemblance to her previous work! i'm not sure how to feel about it but it's at least interesting

ufo, Friday, 24 May 2019 05:48 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Love the synth bass on this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1taLXjVxB4U
Weki Meki • Picky Picky

(from the Songs of the Summer 2019 thread, where it was posted by eric)

breastcrawl, Monday, 10 June 2019 20:03 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBnGBb1wg98

new Red Velvet summer single "Zimzalabim" is all over the place, idk what to make of it yet. the production is quite fun but it doesn't really end up cohering into much and isn't that hooky?

ufo, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 09:54 (one month ago) link

^ i feel pretty much the same. what a mess.

fragglerock, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 10:07 (one month ago) link

yeah it's a mess even by kpop kitchen sink pop standards. i feel like with a better structure and a proper chorus it could have been good, there's enough good ideas in the production, but it doesn't amount to much at all as it is. a real shame after how great "Sappy" was

ufo, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 10:34 (one month ago) link

It'll prob never happen but I would die for a Sunmi + Chungha collab.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycYLPbtxU1Q

Roz, Thursday, 27 June 2019 14:42 (one month ago) link

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

on that note, seems that 90's r&b is this year's summer trend

ufo, Thursday, 27 June 2019 14:45 (one month ago) link

xpost woops wrong link although that (G)I-DLE song is good too! Snapping was what I meant to post lol

Roz, Thursday, 27 June 2019 14:46 (one month ago) link

yeah i like both, Soyeon and Chungha are both real stars

ufo, Thursday, 27 June 2019 14:53 (one month ago) link

I wrote a bit about Seungri over on Frank's livejournal, like Roz I was surprised by the extent of Seungri's actual crimes but not that we was involved in unsavory stuff in some way (https://koganbot.dreamwidth.org/373664.html)

Also in small world news, our boy Jakob is out here getting interviewed by the Reacttothek youtube folks, but I think the interview is locked to their Patreon supporters. Maybe only of interest to a small circle of people anyway...

I haven't been around at all this year because I was so disappointed in myself for not recommending Heize's Jenga for the 2018 year-end poll, and then I didn't like most of the big singles. But maybe there will be something in this post that draws me back in.

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 14:59 (one month ago) link

Will this work? Let's see:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDKrFJ3mq3E

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 15:05 (one month ago) link

From the end of that interview, described as following the emo-rap trend, but with like RnB instead:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8mF7CBVCf4

Jakob says the rapper sounds like he's almost screaming, but I think he sounds like he needs to clear his throat... maybe needs to watch his technique or he won't have any voice left soon.

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 15:46 (one month ago) link

Apparently Day6 is touring. My 13yo asked if she go to the gig. Duh

nathom, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 16:52 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EfjXQgE1e8

Baek never disappoints; jazz watch 2019

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 11 July 2019 04:05 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Love this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-iJZ0gfKPo

Roz, Friday, 26 July 2019 00:57 (three weeks ago) link

Not sure where else to post this but I love this vietnamese track, thought folks here might enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU4s65RAAKQ

Will (kruezer2), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 19:02 (two weeks ago) link


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