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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur4dLy0ozRQ

SF9 started off the year strong with the dubstep-inflected garage-house of "Good Guy"

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

i like the beat on BTS's "Black Swan"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEo5bmUKFvI

2018 thread MVPs LOONA are back with their best full-group single yet in "So What"

ufo, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 10:36 (eight months ago) link

👍🏻 Had been hoping someone would start this thread already so I could rave about “Black Swan”.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 10:56 (eight months ago) link

it's like a trap version of a vespertine track

ufo, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 11:00 (eight months ago) link

Nice wubwubwubstep sounds on LOONA's [#] EP

Jeff W, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 12:33 (eight months ago) link

loona are so good!

nxd, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 13:59 (eight months ago) link

not quite there but p close

ANS - Say My Name
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NGoD8l-fp4

absolutely love this. think she's american with korean ancestry, but i may be wrong. gorgeous track.

Suzanne - Can't Hang
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZIA9kVNKu4

not quite as great as his namesake

Zico - Any Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuV2BmJ1p_I

did someone mention trap?

Itownkid - Grab.Drop.Pop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCyzYmAVoRQ

plus

Jiyeon - Take A Hike
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJNS1W0YmdE

yeah the bts up thread is great. love the video as well.

oscar bravo, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 14:17 (eight months ago) link

the bts video i was referring to was this one

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

oscar bravo, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 14:19 (eight months ago) link

Yeah, that Suzanne track is by far my favourite out of these.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 20:15 (eight months ago) link

(it doesn’t get better than the first minute tho)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 20:17 (eight months ago) link

that suzanne track is really cool

ufo, Thursday, 6 February 2020 01:01 (eight months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWQ5zNi_9r8

BVNDIT - "Cool" is fun kitchen sink pop

ufo, Thursday, 6 February 2020 10:05 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Love IZ*ONE's "Fiesta":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDEFolvLn0A

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 February 2020 20:16 (eight months ago) link

I've hardly been paying attention to Kpop but:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=120It4zkIZU

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 02:19 (seven months ago) link

So I have a playlist called Jazz Watch 2018 where I've been tracking jazz influences in Kpop singles since, basically, Lee Jin Ah hit it big with Random in 2017:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsh4Z5FNfPMC2xs8enWmT_J7pFvUIhXF1

And this one is coming a couple years later, but fits right into that trend.

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 02:26 (seven months ago) link

Hmm this song came out in 2019, my apologies guys. You can tell I haven't really been paying attention :P

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 02:28 (seven months ago) link

Anyway here's one from this year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPAIlZM1VUU

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 02:41 (seven months ago) link

OK but here's one I actually like (and the rest of the album is good too):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFOqlE0wCfs

Late aughts RnB revival can continue forever, thanks.

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 4 March 2020 02:28 (seven months ago) link

really like 'cool'!

nxd, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 08:44 (seven months ago) link

gloriously cheesy but i kinda like it

cherry bullet 'Hands Up' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0It6vWbGOX0

KARD 'Red Moon' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAEqQPAEkug

oscar bravo, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 15:40 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs-tDMgXX6k

AVOKID - "Timid" is sublime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE2h3lGlOsk

"Wannabe" is the best Itzy single yet imo

ufo, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 03:23 (six months ago) link

like that AVOKID. 'dalla dalla' still my favourite itzy.

leebada - 'empty room'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXZ78sjxkPs

dongkiz - 'lupin'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZgIW9CwhZw

park woo jin - 'color eye'

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

oscar bravo, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 17:41 (six months ago) link

three weeks pass...

i haven't been keeping up with k-pop this year admittedly but grown up Apink continues to be good (though I still prefer "Eung Eung" and "I'm So Sick"):

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

A couple of months old but this Dreamcatcher track is incredible. I love how they're continuing to grow within their little niche:

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

Roz, Saturday, 25 April 2020 09:46 (five months ago) link

"dumhdurum" is pretty good, but i agree their last two singles were better

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD06B-5SsSE

i like "spit it out" from mamamoo's solar a lot, a really distinctive sound. it's a little reminiscent of that wave folk-pop-edm from ~2013 (that avicii album etc.) except far more restrained in mood and actually good.

ufo, Saturday, 25 April 2020 12:08 (five months ago) link

bit of an outlier wrt the thread so far but love the song and the dance moves are on point ;)

Dasutt - Pigeon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt4oLCnJkTc

oscar bravo, Thursday, 30 April 2020 15:49 (five months ago) link

I recently discovered Dreamcatcher via the song 'Full Moon'. Maybe now is a good time to try getting into kpop more.

tangenttangent, Thursday, 30 April 2020 20:46 (five months ago) link

Oh My Girl getting their first big hit

abcfsk, Thursday, 30 April 2020 20:59 (five months ago) link

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

abcfsk, Sunday, 3 May 2020 09:45 (five months ago) link

Bibi - Kazino

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObzvA8tx9aA

oscar bravo, Friday, 8 May 2020 15:11 (five months ago) link

really into Crystal Tea, big j-pop vibes:

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0iC9vkHN-c 

Roz, Saturday, 9 May 2020 13:39 (five months ago) link

"there there" is cool

ufo, Saturday, 9 May 2020 13:57 (five months ago) link

there is so much good stuff all of a sudden what the heck!!!

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 9 May 2020 20:55 (five months ago) link

whoops

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 9 May 2020 20:55 (five months ago) link

hmmmmmm

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 9 May 2020 20:56 (five months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8bJfx01WyQ

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 9 May 2020 20:56 (five months ago) link

weird...

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 9 May 2020 20:57 (five months ago) link

i guess this song is about online trolling, but i don't really know. certainly plenty of people will tell you you're doing it wrong online, no matter which side of any issue you fall on

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 9 May 2020 21:00 (five months ago) link

anyway this is jaunty, i love the piano!

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 9 May 2020 21:00 (five months ago) link

@roz I love ROman Porno a lot!!!!! It sounds kinda Jpop. I love how the vocal line just kind of slides around and goes into weird modulations.

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 9 May 2020 21:44 (five months ago) link

there is so much good stuff all of a sudden what the heck!!!

Making up for a lacklustre 2019? I like “Villain” too and the lyrics of “Life Sucks”... oof.

re Roman Porno: love the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it glimpse of Björk’s Debut casually hanging out on the bed behind her. Her EP is good - her whole style and sound is very jpop.

Roz, Sunday, 10 May 2020 10:53 (five months ago) link

roman porno was the name for Japanese erotic movies in the 60's, quite the reference

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 12 May 2020 10:12 (five months ago) link

loving Villain a lot!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 18:14 (five months ago) link

@daniel and the album is called pink movie, which... same.

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 14 May 2020 03:23 (five months ago) link

wikipedia says "Nikkatsu made these higher-quality pink films almost exclusively, at an average rate of three per month, for the next 17 years" so it could be a reference to quality, i suppose. i really wanna know what the lyrics are but this is too indie for translators...

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 14 May 2020 03:25 (five months ago) link

i've just been listening to those crystal tea songs on repeat, i'm like obsessed lol

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 14 May 2020 03:25 (five months ago) link

The new TWICE single is composed by Julia Michaels, MNEK and Zara Larsson

abcfsk, Monday, 18 May 2020 12:22 (five months ago) link

Huh. One step closer to my dream Western-Kpop collab, a boyband track produced by Shift K3y. (SF9 track posted at the top of this thread is real close to the sound I’m thinking of.)

Roz, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 11:55 (five months ago) link

Ok I posted that without realising that Shift K3y is also going to be on the TWICE record! Nice.

Still think he should be producing for a boy group though.

Roz, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 12:09 (five months ago) link

Slightly 'off-topic', but this popped up in my youtube. It's a recording from the concert IU had to do the same day her friend Goo Hara died. The news reached her midway through the concert, I think. This is the final song. She says, "I'll pull myself together and do this last song. You guys must be worrying [about me]. It's really.. really... be well, everyone. The more difficult this world is, the more we have to care for one another... Man, it's very.. Even if this world loses its warmth, if only people show each other love... Anyway, I'll sing this wholeheartedly." And she does fight through the song.

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

abcfsk, Thursday, 21 May 2020 21:13 (five months ago) link

blackpink's "ice cream" has nothing on hyuna's

ufo, Saturday, 29 August 2020 02:13 (one month ago) link

or f(x)'s "ice cream" or even red velvet's "ice cream cake". I don't have any faith in blackpink (or any YG act) producing any good/interesting music so long as they keep working with Teddy who peaked more than half a decade ago.

it's not their best but I really like Dreamcatcher's BOCA, which again finds a new way to play with their signature metal/rock guitar sound:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfp2bGytsak

Roz, Saturday, 29 August 2020 12:31 (one month ago) link

found last years 'jopping' ridiculous but fun and like the latest one quite a bit

SuperM - Tiger Inside

oscar bravo, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 11:42 (one month ago) link

for the first time i'm thinking that doing 1000+ sit ups a day might
actually be worthwhile

Wonho - Open Mind

oscar bravo, Sunday, 6 September 2020 16:08 (one month ago) link

killed it in shinee, killing it in SuperM, killing it solo

Taemin - Criminal

oscar bravo, Monday, 7 September 2020 15:59 (one month ago) link

la-la-la la-la-la-la-la

he can’t get it out of his head

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 7 September 2020 16:23 (one month ago) link

<3 Taemin

stray kids continue to be overly intense + supremely enjoyable. that bassline is everything:

https://youtu.be/X-uJtV8ScYk

Roz, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 05:18 (one month ago) link

bass line plus door mime excellence

oscar bravo, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 05:23 (one month ago) link

clicked in here to see if "Ice Cream" (a current pop fave of mine) is actually considered mediocre by the K-pop crew... not leaving disappointed ;)

Can Butch Vig not do "dynamimcs"? (morrisp), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 05:38 (one month ago) link

:D

try some other k-pop, morrisp! there's so much more interesting stuff than the tracks that crossover to the US charts

Roz, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 06:01 (one month ago) link

I'm sure!! I just don't really have a "way in"

Can Butch Vig not do "dynamimcs"? (morrisp), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 06:08 (one month ago) link

for you, i'd recommend the very ariana-influenced Hwasa (of girl group MAMAMOO). :)

Roz, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 06:44 (one month ago) link

Thanks! Ha, you know me ;)

Can Butch Vig not do "dynamimcs"? (morrisp), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 07:00 (one month ago) link

i think you'd dig Hwa Sa's "Maria" a lot

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 12:52 (one month ago) link

oh lol, of course i just realize after posting that Hwasa is Hwa Sa; I swear i came to that independently!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 12:53 (one month ago) link

<3 Taemin

stray kids continue to be overly intense + supremely enjoyable. that bassline is everything:

https://youtu.be/X-uJtV8ScYk🕸

“Back Door” is awesome, especially the high-strung parts

...and yes, that bassline!

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 19:14 (one month ago) link

(Taemin not relevant to that post. Sorry, Taemin!)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 19:16 (one month ago) link

also digging Mamamoo’s “gogobebe”

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 20:07 (one month ago) link

:D

I can't remember if it was posted on last year's thread but while going through their videos yesterday I came across MAMAMOO's also excellent Hip, which I hadn't heard before.

Roz, Thursday, 17 September 2020 03:29 (one month ago) link

“Hip” is also lots of fun. It’s their biggest hit apparently!

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 18 September 2020 11:11 (one month ago) link

hello

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeI992mvlEY

abcfsk, Monday, 21 September 2020 09:10 (one month ago) link

^^ that would be EVERGLOW • LA DI DA

(please provide track info, it makes searching so much easier and also makes up for future broken YouTube links)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 21 September 2020 10:11 (one month ago) link

you’re right tho, that song is immensely hello-worthy

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 21 September 2020 11:27 (one month ago) link

very sin city video there

oscar bravo, Monday, 21 September 2020 15:50 (one month ago) link

yesss I saw the teaser for that last week and I’m glad that it’s exactly as fantastic as the snippet suggested. the rest of the EP seemed very promising too.

Roz, Monday, 21 September 2020 16:02 (one month ago) link

yeah listened to the e.p this morning, all 4 songs really strong.

oscar bravo, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 13:28 (one month ago) link

back door and la di da both pretty awesome and thumping/glittering

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 13:07 (one month ago) link

audio only akaik

Chung Ha x Christopher - Bad Boy

am partial to the synths in this

BDC - Shoot The Moon

am so close to liking this a lot but am torn between thinking that there isn't enough there or if the beats should be even more minimal, do like some of the glitches in it

Precious - Bebe

oscar bravo, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 13:26 (one month ago) link

boy groups really bringing it this year

The Boyz - The Stealer, which rather unusually for a kpop song opens with the chorus

https://youtu.be/c_e-IC0VwZM

Roz, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 17:34 (one month ago) link

like this but smh at the all denim outfits

XUM - DDALALA

oscar bravo, Thursday, 24 September 2020 14:55 (four weeks ago) link

wow i love that

ufo, Thursday, 24 September 2020 15:05 (four weeks ago) link

know their latter day output isn't that popular itt but what the hell i still like them and love this chorus and the jisoo/rose parts

Blackpink - Lovesick Girls

oscar bravo, Friday, 2 October 2020 14:44 (three weeks ago) link

it's not really exciting but it's more enjoyable than anything they've done in a fair while i guess

ufo, Friday, 2 October 2020 15:08 (three weeks ago) link

Four years for a debut album that runs 24 mins, god YG is such a shitshow.

but surprise! I like this more than I thought I would. Lovesick Girls once again feels about three years too late, but the other songs are good - Crazy Over You is my current fave. Also Bet You Wanna is a much better collab track than Ice Cream - can't believe they went with the latter as a single and not this.

Jisoo deserves a solo imo.

Roz, Saturday, 3 October 2020 04:46 (two weeks ago) link

anyway full on stanning Stray Kids at this point, so here's "Any":

https://youtu.be/uaJ81czm3xA

we love a self-produced group with a penchant for off-kilter beats/melodies and puns that work in two languages ("Any"/"ani" which means "no" in Korean, also Gone Days which is a play on the Korean slang for 'boomer' lol. it helps to know that two of their members, incl their main songwriter, are Korean-Australian.)

and I wish I had discovered this song last year because holy shit o_O

Roz, Saturday, 3 October 2020 15:39 (two weeks ago) link

I like 'any'. My favourite 2 stray kids songs are still 'God's Menu' and 'Doubleknot' however. That might be because I do the majority of my listening via YouTube and the m/v for 'God's Menu' is a masterpiece from editing to transitions to Felix's undercut.

oscar bravo, Saturday, 3 October 2020 20:53 (two weeks ago) link

another boy group, with their debut(i think?)

WEi - Twilight

oscar bravo, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 17:04 (two weeks ago) link

Weki Meki - Cool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHikmx0eVXM

Roz, Monday, 12 October 2020 03:51 (one week ago) link

really like that weki meki

vacillate between this being too cutesy for me or not

WJSN CHOCOME - Hmph!

plus I like this one too

Refund Sisters - Don't Touch Me

oscar bravo, Monday, 12 October 2020 15:25 (one week ago) link

oh and hwasa is in refund sisters

oscar bravo, Monday, 12 October 2020 15:28 (one week ago) link

yeah "cool" is very cool, one of my favourites this year

"hmph!" is like a cutesy version of a t-ara song? i'm similarly on the fence as to whether it's too much

ufo, Monday, 12 October 2020 23:58 (one week ago) link

"Hmph!" is very Orange Caramel and it's great! when I think of too cutesy, I'm thinking of songs like Lovelyz - Ah-Choo (which I love too btw), not this Eurodisco-adjacent stuff.

Refund Sisters is Hwa Sa, Lee Hyori, Uhm Jung Hwa and Jessi - a one-off "supergroup" created for Yoo Jaesuk's variety show, which seems to be the way to get a surefire hit in Korea these days (see also Rain and Hyori's 90s throwback act SSAK3 posted upthread).

Roz, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 03:15 (one week ago) link

NCT U - Make a Wish (Birthday Song) brings you whistling and harmonies and so much Chanel:

https://youtu.be/tyrVtwE8Gv0

Roz, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 03:37 (one week ago) link

re: “Cool”: not too crazy about being reminded of that “Like A G6” sound in a 2020 song tbh

otoh, the throwback-to-the-golden-age vibe of “Hmph!” sits very well with me, strange how that works

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 12:11 (one week ago) link

not familiar with the group Rania that birthed this new act but i q like it all the same

Blackswan - Tonight

oscar bravo, Friday, 16 October 2020 16:14 (one week ago) link

lol where to start with Rania?

They're most famous for the classic bop Dr Feelgood which caused a bit of controversy back in the day - the choreography to the song (positively tame even for 2011 tbh) was deemed too scandalous by Korean censors and had to be changed for broadcast.

they never really had a follow-up hit but all you need to know about the group after that is that this isn't even their first reboot; there has been multiple lineup changes, accusations of racism and whitewashing, and their label is extremely messy (for more, just scroll through the rania tag on omona).  

'Tonight' is decent not great, and I don't trust their label enough not to fuck up the group again, but between this and 'Hmph!', it's nice that groups are suddenly bringing back sounds from 2011-2013 kpop. I hope someone resurrects peak Sweetune soon. 

Roz, Saturday, 17 October 2020 12:31 (six days ago) link

Loona - Why Not?

oscar bravo, Monday, 19 October 2020 16:56 (four days ago) link

I like that.

Lots of nice releases this week:

MAMAMOO - Dingga

SEVENTEEN - Home;Run

Roz, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 16:37 (three days ago) link

Loona - Why Not?🕸

so the “Like A G6” sound *is* a 2020 thing now?

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 20 October 2020 16:40 (three days ago) link

And sorry for Stray Kids spam but even their Japanese releases are bangers: All In

Roz, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 16:46 (three days ago) link


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