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sm's super-girl group 'GOT the beat' have started the year off with a particularly out there track in "step back"

ufo, Monday, 3 January 2022 09:20 (four months ago) link

that really is fantastically weird, and love seeing all of them together in one group - BoA debuted before aespa's Winter was even born lol

Netizens aren't having it though, more due to the lyrics than the music:

Roz, Monday, 3 January 2022 10:13 (four months ago) link

Shame about the lyrics because I love when SM embraces their divisive kitchen sink approach of shifting tones and genres

abcfsk, Thursday, 6 January 2022 08:32 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Some tunes I've liked this month: 
YENA - Smiley feat BIBI 

fun and bright debut, with an assist from BIBI who's always good value on a track
Breezy house track from MAMAMOO's Moon Byul - "Lunatic"
"Slow Mo"
"Who Are You" (feat. Seulgi of Red Velvet)

These BamBam songs are both lovely and chill. Never really got into GOT7 as a group but love him and Jackson Wang solo.
OnlyOneOf - "skinz" 

this group has gotten some flak for ~queerbaiting (in their earlier video and in this one), though honestly it isn't that far off from other boy groups doing similar things during photoshoots and in variety show interactions. but I'd be interested to know how much the yaoi concept is being driven by their handlers and whether the members have any say in it, because some of the visuals really do feel kinda skeevy at times. :/

shame though because their music's actually pretty good and different sounding from other boy groups. "skinz" lacks a tune but I like how abrasive it is.   

Roz, Monday, 24 January 2022 06:55 (three months ago) link

four weeks pass...

stayc - "run2u"

ufo, Monday, 21 February 2022 12:30 (three months ago) link

NMIXX - "O.O" manages to sum up its kitchen sink chaos in its emoticon title

ufo, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 12:56 (three months ago) link

like, what the hell is this going for

ufo, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 12:56 (three months ago) link

As usual I'm pro kitchen sink in kpop. The shift is even harsher than aespa's recent genre mixes but.. why not!

abcfsk, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 14:06 (three months ago) link

it's not bad but i don't know if it's good either yet, it's a lot to take in. like those sort of clashing shifts are nothing new in kpop but totally eschewing any sort of repetition in its structure is pretty distinct. definitely in favour of it existing at least

ufo, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 01:25 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

late i know but ufo i really love that STAYC track.

enjoyed this too

oscar bravo, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 18:17 (two months ago) link

best & most ambitious red velvet single in quite some time, probably since "sappy"?

ufo, Monday, 21 March 2022 11:28 (two months ago) link

love this
my fav since russian roulette

nxd, Monday, 21 March 2022 13:29 (two months ago) link

the whole mini is great too. so good to have them back in form

ufo, Monday, 21 March 2022 22:06 (two months ago) link

new debut i think


i really like one of the sounds in this but not completely sold on the track


and a swerve away


oscar bravo, Thursday, 24 March 2022 17:19 (one month ago) link

technically he’s no longer kpop but I don’t know where else to put this. Jackson Wang’s solo career just keeps getting better and better:


Roz, Thursday, 31 March 2022 16:44 (one month ago) link

kwon eun bi - "glitch"

ufo, Monday, 4 April 2022 12:03 (one month ago) link

That’s a good track, but like so many other kpop songs this year, i feel like it’s missing… something. Same with the red velvet track - I admire it but don’t love it. I don’t know if I’m just cranky but I haven’t liked a lot of kpop this year at all, everything either sounds stale or trying too hard and no one seems to be having any actual fun.

meanwhile Big Bang coming back after four years with a boring rock ballad is disappointing, but not a surprise - feels like a calculated move to get them back in the good graces of the S. Korean public. As one of the rare boy groups that can actually pull off a ballad though, this is just goddamn lazy:

Roz, Monday, 4 April 2022 16:02 (one month ago) link

did enjoy TOP being Donnie Darko on the moon, bless him for staying weird

Roz, Monday, 4 April 2022 16:12 (one month ago) link

Yeah not really enjoying that track aside from the la la la la bit, but great video - love the pirate ship overgrown with weeds.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 10:12 (one month ago) link

It’s a very pretty video.

A lot of fans are speculating that it’s a farewell single which makes me see it in a kinder light, but it’s still a nothing song. Surprised there were no shots of all of them together.

Roz, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 11:13 (one month ago) link

posted on the 2NE1 thread, but it belongs here too of course:

I miss them so much.

Roz, Monday, 18 April 2022 03:49 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

IS the pandemic over, I'm not sure -_- Anyway this is fun!!!!

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 6 May 2022 01:31 (two weeks ago) link

And this is coming late but my take on the Big Bang track is it's an old one they pulled out of storage to make up for cancelling their Coachella set. There's rumors you can hear Seungri in the backing vocals on the second verse. Whether he's there or not it feels like something that wasn't good enough to put out the first time.

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 6 May 2022 01:33 (two weeks ago) link

Hasn't hurt them on the local charts though - as expected, the Korean public loves the song. And after a month, PSY only managed to bump them off the top spot for an hour heh.

Liking this other PSY track with Hwasa: Now

Roz, Monday, 9 May 2022 05:13 (one week ago) link

Took me a few secs to locate it but "Now" is a cover of "When The Rain Begins To Fall" by Jermaine Jackson and Pia Zadora, a fine showbiz tradition for Psy to follow in.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 9 May 2022 09:31 (one week ago) link

can't fault his taste

TWELVE Michelob stars?!? (seandalai), Monday, 9 May 2022 12:20 (one week ago) link

Ah nice catch. Apparently it’s a cover of a cover: this 80s Korean remake of the Jackson/Zadora track.

Roz, Monday, 9 May 2022 17:23 (one week ago) link

"Feel My Rhythm" has really grown on me.

Some other stuff I've liked recently:

RoaD-B - Nonstop - Sweetune! I've missed their sound so much. The melodic arrangements, the sense of build and release, the DRAMA. RoaD-B (who I've never even heard of - apparently a reboot of a prev group) doesn't seem to have the vocal power that previous Sweetune collaborators like Kara or Infinite had, but it's just nice to hear this type of songwriting in kpop again

IVE - Love Dive - narcissistic, my god I love it

Dreamcatcher - MAISON - feels like everything they've done before has been leading up to this - a perfect distillation of their brand of anime soundtrack pop/rock. also finally (and deservedly!) netted them their first ever music show wins.  

iKON - But You: nice bit of synthpop even if it really doesn't fit their style at all, should've given it to Winner or Treasure instead heh 

Roz, Thursday, 12 May 2022 06:04 (one week ago) link

oh "nonstop" is very nice, great to hear something new from sweetune. looks like they really haven't had much success of late and have been writing for a lot of no-name groups, that's a shame

ufo, Thursday, 12 May 2022 06:45 (one week ago) link

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