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

Late aughts RnB revival can continue forever, thanks.

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

really like 'cool'!

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

gloriously cheesy but i kinda like it

cherry bullet 'Hands Up'

KARD 'Red Moon'

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

three weeks pass...

AVOKID - "Timid" is sublime

"Wannabe" is the best Itzy single yet imo

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

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

leebada - 'empty room'

dongkiz - 'lupin'

park woo jin - 'color eye'

oscar bravo, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 17:41 (five 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"):

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

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

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

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

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

Oh My Girl getting their first big hit

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

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

Bibi - Kazino

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

really into Crystal Tea, big j-pop vibes: 

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

"there there" is cool

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


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


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

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


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

anyway this is jaunty, i love the piano!

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

loving Villain a lot!

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

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

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

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

abcfsk, Monday, 18 May 2020 12:22 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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.

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

man i don't think i can watch that. I still can't watch that video of Lee Hi freezing up while singing "Breathe" in tribute to Jonghyun. </3

Roz, Friday, 22 May 2020 02:30 (four months ago) link

swervy ft. paloalto - why same beat as 'color eye' i think

red square - color full

agust d -daechwita

secret number - who dis?

oscar bravo, Thursday, 4 June 2020 17:39 (three months ago) link

plus i must be a sucker for suzanne's vibe because after loving 'can't hang' earlier in the year i'm also feeling suzanne - do not fear heartbreak

oscar bravo, Thursday, 4 June 2020 17:44 (three months ago) link

ooh that suzanne track is lovely

ufo, Friday, 5 June 2020 02:25 (three months ago) link

no mention on this thread about how kpop stans have become a considerable bloc of the revolution? clicked on a "whitelifesmatter" hashtag on twitter yesterday and it had been comprehensively hijacked by people posting kpop palmface gifs.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 5 June 2020 09:38 (three months ago) link

It’s talked about a little bit over on the Twitter thread on ILE - it’s not particularly surprising imo, kpop stans have always been both politically aware and tremendously good at organising.

More interested in Kpop artists who have spoken out in support. She hasn’t had the best history in terms of acknowledging previous controversies surrounding appropriation etc but so far the best statement I’ve seen is CL’s:

CL said what some of these kpop artists will never admit

— ً (@LISANATlON) June 4, 2020

A roundup of everyone else’s responses here:

Roz, Friday, 5 June 2020 16:28 (three months ago) link

10 years after the fact here is an ode to pep era barca

momoland - tiki taka

dding was one of my absolute favourites last year and here's
jvcki doing her thing this year

jvcki wai - fadeaway

bleeps and sirens make me happy

gaeko/nitti gritti/kaku - pass out

oscar bravo, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 15:31 (three months ago) link

more bleeping

sik-k,pH-1,Jay Park,HAON - gang remix

low key hazy

punchnello ft. meenoi - us

oscar bravo, Sunday, 14 June 2020 16:27 (three months ago) link

not enough jvcki wai in fadeaway imo

love the beats on this, Lovelyz member doing something that doesn't sound anything at all like what her group usually does:

Roz, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 02:39 (three months ago) link

"tiger eyes" is good but makes me think the producer has been listening to billie eilish

ufo, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 02:52 (three months ago) link

lol totally

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 15:56 (three months ago) link

The #1 retro-obsessed producer working in Korea right now is Park Moonchi. She released a single earlier this spring under her own name (she's not the one singing here obviously) and it's a deliciously mellow serenade:

Last year she formed a 90s style k-pop girl group with Stella Jang, CHEEZE and Lovey, which she produced, to great results

And she's done some deliriously feel good tracks

She also does some mainstream, high profile producing, including Suho's latest single. But it's when she's recognisably in her own ballpark she's at her best. Her youtube channel is recommended. She's also on the keys for the new KIRIN x Hoody single:

abcfsk, Saturday, 27 June 2020 12:59 (three months ago) link

It's hard to keep track of all channels and platforms and output, but so much good has happened to Korean media from the breaking up of the big broadcasters monopoly on stars... alternative paths are now viable. Youtubers, streamers, etc. Kim Mina was a weather presenter who lost her job, but through her online presence and instant appeal as a funnywoman she appeared all over the place and finally got big enough for it to become a full time career. The big broadcasters have been so woefully male-heavy in terms of funny hosts, so it's always nice to see the structures uprooted. She's so funny, and there's quite a bit of stuff English subbed

abcfsk, Sunday, 28 June 2020 10:56 (three months ago) link

"summer love..." is lovely

ufo, Sunday, 28 June 2020 12:37 (three months ago) link

She also showcased some of her recent remixes on the Jae Suk / Hyori / Rain episodes of Jae Suk's show.

abcfsk, Sunday, 28 June 2020 15:24 (three months ago) link

Yes Sir! Yes Sir! Yes Sir!

Ateez - Thanxx

oscar bravo, Tuesday, 25 August 2020 13:18 (one month ago) link

new KARD which seems like it's about fan/idol culture

Kard - Gunshot

oscar bravo, Wednesday, 26 August 2020 15:19 (one month ago) link

love bea miller's voice and soyeon's verse

K/DA - The Baddest ft. (g)i-dle, bea miller, wolftyla


Blackpink - Ice Cream (with Selena Gomez)

oscar bravo, Friday, 28 August 2020 14:56 (one month ago) link

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

ufo, Saturday, 29 August 2020 02:13 (four weeks 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:

Roz, Saturday, 29 August 2020 12:31 (four weeks 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 (three weeks 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 (three weeks ago) link

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

Taemin - Criminal

oscar bravo, Monday, 7 September 2020 15:59 (three weeks 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 (three weeks ago) link

<3 Taemin

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

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

bass line plus door mime excellence

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


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 week 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 week ago) link

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

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

Thanks! Ha, you know me ;)

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

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

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

<3 Taemin

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

“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 week ago) link

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

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

also digging Mamamoo’s “gogobebe”

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


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 week 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 week ago) link


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

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

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

very sin city video there

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

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

oscar bravo, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 13:28 (six days ago) link

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

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

boy groups really bringing it this year

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

Roz, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 17:34 (five days ago) link

like this but smh at the all denim outfits


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

wow i love that

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

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