is it just me or has kpop been particularly dire this year? finally came across a couple of decent releases this week:
Aespa's track from the soundtrack of the Tetris movie (of all things!) is an unexpected gem - a pulsating synthpop banger based around a sample of the Korobeiniki melody
AESPA - "Hold On Tight"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvtzZFhrKLE
BILLIE - EUNOIA - in the NewJeans/TripleS-style of laidback 90s bounce but BILLIE has enough personality that it doesn't seem completely like they're trendchasing. Also Youha has a songwriting credit on this. :)
speaking of NewJeans... their Coke Zero tie-up actually starts off pretty well but good god, that chorus is awful. shame because I really liked the sound of NewJeans doing dnb:
― Roz, Thursday, 6 April 2023 09:06 (five months ago) link
i enjoyed that aespa track
― oscar bravo, Thursday, 6 April 2023 09:41 (five months ago) link
I like the Zero chorus, it's kinda psychotic but based on a Korean schoolyard rhyme.
Also the rookie group Fifty Fifty now have a certified major global hit with Cupid, which never took off in Korea before it hit tiktok, spotify, billboard, uk charts etc.
It's currently #13 on global Spotify. Belatedly it is now also climbing in Korea.
― abcfsk, Sunday, 9 April 2023 08:16 (five months ago) link
in more international chart news, Jimin of BTS has the US number one single this week with “Like Crazy”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOI67IDlNMQ
― at bottom, wrapping my arms around some tripe called "Quest" (breastcrawl), Sunday, 9 April 2023 08:39 (five months ago) link
And what does it take to dethrone NewJeans from the top spots? Only IVE's more conventional pop bangers
― abcfsk, Tuesday, 11 April 2023 17:56 (five months ago) link
sound design on this is great but it feels like it's missing something to truly make it a great song overall?
― ufo, Tuesday, 16 May 2023 21:42 (four months ago) link
yeah kinda feel that way about their whole mini (and a lot of current k-pop in general)
a few more good recent songs I've liked, but also feel like they're missing a little something:
NCT DOJAEJUNG - "Perfume" - boyband r&b straight out of 1998 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nRiE4sLLxE
(G)I-DLE - "Allergy" - cute pop punk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZaBkbvteBc
IVE - "Wave" - japanese single that's very... IVE - I like that they seem to have established a signature sound/mood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD1kP_nJU3o
― Roz, Saturday, 20 May 2023 10:50 (four months ago) link
new NCT Dream track "Broken Melodies" is interesting - a weird mix between a melodic rock ballad and dnb beats, with a big dramatic bridge. too bad they go back to a chanty, sing-song chorus, like why would you even tease all that and not follow through on the hook? :/
again, just short of a little something:
can't believe my fave kpop song of the year is still the one from the Tetris soundtrack lol
― Roz, Tuesday, 20 June 2023 08:35 (three months ago) link
Spicy is great imo. It's cool that that 'Eve, Psyche' track from SSerafim is now as big as Unforgiven.
Gidle's recent lead singles have been a bit too much sass for my taste, but it's impressive how they dominate in Korea with a very member-led creative approach.
NewJeans coming back next month with triple A-side release.
― abcfsk, Tuesday, 20 June 2023 10:06 (three months ago) link
It's cool that that 'Eve, Psyche' track from SSerafim is now as big as Unforgiven.
it's a good song imo, I like it way more than "Unforgiven". Great title too.
Since they weren't posted earlier:
Le SSerafim - "Eve, Psyche & The Bluebeard's wife"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZs_cLHfnNA
― Roz, Wednesday, 21 June 2023 02:25 (three months ago) link
Erika de Casier is listed as co-writer on one of the new NewJeans track. Gunning for that ilxor poll again.
― abcfsk, Thursday, 22 June 2023 19:43 (three months ago) link
getting de casier to write for them makes a whole lot of sense and is perfectly targeted at me
― ufo, Friday, 23 June 2023 00:00 (three months ago) link
omg and me!
― Roz, Friday, 23 June 2023 04:02 (three months ago) link
"super shy" is pretty good, it's short and a little repetitive but it makes up for that by constantly changing up the beat. i think it's one of the tracks co-written by de casier
― ufo, Friday, 7 July 2023 05:10 (two months ago) link
that rules and yes, de casier is one of the writers on it.
she's on both their new tracks, the other is just called "New Jeans". Love the video:
― Roz, Friday, 7 July 2023 06:44 (two months ago) link
man “super shy” is great. i had the same thought re the repetition but on subsequent listens i actually love that part of it. their vocals sound at home on a garage beat… de casier being involved is really cool
― J0rdan S., Friday, 7 July 2023 07:16 (two months ago) link
also just wanna say that fifty fifty “cupid” is the best pure pop single of the year to me… not sure if the pre-chorus echoing kylie “more more more” is intentional but i get a thrill hearing that part on the radio. top to bottom great record down to “cupid is so dumb”
― J0rdan S., Friday, 7 July 2023 07:31 (two months ago) link
yeah it's fine that "super shy" repeats that hook so much because it's a great hook
i don't really get why "cupid" became such an international hit (it was #2 here!) beyond just 'tiktok' (there seems to be a lot of claims that there was some sort of tiktok payola involved but i have no idea how accurate that is). it's fine as a song but it feels like i've heard that sound so many times before, but i guess it's not quite as familiar to most? seems like they're destined to be a one hit wonder as they're currently suing to try to get out of their contracts, there are claims one of the producers/writers of "cupid" is trying to poach the group with warner bros., and their agency is having some sort of dispute over the copyrights to "cupid" with said producer/writer
― ufo, Friday, 7 July 2023 08:14 (two months ago) link
that’s fascinating, i had no idea. fighting the label this early in a career seems pretty atypical no? it would be for any artist tbf but especially in k-pop it feels likei’m no k-pop expert so maybe i’m just hearing “cupid” w/ a layperson’s ears but there’s something effortless about the songwriting to me & the way the song flows from verse to pre chorus to chorus etc. also — and i may be projecting here — i think for english language listeners there’s something to grab onto lyrically in the chorus that is simple but also clever & funny
― J0rdan S., Friday, 7 July 2023 14:25 (two months ago) link
Super Shy is hot shit
― abcfsk, Friday, 7 July 2023 15:39 (two months ago) link
yeah fifty fifty have really speedran things. there's been more kpop acts successfully getting exploitative contracts (generally the norm in the industry) overturned in court these days (former ilm favourites loona recently successfully had their contracts terminated by the court) and it seems like their unexpected sudden gigantic success early on really pushed up the tension quicker than usual - both between them & the agency but also internal business disputes within the agency
they do have new song today for the barbie soundtrack, it's hypersaturated & based around interpolation of "together again".
― ufo, Friday, 7 July 2023 22:09 (two months ago) link
newjeans have already performed "eta" from the upcoming ep and it's just as fantastic as you'd expect
― ufo, Saturday, 8 July 2023 22:51 (two months ago) link
super shy is the first new jeans song that I've actually liked. cupid is v much not to my taste.
― oscar bravo, Sunday, 9 July 2023 12:19 (two months ago) link
loona subunit odd eye circle return after loona's demise - they've signed to modhaus, which was founded by jaden jeong, the creative director for loona during that excellent run of early singles. two other loona members have signed there too and the new group with all of them is called artms
"air force one" is no "girl front" but it's still fun
― ufo, Wednesday, 12 July 2023 02:20 (two months ago) link
I know I'm super late to this but omg the video to "Supershy", never thought I'd see Kpop happen in a Lisbon fish market lmao.
― Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 12 July 2023 10:28 (two months ago) link
Jung Kook - “Seven” (feat. Latto)
oh hey, a BTS-related track I actually like… even if the best part of it is actually Latto’s verse lol
― Roz, Saturday, 15 July 2023 05:00 (two months ago) link
new newjeans single... so they're like... making an early 2010s era rinse fm album? i'm incredibly invested in this all of a sudden
― J0rdan S., Wednesday, 19 July 2023 19:48 (two months ago) link
i'm not so into the self-titled song but this is potentially even better than "super shy" jeez
― J0rdan S., Wednesday, 19 July 2023 19:53 (two months ago) link
It didn't worm itself into my brain as quickly as "super shy", but ya it's a good song.
the 'side b' version of the video has an appearance by Tony Leung (!) and a snippet of a very nice-sounding ballad:
― Roz, Friday, 21 July 2023 02:04 (two months ago) link
"eta" is also fantastic. the whole ep is great but there's only one more track and the songs are so short so it's only 12 minutes! i want a whole album of this already
― ufo, Friday, 21 July 2023 04:18 (two months ago) link
like why is "get up" just an interlude lol, give us a full version
― ufo, Friday, 21 July 2023 04:27 (two months ago) link
oh shit, i thought the bit in the video was a snippet - you're telling me that's the whole track? lol
ETA is great. Only ASAP hasn't been released yeah?
― Roz, Friday, 21 July 2023 04:39 (two months ago) link
wait it's here:
― Roz, Friday, 21 July 2023 04:42 (two months ago) link
the whole EP is out now yeah
― ufo, Friday, 21 July 2023 04:44 (two months ago) link
Casier co-wrote four tracks, three of them along with Fine Glindvad Jensen from Danish electropop group Chinah - probably most known as the group behind the sample from Two Shells 'Home'. Swedish songwriter Ylva Dimberg co-wrote ETA, and Norwegian group Smerz co-wrote ASAP. All in all, five Scandinavian women have writing credits on the short ep.
― Frederik B, Friday, 21 July 2023 07:42 (two months ago) link
And also, the ep is really good!
― Frederik B, Friday, 21 July 2023 07:43 (two months ago) link
it kinda cracks me up how on “cool with you” they throw in those little 90s r&b esque “give it to me now” ad libs… they feel distinctly out of place given the rest of what they’re referencing, but they’re also really charming & add just a little something to what is a fairly pared down song
― J0rdan S., Friday, 21 July 2023 16:39 (two months ago) link
i mean that's kinda what they've been doing right from the start, just in the opposite direction - the first ep was all 90s r&b throwbacks just with little jersey club etc. touches thrown in to feel modern & fresh. of course the early 2010s garage of "cool with you" isn't as on trend as the jersey club stuff but it still feels fresh for kpop, i don't really know why no one's gone all-in on it before
― ufo, Friday, 21 July 2023 21:25 (two months ago) link
the synth horn on "ETA" bothers me but the rest of this EP is great. "ASAP" is a really cool song
― J0rdan S., Tuesday, 25 July 2023 15:49 (two months ago) link
newjeans seem really shocked by how much lollapalooza loves them lol. they do everything except the new ep with a live band so there's some different arrangements.
― ufo, Friday, 4 August 2023 02:28 (one month ago) link
Supershy really pops with a crowd
― abcfsk, Friday, 4 August 2023 08:57 (one month ago) link
they should have performed it a second time to close
― ufo, Friday, 4 August 2023 09:00 (one month ago) link
Good day for mid tier groups.
― abcfsk, Wednesday, 23 August 2023 13:15 (one month ago) link