I’ll be continuing my reviews of HyukOh’s discography, this time focussing on their second album.
Much more upbeat than the previous record, ’22’ aims to charter new ground for HyukOh. Where there were RnB, soul and even funk influences, the band incorporates reggae, Latin melodies, punk rock and contemporary pop sounds. Much less cohesive than ’20’, I feel that the intention was to experiment rather than send an overarching message.
HyukOh wound up exploding into popularity recently in Korea after a stint on Infinite Challenge. As I’m slow on getting on the bandwagon, I only got to listen to them a few weeks ago. And here I am reviewing everything they’ve released officially.
Apart from “Be Mine” and “Destiny“, I hadn’t really liked any of Infinite’s songs. That changed when they changed up their sound with “Bad”. I’m usually easily caught by backtracks and instrumentals that include strings/orchestral elements in them, which “Bad” uses very much to Infinite’s advantage.
On top of that, their mainly high range vocals and lower range rappers were used in the quieter sections of the instrumental, whilst the more pop-friendly hook and chorus vocals were kept sparse and repetitive as the instrumental got busier. It really helped to keep the full, epic sound built up in the intro.
The video also matched the lyrics and atmosphere of the song well, and made use of 360VR, albeit in a slightly lazy way.
I’ll leave the music theory gushing to MRJ if you’re interested. Please Infinite, give me more of these kinds of songs.
Since I’ve essentially been inactive in the blog area but been paying a load of attention to K-pop this, and last year, I figured I should at least write a summary post for last year. In an attempt to be an unbiased writer and try out Youtube APIs, I wrote a script to pull all the K-pop releases of this year into a couple of playlists. There were 355 releases this year(albums, singles, OSTs included) so it’s quite the listen. Enjoy after the skip…
This is a post that has been a long time coming. Basically, its been on the way since No More Dream was released.
In the absence of my bias group, Bangtan was just the right amount of hip-hop, swag, rap, cute and funny that I needed. The one downside to this group for me is I am now experiencing some EXTREME noona-fan problems. Only three of the members, J-Hope and Suga and Jin, are around my age. So…I just feel like a creeper. All the time.
Anyway, on to the reasons why I have become a BTS stan.
The funny, corny, cheesy, making-fun-of-yourself video from my favorite troublemakers!
Block B‘s new album, BLOCKBUSTER, came out last November. As a BBC(no, not the BBC you’re thinking of) I was completely excited! It had been 8 months since Block B put anything out as they were hiatus because of certain comments…
Anyway, I had been expecting an album like their past albums: hip-hop influenced, rap-heavy and all round awesome. Instead, they blew away my expectations in making the most polished album I have seen from them to date. The album takes Block B on a wild curve from their former style of music and gives us all new everything! Well, Nillili Mambo and No Joke maybe an exception to that, but otherwise all the songs were a complete surprise. Here’s my(very biased, quick) rundown:
So my current favorites, in no particular order:
2NE1(pronounced “to anyone” or “21) is a K-pop girl band under YG Entertainment. Although they are often marketed as a hip-hop group, very few of their songs are in the hip-hop genre and generally fall in electro-pop or RnB(or a mix of everything). They are also thought of as the first Korean idol girl group to display a tough, non-cute image as a signature style. And you have to admit(I’m sorry for having to use this word) but they have swag.
Now I didn’t really want to write about 2NE1 because it is so mainstream and well known now that I’m not really promoting them. That said, their comeback single “I Love You” made me VERY confused. And since I haven’t since any similar views among fans or non-fans, I’ll write about it.
Note: I am a 2NE1 fan. I’m not hating. Just stating.
So I’m a little late on the band wagon with this one, but my recommendation this week is Tablo‘s double album “Fever’s End”. This is the first solo album from Epik High leader, Tablo who recently signed with YG.
I am SO glad I read this article in Wired today. If not, I would not have bothered listening to his music.
Let me tell you Tablo is an EXTREMELY poetic, deep-thinking rapper. You’ll miss out if you let a language barrier stop you from checking him out.
I present: Gangnam Style. Please watch, you’ll be glad you did!
And don’t worry, it’s meant to be funny!
Psy is literally one of the only full time K-Pop artists I’ve seen purposefully make fun of himself in his own music video. And it makes this song all the more awesome.
Unique = good.