Tuesday, 22 July 2014

[Single Review] SISTAR bring in the summer with 'Touch My Body'

SISTAR are a top tier group now, there's no denying it. Competing with the likes of Girls' Generation and 2NE1. They released 'Touch My Body' on the 21st and it's been #1 on Melon since despite INFINITE releasing their brilliant new single since. So what do I think?

Thursday, 3 July 2014

[Single Review] f(x) continue to impress with 'Red Light'

I have been so hyped for this comeback since they announced it and as usual f(x) have not let me down. 'Red Light' is an electro-pop song that goes hard. Switching between fast pace rap style verses, a synth-pop style light pre-chorus to a crazy chorus. There's a lot going on here but it's all threaded together wonderfully. The bridge is SUBLIME too. We've never really heard this kind of style from them before. The first play may be jarring to some and not instantly catchy like Electric Shock but after a few plays I promise this will be stuck in your head just like any other classic f(x) hit. SM are really taking some experimental steps with the music they put out and I think it's superb.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

[Single Review] Orange Slayramel are back

When Pledis initially revealed the afterschool subunit I wasn't particularity impressed. I don't normally go for the whole cutesy thing they were doing for the first couple singles. But over time they've slowly morphed into this quirky group with their own distinct individuality. Since 'Bangkok City' they haven't had a bad single. 'Lipstick' was friggin' amazing. They also have some INCREDIBLE album tracks in their discography that I suggest you check out. See 'Bubble Bath' & 'One Love'. 

'Catallena' is described as an 'indian disco song' that samples a a Pakistani folk song (!!!), so obviously it's amazing. The lyrics describe a mysterious 'Catallena' woman. urgh seriously I just love everything about it. So funky, so fresh. Listening Orange Caramel, you're never bored, Pledis are really doing a great thing here with them. 

The video is the most original MV I've seen in k-pop since.. well their last MV 'Lipstick'. The girls become sushi... and I don't really know what else to say, just watch it. 

Score: 8.5/10


Saturday, 25 January 2014

My Top 10 K-Pop Albums of 2013

I know this post is pretty late, being nearly February after all but I had exams and other real life things so you're getting it now. I've also included 5 other albums that didn't make my top 10 because I wanted to mention them. I've just written quick blurbs about why I liked each album and then put which tracks I think you should definitely listen to. Also I wanna mention After School and their maxi single "First Love", couldn't technically put this on the list because it's a "single" but there's like three amazing songs on there so like obvs check it out if you haven't already. 

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

BoA proves she's still queen of Japan/Korea/Rest of world with "Shout It Out"

BoA surprised released the music video to her new Japanese single "Shout It Out" apparently out in march and I'm so here for it.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

[Single Review] AOA show us their Miniskirt's for their new single

When AOA first debuted I thought they were GREAT. Their debut song was fresh and the whole "we're an idol group but also some of us form a band with this other chick" concept was interesting, Korean idols playing instruments is not something you see very often. But after their debut I lost interest, I don't know why none of their songs really appealed to me - until now. 

Both and song and video for "Miniskirt" are essential a Bravesound/SISTAR/Alone rip-off which I dunno, has already been done about one hundred times since by just about everyone but I love it. I don't actually care too much about these rehashes because Brave does manage to change it up enough that I don't get bored and 'Alone' is one of my favourite k-pop songs so it's all cool. I'm still jamming. It's actually quite impressive how many songs he's managed to create from essentially the same thing with only a few being kinda shit. 

It's a sexy concept which seems to be very much in for 2014 so far. It turned Janurary 1st and about 10 teasers popped up for various different groups showing a lot of skin. This is no exception, AOA are rolling around on the floor and un-zipping their skirts. 

This is actually probably been my favourite girl group comeback of 2014 so far (not that there has been that many). Talking of which can SNSD and 2NE1 please comeback with full albums now please? Cheers. 

Score 7/10 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

JYP's new group 'GOT7' debut and not surprisingly they're pretty good.

Ok, I'm ignoring their godawful name (at least it's not as bad as WINNER) but these guys are pretty good. I wasn't anticipating them too much just because I often find debut's a little bit awkward and never really that inspired. But seeing as they are from one the big three I kept an eye out. 

The song is really slick. It may not immediately be catchy but it slowly creeps it's way into your head. The "omana" sample from Sohee classic line from Tell Me is so cool. 

Their dancing isn't as slick as some other groups you might see in k-pop but I LIKE THAT. Sometimes k-pop can be too perfect and formulated. This actually looks what you might actually see if you walked into an underground-dance-battle-club-place in Seoul. There's definitely some sort of spark there. 

But I could easily hear 2PM here. If I just heard the song with no other information, I'd guess 2PM were singing it. They have the same style of singing, I'm sure that probably comes from having the same vocal coach etc and this song probably started off life as a 2PM demo. But these guys seem cool and I can't wait to hear the rest of the mini on the 20th and to see how they grow. Debut's are hardly ever ground breaking (except miss A) because they like to play it safe to start off with but hopefully JYP do something interesting with this group.