Monday, July 31, 2017

[MV] SHANNON - HELLO

[DEBUT] LONGGUO & SHIHYUN - the.the.the



These guys were on Produce 101. This duo is actually going to be a sub-unit of a larger group to debut later. Nice to have Devine Channel produce your debut. Sounds good.

[MV] Supreme Boi (feat. Simo) - Photoshop


Supreme Boi does a ton of BTS's stuff.
It's fun to hear how wild/weird his personal work is in comparison.

[MV] Raina (feat. Aron of NU'EST) - Loop


Official channel link

[DEBUT] Jung Jinhyeong - Calling You

[MV] JJ Project - Tomorrow, Today


5 years later...
It's cool to have JJ Project release new material after GOT7 becoming a thing. Lots of Kpop fans have been begging for JB and Jinyoung to revive the duo. 'Bounce' was loved by many. I wasn't into it personally, but this new album is quite different and pretty lovely!

[MV] PERC%NT - Drunk

[MV] offonoff (feat. PUNCHNELLO) - Good2me

[MV] CLON - Go Tomorrow



More hardstyle.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

[MV] Dreamcatcher - Fly High



I'm not quite as big a fan as the first two releases, but I'm THRILLED they're sticking to their guns with the rock and fantasy/horror. The MV is like watching an episode of The Magicians.
Pretty rad.

Dance version:



There's also a 'relay' performance that's super cute.

[PROMO/CF] MONSTA X - NEWTON



Official channel link

That neon sign. I was a little over-tired during my first watch, but that sign made me laugh uncontrollably for a few minutes straight. I really want the set designer to know cursive and have chosen it on purpose to be a troll.
In case you missed it, I'll put some screenies in the full post.

[MV] LOOΠΔ / Choerry - Love Cherry Motion



Well, that's a transition. Ha!
Choerry is 8th of 12.
The b-side 'Puzzle' is pretty tight. I'll embed after the cut.

[MV] ELRIS - My Star

[MV] MOVNING - Turning Light



Choreography version

MOVNING is a band of three dudes.
Not sure if the dancers are trainees or something.

[MV] offonoff - in the car

[MV] BUZZ - Just One & The Love



Just One (360 VR version)

The Love:

[MV] Lim Hyunsik (BTOB) - SWIMMING



Official channel link

[MV] Park Won - all of my life

[MV] KRR - Night Flight



The video caught my eye. Really cute. Turned out to be a rather pleasant track.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

[MV] GroovyRoom (feat. Jay Park/Heize) - Music Visual

[MV] LABOUM - only u

[MV] TURBO - Hot Sugar

[MV] NELL - Broken

[MV] offonoff - DANCE & gold

DANCE:



gold (feat. DEAN):

[DEBUT] PRIDE BAND - HELLO

[MV] Jay Park & Dok2 - Most Hated



Most hated hairstyle.
The vocoder/effect on Jay Park's voice is making him sound not like Jay Park.

[MV] Lim Soo Yeon - Cigarette

[MV] My Afternoon - Seoul City

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

[MV] EXO - Ko Ko Bop



Not sure what to make of this one. Seems more like an NCT joint.
Too disjointed for my taste.
Also some tragic hair on display.

[MV] PSY (feat. Taeyang) - LOVE



Always like seeing ReQuest crew!

[MV] Jay Park (feat. Sik-K) - Yacht



Really appreciate how this whole thing is shot.
Update: Also be sure to experience Jay Park's self-aware subtitles. Lmaoooooo.

[DEBUT] 14U - VVV



New 14-member group.
Obviously not much budget, but the song is actually pretty solid.

Update: I don't know the whole story here, but this had been released months ago as 'Very Very Very' and then was taken down completely. Must have been some internal issues to resolve and a re-debut with a new video.

[MV] Big Tray (feat. ELO) - OOH WEE



Vaporwave going strong. And cameos from LE (EXID) and Boa (SPICA)?! Sure!
Big Tray is in the indie hip hop label under RBW.

[MV] WE ARE THE NIGHT - Hello And Goodbye

[COVER] VOISPER - Days Gone By



Official channel link

[MV] EVE - Killing Monday



Official channel link

Sunday, July 16, 2017

[SPECIAL MV] SEVENTEEN - Don't Wanna Cry (Part Switch ver.)

Just felt like posting a couple fun things today. SEVENTEEN getting very playful with their choreography and uploading 5 gazillion different versions isn't new, but it never gets old for me.
This one puts a huge smile on my face.

[MEDIA] The World of Dave on Youtube

I've been subscribed to Dave's channel for a while now. Lots of fun stuff. Mostly about language, and general East Asian/American cultural differences. Every once in a while Dave interviews an artist in the music industry and he does a darn good job of it.

The newest interview is with Jessi! It's super charming!



In the full post:
  • Car, the Garden
  • Code Kunst

Thursday, July 13, 2017

[MV] Jessi - Gucci



Official channel link

[MV] Park Boram (feat. Samuel Seo) - Why, You?



All the little sounds are making me uncomfortable. Lol!

[MV] VOISPER - Crush On You

[MV] ZICO - ANTI & Artist

ANTI (lightning flashes/strobe throughout):



Artist:



I'm putting the lyrics to ANTI in the full post. I think they're important.

[DEBUT] Limesoda (feat. MC GREE) - Z Z Z



Hyerim (Kpop Star 6) and Seungji form the duo Limesoda.

[MV] Dumbfoundead (feat. G.Soul, Jessi) - Water



(Can't stand Rotta as a photographer/director. He pushes lolita so hard it creeps me out.)

[MV] Lee WooJin, Jung SaKang - Love is...



These EastLight kids are too cute.

[MV] Wilcox - Rain Man

[MV] Sophia Pae - Therapy



Tight. And a lovely dancer!

[COVER] Urban Zakapa - Moai (Seo Taiji 25 Project)



It's the 25th anniversary of Seo Taiji & Boys. Seo Taiji is picking artists to remake/cover his old tracks. Urban Zakapa is 2nd. [Seo Taiji's 'Moai']

Sunday, July 9, 2017

[MV] Red Velvet - Red Flavor



I like a lot about this track and then there are these odd structural and effects choices that are messing it up for me. Really fun though! I think it might improve for me with more listens.

[Album link on Spotify]
'Zoo' is my favorite. Tropical and also ridiculous. XD

[MV] South Club - No

Big motion sickness warning on this one.
I highly recommend not watching/focusing on the video.

[MV] PPL - SHOOT U

The camera movement is so disorienting in the performance shots.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

[COVER] BTS - Come back Home (Seo Taiji 25 Project)



Explicit version (de-blurs tattoos... it's really not explicit)

It's the 25th anniversary of Seo Taiji & Boys. Seo Taiji is picking artists to remake/cover his old tracks. BTS is up first. [Watch the original performance of Come Back Home]

As an aside, BTS just got a bit of a re-branding. 'BTS' comes from BangTan Sonyeondan (Bulletproof Boyscouts), which is a little goofy. BigHit decided to make the official English version of the initialism Beyond The Scene. Lots of fans are wondering if this will carry over to the Korean side at some point as well. New logos, too!

[MV] DAY6 - Hi Hello



This video is about as wholesome as it gets.
In a world where every hitchhiker is an extremely attractive, stylish, young man... Ha!

[MV] Bang Yongguk - YAMAZAKI

There's a warning at the start in English. That covers it.



Honestly, don't know if it's an ad for Yamazaki whiskey or a tribute?
Also surprised there isn't more backlash for the video. A Korean man using criminal Japanese culture as his concept. Uh... ? Lol.


[MV] HALO - Here I Am

[MV] The Barberettes - Summer Love



Aaaaah, this feels sooooo nice. Happy happy!

[MV] SIYOON (feat. ESBEE) - Nothing To You

[MV] KissN (feat. HighSoul) - Love Like I Do

[MV] OOHYO - Dandelion

[MV] 20 Years Of Age - Remind Me

[DEBUT] FAVORITE - PARTY TIME

Saturday, July 1, 2017

[PLAYLIST] KPOPPY's first half of 2017


We're already halfway through 2017 and I'm wondering where the heck the year went. Does the year go faster for me when the music is less exciting? I wonder...

Oh, 2017. You've been an odd one. It's a case of 'be careful what you wish for'. Kpop was trending towards more experimental over the last couple years. By 'experimental' I don't mean groundbreaking. It's still pretty firmly in the realm of manufactured pop. But there is a strong showing of songs having non-traditional structures, samples, and effects. The effort to make a straight pop, endlessly catchy, earworm appears to be old hat this year. As a result, many tracks were Frankenstein-esque amalgamations of trap, hip hop, tropical house, and... noise. Loud and compressed noise. Most of the top boy bands are completely swallowed up by rap (which almost always sounds forced to me). Not my jam.

Notably, the songs I've liked the most so far fall into a few categories. (1) Solo women, R&B flavored, with lower vocal range. (2) Boy bands with genuinely catchy hooks/choruses and less 'rippety-rap'. (3) Indie rock.

My Tropical House playlist continues to grow. I'm lucky to actually like the tropical stuff. It's easy to listen to. I say lucky, because if you don't like tropical, Kpop is probably killing you this year. It's everywhere. It's unavoidable. And everything is starting to sound the same. It actually doesn't have a huge presence on my playlist, but it's in there. My sympathies if you're one of those people who hates it. I'll say a little Kpop prayer for you. I still have no idea what trend will be next. I think we're a long way off from tropical being fully run into the ground.

Generally, my playlist is a story of choruses. Catchy choruses are key. That's a bit of a subjective thing, but in a year where choruses have been weird, trap-heavy, monotone things, it's the catchy choruses that form the core of what I'm listening to.

[Link to the full playlist on Youtube]

In chronological order:
  1. SEVENTEEN - HIGHLIGHT
  2. NCT 127 - Limitless
  3. DAY6 - I Wait
  4. Koh Nayoung - Cold night, You were warm
  5. I (feat. Tiger JK) - I Wish
  6. Dreamcatcher - Chase Me
  7. Burningsoda - Cutie Puppet
  8. Jessi - Don't make me cry
  9. Klang - The Wanted
  10. Taeyeon - I Got Love
  11. BTS - Not Today
  12. Subin - Circle's Dream
  13. CODE KUNST (feat. G.Soul, TABLO) - FIRE WATER
  14. JOOHEE - She's Mine
  15. Brave Girls - Rollin'
  16. Justin Oh (feat. Hyolyn) - Jekyll & Hyde
  17. CNBLUE - Between Us
  18. MONSTA X - Beautiful
  19. Somdef - Ring Ring Ring
  20. WINNER - Really Really
  21. MiSO - KKPP
  22. UNIT BLACK (BOYS24) - Steal Your Heart
  23. LABOUM - Hwi hwi
  24. SNUPER - Back:Hug
  25. VIXX - Shangri-La
  26. SOHEE - Spotlight
  27. Kim Lip (LOONA) - Eclipse
  28. MARMELLO - PUPPET
  29. Kim Ki Peum - Out of my way
  30. PRODUCE 101 - NEVER
I'll be highlighting some videos in the full post below.
Popped some non-Korean tracks at the end too!