Posted by : Cathy Varté
We’re back with a brand new segment – ‘Weekly K-Pop Recap‘!
A new month brings with it another onslaught of new music and we’re here to bring you a comprehensive guide of this week’s K-POP releases!
The K-Pop realm is one of varying musical genres, aesthetics and creativity. Nearly everyday, there is music being released, artists debuting or making comebacks. And sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer numbers at which music gets thrown at you.
We’re here to provide you with a list of the week’s releases so that you can catch up, find songs that are just your type and maybe even discover some artists.
Now let’s dive into the music from the first week of August…
2Z (TuZi) – “Let’s Go For It”
The five membered idol band debuted earlier this year and have since had a lineup change. “Let’s Go For It” is a summer pop rock single, and their third release since debut.
Kyung Jehwan – “Sorry”
The lead single from the artist’s first release ‘Paran Album‘ consisting of five tracks.
Still PM – “Chicken, Thank You”
An eccentric but oddly endearing song and animated music video.
Hong Eunki – “FLOWER”
The former Rainz member has made a comeback with this fun EDM inspired pop single.
Silver Bell – “With Summer”
A genuinely laid back song that will charm you with it’s simple guitar and melodic vocals.
(G)I-DLE – “DUMDi DUMDi”
The girls are back with a completely different sound from their previous single “Oh My God“. “DUMDi DUMDi” is your quintessential summer anthem.
Kang Daniel – “Who U Are”
Fresh off his third EP ‘Magenta’, the MV for “Who U Are” comes just a week after the release of the MV for “Waves” featuring Jamie and Simon Dominic.
Joo JinWoo – “Telepathy”
Former MMO trainee and Produce 101 S2 contestant is back with his 2nd digital single, a feel-good pop ballad.
Saturday – “D. B. D. B. DIB”
Now a five membered girl group (having undergone several lineup changes), Saturday brings you a cheerful cute song that is sure to be stuck in your head.
Lil Tachi – “Back To The S₩ag” (Feat. Tendo)
An old school hip hop track oozing 90s drip from Lil Tachi and TNC’s Tendo. Some of you might know Lil Tachi from ‘High School Rapper‘ (Season 3) and ‘Show Me The Money 777‘.
Taemin – “2 KIDS”
SHINee’s maknae has dropped “2 KIDS“, a prologue to his upcoming full length album titled ‘Never Going To Dance Again’. The new single is about the regret and folly of a young love that one cannot help but hold onto.
Rocket Punch – “Juicy”
A catchy summer themed bop by the six girls of Rocket Punch, “Juicy” is sure to have you humming along by the end of the song.
Chancellor & Younha – “Walking In The Rain”
The vocals on this one are soft, soothing and will make you feel like you’re in love. Not to mention, it comes with a beautifully shot black and white music video to give it that classic feel.
1TEAM – “ULLAELI KOLLAELI”
Five membered boy group 1TEAM are back with the possibly the funniest music video released so far this year. With the sound of electric guitars and ample autotune that somehow works together, “ULLAELI KOLLAELI” paired up with the hilarious MV is a must listen!
MiSO – “Blessed”
Serving us vocals and rap verses, the former member of idol group GIRLSGIRLS is blessing us with her new hip hop single. Best known for her single “Pink Lady“, MiSO ups the ante for solo girl crush concepts with this comeback.
MAKA’MAKA – “Burning Power”
This fresh summer track is the five membered group’s debut single. Give Maka’Maka some love!
YONGZOO – “Puzzle”
If you’ve been keeping up with the drama ‘It’s Okay To Not Be Okay‘ this OST will have you emotional and bawling. And if you haven’t, it’s still a great song to listen to.
1THE9 – “Count”
The title track off the group’s final album ‘Good Bye 1THE9‘ is sure to make fans of the ‘Under Nineteen‘ project group shed a tear. The group will be officially disbanding on 8th August 2020.
Sandeul – “Summer Day, Summer Night”
B1A4’s Sandeul has dropped a refreshing love song and lead single from this third solo EP ‘My Little Thought Ep.01‘.
SURL – “Don’t Say No” (feat. Jay Park)
An unexpected collaboration between a rock band and a hip hop artist. Nope. We’re not spilling on this one, you need to hear it for yourself.
PLZY – “One Drop Can Make A Rainbow” (feat. Yonko)
R&B and soul singer PLZY brings you a soft sentimental track to soothe your summer feels.
Zene The Zilla – “Gangwon FC”
A familiar face to those who’ve followed rap survival competition ‘Show Me The Money‘, Zene The Zilla brings us an autotune heavy hip hop track.
Cherry Bullet – “Aloha Oe”
This summer single is fresh, bubbly and sure to make you want to go on vacation.
ENOi – “W.A.Y (Where Are You)”
The seven membered boy group is back with a catchy, new dance-pop single.
Yey – “Roots”
A solo singer bringing us dramatic eerie music that showcases her vocals and her composing skills? Yes please.
Kim Bumsoo X Kirin – “Juliana”
Sounding every bit like a bop straight out of the 2000s, you need to experience this one for yourselves.
And if you need workout inspiration, they’ve released an exercise version too.
Ahn Ye Eun – “Trumpet Creeper”
Haunting vocals and a creepy music video, Ahn Ye Eun gives us a single that is hard to forget.
Ravi, Yeri & Kim Wooseok – “Sorrow”
VIXX’s Ravi, Red Velvet’s Yeri and AB6IX’s Kim Wooseok come together for a cute love song and an even cuter music video.
Lyn – “Fuzzy Peach”
The OST queen is back with a new ballad that will make your summer night perfect.
TREASURE – “Boy”
It’s been a long time coming, but YG’s 4th Generation boy group is finally here. What do you think of their debut?
Jiyoung (BOL4) – “Atlantis Princess”
The “re-release” or “official cover” of legendary SM superstar BoA’s 2003 mega-hit is part of SM Entertainment’s ‘Our Beloved BoA’ project to celebrate the soloist’s 20 years in the K-Pop industry. BOL4’s Jiyoung gives her own sound to the now classic K-Pop single.
Kenta (JBJ95) – “Come Back Any Time”
This one is in fact a Japanese single released on 7th August 2020, by JBJ95 member Kenta. The self written track is dedicated to his late mother who passed away earlier this year.
We’ll be back next week with our weekly round up of K-POP releases!
(If you think we’ve missed out on any releases, do let us know!)
Tags: (G)I-DLE, 1TEAM, 1THE9, 2Z, Ahn Ye Eun, Chancellor, Cherry Bullet, ENOi, Hong Eunki, Jay Park, Jiyoung (BOL4), Joo Jinwoo, Kang Daniel, Kenta (JBJ95), Kim Bumsoo, Kim Wooseok (AB6IX), Kirin, Kyung Jehwan, Lil Tachi, Lyn, MAKA'MAKA, MiSO, PLZY, Ravi (VIXX), Rocket Punch, Sandeul (B1A4), Saturday, Silver Bell, Still PM, SURL, Taemin, Tendo, TREASURE, Yeri (Red Velvet), Yey, YONGZOO, Yonko, Younha, Zene The Zilla
April 13th, 2021
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April 12th, 2021
Namaste Hallyu is super excited to share our interview with our Artist of The Month – Singer and Songwriter Dvwn!
If you’re a fan of versatile Korean music, you might have definitely heard his song, ‘Being Left’ with Zico or ‘Fairy’ or even ‘Last’ and if you’re a KDrama fan, you must have heard him when listening to the OST ‘No Problem’ from the drama, ‘The Uncanny Counter’ or you might have seen Park Shin Hye featured in his latest music video, ‘Free Flight’.
Soundcloud has been a big platform for various artists around the world, both popular and rising and this platform holds the stories of many world famous artists who initially started there including Dvwn’s musical journey. He gathered a lot of attention on Soundcloud and is known for his soothing melodies that are self-written and composed and this caught the attention of one of the biggest South Korean rapper, Zico. Dvwn is now signed with Zico’s KOZ Entertainment, a subsidiary of HYBE Corporation (formerly known as Big Hit Entertainment).
Dvwn has not only made music for his fans but he has also worked with various artists. Dvwn has worked with EXO’s Lay Zhang and Chanyeol, separately for ‘Mapo Tofu’ and ‘SSFW’. He further participated in SHINee’s ‘Heart Attack’ from their recent album, ‘Love Yourself’ by Eric Nam, Babylon’s ‘Karma’, and had also featured in Kang Daniel’s track ‘Movie’. Dvwn has also received IU’s appreciation for his cover songs.
What we love the most about Dvwn is how he effortlessly shifts genre and makes it his own. Dvwn cannot be classified as one genre of artist and that is why, it is best to understand his style of music by listening to his music because he creates a genre of his own. But if we have to categorise him, then it would be ‘Versatile’. Ahead of his EP ‘It’s Not Your Fault’ releasing on the 14th of April, we got to speak with Dvwn. Read on to know about his musical journey, his inspirations, the upcoming EP and more, including a special message for his Indian fans.
Namaste Hallyu (NH): First of all, congratulations! You came back with a new single ‘Free Flight’ and it has been well received. What does the song ‘ Free Flight’ mean to you ? You have also mentioned that it was written and recorded two-three years ago, is ‘Free Flight’ in any way different from your album series ‘Dawn Defibrillation’- lyrically and musically?
Dvwn: Thank you very much! I tried to express a journey of flying into one’s dream to tell things that I wouldn’t be able to tell in reality, and then flying back to reality with clearer conscience with ‘Free Flight’. A friend of mine who is a producer wrote the song as an instrumental track, which we rearranged to complete it as it is now. This song was supposed to be one of the tracks in ‘Dawn Defibrillation’ and you will find many similarities but on the other hand, the topic of the lyrics and the genre form are quite different. ‘Free Flight’ is a song where I tell a story in a more calm manner.
NH: You have been giving us so many amazing songs. What is your process when you’re writing a song? Any musical artist/art in general that has a major influence on your style?
Dvwn: The music writing process differs for each song. I sometimes stumble across a word in my daily life and start from that word and sometimes I get inspired by a book. Most of the time, I start by just sitting down in a chair. The artists that influences me the most, changes all the time and recently, I’ve been most inspired by films directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
NH: It has been two years since you released your first self-produced album, ‘Panorama’ and ‘Fairy’ still remains as your most streamed song from that album and since then, it has been a journey of so many amazing songs. Which is your favorite work so far?
Dvwn: My favorite work changes all the time. I always find myself liking the most recently written song the most and I believe that many artists would relate to that. Of all the released songs, I like ‘Free flight’ the most. It must be because I prefer calmer music nowadays.
NH: You mentioned in a previous interview about how The Black Skirts is one of your favorite musician, have you ever thought of a possible collaboration and how do you think it will turn out?
Dvwn: I do like The Black Skirts very much but a collaboration is a very difficult process. I feel that it would be better to keep my favorite artist as the favorite artist and nothing more but if I were to collaborate with him, I think the song will turn out to be a very rocking one.
NH: You have never been bounded by a single genre and in the past, you had mentioned that you would like to try ‘Gospel’ music, is that still the same or is there any particular genre that you want to try?
Dvwn: Yes, I still want to try Gospel music someday, as the majestic feel of the genre can’t be replaced by any other. Other than Gospel music, I would love to try to write psychedelic or alternative rock music.
NH: ‘Dawn Defibrillation’ has continued as a series and you have also expressed that it will be finalized as an EP or LP. So can we expect it in the near future?
Dvwn: I have currently pushed the project to a later time, and am focusing on the upcoming album. As it is a series, I feel that I would need more time to think about it. It will happen when the time is right.
NH: You had shared a snippet in your Instagram Story which seemed like a demo of ‘Free Flight’ but in English. If it is the English version, we were wondering if your fans would get a chance to listen to it.
Dvwn: It’s actually not an English version, but a demo with rough melody guides. I normally sing in gibberish English when I’m writing the melodies, and it must have sounded like an English version. I would love to release an English version if the meaning of ‘Free Flight’ can be translated into English without losing its meaning.
NH: You have recently sung the OST, ‘No Problem’ for the K-Drama ‘The Uncanny Encounter’ and it has been wonderfully received. How was the experience? If we are not wrong, isn’t this your first OST? In addition, is there an OST of any Drama or Movie in particular that you like a lot?
Dvwn: Yes, it was my first time, and it was a very unique experience. I have never had anyone direct me in the recording process and so, it was awkward at first but I enjoyed the experience. I love the OST of Reply 1988, “A Little Girl” sung by Oh Hyuk.
NH: We heard that your new EP ‘It’s not your fault’ will be released soon. As it’s the first record after signing with KOZ Entertainment, we are wondering what kind of story it contains. Could you give us a spoiler before it’s released?
Dvwn: I think the listeners would find the album quite heavy overall. It contains many feelings and stories and its difficult to explain in a short sentence, but I would say the main keywords are sadness and loneliness. You will know what I mean when you listen to it. To spoil it a little, the album consists of songs with many different genres. Please don’t miss out on ‘It’s not your fault’.
NH: Lastly, any message for your Indian fans and what to expect from you?
Dvwn: Thank you so much for listening to my music. I have been working hard to present good music to you. My new EP ‘It’s not your fault’ will release soon, so please look forward to it! Thank you so much again for all the love!
Dvwn has an intense passion for music and sheds light on the importance of fans being able to resonate with his music. We are very happy to have interviewed such a versatile artist who produces fervent music and we are grateful to Dvwn and KOZ Entertainment for the opportunity. We look forward to all the new music and we hope to see him perform in India, someday.
Dvwn’s new EP, ‘It’s Not Your Fault’ is releasing on April 14 featuring various artists like lIlBOI, CHE, jane, and Kwon Jin Ah. KOZ Entertainment Announces Dvwn’s Comeback
April 12th, 2021
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March 3rd, 2021
Big Naughty (Seo Dong Hyun) from H1gher Music is a 2003 born soloist with a soothing voice perfect for the sensible rap that he is known for. His vocals does not limit him to rapping as he sings well too and recently he released his latest contemporary R & B Genre, EP “Bucket List”. In his EP, he has shown a different side of his music taste from that he is usually known for. Read on to read our review.