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
January 13th, 2021
Previously, we looked at some amazing yet underrated OSTs (Original Soundtracks from K-Dramas) sung by our favourite K-pop idols.
January 12th, 2021
Alternative hip hop band Epik High is one of the oldest bands in the Korean Industry as they have been together for almost two decades. Tablo, Mithra Jin, and DJ Tukutz, the members, formed the band in 2001 and are known worldwide for merging different kids of music. They even marked history by becoming the very first Korean act to perform at Coachella in 2016. In 2018, after six years the group left YG Labels and made a comeback under William Morris Endeavor in 2019 and now, they are back again!
On October last year, Epik High released a video message announcing their comeback and on January 12, Epik High finally announced all information regarding the artists that they are collaborating with and the songs that will be included in part 1 of their new double album, ‘Epik High is Here’. The album is set to release on January 18, 2021 and has an amazing collaborations.
Line up 1 – CL and Zico
Line up 2 – Heize, Nucksal, ChangMo, and Kim Sa Wol
Line up 3 – Gsoul, Woo, Miso, and B.I
Epik High has been active on Instagram and Twitter, updating the public about their new album and even revealed the names of all their 10 songs. After the long wait, all the artists to be featured has finally been announced. The first song that is more likely to have its MV teaser released soon is ‘ROSARIO’, a title track that features CL and Zico. A combination that has set the fans on high expectation. Fans are also really excited to see Zico on the list as he is currently performing his military duties and will be inactive until 2022.
Further, fans have also extended their warm greetings to former leader of YG boygroup, iKON, B.I, as he prepares to make a comeback in the entertainment industry after an 18-month hiatus. Winner of ‘Song Writer of the Year,’ Kim Han Bin (B.I.) in September 2020 was appointed as on of the executive directors of IOK Company. “I would be lying if I deny that he is currently preparing for his return. However, whether he is coming back as solo, group, or producer, and other particular details are still undecided” representative from IOK disclosed.
The song list evidently shows that this album is going to be a culmination of a variety of genres revolving around the ongoing pandemic. Tracks like ‘Social Distance 16’ and ‘End of the World’ clearly back this up. Covid-19 has affected people in different ways and each song title sounds like a story to tell. The song ‘Based on a True Story’ from its very name is expected that the artists would sing about a unique story or stories that probably they personally experienced or about someone else’s experience.
All in all, although no further details have been released, this album is definitely going to be something that people can relate with and an EPIC album for sure.
Before the album is released, a documentary named ‘Epik High is Here’ will be released on January 15, 2021. “Based on A True Story” ft. HEIZE and “ROSARIO” ft. CL and Zico will drop on the 18th of January 2021, Korean Standard Time. Which song are you most excited for? Tell us everything in the comment section and stay connected with us to know more.
January 12th, 2021
We all know how much netizens love their OST’s (Original Soundtracks from KDramas) but sometimes, OST’s sung by our beloved K-Pop idols slip under the radar and hence, we are here to bring some of those beautiful OSTs to your attention.
November 29th, 2020
2020 has been a year of staying home and for the K-Drama and K-Pop fans, it became a little easier to follow that as we got a lot of new and interesting Korean content from time to time to keep ourselves entertained without going out of our homes and we are loving it !