Posted by : Cathy Varté
We’re back with the third edition of ‘Weekly K-Pop Recap‘ for August 2020!
Another week in the K-Pop universe is yet another dive into a whirlwind of absolute bops and we are here to guide you through them all. Whether you’ve been caught up with exams or work and have missed out, put your heart at ease. We’ve got it all covered for you.
KNOA – “No Heart”
An unassuming black and white music video gives way to animation, paired with an upbeat yet heartbreaking track.
Rockit Girl – “My Sea”
Female duo Rockit Girl are back with a summer single about the beach. While both members feature in the vocals, the music video features only member Leeseul. Will there be another version featuring Della?
Wooks – “Intentions”
You will not regret listening to this one.
Jungmo – “Magic”
Best known as the guitarist of SM’s rock band TRAX (2004-2011), Jungmo is back with a lighthearted single with an adorable music video.
Oh My Girl – “SUPADUPA”
This super cute single is not actually a comeback, in fact it’s for a popular children’s show called ‘PORORO‘.
NeD – “Twinkle”
Summer vibes? Check! Nerdy cute aesthetic? Check.
Sohyang – “Wait”
The solo vocalist brings us a beautiful, minimalistic ballad that makes you feel like you’re walking on air. A breathtaking single.
THAMA – “Wait”
The second track off his new EP ‘Land‘ is just as chill and laidback as the lead single.
Kim Areum – “Aqua”
With an animated lyric video, Kim Areum charms with a funky, relaxing, city pop single.
SEJEONG (gugudan) – “Whale”
Sejeong’s second ever solo release is a breathtaking dreamy pop song with acoustic accents. Written and composed by the artist herself, the lyrics are thoughtful and honest as is much of her artistry.
ITZY – “Not Shy”
JYP’s powerful fourth generation girl group ITZY is back with another anthem! The girls are serving us the highest levels of rap, dance and vocals with this comeback.
Dreamcatcher – “BOCA”
Featuring their trademark rock edge, the lead single off their latest release ‘Dystopia: Lose Myself‘ is everything you needed.
Cheetah – “So Sorry”
With an animated music video, Cheetah is back with a song that shows off both her rap and vocals.
Pluma – “Skrt” (feat. Paloalto)
A relaxing hip hop track with plenty of autotune by the former ‘High School Rapper‘ contestant.
Peakboy – “Diet” (feat. WheeIn of MAMAMOO)
This R&B track is all about that body positivity. Serving us lovely vocals and a great message, a must listen.
Kang Daniel – “Movie”
A smooth R&B pop track also from this latest release ‘MAGENTA‘, “Movie” is the kind of song that just has you vibing. Also watch out for the cameos and tell us how many you can spot!
D1CE – “One Summer”
Five membered boy group D1CE take us on a vacation with their new summer bop. The group debuted in 2019 and consists of members Jo Yonggeun, Kim Hyunsoo, Jung Yoojun, Park Woodam and Woo Jinyoung.
Ahn Byeong Woong – “Can Have Everything”
The twenty one year old rapper from ‘Show Me The Money‘ (Season 8) shows off his rap skills in a litty new single.
BURSTERS – “Therapy”
This may be just a lyric video release however, K-Pop fans aren’t often exposed to K-Rock so here’s one for the rock fans.
Jo Woochan – “Cola” (feat. HOTCHKISS)
A breezy summer rap single by Jo Woochan from ‘Show Me The Money‘ (Season 6) and HOTCHKISS from ‘High School Rapper‘.
From Island – “See You Again”
A simple acoustic track, perfect to help you unwind.
HYOLYN – “Say My Name”
The Queen is back with a sexy summer single and we can’t help but reminisce about her days as a member of SISTAR. The track is produced, composed and written by the Queen herself. “Say My Name” is catchy as hell and features some sexy choreography by Aliya Janell who most famously choreographed HYOLYN’s single “DALLY“.
ONEUS – “To Be Or Not To Be”
This comeback is glorious. The production value of the music video is off the charts. “To Be Or Not To Be” is intense, dramatic and haunting in the best possible way.
Jo Jung Min – “Be My Teresa”
Soft vocals against a traditional melody gives you this baby right here. Definitely worth a listen!
DONGKIZ – “Beautiful”
The five membered boy group is back with an intense love song with energetic choreography and dark visuals. The group is composed of members Wondae, Kyoungyoon, Munik, Jaechan, and Jonghyeong.
Jay Park, pH-1, Sik-K, Big Naughty, Trade L, HAON, Woodie Gochild – “How We Rock”
The artists of H1GHR music have dropped another pre-release for their upcoming albums ‘Red Tape‘ (2nd September) and ‘Blue Tape’ (16th September) .
MCND – “nanana”
Five membered boy group MCND is composed of Castle J, BIC, Minjae, Huijun and Win. The rookie group brings a fierce comeback song with a powerful beat and choreography.
Zelo – “Mi Amor”
A romantic rap song with a cute animated music video by former B.A.P member Zelo.
FR:EDEN – “Seokchon Lake”
Serving an early 2000s R&B-esque sound that is mellow and pleasing to the ear.
BTS – “DYNAMITE”
The seven membered group have taken the world by storm with their new single and as usual have broken records on YouTube and iTunes. “Dynamite” is a retro styled pop song that pays homage to the various eras of pop music and is chockful of pop culture references.
Red Velvet – “Milky Way” (originally by BoA)
This is the fourth remake of SME’s ‘Our Beloved BoA‘ series for the artist’s 20th Debut Anniversary.
For reference, here is the original “Milky Way” music video from 2003!
Amin – “Today” (feat. DinDin)
The HeyMiss member shows off her soft vocals that contrast well with DinDin’s edgy rap.
That’s all for this week! Let us know if we’ve missed out on any new releases from this week. Stay tuned for releases from JENYER, BLACKPINK, HyunA, KARD and more next week!
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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 !