Posted by : Cathy Varté
We’re back with the ‘Weekly K-POP Recap‘ for the second week of August!
It is already the second week of August and we’ve got another list of absolute bangers for you to discover. Here’s to finding new music and new artists!
MondayKiz & Lee Yejoon – “Get Out Of My Heart”
Whether you like love songs/ballads or not is irrelevant. This song is exquisitely heart wrenching, a specialty of MondayKiz
Not enough? There’s a drama version too.
ChoMyo – “Walk”
A soft soothing single to keep you company on a summer night.
Seo Gi – “Homework”
A cute song about not wanting to do homework? Relatable af.
Han Seung Woo (VICTON) – “Sacrifice”
Fresh off his first mini-album ‘Fame‘, VICTON’s leader gives us fresh vocals and rap in this edgy R&B/hip-hop track. Definitely, a great solo debut.
HYOLYN – “9LIVES”
The track was performed by the former SISTAR member on ‘Good Girl‘ and fans are thrilled to see it now has it’s own MV! ‘9LIVES‘ is the pre-release to this legend’s mini-album ‘Say My Name‘ (dropping on 19th August).
ONF – “Sukhumvit Swimming”
Althought the MV takes you on quite the trip, the track is a smooth dance pop one that you can’t get out of your head.
HEDY – “You Were Really Not Good”
This song is so powerful and emotionally charged without being overwhelming. This is HEDY’s second release since debuting in 2019 with the mini-album ‘Portion For HEDY‘.
JYP and Sunmi – “When We Disco”
A collaboration between JYP and former Wonder Girls member Sunmi? Iconic. Is this THE catchiest song of 2020? May-haps. It was a little unnerving not hearing the signature “JYP” whisper when the song started, but no worries – it was at the end of the track.
Chun Myung Hoon – “Myung Hoon Is Going”
For those new to the K-Pop scene, Chun Myung Hoon was a member of NRG – a first generation K-Pop group. This trot song will have you smiling before you know. Spot the scenes’s inspired by Agust D’s (BTS’ Suga) “Daechwita” MV!
Sik-K, pH-1, Woodie Gochild, HAON, Trade L, Jay Park – “Cypher”
H1GHR music artists dropping some heat for K-Hip Hop fans.
Rothy – “Ocean View” (feat. Chanyeol)
Rothy’s charming vocals and Chanyeol’s rap come together in this track to create what can only be described as the stuff of summer dreams.
THAMA – “Land” (feat. Nafla)
R&B/Soul vocalist THAMA’s new song is an absolute vibe.
LUCY – “Jogging”
Formed on ‘Superband‘, the four membered band debuted this year with the single “Flowering” and are now back with their first mini-album ‘Panorama‘.
MONNI – “Romantic Breeze”
The five membered rock band bring you a romantic track that is perfect for a summer date.
BiPA – “I Don’t Care”
A funky, fresh, feel-good pop song about being brave, being your own person and living life your own way. Did I mention it’s self written and self produced? The track is from BiPA’s (former member of Lip Service) second release ‘Be Real‘.
Brave Girls – “We Ride”
The girls are back with a city pop track with retro vibes, their first release after their three year hiatus.
Hur Hyungjun – “Baragi”
Formerly known by the stage name Hwall (TheBoyz), Hyungjun debuts as a solo artist with a dreamy pop track with an equally aesthetic music video.
Jessi – “Numb”
The sassy rapper serves up her luscious vocals with glorius visuals in this B-side track from her newest release, showing us a completely different side of herself than from the exuberant lead single “NUNU NANA“.
R1AN – “Eh Bebe”
Some of you might recognize him as Kim Yonghyun from ‘BOYS24‘. The former idol show contestant charms in this fun track. An absolute bop.
WONHO – “Losing You”
Oh how we’ve waited. And Wonho delivers with a sentimental ballad. Unexpected but refreshing.
Super M – “100”
Your quintessential turbo boosted electro pop track from SME, serving glossy visuals and mad choreography.
Zai.Ro – “Good Boy”
The singer-songwriter gives us a sweet syrupy romantic track that is sure to bring a smile to your face.
N.O.M (Nature of Man) – “I’m So Sexy”
This track is fresh off the now three membered group’s third EP ‘3rd Sexual NOM‘ and is their first release after a five year hiatus.
Kim Namjoo, RAVI and Kang Seung Sik – “Summer Memories”
APink’s Kim Namjoo, VIXX’s Ravi and Kang Seung Sik come together for the fourth installment of The ongoing collaboration remake series ‘2020 Cool Summer Project‘.
Kang Tae Kwan – “The Highway Of My Life”
A trot song to brighten up your day? Yes, please.
Gallant – “Only One”
As a part of the tribute to BoA’s 20th Anniversary, American singer Gallant has released an English remake of BoA’s hit single “Only One” under SM Station.
This is the end of this week’s round up. Stay tuned for more August releases by BTS, BLACKPINK, Dreamcatcher, Hyolyn and more!
(Do tell us if we’ve missed any releases from 8th to 14th August!)
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April 13th, 2021
‘K-POP’ maybe a genre in itself but Korean music isn’t just about Korean pop, it also includes Korean R&B, Korean -Indie, Korean Hip-Hop, and many more.
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.