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it's been fairly slow january again

Jonghyun's posthumous track is nice, "Always Be With You" indeed, RIP

other highlights so far:

LOONA's Go Won should release her track in a week or so to hopefully continue their excellent run of singles

ufo, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 04:53 (six months ago) Permalink
this is good too

ufo, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 05:02 (six months ago) Permalink

Chunga's good, good do well at a Eurovision, I like that we have a couple of popular female solo pop stars doing their thing now.

abcfsk, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 06:56 (six months ago) Permalink

sigh, that Jonghyun video is making me sad all over again. He really was one of the best.

Roz, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 12:19 (six months ago) Permalink


Just can't get behind Ravi as a rapper (he's an OK producer) but nice to see Park Jimin getting some work.

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 02:30 (six months ago) Permalink

Jonghyun's entire album is out:

Proceeds are going to his mom, you can read up on how to support here:

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 02:41 (six months ago) Permalink

I really like Jonghyun's Rewind off of the new record:

fragglerock, Sunday, 28 January 2018 01:50 (six months ago) Permalink

The whole album is great but I can't quite bring myself to replay it. It's #1 on iTunes BTW.

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 28 January 2018 01:59 (six months ago) Permalink

I'm really enjoying the fanscreams for East Light, they sound like elementary school students...

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 28 January 2018 02:03 (six months ago) Permalink

new red velvet is ok but their r&b 'velvet' singles are never as good as the pop 'red' ones

ufo, Monday, 29 January 2018 10:23 (six months ago) Permalink

loona continue to be excellent

ufo, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 04:58 (six months ago) Permalink

Loona stuff continues to sound quite different from release to release but maintain its cool, and a conceptual consistency.

Velvet song seems ok, but yeah, when they're not 'Red' they tend to get more generic

abcfsk, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 09:07 (six months ago) Permalink

I guess I'm in the minority that likes Bad Boy more than their last two singles... winter is the best season for RnB and the production on this is so nice.

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 1 February 2018 03:10 (six months ago) Permalink

I really like the Go Won track too!

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 1 February 2018 03:12 (six months ago) Permalink

I like Bad Boy a fair amount, and more than Peek-A-Boo, but it's summer here. it's probably their best r&b single so far but Red Flavor is my favourite single of theirs.

ufo, Thursday, 1 February 2018 06:06 (six months ago) Permalink

Thoughts on Holland, the first openly gay idol? song isn't great imo but am glad there's actual making out in the video.

And I really like how breezy this iKon track is (their actual title track was bleh). The fun choreography helps:

Roz, Saturday, 3 February 2018 15:46 (six months ago) Permalink

He has a nice voice (Holland). The BF is cute. There have been other idols who were all-but-out but it's something different to have a scene that purposefully removes the ambiguity. I wonder if he'll end up with a niche audience like Double A (never forget).

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 3 February 2018 22:58 (six months ago) Permalink

or the fabulous, Kazaky-inspired N.O.M :D

yeah someone on omona pointed out that even Adam Lambert hasn't had any gay scenes in his videos, which honestly surprised me considering how long he's been out.

Roz, Sunday, 4 February 2018 05:25 (six months ago) Permalink

I'm reading that most of Holland's fans are international, which could be a problem for him financially (again similar to Double A). A solo singer is a lot cheaper to produce than a group though, hopefully he'll make it.

I have to say that I like Love Scenario more than Beautiful... on the one hand Love Scenario is really minimal and sparse, so on that count it's kinda boring but on the other hand it's got the old-tyme-country feel with the weird off-beat rhythms like Bae Bae had and that's a recent YG production trend I enjoy and support.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 5 February 2018 04:56 (six months ago) Permalink

Another excellent single from Sunmi:

New Suzy is good too, kind of Bad Liar-ish:

Roz, Thursday, 15 February 2018 15:46 (six months ago) Permalink

Finally an NCT release that fulfills the promise of the project:

It's young, hip, melodic, retro, current, and has an easy chorus. And for once the easy chorus/dense throwback harmonies aren't at odds with the rest of the song!

Though I do like BOSS too.

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 03:45 (five months ago) Permalink

Like here, they are still making unusually melodic hip hop over a decent beat, but they don't know how to incorporate the more traditional "kpop" melodic content, except by suspending the beat for a few bars.

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 03:55 (five months ago) Permalink

great sunmi track
the riff reminds me of 'fight for this love'

nxd, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 10:52 (five months ago) Permalink

Sober is quite good but I think I'd like it more if it had a moment of cartharsis like Bad Liar does with "oh baby let's make reality actuality" etc.

I really like all the overlapping vocals in the Baby Don't Stop chorus, definitely one of the best NCT singles.

ufo, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 15:41 (five months ago) Permalink

Right??? And right before it ends, there's some straight-up jazz do-wop harmonies.

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 1 March 2018 03:35 (five months ago) Permalink

Be ba da loo bob beep bop ba

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 1 March 2018 03:36 (five months ago) Permalink

Lol this is the first time I'm watching the "BOSS" video - that is both great and hilarious.

And "Baby Don't Stop" is just great, period. Those vocal arrangements are incredible.

Roz, Thursday, 1 March 2018 14:26 (five months ago) Permalink

Bad Boy has grown on me quite a lot. Roller Coaster still great, glad to see Chungha killing the charts.

abcfsk, Saturday, 3 March 2018 09:39 (five months ago) Permalink

Interesting to see if Momoland can follow up BboomBboom and become a truly major group. I enjoy their Egyptian Shumba-like screams live. Seems Japanese interest is high.

abcfsk, Saturday, 3 March 2018 10:03 (five months ago) Permalink

@Roz that's not the official video for BOSS, it's just something MNet does. I kinda prefer it tho lol.

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 3 March 2018 22:17 (five months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Is there some brand value to putting "ft Jay Park" on a Loco song? Because I'm not sure what he adds to this lmao.

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 23 March 2018 00:39 (four months ago) Permalink

whoops forgot the v=, here's the link :

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 23 March 2018 00:40 (four months ago) Permalink

OMG guys... this is the most brilliant marketing scheme of 2018...

What's the 1 thing preteen girls love more than Boyz?

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:09 (four months ago) Permalink

The spoiler sounds awesome too, I'm excited:

GIDDY UP, guys!

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:11 (four months ago) Permalink

Also JYP on a roll with the self-produced boygroups... this one has a rock/hiphop sound as if some Korean American kids who grew up on eminem and linkin park were later given a chance to produce an idol group.

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:47 (four months ago) Permalink


hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:48 (four months ago) Permalink

this one has a rock/hiphop sound as if some Korean American kids who grew up on eminem and linkin park were later given a chance to produce an idol group.

oh good, i was trying to figure out where that familiar sense of secondhand embarrassment was coming from.

Roz, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 12:36 (four months ago) Permalink

middle section of the new LOONA is maybe a little too disjointed but I love the rest of it

ufo, Friday, 30 March 2018 03:17 (four months ago) Permalink

chorus seems a bit lacking, but it's a lot better than the last one (GoWon's). The other song on her single is great too:

Their sound design is incredible - i can't wait for their group debut.

Roz, Friday, 30 March 2018 14:33 (four months ago) Permalink

I think she's a little weaker than other vocalists in LOONA, which makes the chorus sound lacking. But her emoting on the verses is good. I like the last section starting at 3:45 when they put all the echo effects on, other sections were a little predictable.

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 30 March 2018 20:49 (four months ago) Permalink

Dunno if EXID's new jack swing will bring back all their fans who drifted away but I really like it, it's chill without being boring (lots of breaks for vocalists to show off):

Could use maybe a change in tempo or volume though. I was a bigger fan of DDD.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 2 April 2018 14:44 (four months ago) Permalink

I really like that too, it could use a more distinctive bridge or something to change things up as you said, but I prefer it to DDD

ufo, Monday, 2 April 2018 14:58 (four months ago) Permalink

Love this track, sounds very SHINee-esque.

Roz, Thursday, 5 April 2018 11:16 (four months ago) Permalink

that's pretty good, I love the bridge especially

ufo, Thursday, 5 April 2018 11:49 (four months ago) Permalink

Helpful youtube commenter:

Once * Army
6 minutes ago
Movie references in the MV:
0.31 Ghost - 1990
0.49 Pulp Fiction - 1994
1.07 Romeo and Juliet - 1996
1.14, 2.43 Love Letter - 1995
1.23 La La Land - 2016
1.42 La Boum - 1980
2.19-2.31 Leon:The Professional- 1994
2.39 The Princess Diaries - 2001

abcfsk, Monday, 9 April 2018 15:44 (four months ago) Permalink

decent but it's pretty TWICE-by-numbers

ufo, Monday, 9 April 2018 20:02 (four months ago) Permalink

TWICE-by-numbers >>>> 90% of K-pop

Roz, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 13:58 (four months ago) Permalink

Plus the video really is a delight

abcfsk, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 14:22 (four months ago) Permalink

it's a total earworm even if it's not as exciting as Likey

ufo, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 16:26 (four months ago) Permalink

I'm a fan of Giddy Up, even if they didn't put the horses in the actual MV.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 16 April 2018 03:22 (three months ago) Permalink

Twice mini album is really good. The lead/title song is the weakest thing on it. 'Sweet Talker' is probably the highlight but 'Ho!' and 'Dejavu' are not far behind.

Jeff W, Sunday, 3 June 2018 14:29 (two months ago) Permalink

beauty&thebeat is pretty good too

Jeff W, Sunday, 3 June 2018 14:31 (two months ago) Permalink

ufo, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 14:25 (two months ago) Permalink

V. trendy but v. well produced song:

Great production, fun summer song.

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 7 June 2018 22:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Yubin solo is more like recent Wonder Girls than anyone else solo, interesting choice.

I like her voice, she sounds like a S. Korean soloist (a lil bit of in trot in there).

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 7 June 2018 22:39 (two months ago) Permalink

wow Complete is fantastic, a great summer jam for sure

enjoying this too, it's been a good week for summer singles

ufo, Friday, 8 June 2018 00:14 (two months ago) Permalink

New Blackpink is very good!

emil.y, Saturday, 16 June 2018 11:48 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah I like it, the coda and Jennie's rap in the second verse elevate it. the whole mini is good

ufo, Saturday, 16 June 2018 14:13 (one month ago) Permalink

This mini is disappointing, though the production is good as always. Really underwritten IMP.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 18 June 2018 20:25 (one month ago) Permalink

On the other hand Taeyeon is killin it (literally) on her solo:

The only unbelievable part of this is that Taeyeon would actually carry her own suitcases :P

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 18 June 2018 20:27 (one month ago) Permalink

not a fan of the new blackpink - seems a bit idk, 2013. might grow on me though.

mostly enjoying all the new SHINee. Jonghyun's absence still stings a bit but generally, it's been nothing but good vibes.

Roz, Monday, 25 June 2018 03:30 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm with you on Blackpink, I think the whole mini is over hyped, songs feel like they were pulled out of a drawer...

Re SHINEE, the capstone single for part 3 of their 3-part release is the Jonghyun tribute ballad we've been expecting, but it was really nice to get the summer songs first.

MV -
lyrics -

Jonghyun is also on this one:

It hurts but it feels authentic and not exploitative, also.

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 29 June 2018 04:35 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm gonna knock you out! Mama said knock you out!

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 29 June 2018 05:10 (one month ago) Permalink

abcfsk, Sunday, 1 July 2018 05:58 (one month ago) Permalink

The new Momoland so far doesn't seem to quite connect with the public like Bboom Bboom

There are parts of it that sound like T-ara and remind me how awesome it would be getting that sound back on top though.

abcfsk, Sunday, 1 July 2018 06:00 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah Baam just feels like more of BBoom BBoom but less hooky, and not as good as the T-ara songs it sounds like either

this is from a few months ago but coming back to it now I really love it, the groove is great and the layered vocals in the chorus are overwhelming in the best way. is that buzzing sound in the second verse autotuned vocals? i love it

ufo, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 13:31 (one month ago) Permalink

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Roz, Thursday, 5 July 2018 14:39 (one month ago) Permalink

speaking of LOONA though.... Kyungri's solo kinda sounds like a LOONA solo, it is better (and higher budget) than I was expecting:

NCT Touch is great!

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 6 July 2018 00:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Key randomly shows up on a Years&Years remix. It's not bad! I like his vocals way more than Olly's on this one.

Roz, Friday, 6 July 2018 16:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Key does sound good, he just sings so straight and murders the pitch every time.

I feel like I need to embed the SHINEE songs I linked before cause I keep listening to them... especially Lock You Down:

Not sure if this deserves an embed but I'm into UNB's Black Heart rn, more of the jazz/swing trend and the performance is really fun:

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 9 July 2018 01:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Except for Shaun, only girl groups topping the instz chart!

abcfsk, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 08:29 (four weeks ago) Permalink

GFriend coming through with city pop vibes, I'm a fan

ufo, Thursday, 19 July 2018 13:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I like the backtrack and some of the chromatic progressions but overall it's a miss for me. I think I want more Sistar-style belting and the voices are too processed and cute.

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 19 July 2018 22:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Hard pass on Triple H - Retro Future but I like the new Seventeen a lot:

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 19 July 2018 22:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

absck, is Chung Ha one of the girls on the chart? It seems like every time you turn around, she has a new single out.

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 19 July 2018 22:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Surprisingly heavy follow up to Holland's "I'm Not Afraid":

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 19 July 2018 23:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

xp Chungha was not on that chart. The hangul names are Mamamoo and Bol4. But she is now! ;)

This new Minseo release rules on many levels. Some of the best recent work of the old IU team

abcfsk, Monday, 23 July 2018 18:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

There is something very suspect about white men in their 30s who are into Kpop girl groups.

JB, Monday, 23 July 2018 18:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Better for them to be into Britney or Christina or Rihanna, right?

Get off it dude, this concern trolling is played out.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 23 July 2018 23:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

who the hell is JB?

Roz, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 07:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

love that minseo track

nxd, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 08:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Awesome video too.

Roz, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 15:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

drive-by troll?

but yeah I really like the minseo, also the new The Boyz track (KeePer) that's way more stripped back than Giddy Up but also in a weird happy minor key like Giddy Up so I guess that's their thing?

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 22:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

and speaking of minor keys... this is waaaaaaaaaay too high for Day6 to sing comfortably but it is, nonetheless, a singalong :

SUPER hooky earwormy!

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 22:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I'm going back to last year's Day6 releases too, some of these tracks are really good.... "What Can I Do" is so happy and jazzy !

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 22:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the minseo track is like a really motivational anime opening song... she is great and the orchestration is so full!

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 22:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

and sunny summer is growing on me too.... I like the instrumental more the more I listen to it.

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 20:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

that Minseo track is indeed great!

really like the new Red Velvet. not quite as great as Red Flavor but still a worthy successor as summer single. especially like the chord changes in the nanana section. the mini is very solid too

ufo, Monday, 6 August 2018 10:20 (one week ago) Permalink

the minseo track is like a really motivational anime opening song... she is great and the orchestration is so full!

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Lol, this is absolutely otm. Great track! The video is pretty anime as well, reminds me of Your Name or Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

Frederik B, Monday, 6 August 2018 10:39 (one week ago) Permalink

wow power up is so fun

nxd, Monday, 6 August 2018 10:54 (one week ago) Permalink

LOONA full group debut is pretty good

ufo, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 09:38 (one week ago) Permalink

Good song, terrible video. I lol'd at omona commenters who said it's pretty much a boy group song done right - it absolute is! Sounds like an EXO track.

"Power up" is fun, but can't shake how the chorus melody is lifted directly from Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend".

Roz, Thursday, 9 August 2018 11:16 (six days ago) Permalink

oh it is very similar now that you mention it, but it has a completely different feeling there so it doesn't bother me

this on the other hand is such a rip of Tinashe's Superlove lol

ufo, Thursday, 9 August 2018 12:15 (six days ago) Permalink

Wow, that is *brazen*. Please tell me Tinashe and her ppl were duly compensated.

the Red Velvet mini-album is great so far

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Friday, 10 August 2018 15:15 (five days ago) Permalink

not sure why Brave Girls are releasing a remix of Rollin a year and a half later as a new single but it's even better than the original

ufo, Saturday, 11 August 2018 14:30 (four days ago) Permalink

WOW that remake is really good... and why not try it out again as a summer single, since we're still getting trop house from all the other popular acts

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 12 August 2018 05:10 (three days ago) Permalink

And speaking of (kinda)... I know it's a YG songwriting cliche but I really like the last drop on this:

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 12 August 2018 05:12 (three days ago) Permalink

Good to see girl group member producers/songwriters (Soyeon) flex.. this is one of the more interesting gg singles of the year

abcfsk, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:18 (yesterday) Permalink

ooh I really like that. nice to see Soyeon continuing to be great yeah, I loved her solo track Jelly from last year

ufo, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 02:18 (nineteen hours ago) Permalink

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