In one of the most unexpected collaborations of the year, balladeer (and notable NCT fanboy) Parc Jae Jung has teamed with NCT’s Mark for the newest SM Station track, Lemonade Love. The song spawns from the web series Snowball Project, which has been one of the more entertaining (and delightfully awkward) variety shows of the summer. But even before that, the impetus for Lemonade Love arrived when SMent became the largest shareholder of Yoon Jong-Shin’s Mystic Entertainment in March of this year. The two agencies had previously collaborated on the ridiculously successful Dream by Suzy and Baekhyun, and are likely hoping for a repeat this time around.
Rather than pair two superstars, Lemonade Love gives a platform for the agencies’ up-and-comers. Mark has garnered much of the NCT hype, debuting in all three of the group’s sub-units. Parc Jae Jung is most notable for winning Superstar K, but has since struggled to really break out as one of this generation’s premier balladeers. Lemonade Love is too light and innocuous to do much for either performer, but it’s still a fun piece of laid-back summertime pop — especially if you’ve been watching Snowball Project.
Co-produced by Yoon Jong-Shin and SM artist Henry, the song utilizes an easygoing r&b bounce augmented by muted keys and guitar. The melody trades between Jae Jung’s earnest crooning and Mark’s more grounded rap. The two blend surprisingly well, despite coming from vastly different genres. Lemonade Love‘s chorus has a nice singalong quality, even if the whole thing feels a bit cheesy. It’s not the kind of song that’s going to make any real waves, but it’s hard not to fall for its fizzy, good-natured charms.