With over 2,600 songs on my iPhone’s “K-Pop Singles” playlist, I thought it would be fun to add a bit of unpredictability to my song review posts. So as a result, we have the “Random Shuffle Review” feature.
The rules are simple. I fire up my playlist, press “shuffle,” and whatever song plays first gets the full Bias List treatment!
Year Released: 2015
I’m sure GOT7 fans are (understandably) unhappy with me. I’ve been pretty harsh on the group’s post-2016 music, and I fully admit that. Taste is taste, and their musical evolution just hasn’t been to my liking. But, I often write about how much I enjoyed GOT7’s first two years after debut. Their discography felt varied, but was always driven by smart pop hooks and classic production touches. For many, 2015’s If You Do (니가 하면) represents the group’s peak. It’s not quite my favorite GOT7 track, but it’s definitely up there.
Released a month before JYP Entertainment debuted Twice, If You Do was composed by the now-familiar Black Eyed Pilseung duo. Their work wasn’t as omnipresent back then, but they’d just come off of an excellent summer single (Teen Top’s ah-ah) and a career-revitalizing hit (miss A’s Only You). If You Do borrows elements from both songs, offering an effortlessly smooth piece of r&b-flavored dance pop. The synthwave riff that opens the track sets the mood immediately, quickly segueing into a percussive verse that blends the melodic and hip-hop sides of GOT7’s sound perfectly. Free from the unnecessary vocal effects and moody posturing of their recent work, the guys deliver a straightforward performance that feels polished without sacrificing emotion. Much of that is thanks to the track’s gorgeous chorus, which pulses with pathos while coasting on the kind of insistent groove that characterized GOT7’s early work. They haven’t found a hook this strong since, and that’s a shame.