There are few things I enjoy more than a great summertime song. They’re bright, they’re exciting, and they remind me of my favorite time of the year.
There’s no telling what this summer in K-pop will bring, but over the next few weeks I’ll be flashing back each day, showcasing a highlight from past summers. The rules are simple: I fire up my carefully compiled “K-pop summer” playlist, hit ‘shuffle,’ and if the song that pops up hasn’t already been featured on the site, it gets a post and mini-review of its own.
So, get ready for a summer of K-pop on The Bias List!
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ONF – Original (2017)
Original was known to ONF fans even before the group’s debut, and acts as a perfect calling card for the sound they would bring to K-pop. Grooving on a percolating electronic rhythm, the track has a nimble drive that remains consistent throughout its entire run. The chorus is a particular highlight, hinging on an exceptional synth loop that’s echoed by the group’s own catchy refrain. The percussion works its way into a glorious frenzy, generating incredible energy as Original barrels toward its standout rap bridge and explosive finale. Though never promoted as a title track, it remains one of the group’s very best songs.