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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SHINee – Dazzling Girl (2012)
This Japanese single was released in October of 2012, but I’ve always considered it to be a summer track. SHINee have plenty of funk-driven, upbeat material in their arsenal, but Dazzling Girl harnesses such ebullient energy that it practically conjures sunshine and optimism. It also happens to be an absolute sledgehammer of a dance track, pounding forward on a brilliant electro beat that climaxes in a sweeping, vocal-rich chorus that previewed the incredible 2013 work the group was about to unveil. Few K-pop groups have delivered J-pop material as strong as this.