Like Jeon Somi, Kang Daniel and Jang Wonyoung, Kim Yohan placed first on his season of Produce 101, becoming the center of short-lived boy group X1. And like those other victors, his notoriety has led to a big presence in Korean media. For Yohan, that has mostly transferred to acting roles (or at least the prospect of acting roles), though he’s poised to re-debut in the upcoming boy group WEi. Before that, he’s dropped his first solo single No More.
No More is one of those singles that comes tagged with a producer credit, hoping that big-name, behind-the-scenes clout will lend it more interest and credibility. And to be fair, Zion.T is a pretty big name. Though he’s not as prolific as he used to be, his music is still very well-regarded by the general public. And, he gives No More a quirky sound, more diverse than it first appears.
The track opens as a simple mid-tempo, powered by an interesting instrumental loop that almost feels as if it’s playing backwards. The chorus injects a bit of funk guitar for a robust texture, while the second verse takes us into more melodic territory after offering a quick rap break. This moment, where the instrumental opens up with more elongated synth lines, is my favorite part of the track. However, I’m not sure that this general sound is a good match for Yohan. His voice feels much more suited to pop than r&b, and No More really needs a weightier performance to give it the kind of groove the instrumental is searching for. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of group WEi ends up being. Will they embrace this style of hip-hop/r&b as well? Or, is No More a one-off?