One song. Every day. Alphabetical order.
Hot Summer (from Hot Summer – 2011)
Originally a single by German pop group Monrose, I’ve always considered Hot Summer to be f(x)’s most approachable title track. That may be because the entire song is set up to support its catchy, angular chorus. The distorted synth beat pounces with the best of f(x)’s music, ornamented with a well-used carnival barker vocal sample. Other than that, the frame of the beat never really changes, giving Hot Summer a single-minded appeal.
Apart from the switch between chanted verses and melodic chorus, the arrangement maintains a similar lurching energy throughout the entire track. It feels constantly off-balance, which is really a hallmark of early-f(x). Thankfully, the melodies are quite strong – especially during the pre-chorus when the song really opens up. Extra points go to the breezy vocal delivery, which offsets the crunchy instrumental to provide a palpable breath of summer.
~ Rest in peace, Sulli. We will forever be grateful for the incredible music and spirit you left behind ~