Song Review: ATO6 – Runway

I love a pleasant surprise! Runway comes from YG KPlus project group ATO6, and is aptly titled. After all, this subsidiary is largely focused on the modeling industry. It’s probably most well-known as the home of VIINI (formerly known as Hyunbin from JBJ), who has released solo work before. He also co-produced this track, and Runway is better than it has any right to be.

Apart from modeling, I had the impression of YG KPlus being more notable for its rappers than its vocalists, but Runway goes beyond a simple hip-hop track. Its verses and chorus are supported by a crunchy electro beat that’s incredibly satisfying. It’s also incredibly funky, eliciting a head-nodding bounce that actually reminds me of veteran groups like SHINee. Plenty of effects give this beat a diverse texture. It’s a playground of different sounds, forged together in a stomping structure that keeps momentum going.

This production works equally well underlining both the rap and vocal-heavy segments of Runway. I love the arrangement of the chorus. The layering has an echoed filter that compliments the song’s overall distortion. The vocals almost sound far away, yet remain a prominent part of the mx. It’s so great to hear some new textures in K-pop these days, and if Runway is indicative of VIINI’s skills as a producer, I think YG should be quickly securing his talents to help steer its idol acts. He certainly knows how to throw down a groove. Why not introduce him to Treasure?

 Hooks 8
 Production 10
 Longevity 9
 Bias 8
 RATING 8.75

7 thoughts on “Song Review: ATO6 – Runway

  1. I just stumbled on this, and as the kids say, it slaps. The track is darkly bubbly and filled with interesting sounds, there are cool harmonies, and the rap isn’t kidding around. Really good stuff. Want to hear more from both the producer and this group.


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