This whole “Universe app” business makes it tricky to decide whether or not to review a song! Park Jihoon and Lee Hi’s Call U Up is the latest track to be released through the platform, which means its music video is inaccessible for embedding here. In fact, I haven’t even seen it yet. We’ll have to do with the official audio for now.
Call U Up is a powerhouse collaboration of sorts, pairing Park Jihoon and Lee Hi with well-known producer Primary. When I hear the name “Primary,” I instantly get myself ready for something funky. That doesn’t necessarily represent his diverse set of works, but 2012’s See Through was such a groovy hit that it’s all I can think of when I imagine his production style. Of course, expectations are a dangerous thing, and it’s best not to force Call U Up to replicate that energy. It’s a far more reserved song, after all.
Park Jihoon and Lee Hi are an interesting, unexpected pairing. It works better than I would have imagined, and I like how they’re both given plenty to do despite Lee Hi being build as a “featuring.” Their tones play well off each other, creating an engaging texture that matches the muted instrumental. Call U Up is a laidback head-nodder, enlisting a few retro synth touches but mainly grooving along its uncluttered r&b beat. Neither the performance nor the production boast showstopping moments, but it’s hard to dislike a track this polished.