While I cover just about every major K-pop release on The Bias List, there are naturally those that I look forward to more than others. And, I’ve been really curious to hear Mirae’s debut. Their opening teaser caught my attention, and I love that their Korean name translates to “Future Boys.” I just want to pair them up with Cosmic Girls for some campy sci-fi adventure. I always say that rookies should debut with a “signature sound,” and it seems that Mirae have already found theirs with the exciting Killa.
This track deftly combines the swaggering intensity that’s required of boy groups these days with a funkier instrumental that feels like a spiritual successor to NCT’s Superhuman. Killa hits like a sledgehammer, powered by abrasive electronic textures forged into a jerky rhythm. Yet, the percussion is so insistent that the track never feels overly heavy. I’m surprised at how much rap dominates the verses, and wonder if a few more jolts of melody might have improved the overall effect. But – and excuse the obvious wordplay here – Killa’s chorus is killer.
Yes, I could do without the incessant shouting, but that barreling hook combined with the gritty electro arrangement has a way of sweeping you off your feet. I’m even more pleased with the song’s final minute. Killa climaxes with a blistering bridge. Electric guitar, power vocals, warped EDM breakdown – it’s the kind of over-the-top bombast that characterized so much of the industry’s second generation. It’s delightful to hear a rookie swing for the rafters in this way. Mirae still have a ways to go, and Killa has its occasional stumbling blocks, but this is a really strong debut.