A K-pop group’s title track isn’t always the best song on their album, even if it’s the one most people will hear. Sometimes, b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.
As anticipated, DRIPPIN’s Young Blood is already proving itself a grower – even after just a day or two. I can see its upbeat energy continuing to inspire all the way into summer. But true to Woollim form, there’s an even better b-side to be found on the group’s new mini album.
Reach Out Your Hands is everything I want from a boy group track in 2021. It pays no mind to trends – good or bad – and paves its own way as a classic dance pop song that will likely stand the test of time. We’ve seen an uptick of funk rhythms in boy groups lately, and I’m hoping that will continue. DRIPPIN can clearly tackle a rhythmic track with ease, and that’s on full display during Reach Out Your Hands’ excellent verses. Everything here, from the thumping, full-bodied beat to the expressive vocals, is turbo-charged to soar right into my musical heart. I’m super impressed by the guys’ performance here, which hints at a level of charisma I honestly didn’t think they’d harnessed yet. The arrangement opts for just the right amount of vocal effects, giving the segment a crunchy, satisfying texture.
Then, Reach Out Your Hands opens up, offering a soaring chorus that acts as the perfect foil to the hard-hitting, rhythmic verses. On first listen, I found the melody to be a little aimless – almost as if it might float away from the track entirely – but further plays cemented its place. It helps that this chorus is immediately followed up by an incredible transition to verse two. Gosh, the song just does everything right. How often do I say that?
Now, I’ve just got to work my Golden Child “Breathe” magic and somehow get this promoted as a follow-up, complete with summertime music video.