Despite boasting several big-name Produce 101 players among its roster, boy group WEi is still searching for their breakout moment. Solo releases might just be the fuel they need, taking advantage of individual members’ popularity. Solos don’t usually spawn from newly-debuted groups, but WEi is a special case. Kim Yohan has proven an in-demand actor and already has some solo material under his belt. New single Dessert hails from his first mini album, and it’s a welcome shot of upbeat dance pop.
These days, K-pop solo tracks have become unexpected standouts. Their structure is freed from the need to encompass a variety of voices and skillsets, allowing for a streamlined consistency that makes for satisfying music. Dessert isn’t quite as exciting as Park Jihoon’s 2021 hit Gallery, but it hinges on a similar energy. The song’s disco-pop beat is firmly entrenched in today’s trends, yet finds a catchy hook to help it stand out. The pulsing beat, rhythm guitar and bright synth combine to craft a solid groove that breathes in all the right places. It’s nothing revolutionary, but it doesn’t need to be.
Yohan gets a chance to show off his skills as both a vocalist and rapper without ever causing the track to lurch in momentum-killing directions. He’s an engaging performer, though Dessert could do with a more boisterous shot of personality. Thankfully, its chorus is light and buoyant enough to compensate. It’s not the kind of melody I’d rush back to, but its amiable sound makes for an easy, breezy listen.