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Song Review: Kang Daniel & Ahn Yujin (IVE) – Move Like This (ft. Kim Yuna)

Kang Daniel, Yujin (IVE) - Move Like This (feat. Yuna Kim)Over the past few years, Starship Entertainment’s Pepsi (or in this case, Gatorade) CFs have become a reliable summer tradition, bringing together a diverse array of artists. Apparently, they don’t have to be part of Starship’s roster to participate. And in the case of Move Like This, they don’t even have to be professional singers! The song unites Kang Daniel with IVE’s Ahn Yujin and… figure skater Kim Yuna. Hey, whatever works!

I don’t know what it says about the state of the K-pop industry, but this random CF collaboration is the strongest song to come out of today’s heavy-hitter comebacks. It’s not going to set the world on fire, but the synth-heavy beat harnesses a great energy that feels emblematic of summer. Better yet, the instrumental adheres to its strengths, filtering in and out yet never straying too far from the exciting riff that opens the track. This sense of continuity means that, even when the vocal delivery switches up, Move Like This doesn’t lose momentum. The track knows what it’s doing and never tries to do too much.

To Kim Yuna’s credit, her performance fits perfectly well alongside her more-experienced collaborators. It helps that the song is so brisk and lively. This isn’t a vocal showcase, and you probably could have enlisted any idol to deliver it in a similar fashion. Instead, Move Like This thrives on addictive energy. I love its punchy synths. As you’d expect for a Gatorade advertisement, the whole package is incredibly refreshing. Now, let’s graft some of these strengths onto actual idol comebacks this summer!

Hooks 8
 Production 9
 Longevity 8
 Bias 9
 RATING 8.5

8 thoughts on “Song Review: Kang Daniel & Ahn Yujin (IVE) – Move Like This (ft. Kim Yuna)

  1. I can remember Nick saying around a couple of weeks ago:

    “”Woo!Ah!” is the sound I desperately want to make after listening to a new K-pop track.”

    And finally, it happens. I love this one a lot. What’s more, the song sounds like a real K-pop summer track. High-8’s for me.

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  2. Ha, I just posted about this in another thread.
    Yes, the song of the day. Actual fun, actual sung chorus with enough of a hook.
    Best of all, it doesn’t sound like a cf for anything, just like a solid pop song.

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  3. Ooh, this was good…Makes me more pumped to see what the next installment of the Pepsi project will sound like with Oh My Girl x IVE x Cravity (what a combo!).

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  4. im still tryna find out what that drum sample that’s used before the chorus (and many other songs such as the ever iconic “be myself”) is called

    either way, i love this song and its probably the second best song this month after wonho’s crazy

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  5. This is my favorite track I’ve heard Kang Daniel on since Wanna One.

    Yujin hwaiting!!…I think she’s a great idol and I’ve enjoyed her journey from Izone to becoming the leader of IVE.

    also Starship is just on it this year! I am actually looking forward to IVE’s upcoming CF with Pepsi hahaha, zero attitude part 2 I guess!

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  6. I love these energy drink songs!! 😄 This was a great choice of vocalists too! Kang Daniel and Yujin really sounded good together! Fun and brisk song! You would expect a promo song to just be a promo with very little song but Pepsi with the Starship guys have proven over and over again now that the theme doesn’t really matter when you have a nice little beat and song put together! 🙂

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