Song Review: Youha – Abittipsy
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Song Review: Youha – Abittipsy

Former YG Entertainment trainee Youha debuted last year with Island, which honestly wasn’t anywhere near my radar. But… introduce synthwave production and you’ve officially got my attention! Similar to Yubin’s Perfume (also released today), comeback track Abittipsy (오늘 조금 취해서 그래) brings Youha’s sound right in line with K-pop’s retro synth craze. And, it does … Continue reading

Song Review: Yubin – Perfume
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Song Review: Yubin – Perfume

With K-pop’s retro trend continuing to chug along, artists like Yubin stand to benefit most. After all, she’s been tackling city pop before it was popular, with songs like 2018’s Lady. And while she briefly explored her hip-hop side with last year’s Yaya, new single Perfume (향수) brings her back to sharp, icy synth textures. … Continue reading

Song Review: E’Last – Dangerous
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Song Review: E’Last – Dangerous

Though still mostly-unknown, boy group E’Last has gained admirers with their unique symphonic sound. Both of their singles have felt refreshing within a stale boy group landscape, though I don’t think the group has yet harnessed their full potential. Underwhelming melodies have caused both Swear and Tears of Chaos to fade quickly from my playlist. … Continue reading

Song Review: (G)I-DLE – HWAA
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Song Review: (G)I-DLE – HWAA

Whatever I may think about (G)I-DLE’s music, I can always appreciate their ambition. They commit to their concepts, and leader Soyeon’s composition skills ensure that their title tracks feel consistently them regardless of the genre. Unfortunately, more often than not their songs just don’t connect with me. Oftentimes, I find their work to be heavy … Continue reading

Song Review: SixTONES – ST
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Song Review: SixTONES – ST

SixTONES have been taking advantage of their popularity with a veritable marathon of releases. A single in November, a full album in January and another single coming up next month. Johnny’s Entertainment does this occasionally with its acts, and it’s always a nice way to build momentum. New single ST arrives on the heels of … Continue reading

Song Review: MCND – Crush
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Song Review: MCND – Crush

Rookies MCND quickly established their sound in 2020 – a playful blend of energetic hip-hop and trendier boy group tropes. Their music was at its best when it embraced its inherent goofiness (Ice Age remains a guilty pleasure), and new single Crush (우당탕) returns to that tone. The song is more of an extension than … Continue reading