Song Review: A.C.E – Savage
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Song Review: A.C.E – Savage

This May, A.C.E released one of 2019’s most thrilling title tracks: the rock-tinged, attitude-driven Under Cover. The guys seemed to have found their niche, taking the intensity of their debut-era material and fusing it to a complex, inventive instrumental. Their new release Savage (삐딱선) proves why I’m so adamant about idol groups finding the right … Continue reading

Buried Treasure: A.C.E – Mr. Bass
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Buried Treasure: A.C.E – Mr. Bass

Most of the time, a k-pop group’s title track is the best song on their album. But, 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. With NCT 127’s Superhuman hearkening back to second generation K-pop sounds, … Continue reading

K-Pop Producer Spotlight: LEEZ
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K-Pop Producer Spotlight: LEEZ

If there’s anything I’ve learned from covering pop music for over a decade, it’s that songwriters and collaborators are just as important as the artists themselves. Though they often work behind the scenes, this feature is a chance to shine the light on some of k-pop’s most innovative and accomplished producers and composers. LEEZ Years … Continue reading

Song Review: A.C.E – Callin’
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Song Review: A.C.E – Callin’

A.C.E’s Callin’ follows up on one of 2017’s most interesting debuts. Not only did the group tackle an unusual electronic sound with Cactus, but they also performed the song with a flair for avant-garde, gender-bending fashion. And given the splash that they made back in May, it’s no surprise that they’ve chosen to double down … Continue reading

Song Review: A.C.E – Cactus
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Song Review: A.C.E – Cactus

Debuts are always exciting, offering the chance for a rookie act to paint the first brushstrokes of what might become their sound. Beyond the hope for a strong, quality track, a debut is free from the kind of crushing expectations that can sometimes derail the comeback of more established artists. I went into A.C.E’s Cactus … Continue reading