K-Pop A-Z Review: EXO – History
K-Pop A-Z

K-Pop A-Z Review: EXO – History

One song. Every day. Alphabetical order. Keep up with EXO’s A-Z reviews here! History (from Mama – 2012) Though their discography boasts more ambitious material, History has always felt like a flawless distillation of EXO’s sound. Its effortlessly funky groove combines a bhangra-inspired beat with icy, stuttering electronics and a strong kick that anchors the … Continue reading

Legendary Song: Girls’ Generation (SNSD) – Into The New World
Legendary Song

Legendary Song: Girls’ Generation (SNSD) – Into The New World

I’ve always considered Into The New World (다시 만난 세계) as the unofficial dawn of K-pop’s second generation. Yes, there were plenty of second-gen stalwarts who debuted earlier (TVXQ, Wonder Girls, Bigbang, Super Junior, etc), but World just feels like the turning of a page. Back in 2007, K-pop had a much stronger Japanese influence … Continue reading

K-Pop A-Z: Infinite – Back
K-Pop A-Z

K-Pop A-Z: Infinite – Back

One song. Every day. Alphabetical order. Keep up with Infinite’s A-Z reviews here! Back (from Back – 2014) Infinite had worked with producers Rphabet before on 2013’s Destiny, but Back truly solidified their partnership. It’s one of the group’s most dynamic songs, growing from somber, dramatic balladry to the explosive orchestral electronics that drive its chorus. … Continue reading