Song Review: Stray Kids – Circus
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Song Review: Stray Kids – Circus

Japanese tracks by Korean idol groups have been pretty lousy lately, but Stray Kids have the benefit of self-composition. The guys’ production unit 3RACHA has already dabbled in the J-pop market, including the production of a standout track for J-idol group JO1. New single Circus takes a high-concept approach, putting as much focus on its … Continue reading

Song Review: Trendz – Who
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Song Review: Trendz – Who

Boy group Trendz debuted earlier this year with TNT (Truth&Trust), a song I can barely recall. Their first mini album didn’t instill much confidence, largely forgoing memorable melodies for blustering attitude. On follow-up Who (吼), the guys have bolstered the intensity but still struggle to find a song that lives up to that energy. Who … Continue reading

Song Review: CLASS:y – Classy
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Song Review: CLASS:y – Classy

Rookie group CLASS:y aren’t wasting any time. They’ve divided their debut mini album in two parts, releasing both within weeks of each other. Shut Down was unveiled only a month ago and it’s already time for their first comeback. I know the K-pop industry moves fast, but this feels like a new record! Shut Down … Continue reading

Song Review: CRAVITY – Vivid
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Song Review: CRAVITY – Vivid

May 31st, 2022 We arrived on the planet CRAVITY late last night and celebrated our successful voyage with an early sleep. No champagne for this team. Even if we had wanted a grand celebration, this planet’s quirky physics wouldn’t allow it. Gravity is constantly changing here. Our Mission Specialist dubbed it “crazy gravity,” or “cravity” … Continue reading

Song Review: BLANK2Y – Thumbs Up
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Song Review: BLANK2Y – Thumbs Up

We have another 2022 debut on our hands, as BLANK2Y give a thumbs up to the K-pop industry. They’re the first idol group to hail from the recently established Keystone Entertainment. (Side note: it always surprises me when newish agencies debut groups with so many members. Isn’t that super expensive??). Some of the guys come … Continue reading

Song Review: LIGHTSUM – Alive
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Song Review: LIGHTSUM – Alive

With (G)I-DLE riding high on the charts, Cube Entertainment has devoted much of their attention to them. But, the agency has another group waiting in the wings. LIGHTSUM debuted last year with the fun Vanilla before shifting toward slightly more generic sounds with follow-up Vivace last October. Since then, we haven’t heard much from the … Continue reading

Song Review: GOT7 – NANANA
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Song Review: GOT7 – NANANA

It’s always gratifying to watch a group defy the odds. After exiting JYP Entertainment and embarking on solo projects, it would have been easy for GOT7 to dangle an unfulfilled promise of reunion before slowly fading into fans’ memories. Instead, the guys have joined forces for a new comeback just a year and a half … Continue reading

Song Review: ONEWE – Roommate
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Song Review: ONEWE – Roommate

ONEUS and ONEWE in the same week?? It almost feels like we’re getting closer to a reunion of both groups, where ONEWE supply a killer track as ONEUS bust out striking choreography. It’s happened before, but I need it to happen for a promoted comeback. Until then, ONEWE are back with special single Roommate (룸메이트). … Continue reading

Song Review: AB6IX – Savior
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Song Review: AB6IX – Savior

AB6IX’s recent comebacks have been all over the place, swerving from noisy beat drops to light funk to stately synth-pop. It’s a far cry from their debut year, which presented a sleek, stylish dance sound that seemed to be their calling card. Savior switches things up again, bringing in new producers and a new, darker … Continue reading

Song Review: TNX – Move
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Song Review: TNX – Move

As an enthusiastic watcher of PSY and JYP’s build-a-boyband series LOUD, I’ve been waiting for its two groups to debut. I’m more excited for what JYP’s group will bring, but PSY’s rearrangements and concepts were incredibly creative. Some of my favorite LOUD contestants ended up becoming part of his team. As P Nation’s first idol … Continue reading