Song Review: VAV – Poison
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Song Review: VAV – Poison

For a group that most would consider to be under-the-radar, VAV have enjoyed a surprisingly consistent promotion calendar. They’ve already released over a dozen singles/music videos since their 2015 debut. Despite having a lot to choose from, I’ve run real hot and cold with their music. They’re one of those groups that just doesn’t have … Continue reading

Song Review: VAV – Give Me More (ft. De La Ghetto & Play-N-Skillz)
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Song Review: VAV – Give Me More (ft. De La Ghetto & Play-N-Skillz)

Despite largely being produced by the same team, VAV’s singles run has been pretty hit or miss. They’re at their best when forgoing trends and focusing on polished songwriting and dynamic instrumentals. This was the case for March’s Thrilla Killa, which bolstered the group with forceful, funky production and a charismatic concept. This is not … Continue reading

Song Review: VAV – Thrilla Killa
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Song Review: VAV – Thrilla Killa

In this day and age, I’m always impressed if I can get through a K-pop title track without a single trendy synth flourish. The tropical squiggles of yesteryear have warped into moodier, filtered electronics that instantly signal generic 2019-era tropes. Even some of my favorite singles of the last year aren’t completely immune to this … Continue reading

Song Review: VAV – Senorita
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Song Review: VAV – Senorita

VAV is one of those groups who just keep plugging away. I don’t see their name mentioned much in K-pop circles, nor are they a huge presence on music shows. Yet, they’ve held international tours and make frequent comebacks with glossy, well-produced music videos. Their agency’s Chinese connections probably help when it comes to funding, … Continue reading

K-Pop Producer Spotlight: ESBEE
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K-Pop Producer Spotlight: ESBEE

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. ESBEE Years … Continue reading