It’s time for this week’s Kpopalypse roundup!
NEW RELEASES 9/11/2015
Brown Eyed Girls – Warm Hole
This is the typical kind of stuff that Gain does solo, when her group does it instead it’s not any more interesting. The concept is great though, similar to Stellar’s (much better) “Vibrato” – now watch Brown Eyed Girls get away scot-free with exactly the same type of imagery and message that Stellar got criticised for.
Brown Eyed Girls – Brave New World
This rips off a specific disco song, I can’t remember which one (no, it’s not Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough“, there’s another one that sounds even closer to this). A decent chorus makes this song the best thing BEG have done since “Abracadabra“, but then that’s not as much of a compliment as it might seem as I haven’t liked anything of theirs since then at all. Gosh they look great though.
Rania – Demonstrate
Rania have new members but return to their original Teddy Riley sound of “Dr Feelgood“. That’s precisely why I can’t get into it – both songs sound great at first but by the end of them you’re over it due to the general repetition in the backings. Only the intro and ending are good here.
Romeo – Target
This song sounded fantastic and until about 0:52 I was in love with this, it was sounding like top 10 song of the year material. Then the vocals started and it ruined everything, the vocal melodies are just woeful and all the cool stuff in the intro vanishes into the deep background, swamped by non-stop layers of vocal cheese. What a complete waste of a great backing track.
Dean & Zico – Pour Up
I refuse to spell “Dean” with the stupid characters they do because that’s just lame. Anyway this is the type of garbage Jay Park usually does.
Jay Park ft Okasian – You Know
Speaking of which, Jay Park’s song isn’t great either but it’s actually better than the Dean & Zico song. This is the video he shot with Hyuna, but she only gets about five seconds of screen time so don’t get too excited about it. She’s not in it musically and instead we got Okasian who achieves the impossible by actually managing to sound worse than Jay Park on a Jay Park track.
MC Sniper – Redemption
MC Sniper sounds a lot better when he’s going hard instead of doing this ballad nonsense but this is still pretty solid as far as ballad nonsense goes. He released another song this week with Choi Young called “Where We Were” which is slightly better than this but it follows the boring “Love The Way You Lie” format and I didn’t want to subject anybody to that.
Lucia – Upon Your Existence
A dull ballad, nothing particularly good or bad about it. I don’t usually play these on the show at all but hey it was a slow week for new stuff.
Flowsik – Yah, Nuh
A weird, creepy-sounding trap song but then they all sound weird or creepy in one way or another. At least this one goes at over 60 BPM and has some vague semblance of a proper beat, that’s something. Also he’s practically an honorary Australian with a song title like that, so it’s hard to hate on this too much.
IU – The Shower
I might be stanning the fuck out of IU lately to annoy the stupids who think she’s a pedo because they don’t understand critical satire, but that doesn’t mean I think IU’s new material doesn’t suck (mature age) dicks. The whole “chat-shire” album I find to be dull, both musically and lyrically. I played this song anyway, because my hatred of netizen hive-minded stupidity is deeper than my hatred of crappy generic IU ballads, and I’ll probably buy her album too and just give it away next year to a lucky listener once I’ve milked the liner notes for more ways to annoy others.
Kpopalypse will return next week with another roundup!