Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 16/11/2015

It’s time for this week’s Kpopalypse roundup!  Let’s check out this week’s k-pop new releases!

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Sungkyu (Infinite)

iKon – Anthem

I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I like this, but “Anthem” surprised me by actually having a beat and not being the kind of yolotrap garbage I was expecting.

iKon – Apology

I thought “Apology” was worse.  2NE1’s crappy mid-paced power ballads aren’t any better when a boy group does them.

B.A.P – Young, Wild & Free

Despite being nu-metal or whatever, this only rocks slightly harder than iKon.  The main problem is that it just never picks up the pace.  What a shame, this could have been cool.

Crayon Pop – Dancing All Night

Crayon Pop’s last Japanese song was pretty awful and apart from a hilariously cool breakdown “Dancing All Night” isn’t that much better.  I think that guy milling around in the background from the 1:40 mark is one day going to become the k-pop equivalent of the Abbey Road photobomber.

MAP6 – Storm

This is decent, some nicely moody piano and orchestration makes it by far the best boy-group offering this week.  It also made me want to play the computer game This War Of Mine, which looks similar to the set here.  The MAP6 boys even dig through the rubble in the same way as the characters from that game.

Tahiti – Skip

Never thought I’d hear Tahiti do some weird ska-lite thing but here it is.  It’s pretty good like most of Tahiti’s songs, the chorus isn’t amazing but it’s the faux-ska groove that carries this anyway.

VIXX – Chained Up

Boring blues-scale k-pop boy-chorus-by-numbers melodies kill a song with unusual backings and potential.

Year 7 Class 1 – Believe

Year 7 Class 1 sound best when their songwriter’s ultra-harmonious cheese-writing is mitigated by a bit of punk guitar.  Sadly that isn’t the case here, “Believe” is far too syrupy for its own good.  I went for a piss while this song played, no regrets.

Madtown – OMGT

Once upon a time boy groups used to sometimes stop sucking and produce pacy, invigorating, powerful songs.  Now they just do this lame slow-as-a-snail swag trap bullshit over and over and pose lamely.  This is why we can’t have nice things, like a second k-pop golden age.

WannaB – Hands Up

Honestly I wasn’t even listening.  I think I went to the toilet again, but for different reasons this time.

MyB – Ddoddo

Just another song that sounds like Apink, Gfriend, etc.  There’s a lot of this kind of thing clogging up k-pop lately, and I don’t mind if the songs are good but this doesn’t have anything special about it that grabs me.

D.Holic – Murphy & Sally

Who the fuck writes songs for this group?  This is like f(x) before they went boring recently, and just like the weirder f(x) songs I’m pretty sure nobody likes this except me.

BONUS SONG

(from now on the bonus song will actually be a bonus i.e a song I didn’t get around to playing during the show)

Seo In Young – Scream

Dull generic pop that you’ve heard thousands of times before from western artists.  Even the supposedly “19+” video is limp, tame and unexciting.  Someone apparently showed their tits in this or whatever and I didn’t even notice, that’s how bored I was.


 

Kpopalypse will return next week with another Kpopalypse roundup!

6 thoughts on “Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 16/11/2015

  1. I really wanted to get into b.a.p’s new single, there’s no one who wanted to love it as much as I did, but oh man, so much dissapointment. Dholic song i liked though, i was so into weird f(x)

    • No, you are not the only one. While I too wished that “Young Wild & Free” was more hard-hitting (and that some of the effects on their voices were more subtle), I find that the album itself is quite a grower. It took several listens, but the songs have gradually grown on me, and I’ve come to appreciate the lighthearted and uplifting feel of “Take You There” as well as the very funky yet still somewhat cheesy “Be Happy”. For me, “Monologue” and “Blind” are the best songs of the album. “Monologue”, despite being shorter in length, is in my opinion, much richer sonically than the title track, offers a more suspenseful buildup and packs quite a punch after the more breezy tone of “Take You There”. “Blind” is, for me, the highlight of the album and a song that I like more and more with each listen. I find it has a very gripping sound, good line distribution, good vocal delivery and it embodies that ‘pure B.A.P’ quality. So, overall, I do think Matrix is a solid album even though I wouldn’t say that I ‘love’ it, as you do.
      However, a part of me can’t help but feel a bit bothered by the title when recalling (after just 2 1/2 years in TS) the harsh conditions they were working under, the coercive and exploitative contractual obligations they were legally bound to, the several millions they supposedly made and did not receive their cut of, their angry and aggrieved comments during the trial when their company would tergiversate etc etc. In that light, releasing a song titled “Young Wild and Free” while having returned to the very same company that wronged them is somewhat ironic and somewhat worrisome. Are they under even stricter contractual confines now? Do they still have ‘trainee debts’ to pay off? Have they at least been told how much profits they had made for the company and what they will be paid this time around? I guess only time will tell.
      In any case, I hope their album will at least break even money wise, so that they can continue making albums (even though I’m almost certain their video and stage budgets will suffer). In the robot factory of Kpop idols where new groups are constantly churned out the conveyor-belt, it is somewhat rare to stumble upon groups that are cohesive, competent, incisive and well rounded, involved with a sense of identity and vision. B.A.P seemed to be one of those groups. Hopefully their low sales won’t put a damper on their passion for making music and they will keep their quality level throughout future releases.

      • Wow, this reply has more text than my actual post!

        Just be aware that NO album in k-pop “breaks even” money-wise, even if they are successful. Releasing albums is not how groups break even, it’s always an expense. It’s the other things that idols do outside of the album and music that make money.

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