Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 7/12/2015

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

let's light it up and let it burn like we don't care

Yooa (Oh My Girl)

Psy ft. CL – Daddy

It’s Psy, doing the same sort of thing that made him famous.  It’s better than “Gentleman“, worse than “Gangnam Style“, won’t make a significant splash globally and won’t appear on any other Kpopalypse lists apart from this one here, just in case you were wondering.  CL is barely in it, and if this was released in 2012 I would have been sad about that, but it’s 2015 and CL sucks now so I’m grateful.

Psy – Napal Baji

Psy’s other song people are raving about and no wonder – it’s the usual completely average, unexciting “organic” funk sound that is super-trendy in k-pop now and similar to recent equally boring comebacks by IU and Brown Eyed Girls.  Nothing to see here except a cool video and the Roly Poly dance, move along everyone.

Lovelyz – For You

Just another dull clone of every other girl group song that sounds exactly like GFriend, Apink etc. which is pretty disappointing because Lovelyz generally bat a bit higher than all those groups.

BTS (Bangtan Boys) – Run

It felt like the entire Internet shat itself with complaining when I didn’t cover this song last week, so here you go: it’s strictly unremarkable boy-band material, better than some of their other crappier songs but nowhere near as good as “War Of Hormone“.  Happy now?

LaBoum – Aalow Aalow

After an unexciting start, Laboum are starting to get consistently good songs.  People thought I’d like this and they were right.  The lack of dynamics get a bit wearying by the end of the song but that’s pretty much the only thing obviously wrong with it.

Royal Pirates – Run Away

So much for k-rock, this song is about 80% electronica and doesn’t sound all that different to something I’d expect from Infinite, BTS, etc.  I guess Korean rock has just given up these days.  Apart from a surprising and fairly comical dubstep-metal hybrid breakdown nothing about this made much of an impression on me.

Snuper – Shall We Dance

The combination of the One Direction-style haircuts, cheesy grins and extreme colours make this a hard watch, but if it was a female group I’d probably dig it at least looks-wise so I won’t be a hypocrite about it and just tell you instead that this song came out a few weeks ago but is just kinda average and that’s why I hadn’t gotten around to playing it until now.

Luhan – Lu

Seriously, what is this, really.  I wasn’t a huge fan of “That Good Good” or any of the other 76 songs Luhan has released since moving to China, but “Lu” makes them all sound like masterpieces.

Seventeen & Ailee – Q&A

A pretty dull typical k-pop/R&B excursion exactly like thousands of others.  An Ailee guest vocal but no Ailee in the video is the solar-powered flashlight of k-pop.

Zico ft. Zion T. – Eureka

Decidedly meh.  Sounds like everything else these days.

Dynamic Duo ft. Nafla – J.O.T.S.

“Jump over the slump” indeed.  This doesn’t suck like all their other songs do now, for some reason.


Phenomenon – Fresh

More average-o-funk.  Korea releases about 10 songs like this per week.  Be grateful I don’t ever play all of them.

BoA – Kiss My Lips

Here’s (two thirds of) a Japanese version of the BoA song that was released six months ago for the Korean market, not that I care what language it’s in because it’s still the same fairly average song, I couldn’t give a fuck if she’s singing it in Klingon or Esperanto.

Nell – Lost In Perspective

Royal Pirates might have been a bit of a letdown this week but they are certainly better than Nell, Korea’s consistently awful third-rate Coldplay knock-off group.


Kpoopalypse will return next week with the last Kpopalypse roundup of 2015!

13 thoughts on “Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 7/12/2015

  1. The best thing about Napal Baji is that it’s informing more people about Roly Poly, so I can’t fault it too much. Also video is cool.

    Lovelyz and BTS should’ve quit while they were ahead, they were 2/2 for singles this year and then they put out these really plain songs

    Luhan’s song is legit terrifying.

    Laboum’s song was probably the best of the week, not as good as Sugar, but I could see them having a possible sound in ripping off glittery American pop staples wholesale.

    Thanks for posting! Will be anticipating your final roundup for the year

  2. Kpopalypse, have you lost faith in K-POP? Are you going through a tough period? Are you growing old? (of course you are, so am I).

    I sense something beyond your usual entertaining cuntiness and am somewhat concerned.

    And no, it’s not because you’ve insulted any of my faves. You do that all the time, but that’s why I come here every week. There’s something in these weekly round-ups that makes me feel you don’t wanna do this anymore.

    • If I didn’t want to do it I’d stop today. The thing is that the weekly roundups are put together VERY fast and I try to sum up how a song makes me feel in as few words as possible (the honourable-dishonourable mention lists are also like this). They’re very different to all my other posts where I go into detail. So they probably come of “short” or whatever. Don’t worry Kpopalypse has the determination to listen to k-pop!

  3. “I guess Korean rock has just given up these days.” Well, if you are only talking about too much electronica then what about FT Island’s Pray? In my opinion FT Island is the only mainstream kpop band that even begins to compare to real rock artists (even though they also like to do more experimental stuff from time and their older Korean songs are mostly ballads, but their Japanese songs are rock)
    *mentally preparing for you bashing my faves*

  4. I’m also quite fond of “Aalow Aalow,” but I realized (this is a bit embarrassing) that I don’t know what “dynamics” means in this context! Maybe you wrote about this already, if so my bad.

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