Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 8/2/2016

It’s time for another Kpopalyspe roundup!  Let’s check out some new stuff!

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Taeyeon – Rain

You know it’s going to be an atrocious snorefest before the beat even kicks in.  This isn’t the sort of music that made Girls’ Generation a household name in Korea.

Grace – I’m Fine

Probably the closest k-pop is ever going to get to Lords Of Acid’s “Pussy“, unfortunately “I’m Fine” has weaker subject matter but oh well.

Dox-a ft Part Seon, ZNSY – Golden Ticket

So much rap released this week!  The beat here reminds me of Cypress Hill at their peak, can’t be a bad thing.

G2 plus every man and his dog from Hi-Lite Records – My Team (Family)

At least some of the 382 rap songs released this week had decent beats.

Nucksal ft Koonta – Earn Ya Keep

This one sounds like a boring album filler track from Funkdoobiest, which means it’d be shit quality for about 1996 but in the top 2% of all commercial hip-hop from 2010 onward.

JangYouSeok – JjangYou

A bass drum and bunch of analog synths farting on a loop with a filter chucked over them and some guy yelling over it all is not a substitute for a proper song.

Yezi ft. Gilme, Kittib, Ahn Soo Min – Sse Sse Sse

Better than “Cider” plus you get 4 times the bitchface.  Can’t complain.

BONUS SONGS (there’s a lot)

Verbal Jint & Baek Ji Young – Find A Cure

I wasn’t going to subject the listeners this week to Korean clone of “Love The Way You Lie” number 235982345.

Zia – Tears

As far as ballads go it’s not too bad I guess, but why encourage this trash?  Grow some balls, Korea.

EIA – Spoon Me

Dull song but I find EIA really attractive, although the director obviously didn’t agree.  “Stay on this angle, that’s your good side…. lighting guys, keep it dark and mysterious…” etc.  Basically the way they treat anyone who weights more than 49 kilos.  Scumbag MV directors!  Someone get me this woman’s SNS accounts, quickly before she finds out that I saw this and makes them private.

Norazo – Sweet Dog

The usual junk.  Nothing to see here, move along.

Mamamoo – Hometown

Fucking awful, some of the worst music possibly imaginable.  What shitty songs this group have, “Piano Man” was clearly a one-off.

HuhGak, VROMANCE – Already Winter

Okay the song is the usual super-generic restaurant music crap HuhGak always does but the video here is some crazy shit that you should check out.

Winner – I’m Young

Sorry I just cbf with Winner’s other songs and I refuse to capitalise their full name.  It’s a privilege, not a right.

Winner – Baby Baby

Cats without fur, falsetto vocals, ballads in 6/8 time with cheesy rap over them, three strikes you’re out!


That’s it for another Kpopalypse roundup – a new roundup next week!

12 thoughts on “Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 8/2/2016

  1. I’m not sure if you knew, but Mamamoo – Hometown is just a teaser for a song in their upcoming album. I don’t think this meets the criteria for your roundup although it doesn’t really bother me. I think they’ll do one of these for every song. The real song will be more fleshed out than what you heard here. But if you didn’t like the teaser, then it’s unlikely that you’ll like the whole song.

      • Well, I don’t think the length will be much different as it’s 3 minutes. This teaser is basically the same part of the backing track over and over again with some of the singing and rapping sprinkled throughout. The official release will most likely have a more dynamic backing track but I think the feel of the track will stay the same. I have a feeling this won’t be your cup of tea.

  2. Aw, you teased me, starting with a pic of my current faves, Gfriend, and then no new vid by them. (Nah, i know they’re between comebacks, i was just hoping.)
    And! Lim Kim has a much better video named “Rain.” Both feature good voices, and lots of water, but Lim Kim’s is calm and actually feels like a rainy day. (Done on, I don’t know, a quarter the budget they’re spending on Taeyeon?) …You’re welcome!

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