Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 15/8/2016

It’s time for another Kpopalypse roundup!  Let’s take a look at this week’s new releases!

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This week’s roundup actually doesn’t have anything to do with the radio show itself, which was guest-programmed (see the playlist post for the tracks played), but I know that you guys still want a roundup so here’s the new releases anyway.

Blackpink – Whistle

Weirdly sparse yet annoyingly busy at the same time, the decent melodic bridge section doesn’t make up for all the other awful shit going on everywhere else.

Blackpink – Boombayah

Blackpink’s other debut song is better but it still sounds like something that wouldn’t have made the cut for a 2NE1 album.

VIXX – Fantasy

The thing about sampling classical music is that it’s all in the public domain so there’s no royalties to pay.  A pity there wasn’t more of that kind of subtlety throughout, this song has one of the most sonically crowded choruses in k-pop.

I.O.I – Whatta Man (Good Man)

This isn’t quite a remake of Salt N Pepa’s “Whatta Man“, although even if it was that probably wouldn’t have saved it because that song’s crap too.  The good Salt N Pepa was the iconic “Push It” era, not the pissweak hip-hop/R&B lite they did a decade later.

Stellar – Love Spell

Nondescript but pleasant enough, the real joy of this is watching Stellar wearing all that pure white clothing and pretending that they don’t know you’re fapping.

Jun. K – Think About You

It’s certainly JunK alright.

BeatBurger – Vagabond

Everyone acts like only YG can do trendy bullshit but weak crappy music is for everybody.

Onew & Lee Jin Ah – Starry Night

After SNSD’s shitty song last week SM Station have clearly just given up.

Henry & GenNeo – 1030

Korea’s Rick Astley returns with his “Cry For Help“.  Oh dear.

24K – Still 24K

Average song, but what an insane video.  Any MV featuring this kind of set design and gunplay is costing a ton of money so I hope these guys are making some decent returns for their own sake.

Lundi Blues – Long Beach

This week’s Fender Rhodes shitball is just as bad as any other.

Very Very Good Life – Dance

An unusually listenable stab at the kind of dreamy guitar-pop Korean bands usually execute with terrifying blandness.  It even has Fender Rhodes and doesn’t suck, it’s some kind of magic trick I swear.

Chi Young Tae – Scope

Like this, for example.  What fucking shit, someone grab that guitar off him and bash him with it until he fucks off.

Aquibird – Lookalike

Babies are fucking disgusting ugly resource-sponges that drain your time and energy and give nothing back, and so is this song.

A-Daily – Chu

A rocking upbeat tune that we don’t get enough of in k-pop these days, here’s hoping these Nugu Alert friendly girls get to do at least one more song before the axe inevitably falls on their careers.

IMGL – Hey You

Anyone with a 6-string bass is just bitter that they’re not the guitarist.  Face facts – you’re a bass player and nobody wants to hear you doing scales in the middle of the song, dickhead.

IMGL – My World

More annoyingly present bass playing.  You’re not special, stop that.

Right Life – The Way You See

See that kid staring through the bars?  That’s how you’ll also feel about a minute into this.

Jaeney – Tell Me Why

Check out the amazing muscle-tone on this woman, I guess this only got released because people saw those pecs and were afraid to tell her that her song sucked.

Luizy ft. Hyun Sik – Baby Ride

You could play a drinking game with this song where you try to find objects that weren’t rented.


That’s it for this week’s Kpopalypse roundup!  More next week!

6 thoughts on “Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 15/8/2016

  1. I feel bad for Stellar. That video looks so low budget., like right out of nugu alert. They deserve a better label.

  2. Hmm I think we can all agree that Blackpink’s songs are average (slightly above average for me at least) if not that’s cool too.

    “Whatta man” sounds like Fifth Harmony’s or Little Mix’s song and it’s the type of bland melodic sound that especially appease your typical female fans but it’s their better song at least.

    Bass is meant to be subtle and I loved it when I hear a “subtle melody” in bass playing if that makes any sense haha (Good Night Like Yesterday is a good example) but I agree when the bass line kinda overtakes all the other elements in a song.

    I’m not sure if you notice it but Stellar’s song has a Fender Rhodes part, I’m fine with their song at least. I kinda expected another “Vibrato” when I listened to the intro.

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