It’s time for Kpopalypse roundup – let’s check out this week’s new releases!
Playing catch-up this week after two weeks in a row of not playing any new stuff, so not many of this week’s new releases actually made it into the show. As always, tracks actually played are at the playlist post. Here’s this week’s new stuff:
LaBoum – Shooting Love
NCT Dream – Chewing Gum
Puer Kim – Pearls
Everything I needed to say about this one is over at my ballad post.
Park Jimin – Try
Notice how it’s called “Try” rather than “Succeed”.
Ailee – If You
Not only musically hideous but she’s not even in the video. Where’s Johnny Noh with a camcorder in the bushes to provide the raunchy Ailee imagery when you need him.
VX – What Are You!
The fact that this song is better than just about everything else this week should embarrass all of us.
Spica – Secret Time
I’m not really into it, but it’s their best song in a while, I reckon both of Spica’s fans should like this one.
Five Run Strike – Round & Round
Wooram doesn’t rock as hard as her sister but this is officially “not shit” and for any Korean rock group that’s quite an achievement.
Geeks – Divin’
Well this definitely “is shit”. How come everything from Korea with the word “Geeks” in the song, band or artist name is terrible?
Dorothy – Purple Lips
Like a super-budget version of miss A’s “Touch” or Sistar’s “Alone”, that’s a compliment by the way.
Hyoyeon, Min, Jo Kwon, JYP – Born To Be Wild
Unfortunately not the Steppenwolf song, which is a major missed opportunity to wreck something that probably really needs wrecking.
ELO – Rose
Just a bit too vocally overcooked to be any good, which is a shame as that backing track would work good with an actual song.
Two X – Over
I waited three years for this?
Tymee – Fuck Pretty Rapstar
This should have obviously been the feature track instead of “Cinderella”, but Tymee’s shitty company didn’t have the balls to release this diss track against Unpretty Rapstar 3, so Tymee just put it up on her own YouTube anyway for the lulz. Subtitles are here if you need them as this one is best appreciated if you know the words.
Chancellor ft. B-Free – Palm Tree
The sort of music that fuckheads listen to when they pull up next to you at the stoplights.
Urban Zakapa – Thursday Night
Urban Zakapa are one of Korea’s consistently most terrible groups and I really don’t pour enough scorn onto them. I’ll try to rectify this shortfall in my writing for the future.
Skawakers – Tiger Spirit Arises
This is pretty funny but ska-pop has been done a lot better than this. There’s a really cool Japanese punk girl group that did a ska song like this maybe about ten years ago but way better, they had a full brass section and one of the girls was oustandingly biasable. I forget their name though, I should probably hit up Tiffany and see if she remembers who they are.
EDIT: she does! Thanks Tiffany!
That’s it for this week’s Kpopalypse roundup – more new songs next week!