Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 16/4/2018

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

South Korea is safe with these girls. No wonder Kim Jong Un had Red Velvet visit him instead of Twice.

Super Junior ft. Leslie Grace – Lo Siento

There’s nothing musically worth a look here but check out those sweet Shindong eyebrow moves, your bias could never…

Twice – What Is Love

…unless your bias is Dahyun.  JYP steals the video concept from AOA’s “Get Out” and the musical ideas from all those other songs for Twice that Black Eyed Pilseung wrote, and the result is… fucking good, actually, if not a bit different to Twice’s usual musical trick-bag.

EXO-CBX – Blooming Day

It’s not bad I guess.  Scary fact – I actually know what the CBX in “EXO-CBX” means, and I’m a heterosexual male.  That’s when I know I’m too deep into this k-pop thing.

Noir – Gangsta

Don’t take her glasses off, the poor girl probably can’t even fucking see now.  What a selfish cunt.

Drunken Tiger – Yet

Drunken Tiger must have some rule in his contract that he has to make about one song every three years where he doesn’t do weak sucky R&B garbage, so here’s his actually decent contractual obligation song for 2018.

Mad Clown & Ailee – Thirst

I understand that Korean beauty standards dictate that Ailee is a fatty and therefore she has no place in music videos but I’m here to say that I like Ailee’s look now more than ever, and Korean beauty standards can fuck right off.  Ailee’s presence in the video was always compensation for having to listen to her ruin songs like this by oversinging all over them, and as she’s not in this video at all I feel cheated and I want my money back for the electricity and Internet bandwidth I spent accessing this.  Excuse me now, I’m going to go and talk to my ISP, I’m sure they’ll be understanding.

UNB – Only One

UNB come down with a case of the Coldplays and it’s just the usual mid-paced thing that all these groups do.

Eric Nam – Honestly

Yay Eric Nam finally does something upbeat and… oh wait it’s tropical shithouse.  Probably the only chance he’ll ever get over the next few years to do a non-ballad and he squanders it like this. Never mind.

Pungdeng-E – Caramel Macchiato

Pungdeng-E continue to straddle the awkward line between actual k-pop and children’s TV show music.  As weak as it is, this is probably the best song they’ve ever done, they should drop the Play School concessions completely and realise their true destiny as a punk group.

BONUS SONGS

Great Guys – Ganda

After a promising debut Great Guys are also now doing the trop-slop thing, oh dear.

Soya – Show

And another, move along everyone.  Don’t people get that if there are 1500 songs that all sound exactly like this, nobody is going to want to listen to any of it?

Yoo Seonho – Maybe Spring

Some rambling easy-listening nonsense.  Glutinous rice is a real prick to cook with though, props for those well-crafted sweets, maybe he should start up a cafe or something and forget about this whole music thing.

The Rose – Baby

At least somebody knows how to rock but sadly the song isn’t as good as the idea.

Big One – Wavywavywavy

I guess it’s a reference to his voice in hard Autotune being “wavy” even though that’s actually the exact opposite of what hard Autotune does to a voice.

Sei – Nobody Knows

On my livestream (which is now a regular thing) I had to crank down the image quality to Minecraft levels because Australian Internet doesn’t have much bandwidth and it would be juddery and unwatchable otherwise, so my stream pretty much looked like this video as a result.  I’m sure nobody cares that I’m all pixellated because I’m an ugly bald Australian cunt, but presumably somebody wants to fap to this guy’s buff torso so I feel like he just wasted all that workout time.

Jeong Jinwoon – Erasing

What a good idea, I’ll be “erasing” this right now.

Singil Station Romance – My Heart

I can’t look at girls who look and are dressed like this anymore without thinking of Sandy’s “Teen Swag“, so I just played that on the radio instead of this because fuck it.

Damsonegongbang – You Resembling Spring

The piano playing is lit but the song is just so boring, I know she’s got the ability, I just want to see that piano girl cut loose a bit.

Nilo – Pass By

Yeah I’m aware it’s from last year but I thought I’d drop it in here anyway because of the amount of success that it’s having means people will inevitably ask me about it.  Sure, the song is the usual shitty ballad garbage that Korea loves but seeing this get successful and annoy the fuck out of all the stupid k-pop fandoms is so funny that it’s hard not to like this song despite how boring it is musically.

BONUS RANDOM VIDEO OF THE WEEK

B R I C O L A G E || – Animation demo by Dwelph

Dwelph is a very talented individual who among other things used to do a bunch of animations for Asian Junkie and has done some Photoshop work for me in the past as well, such as the “Admiral Boram” that you can see in this list.  The above video is a collection of his animations from 2017, many of which are k-pop related.


That’s all for this week, Kpopalypse will return!

11 thoughts on “Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 16/4/2018

  1. I definitely agree with you about Twice. “What Is Love?” has no originality. It basically sounds like a combination of “Cheer Up”, “Heart Shaker”, and “Candy Pop”… and yet it’s still excellent! For me, Dahyun steals the entire song with her rap part. Even Nas might be impressed by how well her voice flows with the music.

  2. Wow, I’m impressed you can differenciate who’s Dahyun out of all other Twice girls now. I was expecting you to like the song since it sounds so much like “Knock Knock”. Not suprising, even tho this is a JYP song, the arrangement was from “collapsedone” who wrote “Knock Knock.”

  3. As a long-time Pungdeng_E fan, I like their song but it’s not as good as Ppi Ppi Ppa Ppa (fun dance!) or even Beachu Bossam (although maybe the boss-ass video sways me here; I mean, an International Cabbage Consortium? Too funny!) …Remember they started as a rap group? One of their earliest vids has them all decked out in bad-ass rap gear, all in-your-face belligerence… So punk would not be a stretch for them.

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