It’s Kpopalypse roundup time once again! Let’s check out this week’s new releases!
Twice – Yes Or Yes
“Rape culture” is a term for idiots, and people who think that dirty jokes and healthy objectification somehow contribute to an overarching culture of rape are not thinking with their full brain capacity. When someone steals we don’t call it “theft culture”, nor do we act as if borrowing something from a friend and forgetting to give it back is somehow on the same moral equivalence scale as a bank robbery. Likewise, when Twice consistently release songs this good we don’t call it “Twice is better than your bias culture”, we just calmly accept that Twice is better than your bias.
Gugudan – Not That Type
Posing on top of the family SUV doesn’t actually make you look that badass, it makes you look like someone who needs to wait for their dad to finish paying for the petrol. He’ll only be a moment, can you get off the roof please you impatient fucks.
Key & Soyou – Forever Yours
None of Soyou’s ample bosom in the video, save yourself the click.
Dreamnote – Dream Note
I shat on it a bit during the livestream for this roundup but the song is actually growing on me quite a lot. It took me a while to work out why, but then I realised that it’s because even though some of the chants are a bit annoying, thinking about how they’ll annoy others even more makes me kind of happy, which then allows me to get into the happy mood of the other parts of the song more. Funny how that works.
Spectrum – What Do I Do
Here’s the other really good song this week. The tropical shit works here because it’s actually related to the rest of the instrumental and doesn’t break the mood, but nor is it that generic tropical beat shit behind it. It’s like someone actually wrote a song carefully instead of hitting random notes on a keyboard with a marimba patch dialed in.
Truedy ft Avec Plaisir – Very Rare
Truedy makes the mistake of rapping just enough in English here to reveal to English speakers that she can’t rap. I like her though, the way that one likes a kitten who falls down some stairs.
H.U.B – Finale
That girl with the short multi-coloured hair really drew the short straw, didn’t she. Imagine being all excited for your k-pop debut, imagining the (supposed) glamour and fame, and then your CEO approaches you with your new hairstyle concept and it’s a flotation device for toddlers.
Jackson & Gucci Mane – Different Game
Jackson wants to be one of those rap guys so badly, it’s cute how he keeps trying.
Jay Park ft. Superbee & Jvcki Wai – Finish Line
Meanwhile Jay Park is one of those rap guys these days I suppose but keeps wanting to be soft-ass R&B-pop like his old group instead. However this song is over 5 BPM and has actual rap in it so that’s something.
Dean ft. Sulli, Rad Museum – Dayfly
It’s great to see Sulli doing more music just so her continual inclusion in the conceptual fabric of my blog stays relevant, but this isn’t much of a song in the parts where she’s not singing. Sulli floats over the beat nicely while the two guys just kind of mumble through it slack-jawed. I suppose if Sulli was there in the studio with them, who can blame them.
Seventeen – Holiday
Vegans everywhere have just cancelled Seventeen. I’ve never seen teenage boys so happy to be in a supermarket aisle.
Sixbomb – some ballad bullshit
Lafee – Love Fever
I feel suddenly struck with “let’s just be friends” fever.
V-Hawk ft. Niel – Alice
R&B/Jazz-lite is the enemy of all that is good in this world.
K.will – Those Days
K.will continues to be boring.
Noel – How About You
How about no.
Anne One ft. Junoflo – Ride
I was thinking about not doing a boobs post this year because of the lack of contenders, plus the fact that I think people get the picture by now. Anne One is doing her best to change my mind.
O.When – Picture
Don’t be fooled by the trendy bullshit videos like this one. Vintage anything is crap. As someone old enough to remember, shit is so much better now.
24 Flakko – Do More
This is actually way creepier than the Twice song and not just because a guy is doing it. It would be creepy for anybody to sing this bullshit.
Jaeph – Good Night
How did he know that I would be sleeping to this.
South Club – I’m Crazy
He was supposed to be some rebel two years ago and now he’s a polite acoustic guitar strummer, what happened. Don’t tell me rock and roll is all a lie nooooooo
Mabean – Hide Away
It’s not that great or even much to look at but at least it rocks a bit.
Numori – Cheer
This group actually came out with a bunch of stuff this week and they’re actually really good. Unfortunately they are hardcore nugu and I can’t find their music anywhere.
BONUS RANDOM VIDEO OF THE WEEK
A-YEON X Roland V-drums TD-50KVX – Let Me Go
Bebop’s Ayeon has now picked up a Roland endorsement, so it’s time to talk about important advances in drum technology. Electronic drums are pretty cool, they’ve been around for a while and were a bit crap in the 1980s but the technology is much better now, to the point where drummers actually enjoy using them. The early versions detected nothing but how hard you hit the pads and then adjusted volume to suit, but new ones are much more responsive and allow for traditional drum techniques like bell-proximity effects for ride cymbals and even rimshots to be executed in the same manner as the real thing, they also feel a lot better to play and a lot less like hitting plastic practice pads. Audio engineers love electronic drums too because it makes drums so much easier to record if you can just take a direct input feed from a control box instead of setting up fiddly microphones for everything. Also Roland gear is super-reliable and never breaks unless you wildly mistreat it, I’ve still got Roland gear from 15 years ago that went through every other piss-stained pub carpet in Australia and it all still functions. However don’t take my word for it, Ayeon is a drummer with experience and knows what decent gear is, please replay this video to closely observe the equipment’s excellent versatility, responsiveness and build quality.
That’s all for this week’s Kpopalypse roundup! Roundup shall return next week!
13 thoughts on “Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 12/11/2018”
Came for review of new releases. Stay for Ayeon’s excellent build quality.
Seriously tho…. I’ve been a fan of hers since Bebop days; it’s always good to see a female drummer who knows her way around a drum kit, especially in Korea/Asia where female instrumentalists are still fighting a decidedly uphill battle.
It’s also refreshing to see a female drummer who doesn’t have any ugly tattoos or body piercings.
Bebop – the best one-hit wonder k-pop group of the 2010s. I still enjoy listening to “I’m the Best”, and they did a great cover of f(x)’s “Rum Pum Pum Pum”
It’s important to note that Spectrum are also having their first comeback after a member’s death. What Do I Do is what I wish 100%’s Heart would have been.
One of the advantage of electric drums imo is its compactness…but the one ayeon use is just the same size as real one? Kinda awkward
Twice have Good Song privilege.
I’m in to the short multi-coloured hair.
Kpopalypse I’ve been reading you for years, I enjoy your content, what you said about rape culture ticked me off tho. You, imo don’t need to run your mouth like that when dumb impressionable people be reading this page.
Of course rape culture fucking exists, but if you think that thought on countering it amounts to policing peoples dirty humour or horniness, then jesus christ man what kind of basic bitch backwards thinking baby feminists do you be surrounding yourself with. Smh. I’m sorry you’ve experience of such shit company when it comes to conversations on how we think of and respond to sexual violence, but that don’t mean you can say shit like ‘rape culture don’t exist’ . Stfu.
I live in a culture where rape happens. I have been sexually assaulted. and if I’m gonna term the segment of my culture that consents to that as “rape culture” so as to better discuss and understand its nuances and why me and my friends have been violently attacked by strangers or people close to us, then let us and please respect us and the violence we face and have faced. Don’t say this shit ain’t happenin cause it clearly is, and don’t say my way of speaking about is dumb cause it ain’t. It’s very intelligent.
It seems you have the opinion that the people who be speaking about these topics are so vacuous and illogical as to think that illiciting change begins with stifling ‘dirty humour’ or being irate at the notion of hotness rankings. Again, I’m sorry you are in contact with such basic baby feminist types, I’m really sorry, but that don’t mean you need to run your mouth like that and say rape culture don’t exist ***cause sentiments like that which are harmful***, not sentiments like sexy jokes or titty/abs posts (or even fucking Twice’s song like are ppl really gettin mad smh).
I am really sorry for what you have lived, but you (and many others) miss the point. Rape is not a culture, it is crime, therefore rape culture doesn’t exist. Rape obviously exists, it happens, in some places people may be lenient about it, but there is no such a thing as a culture of rape, just like there isn’t a theft culture or a Twice is better than your bias culture
I think you miss the point of the phrase. Rape is a crime. And yet, things that seem very much sexual assault are glorified as romantic and cute (e.g. the way Han Solo kisses Princess Leia). What would you call it if people taking things that aren’t their’s is shown as good behavior and rewarded with fame and riches? If this were the case, I might call it theft-culture. Since it /is/ the case that violating women’s boundaries is viewed positively, rape-culture make sense as a term.
Regardless of what you think of the phrase our culture isn’t good at depicting consent. And that is a problem.
I thought that the scene between Han and Leia was sort of defining his character as a bit of a dickhead on purpose. If Luke Skywalker also treated the women in the story that way, I think you’d have a point that the film might be promoting that kind of behaviour. But Han IS an asshole (he shot Greedo first, remember?) and the pushy way he treats Leia is deliberately painting him that way, it’s making it clear that here is someone who, while technically on the “good side” is deeply flawed and not actually as nice as he appears. You’re not supposed to be barracking for Han in that scene. Remember the hero is Luke, not Han, and there’s a reason for that. Not to say that there aren’t plenty of instances of that type of thing in Hollywood films (which I wouldn’t call “rape culture” but I would call something) but I think that’s a bad example.
I’ll post more about “rape culture” in the next Qrimole because it’s been highly requested.
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