Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 6/5/2019

It’s time for Kpopalypse roundup!  Let’s check out some new releases!

It’s great when a bullshit controversy arises for someone really popular like Twice’s Sana because it makes searching for just the right header image easy.

Kim Donghan – Focus

I’m not sure what I was focusing on when I heard this, but it wasn’t this song.

Jenyer – Illusion

I couldn’t even remember which person from 4Minute who isn’t Hyuna that this person was.

Nu’est – Bet Bet

Maybe nugudom was a better place for them given that they haven’t had a good song since about 2010.

Dumbfounddead – Washed

Dumbfounddead has a nicely quirky video, but he also has no beats.  One of these is more important to be a rapper than the other.

Bom ft. Wheein – 4:44

Bom is carefully shot from very far away, or at specific angles, to hide the latest round of surgery, which is a damn shame as I was looking forward to getting my Realdoll fap on.  Meanwhile Wheein couldn’t even be bothered showing up for this dull ballad.

High School – Baby You’re Mine

Actually a great song, until that trap drop comes in and completely ruins everything.  It’s impossible to ignore.  Imagine buying a nice meal at a French restaurant and there’s a massive great turd on the plate along with your food.  Then you complain to the waiter and they say “just ignore the poop, the rest of it’s still good, right?”.

Dongwoon – In The Silence

Some silence would have been just great.

Golden Child – Spring Again

Everyone wants to be Busker Busker every damn year but none of them can write a song truly bad enough to go as viral as them.  This is close though.

Spectrum – After Party

This would have been alright if 90% of it wasn’t just one fucking chord.

Meiqi – Jiang

This is the Chinese girl (or one of the Chinese girls, I dunno how many there are) from WJSN, a group that I don’t care about yet because they have no good songs.  So you can probably guess what I think of this.

Eunji & 10cm – Be With Me

Actually I thought this would be a lot worse, and I appreciate Eunji doing something so easily exploitable for comic use.

NP Sound – Baby I Love You

And here’s the budget version.

Sillyshu – Skylover

This guy has a few songs actually but I never covered him before because he sucks and writing “boring trap garbage” over and over was giving me RSI.

Yodayoung – A Night Of The Star

Star Wars fans, this really isn’t worth stanning over just because of the name.

Yoon Won – To Me

This song is so sleepy that this guy couldn’t even be bothered changing out of his pajamas.

Zion T, Jinbon, Joe Wonsun – Running

Crap even by Zion T standards.

Xiumin – You

…should not listen to this.  Even if you’re a Xiumin fan as he doesn’t even sing in it.

Cheetah ft. Chaboom – Flight

When Chaboom appeared in my best-of list a couple years ago I knew it was only a matter of time before he got roped into some bullshit soft pop crap.

Airplaneboy ft. Ja Mezz – Damare

Well the sub-bass is nice, that’s something I guess.

Park Da Ye – Spring, My Christmas

Yeah I don’t think that this actually counts for the yearly Christmas list as it’s really just another Cherry Blossom boredom.

Yongseok ft. Sangmin – Karma

These guys were in Cross Gene I think.  This song has a nice groove but not much else.  Man I’m really trying to be positive about the boring shit songs this week.

Pierce – Change

Well, it’s not any worse than what the adults are doing this week.

HoneyG – Starlight

The “producer top billing means the song sucks” rule applies yet again.

Ha Dong Yeon – At Last

Warning sign: a keyboard instrument in an empty field.

Swan – Butterfly

Better than any song called “Butterfly” by someone called “Swan” has any right to be.

Chancellor ft. Taeyeon – Angel

“I’m not agreeing to dance for this shitty ballad!”

“We’ll double your appearance fee!”

“No – no way!  This song can get fucked!”

“What if we hide your identity?”

“Hmmmm…. well, alright then.  I guess nobody will know.”

Lim Sang Hyun – You

It’s another week where the shit ballads outnumber everything else by a reasonable margin.  Oh wait, that’s every week.

Knoa – Won’t Let You Go

Really.  I can’t believe some people think I just make up the numbers on how many ballads are released.  This cancer is everywhere.

Cherry Coke – Wash

I sped this one up to 2x just to see if it would make a difference and it still sounded too slow.

E-Ruda – Spring Flowers

The cute girl from Bloomy and some other girl from Bloomy that I didn’t care about do a duet song, and it sucks but thanks to the person who sent me this so I didn’t miss it!

Bigone ft. Penomeco – Too Much

Oh dear.

Navid – Going Gourmet, Just The Two Of Us

That’s a big dog, and a very expensive guitar.  Just the base model Martin costs around $2000 where I live, that thing there probably retails for about $5000 Australian.

109 – Moon

Meanwhile I’m not sure what this guy has because I can’t read the headstock but the song sucks so meh.

A Train To Autumn – Spring Rain

You’d think that a group with “Autumn” in the band name would have the courtesy to not release a garbage spring song.

Geegu – Moonlight

I’m here for girls doing weird satanic shit in the woods.  Let me hold your blood chalice or whatever.

Turboy – Bean Bean Bean

Before you press play, think for a while about what you might expect from something that looks like this.  Then press it and see how wrong you got it.

Colslaugh ft. Don Mills, DJ Vamos – Shut Up Malfoy

Gosh it’s a nice try, it’s almost good.

My Darling – Kung Chi Dda

It’s not amazing, but at least it’s upbeat, even if they all sing like they swallowed a spoonful of tahini first (try it and you’ll see).


Loona – BTS “Fire” dance cover

I know you’ve all seen this already, but it’s never a bad time to see it again.  I like it when girl groups do covers of boy group songs because it shows the seriously untapped potential of girl group dancing.  Guys always get the cool, really physical stuff and girls always end up doing the prissy hand-waving and ass-shaking, and videos like this prove that there’s really no reason why girls can’t get routines as kickass as the popular male routines.  Not that there’s anything wrong with hand-waving and ass-shaking, in fact I’m all for it, but some variety is nice too… but girl groups don’t really have that kind of variety ever, do they – not in real terms.  Hmmm I wonder why not.  It’s almost like “girl crush” is one big lie, gosh, imagine that.  A marketing fabrication bought and sold by overanalytical fans unknowingly acting on behalf of major corporations to add a veneer of cultural respectability to a completely superficial laboratory-created product to help it cross over to western audiences obsessed with “credibility” and “gender awareness”, reaching for solid ground into an abyss of fairy-floss.  Not in MY k-pop, surely not…

That’s all for Kpopalypse roundup this week – more roundup next week!

14 thoughts on “Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 6/5/2019

  1. well, GFriend’s choreographies are full with jumping, kicking, stomping (even fists-throwing) & other kickass stuff. but how many people can look behind their “pure” image to see their crazy energy?

  2. Genuine question here, do you consider the Xiumin song as eligible for your year end lists ? I mean he doesn’t even sing…

    I also guess that Turboy has just done the best crazy frog imitation ever…

    • Actually, this is a behind the scenes and not the actual song which will be released on the 9th. It is a generic “fans gift” ballad anyway (he performed it at the pre-enlistment fanmeet) so it’s not like it would get a spot in any list hahaha

      (Being an EXOL and a Xiumin stan but also a ballad hater, I find myself in quite an awkward place)

    • That’s a good question and I don’t know the answer. Generally instrumentals are eligible. However did Xiumin have any input into this at all? I don’t know if that matters.

  3. Bean Bean Bean has to be one of the laziest songs I’ve ever heard. People who listen to kpop are always describing songs they don’t like as “generic”, “cookie cutter”, or “repetitive”, but this takes it to a new level. Listening to this song too much could probably turn your brain to mush.

    • Good God almighty, you are right… Just a guy singing stupid stuff and a boring video.
      In a way, it mocks everyone trying their damndest to come up with great fresh new songs out of the kpop soup… Ayn Rand would have said this is the final triumph of mediocrity, society is officially doomed.

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