Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 2/9/2019

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

Hong Jin Young is ready to spank the CEO of Music K (and not in a way he’ll enjoy), when she’s done can I borrow that hairbrush and shove it up the ass of whoever started the fire at the Dreamcatcher venue (and not in a way they’ll enjoy, either).

Sunmi – Lalalay

Slightly scary that Sunmi actually fits snugly into a suitcase.  Ignoring that, it’s not the worst song ever or anything but there’s no denying that the best part is at 1:48.

Fanxy Red – T.O.P

A few nice noises and a cool intro, and that’s about it.  At least this one features all your favourite nugu sets.  It’s good to see some environmentally conscious k-pop stars.

Ravi – Still Nirvana

Oh man, this entire genre can get fucked.

Lalary – Lalary

Oh this is just some normal “adult girl group” thing and then… hey, holy shit it’s that dude from First Bite!  Even though I’ll probably never listen to this fucking trash again, it’s actually way better than his other song, so good on him for improving somewhat I guess.

N.CUS – Super Luv

The chorus riff is quite good, especially the way it interacts with the subs, and that’s the only positive thing I have to say here.

Girlkind XJR – Money Talk

Oh wow.  They found a way to make this type of yolo garbage even more stupid than usual.

Imlay ft. Danyka Nadeau – Without U

Why am I asked to be feeling emotional about the fate of a bunch of refrigerators in a cave.  Also what is that annoying woman yelling about.

X1 – Flash

It’s a pretty good try, at least it’s upbeat so that’s good – but you’ve heard better and so have I.

Sunwoojunga – Classic

There’s actually flashes of brilliance in this but unfortunately there’s also flashes of total shit, like that horrid wailing pre-chorus and some of the most painful improvised vocal I’ve ever heard.  The sine tone at the end is nice however.

Signal – You Down

Yeah this wasn’t worth the last-minute inclusion but thanks guys for pointing it out anyway.

Benji – Telephone

I don’t know why he’s singing about his telephone, nobody is going to call him back after they hear this.

Violet – Pang Pang

Like recent nugu alerters BJ Girls, Violet are another group of “Broadcast Jockeys” turning to pop music, and I did actually mention them in my BJ girls write-up.  I like the intro where they all stare at their printed lyrics sheets with faces of determination, like “I think I can probably do this, gosh this is certainly going to be difficult”.  Don’t worry ladies, they’ll fix it in the mix.

Peniel ft. Beenzino – Flip

I’m not sure if I’m just feeling a but jaundiced because of the failure of the Dreamcatcher show and it’s making me a bit more negative than usual, or if the songs really are total fucking garbage this week.  Unbiased readers who didn’t get fucked around with show cancellations like I did this week, feel free to chime in with your point of view on this.

Nilo – He’story

Is this riding up the charts, I don’t even know.  I would 100% believe that Koreans would buy this shit in droves however.

Onewe – Regulus

Miming along to a typical Korean ballad while holding rock instruments doesn’t actually make it a rock song.

Sumin – Love Is Strange

Proof that NASA definitely did land on the moon, look at this shit we brought back with us.

Yuhansol – Rest

Resting is what I did when I got to my hotel room yesterday and realised there was no fucking Dreamcatcher show to go to, this song gets negative 23469872 points for reminding me of this.

Cotoba – Odori

Oh wow it’s a group that sounds a bit like Covet but without the really inventive guitar playing that actually makes Covet worth listening to.

Gyojung – We Are Not Failures

If only more k-pop videos showed this much asscrack.

No Brain – Summer Night Idiot

Even the punk music kind of sucks this week.

V.O.S – Again

Yes, again.

Daybreak – Romantic

“Soul” music is for people without soul, because they need it.

Swan – Who Am I

That first chord on the Rhodes is all you need to know.

Wild – Last Summer Night

KARD on a budget isn’t any better.

Dusky80 – Song Of Dawn

It’s way too early in the year to have stupid Christmans lights on your microphone stand, stop that shit.

Yoyomi – Hong Kong Express

Yoyomi is here to save us from this week’s musical garbage with a great T-ara style song that probably isn’t about getting the shit beaten out of you on the public transit system by thug police, but should be.  Stan Yoyomi!



I didn’t get to see Dreamcatcher live because the venue partially burned down the night before the show, so apologies for the complete lack of a Dreamcatcher live review.  Foolish me for not making a random-ass last-minute cancellation option seven in my poll, given that this is the third k-pop concert that I’ve booked tickets, flights and hotels for only to get it all canned at the eleventh hour, I really should have seen some shit like this coming.  It’s funny how I’ve never had a single cancellation from a western group in decades of going to see live bands, but k-pop does this shit to me all the time.  Anyway, since apparently nobody is as reliable as Kpopalypse, here’s some live (ahem) footage of Dreamcatcher doing their thing in Japan.  Who knows what the Melbourne concert would have been like, but I doubt it would have been necessarily any better or worse than the live snippets you’re seeing here, or at least that’s what I’m going to tell myself so I can feel slightly better about missing out.  It’s pretty much just dancing to a backing track, they barely even need a stage to do this, they probably could have just taken a portable PA into an alley somewhere and done a quick illegal guerilla show.  It’s probably asking way too much from conservative Korean agencies second-guessing their own shadows (case in point: try asking Dreamcatcher anything at all about Minx and then listen for the tumbleweeds), but if only Dreamcatcher were a little less pop and a little more punk to go with that guitar heavy image, imagine the possibilities…

That’s all for this week’s roundup!  Kpopalypse will return next week with more songs!

7 thoughts on “Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 2/9/2019

  1. I’m sorry about the Dreamcatcher concert in Australia. Just by reading your comments, I can tell that you’re still taking it much better than I would have if Blackpink’s concert in Hamilton had been cancelled at the last minute. I hope you’ll get a full refund, or that Dreamcatcher will somehow reschedule.

    • The venue were actually great about refunding extremely quickly. I still lost the money on hotels and flights though. Whether Dreamcatcher will come back, who knows, but I’m not too hopeful. Not to say they wouldn’t eventually, but who knows how long they’ll last…

      • Venues/organizers should sell “concert insurance” for an extra charge which would cover travel and lodging up to a certain amount in the event of cancellation. (Might be too risky to offer that for kpop concerts though…)

  2. Condolences about Dreamcatcher. Wish I could say something to make you feel better.
    Celeb Five (actually 4 now) is all I can offer at this point. Their new one “Wish I could Unsee It” is a clever twist and a nice break from their intense dancing, it made me laugh.

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