Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 21/9/2020

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

Now that you know what you know, search “Fanatics kpop” on Google, go through all the top images, and see how many official photos you can find where the members’ legs are NOT prominently displayed. I’m just imagining group member Sika doing that at exactly this moment, and the penny finally dropping.

fromis_9 – Feel Good (Secret Code)

Some nice grooves but not much of a melody, everybody knows that the underscore group can and have done better.

Everglow – La Di Da

Everglow get the 80s throwback concept so very right because they don’t just get the sounds right, they get the melodic hooks right.  Sure we have to have pre-chorus breakdowns and post-chorus rap parts because it’s 2020 and everything has to suck a little, but the good parts are so good that the fleeting weaknesses are easy to forgive.

Stray Kids – Ex

Imagine Twice’s “What Is Love” at half-speed with boring R&B style vocal and all the sense of fun surgically removed.

Dreamcatcher – Break The Wall

See, Dreamcatcher sound just fine when they’re sticking to rock and not inserting trendy random lucky dip genre x into their verses for no reason.

Queen Wa$abii ft. Lee Young Ji – Nuna Right Here

Someone pointed out to me Queen Wa$abii is budget Cardi B and I can’t argue.

Solar – Ddun Ddun Ddun

Some excuse for a song thrown together simply to justify looking at Solar in all sorts of different clothing, which doesn’t really need justification so they wasted their energy really.

KNK – Ride

It’s a ride but I question where we are going.

VAV – Made For Two

It wasn’t doing too badly but I’m not sure why someone though funeral speed in the chorus was a good idea.

Treasure – I Love You

I wonder how long it will be before these new kids at YG have their very own harem.  Watch for the cameo from Seungri’s casting couch.

The Boyz – The Stealer

Remember back in the days when the chorus of a boy group song was a chance to increase the pace, tempo and intensity?  Not anymore, these days almost every buildup in a boy group song turns into a massive half-tempo cockblock of a chorus.

Bona – Take Me Away

Not WJSN’s Bona but some nugu Bona with some horrible tropical song that sounds as dead as whatever the surgeon stuffed under her breast tissue.

TheFatRat & AleXa – Rule The World

I was happy ignoring previous submissions of this childrens-TV-tier crap because it didn’t have a video, but now it does so… let’s continue to ignore it.

Kim Sawol – Key

A bit too Coldplay and not enough Tarantino.

Byeol Eun – Certainly

The stresses of Korean life must truly be something if people actually get hoodwinked into thinking this is acceptable music.

Checkmate – Drum

It’s cool to see more mixed gender groups but it’s not cool to hear more tired “latin” sounds.

B.O.Y – Miss You

Singing more than the same three notes all the time would probably have helped.

Justin – Angel Love

The most terrifying thing about Produce 101 is that there’s potentially 100 more rubbish debuts like this that could theoretically happen.

Oli London – Troubled Bitch

Look folks, he knows you hate him.  He is watching your earnest hate-videos about him and laughing his ass off, I promise.  If you don’t want the animals at the zoo to get fat, don’t feed them your tears.

Lee Eun Sang – I Just Wanna Sing

It’s nice that you want to sing.  I just wanna not hear you sing.  You live your life and I’ll live mine.

Kriz ft. Oh Hayoung – Dress Up

As expected Primary’s production is excellent, but the song’s vocal hooks are weak.

Yolk – Ellen

Imagine you’re a music video director and someone says to you “here’s an idea for a music video – a man stands next to a rectangle, and then has a towel” and you reply “great, let’s go out and shoot that”.  Except you don’t have to imagine that, because this actually happened.

Bryn ft. Ohno – Highschool

I’m sure the playing with phones is a social comment or something but it just made me think that I haven’t checked my phone in a while, which then got me thinking about Blackpink instead and then I forgot all about this shitty song.

Avokid – Sorry, Too Late

She has that voice and sound that they all have now.

Duoxini – Sin Of Society

And these guys have the voice and sound that nobody has now.  Looks like at least one Kreator record made its way into Korea at some point, we should be grateful.

eAeon ft. Swervy – Mad Tea Party

Swervy still continues to be very very different and very very good.

Wazzy – Wash Away

Sorry for that uncharacteristic interlude of musical quality, I now return you to our regularly scheduled program of boring shit.

ReVorn – Road View

This is the most dull music I’ve ever heard in a video where people do burnouts with dirt motorcycles.

Rainstone ft. Francis – Place To Be

Where are these fucking travelogue style music videos coming from?  Last I looked there was a fucking global pandemic happening and global travel was kind of not cool?  People will look back on this video in 50 years and say “no wonder they fucked up”.

pH-1, Golden, Big Naughty, Jay Park – Oscar

Jay Park impresses with his ability to be in one video per week, every week.

Reddy, Soovi, Paloalto, Owell Mood & Swervy – U Dunno

Okay so yeah Swervy is good and all but try as she might she can’t save this crap, sorry.

Bloo, Nafla – Nae Tat

It’s funny how a whole generation of people think this is actual rap music.

BlueBEAR – Angkor Wat

Be sure to check out the YouTube comments where somebody has helpfully transcribed the lyrics.  They’re as bad as you think.

Loopy – The King’s Speech

Do rappers know that literally the whole entire universe hates that Autotune R&B voice apart from them?

Punchnello ft. Kid Milli – Fine!

I mean this isn’t all that great either but at least it somewhat resembles what a rapper should actually be doing.

Bumkey ft. Superbee – Covid-19

R&B/rap hybrids and COVID are a perfect match because the world just wants to get rid of both and get back to normal as soon as possible.

Yella ft. Snzae – Bloom

“There’s no drugs in Korea, they’re really hard to get man, and so illegal and stuff” fucking calling bullshit on that right about now.

Wildberry ft. EunBii – Sunrise

No amount of eclectic underwear choice can make this in any way interesting.

Audrey Nuna – Damn Right

Better than the typical thing like this just because it’s a little different.

Budy – A Week

She just looks like she’s given up on even trying to care.  I can relate.

Yoo Jiwoo – Blue Ocean

One reasonable keyboard riff isn’t enough to carry the rest of this sub-BOL4 dreariness.

Rockit Girl – Final 5 Minutes

Yeah let’s end on a good note with a cover of a military song which sounds a hell of a lot better with distorted girls I mean guitars.  Della even gets some decent screen time, thanks for listening to Kpopalypse, girls.


Loona clowning their company for 5 minutes straight

Hey k-pop company self-appointed backseat-drivers, Blockberry actually gave a 16 year old the company credit card and let her go to the convenience store with it, cameras in tow.  I bet that wasn’t in your “how to make money with the k-pops” playbook.

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

7 thoughts on “Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 21/9/2020

  1. It will be interesting to see which Dreamcatcher songs get on Kpopalypse’s year-end list. “Piri” was an Honourable Mention last year, but he seems to like “Scream”, “Endless Night”, and “Break the Wall” more.

  2. “It’s cool to see more mixed gender groups but it’s not cool to hear more tired ‘latin’ sounds.”

    Especially when the most well-known mixed group has been big on Latin sounds for years.

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