It’s time for Kpopalypse roundup! Let’s check out some new releases!
Monsta X – Wanted
This could be any boy-group song by anybody.
Woo!ah! – Round & Round
And here’s the girl-group version.
NCT 127 – Gimme Gimme
They’re trying for that slow-Blackpink style energy with the riffs but the harmony is all confused and mushy like SM tend to do for some reason where instead of just fixing on a sensible modal tonality they just sort of go all over the place for no reason. The dubstep doesn’t help matters but by that point the damage is done. Nice try I guess, it doesn’t really work but at least it’s different.
Chungha – Bicycle
You see, you need a consistent tonal scheme for these things. Chunga has the same energy as NCT above but works it far better because she’s not being made to throw completely inappropriate melodies in there from some other scale poles apart from the established tonality. Even the dumb break works better because it’s a little bit more rhythmically interesting than just generic-step.
D1ce – You’re My Destiny
A couple years back I went to AVCON (anime and video game convention) and I saw for the very first time custom-made roleplaying dice, and it made me laugh that this even existed. I think that shit is designed for the dumb fucks who spell “roleplay” as “roll play” and think that numbers and randomness are more important than storytelling. The kind of people who roll a dice when their character picks the crusties out of their ass to determine how clean their hand comes away. Anyway the guys in D1ce are gaping at those fucking numbered tetradecagons like they haven’t ever seen anything this stupid before either, so I can relate. They really rolled snake eyes on the music though.
J.Y.Park & Yoyomi – Corny Love Song
The music here is so conservative that it would be enough to turn your great grandfather into a metalhead, but boy does Yoyomi look great. I don’t want to think about how much botox fillers JYP took to get this look so he wouldn’t look silly beside her though.
The Chain G – Wicked Night
Wow the bass for this song is everywhere and really cool. Unfortunately that’s the only good thing about it.
The Chain G – Love Again
His other song is somewhat better, and also has really good bass. What is with this dude and bass?
J.una – Foolish
When he sings “you know the problem, don’t you?” to that T-rex, that thing should come alive and bite his face off. Yes, we know the problem.
Transfixion – Tremolo
Why start a rock band just to sound like an even more shit version of Powderfinger.
Serin Oh – mm+1
I’m liking the melody and harmony choice in the chorus, which adds a bit of an edge to what would otherwise be some pretty dull R&B.
Soyou & IZ*ONE ft. pH-1 – Zero:Attitude
What is this bullshit ad. Is anyone buying this really? I’m pretty sure all of these girls would get smacked in the mouth by their dieticians if they even dared look at a soft drink truck like that.
Mark Tuan, Sanjoy – One In A Million
Those GOT7 boys are probably going to start doing all sorts of nonsense songs now that JYP isn’t in control. Prepare for the flood.
Young Tak – Comforter
I feel my comfort levels decreasing.
Hnie Hnig – Nero
The extreme nugus have all the best songs and the best videos this week, even if scat vocals ruins the latter half of this one. Someone told me I should have saved these for the Nugu Alert series, but honestly this roundup pretty much IS a Nugu Alert episode.
Hyeah – When It Snows
Balloonfish – Kater
As boring as waking up on a couch at a friend’s house and remembering that last night you were having fun but now you’re not.
Bulgogidisco – Alright!
The song is really bad but the playing is good, so I can almost tolerate it.
Keemcool – Clem
Sumi Jo, Rain – Guardians (Universe)
I’d rather listen to “Gang“. At least that song has some personality.
Lee Seung Yoon – Deadlift
My gym membership is up for renewal soon and I think I wanna cancel, find out where the people in this video go to for a workout, and go there instead.
Chan ft. Bigone – Anymore
They try to hide the trap garbage with some different production tricks but it’s like writing “no added sugar” on a mars bar – nobody is fooled.
Xbf ft. Choiza – Tight Grip
I definitely xbf with this song.
Paloalto & Young Soul ft. 365Lit, Web. – Grand Master Theory/SSD 2
The sort of almost get it right for the first part but then the beat changes up to some bullshit and it’s time to switch off.
Sean.K – Fine
One of those songs that you know will be total garbage right from the first note. When they start off with that kind of lilting pentatonic piano phrase you know we’re in latte-sipping territory and there’s no getting out.
Swan – Space
I’m just here for the nugu park roundabout.
Sujin, Hwarang ft. Jeong Eugene – Once We
Don’t die of shock but I thought this coffee-shop rap was kind of nice, probably because of the early T-ara style harmony choice behind it.
Jun – Silent Boarding Gate
It’s like those good Yoona ballads except it’s not any good.
Inse – Dear Little Flower
A slightly better version of the same idea, but we have to remain vigilant. Give these crappy balladeers an Inse and they’ll take a mile.
BONUS RANDOM VIDEO OF THE WEEK
IU – Through The Night – cover by Coco (KAACHI)
So what is actually wrong with Kaachi, someone please tell me. Yeah this cover is boring, but the original song is boring too, as is 90% of all k-pop songs everywhere but I don’t see anyone complaining besides me most of the time. Kaachi fit right in! Yet supposedly “woke” k-pop fans picked on this girl and her friends and made them cry because k-pop fans secretly think bullying and racism is sexy. Look at her, she’s so nice! How can you be mean to that? K-pop fans are vermin.
That’s all for this week’s Kpopalypse roundup – more next week!