It’s time for Kpopalypse roundup! Let’s check out some new releases!
BTS – Butter
There’s nothing as lyrically awful here as “cup of milk let’s rock and roll” but the pandering to their own fandom at 2:08 is probably the single creepiest k-pop video moment outside of Little PSY being made to wolf-whistle at his own mother. Take away the cringe factor however and it’s just “Dynamite” part 2 with a slightly better beat and a slightly worse melody, nothing special to either love or hate, nothing that will change the world outside of their own fans or their own bank balances, certainly nothing to get upset or excited over – easy to listen to, even easier to not listen to. Just another song by the Nickelback of k-pop.
Tri.be – Rub-a-dum
An updated take on miss A’s “Breathe“, and nearly as terrible.
Pixy – Let Me Know
Basically CLC’s “Me” without the production cleverness or the riffs, which were the only two things that made that song any good.
Bling Bling – Oh MAMA
Most of what’s wrong with girl group music in 2021, neatly encapsulated into one song.
Heize – Happen
I know it’s going to be a strange week when Heize actually releases something that I like.
Yuqi – Bonnie & Clyde
For all of you people suggesting B-tracks, seriously – don’t fucking bother. If the song is any good and the label have any brains at all, it’ll get its own proper video eventually.
Rocket Punch – Ride
For all of you people suggesting B-tracks, seriously – don’t fucking bother. If the song is any good and the label have any brains at all, it’ll get its own proper video eventually. I know I just wrote that already, but it’s really worth writing twice just so you people get it. Wait a month after release, at least.
Stayc – Love Fool
In fact even if the song sucks it’ll probably still get a video. So just chill out on the non-feature track song suggestions until some serious time has passed, otherwise it just makes Roundup suck as I include waste-of-time badly-filmed live stages for shit songs like this one.
Enhypen – Fever
Some readers are convinced that Enhypen is BigHit’s song offcuts dumping ground, and listening to them, I can definitely see how they came to that conclusion.
Taemin – Advice
Taemin finally gets his solo style right thanks to some nice piano and unusual harmony changes.
E’Last U – The beginning of spring
Could they have made those shirts out of material that was any thinner? If this was a female group’s video it would be banned eveywhere.
TO1 – Son of Beast
According to the person who sent this one in, this is apparently boy group TOO with a new name, for reasons. Think Minx/Dreamcatcher but they only changed one letter because who could be fucked making an effort for people who make music like this.
N.Flying – Amnesia
I don’t really see the point of a multi-view video when everyone’s just in the same room anyway.
Kim Jaehwan – My Flower
Not too horrible but it could have rocked out a little more.
NS Yoon-ji feat. Joohoney – If You Love Me
Sure it’s good to have NS Yoon G back, and gosh she’s looking better than ever, but this is basically identical to the original song with Jay Park. If you’ve heard that, you’ve heard this, and if you haven’t heard that, you didn’t miss much at the time.
G.E.M feat. Luhan – Missing You
For whoever wanted a sequel to Project Luhan here it is in video drama form.
Armaan Malik, Eric Nam, KSHMR – Echo
I guess ethnically diverse doesn’t have to mean musically diverse, as this is as generic as they come.
P1Harmony – If You Call Me
Apparently all the members of the group wrote this song, and it shows because it definitely sounds like it was written by a bunch of kids who didn’t know how to write music and were just taking a basic first crack at it.
B.I. – Waterfall
I’m just grateful for the lack of R&Bisms which is what ruins 99% of idol rap.
Donghae – Sunrise
Rule – don’t sing by the beach.
Yesung – Corazón Perdido (Lost Heart)
The production is all wrong for this type of vibe, but there’s a good tune here.
Sung Sikyung – I Love U
There’s something morally wrong about computer-generated clouds that I can’t quite put my finger on. I don’t know what it is, but I’m pretty sure that if Hitler was alive today his propaganda videos would have computer-generated clouds in them.
CCOLA – YOYO
The YouTube comment someone wrote on this: “this is a vibe”, sums it up – that’s literally all this is. No music, no song, no anything, just a vibe alone. This is what happens when people think that anybody can do a pop song if they have the right attitude. Clearly, it doesn’t work like that in practice.
Up Star – Tell Me
That guy has the same bass guitar as me and I suddenly want to sell it. Why wants to buy a Fender jazz bass?
eAeon – Btfl Mind
I like it how the beat slows down for no reason as if it wasn’t already slow enough. Don’t wear your drum machine out there, friend.
Coffeeboy – High-Teen Star
Just call yourself Coffeeboy and invalidate your whole existence, why not.
PRSNT – Minus
The most weird cut-up style hook that comes out of nowhere yet it still manages to be boring anyway. Cool sound effects might be cool but they do not equal a song.
Hyungdon & Daejune – Bye Bye Spring
Clearly they’re taking the piss out of spring songs or romance or something but I have no idea what they’re singing about so “wacky wigs” don’t really cut it for humour content alone. Lost in translation I guess.
Hyungdon & Daejun – Help me, Buddha and Jesus
This too – I’m sure it would be funnier if I understood it.
Harrianne – Loop
It’s literally the same thing constantly (hence the title I suppose) but actually really works. It also helps that she can actually use the language she’s singing in.
Rumkicks – I Don’t Wanna Die
Oh just shut up and get your vaccine. You’re not going to get a fucking blood clot, jesus christ. If you’re really as worried about that as you say you are, try giving up smoking and sitting on the couch watching TV all evening, those are far bigger risk factors.
Bigbet – Rainbow boy
Hit.eun – Yamjeonee
Also mrcs but I’m not sure if I approve of the kitty torture of having to participate in the dance routines.
En (feat. Black Nut) – 22
I guess now that Black Nut can’t write about tit-fucking KittiB anymore because he’ll be put in jail for it, we gotta put up with these lame R&B guest spots instead. What a drag.
Shinji – Always (2021)
Look at how the video editor censored the name of the keyboard because this girl was too lazy to rip off a strand of gaffer tape. Not my roadie.
IV – I Was Right
Shoving broccoli in the faces of trap rappers is a great way to get them to stop making music, if you see this guy onstage throw a broccoli at him, aim for the teeth.
Kevin Park – Mundanity
Accurate song title of the week.
Atlet – Betrayal + Deokjeong dong
Don’t you just want to lock them up and throw away the key. This type of video is what pushes people towards the far right. BRB building a concentration camp uwu
Earn O – Drunknness
It’s that fucking room again, you all know the one by now. Add it to the list of places I want to visit if I ever go to Korea.
Yonge Jaundice (feat. Deepflow) – Trialogue
How long do you think it took the location scout to find the only abandoned factory in Korea.
EXN – Law of Gravity
It’s always saddening when such a cool and unique visual style is paired with such rubbish music. The new IU video could have looked like this instead but no, we have to have some trap rapper doing it.
Huh! (feat. nongmill kim, BLOO) – business boy
Why would someone even make a beat like this, I don’t get it. For once the sounds are there but they decided to do this with it?
TOMSOON – NON-FICTION TRILOGY
You probably can’t sit through fourteen minutes of rap nonsense and neither can I.
Yen – I Can’t Hate You Anymore
Korean pop is impressive because you look at shit worthless ballad videos and think “who’s this random model they hired for this” but it’s actually the singer. Even when I don’t like the people at all I’ve got to admit visually they’re so on point. That’s what a toxic culture of beauty obsession does best I guess.
Kim Kyung Hun – A Song For You
No, really – everyone always looks great. Why don’t they just become models, surely it’s not as if anyone really likes this music.
Nahee – I’m not fine!
Even this girl who doesn’t look great, looks great. In fact I think she looks better than all the other ones who look better than her.
Zenith – Picnic
There’s so many vocal groups in Korea yet none of them ever harmonise like this. This is the dead giveaway that your oppars can’t actually sing for shit, because if they could, they would have parts like this in their songs all the time. Not a single A-list boy or girl group could sing this without electronic help or a handful of ghost singers behind a curtain somewhere doing all the parts for them while they posed out.
Maylily – The Place To Put Your Mind
Pretty but boring, like a lot of stuff on the bottom end of roundup.
Kang Haru – Shall We Share My Umbrella?
You can just sense the odious “nice guy” vibes reeking from this one, the whole thing just stinks of “if I share my umbrella with her, maybe she’ll sympathy fuck me in 6 months” incel vibes. Only sex criminals find this sort of music touching.
Sonia Choy – Spring Flower, My Eternal Love
Yeah she’s good, but a flute is just a recorder for people with rich parents, and we all hate the recorder.
Sonia Choy – Only You
I just put this here for the aerial view of horses because I’ve got some readers who are into that kind of thing.
Kimpomme – Dear J
I was waiting for her to pull out a knife and start slicing her wrists up over the bathroom sink, but it didn’t happen. Or maybe I’m getting confused and that’s actually what I was doing while I was watching this.
Changstarr* – Dear My Friends
My cat started wheezing when this song came on and I actually thought it was part of the beat. Not sure what that says about it.
Silverbell – Be Your love
Wow, look at that great smile, she looks so happy to be there, singing for us. Maybe she’s deaf.
Haetal – If only I’d had half a glass
How come he wears a mask but she doesn’t? Social distancing requires two, you know.
Van Siian – Curse
I didn’t hate it probably because it really sounds like the bass player is desperately trying hard to spice up the flat melody. Don’t ask for a bass cover of this, I couldn’t be fucked learning all that crap.
Lim Jeonghee – Not4$ale
Trash music but I’m really digging the outfits actually.
Boramiyu – Beauty
Sometimes music quality can be measured purely by how slowly the singer brings the mic up to their mouth before singing. If they can’t even do that in an excited manner, you can bet that nothing else in the song will excite you either.
BONUS RANDOM VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Davie504 – These North Korean bassists need to be STOPPED
If you have been enjoying my bass channel just because you’re a bassist and you don’t really care about k-pop specifically, you’ll probably like Davie504’s bass channel a whole lot more because he’s a much better player than I am and he also has some great humour which isn’t all that different in style to my own. People who read my writing and think I’m writing with a hideous “DoseOfBuckley” or “Angry Video Game Nerd” tone – no, not at all, far closer to this guy actually, just with a cunty Australian twist. Here he takes a dip into North Korean music to try and find some bassists, which is very relevant, so slap like and subscribe, also leave him a comment and tell him I sent you.
That’s all for this week, Kpopalypse roundup returns next week!