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Steve O Tron v2
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"2018 Asian Music Post"


          

What were your favorite releases from 2017?

My favorite LPs and EPs were (in no particular order):
Suiyoubi no Campanella - SUPERMAN
Suzuki Mamiko - Deep Green EP
tricot - 3
Izumi Macra - Yuki to Suna
Mondo Gross - Nandodemo Atarashiku Umareru
POLKADOT STINGRAY - Daisegi
heaven in her arms - White Halo
Seiko Oomori - kitixxxgaia
gesu no kiwami otome - Daruma Ringo

Although my favorite LPs and EPs were mostly Japanese, K-Pop singles dominated most of my actual listening time in 2017. I easily listened to TWICE's "LIKEY," "LOOK AT ME," and "HEART SHAKER" more than 100+ times each. I also loved the singles and b-sides from Red Velvet, Cosmic Girls (WSJN), GFRIEND, DREAMCATCHER, and the girls of LOOΠΔ. Some Korean hip-hop-inspired stuff was just as additive like offonoff's "Gold" and San-E's "Mohae." Morever, we saw collaborations between artists like Dean and Syd (previous Odd Future and The Internet member), and Jay Park was on my favorite song from Charlie XCX's Pop 2 ("Unlock It"). I stopped paying attention to music videos some time in the 00's even for my favorite artists, but K-Pop is the one genre where I actually watch (and rewatch) videos. They're just really fun and neat, and they are usually the best way to get a first listen on the latest releases.

I'm pretty sure my listening habits this year will be pretty similar, and I'm guessing that I'll post at around the same rate as I did last year, although the skew towards K-Pop might continue become more prevalent. Anyways, here's to hoping for another great year of music.

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Subject Author Message Date ID
・・・・・・・・・ - 「 」(Shoegaze, Pop, Idol, Japanese)
Jan 15th 2018
1
Crush - Be By My Side (Single - R&B, Korean)
Jan 18th 2018
2
Re: Favorite Releases from 2017
Jan 18th 2018
3
hyukoh - Gold (Chet Faker/Nick Murphy Cover)
Jan 18th 2018
4
tricot - Boom ni Notte (Single - Math Rock, Pop, Japanese)
Jan 21st 2018
5
Looks like the took down the original and re-uploaded
Jan 22nd 2018
7
      Finally got around to watching this.
Feb 02nd 2018
13
LA LA Land by pianist Chloe Flower
Jan 21st 2018
6
Red Velvet - Bad Boy (Single - Korean, Pop, R&B)
Jan 29th 2018
8
who dat who dat who dat boy?
Feb 01st 2018
12
think I didn't mention the KODO/Hatsune Miku thing in last year's post?
Jan 29th 2018
9
LOOΠΔ/Go Won - One&Only (Single - Korean, Pop)
Jan 30th 2018
10
OOHYO - Honey Tea (Single - Korean, Indie, Pop)
Jan 30th 2018
11
iri (Japanese, R&B, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Pop)
Feb 09th 2018
14
CICADA - (Single - Japanese, Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop)
Feb 09th 2018
15
MONDO GROSSO (new single out now, new album March 21st)
Feb 11th 2018
16
RE: MONDO GROSSO (new single out now, new album March 21st)
Feb 12th 2018
17
MONDO GROSSO / TURN IT UP [Vocal:大橋トリオ]
Feb 12th 2018
19
RE: MONDO GROSSO / TURN IT UP [Vocal:大橋トリオ]
Feb 12th 2018
20
Music video for "Itsuwari no Symphony"
Mar 13th 2018
41
      Was just about to post this.
Mar 16th 2018
43
Sidepost: Not 2018 Asian Music
Feb 12th 2018
18
Yeah, this will be nice.
Feb 12th 2018
21
Hikaru Utada - Kingdom Hearts III Theme Song (Japanese and English)
Feb 12th 2018
22
Se So Neon - Summer Plumage EP (Korean - Indie, Psychedelic, Rock)
Feb 13th 2018
23
m-flo - No Question (Single - Japanese, Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop)
Feb 14th 2018
24
I forgot, but their remix of Utada's "Final Distance" is one of my
Feb 14th 2018
25
Izumi Makura - Eien Shoujo (Single - Japanese, Hip-Hop, Pop)
Feb 14th 2018
26
The Toys - TOY (Thai, Pop, R&B)
Feb 23rd 2018
27
BoA - ONE SHOT, TWO SHOT (Mini Album, K-Pop, Electronic, R&B)
Feb 24th 2018
28
RE: BoA - ONE SHOT, TWO SHOT (Mini Album, K-Pop, Electronic, R&B)
Mar 28th 2018
48
Red Velvet - I Just (Future Bass, Electronic, R&B, Pop)
Feb 28th 2018
29
stumbled on this with my kids the other day (CBCC)
Feb 28th 2018
30
Haha, it's interesting to hear them with the same voices but just
Feb 28th 2018
31
GOT7 - One and Only You (feat. Hyolyn) (K-Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B)
Feb 28th 2018
32
HYOLYN - To Do List (K-Pop)
Feb 28th 2018
33
Uhm Jung Hwa - Ending Credit
Mar 02nd 2018
34
Heize - Jenga (feat. Gaeko) (Korean - R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop, Jazzy)
Mar 08th 2018
35
tricot 2018 U.S. tour
Mar 08th 2018
36
I saw them when they came last time.
Mar 14th 2018
42
UDD - Siguarado (Filipino/Tagalog - Electronic, R&B)
Mar 08th 2018
37
Aoi Kajitsu - mebius feat. ico! (Japanese - Hip-Hop)
Mar 11th 2018
38
I like this...
Mar 29th 2018
51
Glen Check - Dreaming Kills (2017- Indie, Electronic, R&B)
Mar 12th 2018
39
Heize - MIANHAE (Sorry)
Mar 12th 2018
40
MONDO GROSSO - Attune / Detune
Mar 22nd 2018
44
RE: MONDO GROSSO - Attune / Detune
Mar 22nd 2018
45
new Suiyoubi no Campanella album/EP June 27th.
Mar 23rd 2018
46
Yeeeeesssss!
Mar 29th 2018
49
MAMAMOO - Became Calm (Hwasa Solo)
Mar 25th 2018
47
POLKADOT STINGRAY - ICHIDAIJI (Single)
Mar 29th 2018
50
Not 2018 Sidepost: Mass of the Fermenting Dregs (Japanese, shoegaze)
Mar 29th 2018
52
Mass of the Fermenting Dregs - Zero Comma, Iro Toridori no Sekai
Mar 29th 2018
53
Mass of the Fermenting Dregs - Hikizuru Beat
Mar 29th 2018
54
Mass of the Fermenting Dregs - After this Speed
Mar 29th 2018
55
Not 2018 Sidepost: lical (Japanese, Math Rock)
Mar 29th 2018
56
lical - World End Siren
Mar 29th 2018
57
lical - empsea
Mar 29th 2018
58
lical - undry
Mar 29th 2018
59
Nice find! I haven't heard of them before.
Apr 02nd 2018
63
After more than a year, the LOONA squad is finally complete
Mar 30th 2018
60
There's a female Korean Soul singer that a chick tried to hip me to.
Mar 30th 2018
61
EXID - Lady (Single - K-Pop, New Jack Swing, R&B, Hip-Hop)
Apr 02nd 2018
62
Genie High - Katame De Ijou Ni Koishiteru (Japanese, pop)
Apr 02nd 2018
64
RE: Genie High - Katame De Ijou Ni Koishiteru (Japanese, pop)
Apr 17th 2018
70
Primary x Anda - Do Worry Be Happy (EP- Korean, Synthpop)
Apr 03rd 2018
65
TWICE - What is Love? (EP, K-Pop)
Apr 09th 2018
66
Suzy - HOLIDAY (feat. DPR LIVE) (K-Pop)
Apr 09th 2018
67
EGO-WRAPPIN' - A Little Dance (Japanese, Jazz, Pop, Ska, Dub)
Apr 17th 2018
68
RE: EGO-WRAPPIN' - A Little Dance (Japanese, Jazz, Pop, Ska, Dub)
Apr 17th 2018
69
      RE: EGO-WRAPPIN' - A Little Dance (Japanese, Jazz, Pop, Ska, Dub)
Apr 17th 2018
71
HA:TFELT - Deine (Single - K-Pop, R&B)
Apr 19th 2018
72
Wheein - EASY (Single - K-Pop, R&B)
Apr 19th 2018
73
MONDO GROSSO - KEMURI (Smoke) (Retune) MV
Apr 22nd 2018
74
This version was also on a Record Store Day release.
Apr 23rd 2018
75
Hyolyn - Dally (feat. Gray) (Single- K-Pop, R&B)
Apr 23rd 2018
76
(G)I-DLE - I Am (EP - K-Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B)
May 02nd 2018
77
tricot - potage (single - math rock, pop, rock)
May 19th 2018
78
BTS - Love Yourself: Tear (Album - K-Pop, Hip-Hop, Pop)
May 19th 2018
79
.
May 19th 2018
80
Leebada - Crush On You (K-Pop, Pop, R&B)
May 19th 2018
81
LOONA feat. Grimes coming soon.
May 19th 2018
82

Steve O Tron v2
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1. "・・・・・・・・・ - 「 」(Shoegaze, Pop, Idol, Japanese)"
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Mon Jan-15-18 02:30 PM by Steve O Tron v2

          

An idol group doing shoegaze/rock songs? It somehow works!

スライド (Slide): https://youtu.be/rjCugrrNY24

ねぇ (Nee): https://youtu.be/N7M5dfe4oMs

トリニティダイブ (Trinity Dive): https://youtu.be/fY3MamVTPHA

Here's their info if anyone's interested:

・・・・・・・・・ is a Japanese shoegaze idol group. It consists of nine members, each known only as 「・」, who were selected from auditions held in Tokyo in April 2016. Other than the nine middle dots, they're also known as Dots (ドッツ) or Dots Tokyo (ドッツ東京 / ドッツトウキョウ). Other names fans have called them include dotstokyo (ドッツトーキョー), dotnine, tenkyuu (てんきゅー, "nine dots"), nakaguro (中黒, "middle dot"), tententen (てんてんてん, "dotdotdot"), and ten-chan (てんちゃん, "dot-chan"). There isn't an official pronunciation, although their official homepage and Twitter handle are versions of "Dots Tokyo."

The group's music debut was Shuwa Shuwa EP (しゅわしゅわEP), a three-song EP released January 9, 2017 via OTOTOY. It was also available on CD-R which included 3 bonus tracks – versions of the 3 songs featuring Hatsune Miku on vocals instead.

On August 16, 2017, they will release CD, which is a single 72-minute-long work titled "Tokyo." "Tokyo" is comprised of the following pieces: "Tokyo1, Tokyo2, Tokyo3, Tokyo4", "スライド", "トリニティダイブ", and "ねぇ". "Tokyo1, Tokyo2, Tokyo3, Tokyo4" was composed by ・・・・・・・・・ with Hakobune, who also mixed and mastered it. The lyrics, composition, and arrangement of "スライド" was handled by 管梓 (For Tracy Hyde).

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2. "Crush - Be By My Side (Single - R&B, Korean)"
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This came out near the end of last year, but I'm just hearing it now. The interpretation of Earth Wind and Fire's "Brazilian Rhyme" is a nice touch.

https://youtu.be/jNqqBiIQsRQ?t=45s

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3. "Re: Favorite Releases from 2017"
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I'm finally starting to listen to Daisegi (POLKADOT STINGRAY) and I can already tell I'm going to be replaying this one for a while.

My recent favorite bands, tricot and Suiyoubi no Campanella had great albums and, as usual, Suiyoubi has continued to drop random singles that I like.

But I love MONDO GROSSO's Nandodemo Atarashiku Umareru. He was able to release an album with a cohesive, yet varied, sound with different vocalists on each track. Nothing feels out of place and there is some really great stuff on here. This one might be favorite of the year.

I also really enjoyed the releases from hyukoh and Suchmos. I need to go back and listen to some of the older stuff from them and MONDO GROSSO as well since these were the first releases that I heard from any of them.

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4. "hyukoh - Gold (Chet Faker/Nick Murphy Cover)"
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They released this last year but I forgot to post it. I really like the original song and their version of it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ4n0fI23_g

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5. "tricot - Boom ni Notte (Single - Math Rock, Pop, Japanese)"
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Sun Jan-21-18 08:34 AM by Steve O Tron v2

          

https://youtu.be/9ZPvi8Qjd5k

The girls are back with a video for their latest song.

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7. "Looks like the took down the original and re-uploaded"
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New link: https://youtu.be/fxsCwzsMOfU

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13. "Finally got around to watching this."
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Quality, as usual. Might there be another album/mini-album on the horizon already?

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6. "LA LA Land by pianist Chloe Flower"
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She also did a nice cover of Little Drummer Boy with ?uest and Babyface last year.

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8. "Red Velvet - Bad Boy (Single - Korean, Pop, R&B)"
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Another great single. Love the chord progression of the instrumental and vocals on here.

https://youtu.be/J_CFBjAyPWE

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12. "who dat who dat who dat boy?"
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It's only February, but there's no doubt this will be in the running for song of the year for me. I love this as much as anything I heard in all of 2017. There's certainly a '90s/early '00s R&B influence but without sounding too derivative. One thing I love about K-Pop girl groups is the sequencing and layering of vocals that they establish with the various members. And not only is the song great, but the video is also killer.

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9. "think I didn't mention the KODO/Hatsune Miku thing in last year's post?"
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took the kids to see KODO last spring and somehow remembered a blurb somewhere about a KODOxMiku show. Looked it up and there it was.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctx5ZKGS_Nw

I could do without the Miku, but the kids enjoyed the whole thing.

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10. "LOOΠΔ/Go Won - One&Only (Single - Korean, Pop)"
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Her singing voice isn't great (especially compared to the Red Velvet release that came out this), and the rapping/speaking parts don't blow me away either, but I enjoy the overall song, which is certainly carried by the beat. The b-side, "See Saw," is also good.

One&Only: https://youtu.be/m5qwcYL8a0o

See Saw: https://youtu.be/Px2AOY5keG8

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11. "OOHYO - Honey Tea (Single - Korean, Indie, Pop)"
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Laid back and lounge-y song that reminds me a bit of old Kings of Convenience (e.g., "Misread").

https://youtu.be/E1qX6vE4G6U

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14. "iri (Japanese, R&B, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Pop)"
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Fri Feb-09-18 02:14 PM by Steve O Tron v2

          

I think fans of artists like Suiyoubi, Mondo Grosso, tofubeats, and CICADA will like her music. The only thing is that I can't really find any videos on YouTube to post, but you can easily find her releases on Spotify or Apple Music (unfortunately not on Google Play Music).

She's worked with Kenmochi Hidefumi (of Suiyoubi), so a lot of the production on her songs sounds like a lot of the more relaxed Suiyoubi songs or the more R&B-laced songs by tofubeats. Overall, she and her music sound a little bit less eccentric than KOM_I/Suiyoubi, as she has a deeper voice and more conventional delivery. The music has a very late night cruising vibe and maybe a modern take that vaguely feels city pop-ish.

She has a new album called Juice coming out soon, but in the meantime I highly recommend checking out her Life EP from 2017 (especially the tracks "For Life" and "Fruits") and Groove It LP from 2016.

Here's a video by an artist named TAAR featuring iri: https://youtu.be/tpORjlVVMDA

And an acoustic version of "Night Groove" from her LP: https://youtu.be/-LkjrlEFo3k

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15. "CICADA - (Single - Japanese, Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop)"
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I didn't even know this was released last year? I'm digging both "Harvest" and the b-side, "Party Out." Hope they have something in store this year.

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16. "MONDO GROSSO (new single out now, new album March 21st)"
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偽りのシンパシー (Istuwari Sympathy) (feat. Aina the End) teaser on Youtube: https://youtu.be/dI2LXj6msfc

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/2AkkZMgRJupzY7fzbH3olm

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/false-sympathy-feat-aina-the-end/1342535103?i=1342535104

The whole song isn't available on YouTube (yet), but it is available on Spotify/iTunes. Aina the End is from BiSH (Brand-new idol SHiT), an "alternative" idol group, and I'm loving her sort of husky/deep voice on this song. Her skittering/skipping vocal pattern during the verses is great (almost sounds like a rap flow). I'm a sucker for the deep bass over the house-y/acid jazz-y keys, and the hook has the perfect mix of groove and drive. MONDO GROSSO sort of went behind-the-scenes and produced/remixed under his own name in the 2000s, but it seems like he's resurfaced while bringing back some of those wonderful sounds from electronic music from that period to the present. I can't wait for this album now.

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17. "RE: MONDO GROSSO (new single out now, new album March 21st)"
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It looks like this might only be four tracks. I'll take it though.

I still need to listen to the single although the YouTube clip sounds great (damn you, workplace Spotify firewall).

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19. "MONDO GROSSO / TURN IT UP [Vocal:大橋トリオ]"
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Stumbled upon this today. Video was uploaded in August but I didn't recognize the song. Looks like it's from the next release.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrecWMtr69A

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20. "RE: MONDO GROSSO / TURN IT UP [Vocal:大橋トリオ]"
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This is great, and I didn't know about it either. Wasn't sure where the song was going to go with just the guitar lines and relatively minimal style in the beginning, but I really what it eventually builds into.

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41. "Music video for "Itsuwari no Symphony""
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https://youtu.be/B6Y-WsgpzlQ

Maybe NSFW? English subtitles also provided.

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43. "Was just about to post this."
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Didn't see that you had already added it. After hearing the album preview I was really interesting in hearing the full version of this song. This is great.

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18. "Sidepost: Not 2018 Asian Music"
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Rather than starting a new post I figured I would just put this in here. I've been trying to listen to the back catalogs of new "discoveries" (mostly artists from this series of posts) and recommendations from jpopsuki or other places. Fortunately there's a lot of stuff available of YouTube so I can listen to it at work. I'll probably try to make a new sub-thread for each artist that I feel like mentioning or any other topic (genre, release year, etc.).

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21. "Yeah, this will be nice."
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I'm making some discoveries for older releases, but I sometimes don't post about them unless the band also has something relatively new (coming) out, and I also don't want to just make new threads, so I think this will be great for sharing non-2018 releases.

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22. "Hikaru Utada - Kingdom Hearts III Theme Song (Japanese and English)"
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Japanese version; Chikai (Oath): https://youtu.be/LuSh4-cbAOc

English version; Don't Think Twice: https://youtu.be/Zc2vEr-618g

Like "Simple and Clean," the song's meaning seems to differ based on language version. I'll need more listens and to have the full versions before deciding which one I prefer.

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23. "Se So Neon - Summer Plumage EP (Korean - Indie, Psychedelic, Rock)"
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Really nice vocals, and I really like the guitar playing (the solo on "The Wave" !!).

A Long Dream: https://youtu.be/tzL4A8hyXc8

The Wave: https://youtu.be/VJfGfB4-vP0

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24. "m-flo - No Question (Single - Japanese, Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop)"
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Back with original member LISA.

No Question (2018): https://youtu.be/UXa1bG5YFq0

I think a lot of people have been waiting for them to return with this kind of sound for over a decade, although it certainly has elements that sound modern enough. Their sound in the past was a mix of pop, R&B, and hip-hop, and I was really into them as a teenager getting into Japanese music.

I don't think I've ever really liked Verbal (the MC) much, but he was serviceable on most songs, and his back and forth with various guests worked well. However, it really the production (Taku Takahashi) that I was a fan of. 2004 was when they started to really go for more broad mainstream appeal and did collaborations with artists like BoA and Crystal Kay, and LISA had left/parted with the group. You'd think that as a hip-hop head (I was the annoying "no-fun allowed" backpack kind at that time) that their more hip-hop based stuff would have been my favorite period, but this more pop period is actually my favorite.

They continued to go for a more pop and mainstream sound, but I think their style wasn't as popular in the late mid and late 2000s, and they disappeared for a bit until 2012 when they returned with Square One, which had a more pop and EDM sound that definitely was "in" at the moment. I didn't care for the album, but I did think "All I Want Is You" is a good pop/electronic song. NEVEN & THE FUTURE IS WOW were continued misses for me, and I think for the majority of their original fanbase too they had built in the 2000s. With that said, during that period they did give us "IRONY" with (IMO) peak daoko.

A (nostalgic for me) trip through their past singles:

Hands (2000): https://youtu.be/P0sjNXRcvDk

Come To Me (2001): https://youtu.be/RNBiaZbFGII

How You Like Me Now (2001): https://youtu.be/ung-YlfB0qs

the Love Bug (m-flo loves BoA) (2004): https://youtu.be/YVqZKflL4PY

miss you (m-flo loves melody. & Ryohei) (2004): https://youtu.be/KD59LJX2r38

REEWIND! (m-flo loves Crystal Kay) (2004): https://youtu.be/99YQqebbLYU

Loop in my Heart (m-flo loves Emyli & YOSHIKA) (2005): https://youtu.be/4epX9ar-nPs

TRIPOD BABY (m-flo loves LISA) (2005): https://youtu.be/u3pEpQw2apU

Love Song (m-flo loves BONNIE PINK) (2009): https://youtu.be/LsHIlfjD6oQ

Summer Time Love (m-flo loves Emi Hinouchi & Ryohei) (2009): https://youtu.be/vsPWV1O5F1s

All I Want is You (2012): https://youtu.be/1N6WvFh63Wc

IRONY (m-flo + daoko) (2013) : https://youtu.be/LYaSZ0urNBo

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25. "I forgot, but their remix of Utada's "Final Distance" is one of my "
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favorite things ever.

https://youtu.be/OAdKepqYzzQ

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26. "Izumi Makura - Eien Shoujo (Single - Japanese, Hip-Hop, Pop)"
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The theme song for some movie that was released late 2017 that I didn't know about, and I think it appears on her "best of" release called 5 years.

https://youtu.be/GsKlF7tGbI8

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27. "The Toys - TOY (Thai, Pop, R&B)"
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https://youtu.be/vAEPQmfLNfc

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28. "BoA - ONE SHOT, TWO SHOT (Mini Album, K-Pop, Electronic, R&B)"
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Pretty much the queen of K-Pop. She's probably not doing numbers like the newer acts that all the kids are into nowadays, but she's been in the game forever, and she put out a very solid mini album last week. The production on this with the house/electronic influences are very nice. And her album from a couple/few years ago was one of the best K-Pop releases that year.

ONE SHOT, TWO SHOT: https://youtu.be/Xg_4tbLnIOc

ALWAYS, ALL WAYS: https://youtu.be/bwILQWP4qvE

CAMO: https://youtu.be/bKqe9zqMUcI

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48. "RE: BoA - ONE SHOT, TWO SHOT (Mini Album, K-Pop, Electronic, R&B)"
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I'm not big into K-Pop and I've been aware of BoA for a while without really listening to her too much but I do like that "One Shot, Two Shot" song.

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29. "Red Velvet - I Just (Future Bass, Electronic, R&B, Pop)"
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https://youtu.be/oCvw4ot1-k8

One of the best songs from their album just got a music video, although it's more of a low budget video that seems to be more for the group's fans than a traditional release. Lots to love on the song, but the vocal pattern for the first verse by Seulgi and Joy especially stand out to me.

Anyways, I've been revisiting their album from last year, and I'm a bit surprised with myself that I didn't put it in my favorites list in the first post. These girls definitely have the best discography among this generation of girl groups. They are most likely also going to be putting out a Japanese debut this year, and I am pretty hyped for it.

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30. "stumbled on this with my kids the other day (CBCC)"
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMjdkEA9jM8

I'd heard them doing the PPAP thing fairly recently but had no idea it was a real thing, let alone Japanese, so I was a little confused when I found this at first.

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31. "Haha, it's interesting to hear them with the same voices but just"
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in Japanese.

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32. "GOT7 - One and Only You (feat. Hyolyn) (K-Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B)"
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Initially checked this out only because of the Hyolyn feature, but I am really enjoying this. She definitely has one of my favorite voices, and she sounds great here. The beat is also super smooth.

https://youtu.be/StdPXUQvIcc

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33. "HYOLYN - To Do List (K-Pop)"
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Her first single after creating her own one (wo)man label. Really low-key song that showcases amazing voice.

https://youtu.be/F4oenLX1WcA

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34. "Uhm Jung Hwa - Ending Credit "
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https://youtu.be/k-F4XfTXliA

Beautiful song and video. Great production by Primary, and the vocals are just as good, especially that chorus. Going to post the article on it from elsewhere:

http://seoulbeats.com/2017/12/uhm-jung-hwas-ending-credit-is-not-yet-the-end/

Uhm Jung-hwa is recognised as one of the legends in the K-pop industry, finding success in both her singing and acting careers respectively. She has been coined as the “sexy queen from the 1990s,” and despite hitting her late forties, she maintains a stunning image of beauty.

Debate has been going around as to who is to succeed her title as an icon of sexy, with Uhm Jung-hwa seemingly being pushed out of the spotlight by a new generation of idols. However, Uhm Jung-hwa is in no way daunted by such talk of being phased out. Her newest album release, The Cloud Dream of the Nine, is a challenge to these new singers. Its title song, “Ending Credit,” is an attempt to assert her position in the industry.

The MV for “Ending Credit” works hand-in-hand with the music to recreate a portrait of the 80s. The electric-synth pop style is indubitably retro, and the MV does not miss the opportunity to maximise such a theme. From the very first moment Uhm Jung-hwa enters the frame, her large permed hairdo, oversized coat jacket, polka dot blouse, and huge sunglasses all scream eighties fashion style. The few outfits she is later seen donning in the MV also have the same nostalgic overtone of the 1980s. The frilled pink satin dress she dances in follows the trend of ruffles, whereas the leotard is a reference to workout fashion popular in the era.

Uhm Jung-hwa exudes a sexiness that is not explicit or overwhelming. Rather, it is palatable and perhaps innocent even. Her clothes are not overtly revealing, instead placing an emphasis on her silhouette to bring out a form of sensuality. It is strange to conceptualise her image in such a contradictory manner, but she certainly echoes the image of Madonna in the 1980s. Especially with her performance style, it is hard to deny a certain parallel between the two.

However, “Ending Credit” is not just a simple nostalgia trip. The nuances built into each image of Uhm Jung-hwa, with the changes in outfits, constructs a moving message. Within the MV itself, Uhm Jung-hwa occupies the position of both audience and performer. The setting of a theatre makes such a portrayal easy to be conveyed. For a good portion of the MV, Uhm Jung-hwa dances on the stage and fills the role of a star, albeit one that has had her peak of fame rooted in the past. Her makeup is heavy, clearly of a style that is outdated and reminiscent of the 80s. For the briefest moment in the MV, an alternate image of her is seen. She is seated in the audience seat, and watches the stage with teary eyes. The polarising identities portrayed by Uhm Jung-hwa embodies a sad but moving connotation – she watches a moment of glory that she had achieved but is now gone. The fondness of nostalgia works precisely in such a manner, that a moment in the past becomes precious precisely because it appears as stunning yet irretrievable.

The song, if read beyond just a simple love song, has many references to a forgone past. At the end, there is even an iconic scene of Uhm Jung-hwa walking towards the too-bright stage lights. Only her silhouette can be seen, bringing to mind many similar images indicating a curtain call or the end of a glamourous performance. For a singer or performer, this is a poignant portrait. At once, happiness and sadness are combined in a singular image of having achieved greatness but also having such a moment come to pass.

This ties in very closely with her current position in the K-pop industry as well, where her status as a diva also comes with the reminder of her increasing age. The title of the song seems to be ominous if we continue along such a train of thought. Perhaps she is finally reaching the end of her career. Yet, Uhm Jung-hwa’s “Ending Credit” is not as bleak nor does it reflect a defeated attitude. She has been hailed as a legend because of her continued passion and dedication to being a singer, amongst many other achievements. The MV carries with it Uhm Jung-hwa’s determination as a performer.

It was interesting to find that intersecting the opposing images of star and audience member were many moments of Uhm Jung-hwa dancing in the audience seat. Her makeup during these moments are moderate, emphasising a youthful image of the pop singer. In these interluding portions, she somehow floats between the roles of audience and performer, suspending the strict divide between the two. Rather than settle with just watching the past repeat onscreen, she actively performs for an audience. Despite no longer being onstage, she still delivers a charismatic choreography.

The MV itself is shot in the style of a movie, echoing the lyrics tracing memories of the past as a film coming to an end and the audience leaving the theatre. This is also linked to the title, “Ending Credit,” where the rolling of credits punctuates a story. Yet, the MV plays on connotations of a credits scene as indicating finality. Many movies leave the best snippets after the credits scene. Marvel movies are most well-known for their post-credits tidbits, offering sneak previews of upcoming films. “Ending Credits” does the same, where the credits roll in, but the static credits scene interludes into Uhm Jung-hwa dancing. The MV truly ends with Uhm Jung-hwa breaking character and laughing.

Relating this to the value of post-credits scenes, perhaps the ending credits suggested in the title does not simply propose an unyielding sense of finality. Rather, Uhm Jung-hwa’s track suggests that the end of a story is simply a start of another. Despite the story of a specific character that has faded out within the span of a single movie, the actor lives beyond the ending credits. In the same sense, a portion of Uhm Jung-hwa’s career, or her image as a pop singer of the 1990s has and should come to an end. Yet, possibilities continue to abound beyond the closure of that image.

The song ends on an encouraging note, perhaps not only to herself, but also to her peers that reached their peak of fame in the same time as she did. The lifespan of an entertainer in South Korea’s entertainment industry is often visualised as fraught with turbulence and uncertainty. Popularity does not last forever, but opportunities continue to abound if one does not fixate on a single moment of success. Uhm Jung-hwa is the role model of many female artists and it is easy to see why.

In this particular MV, Uhm Jung-hwa’s performance calls to mind the image of Madonna, with the leotard outfit and conservative sexiness. However, she deserves to stand as herself without any reference to Western culture. She is a diva and an iconic figure for the K-pop industry because of her ability to remain relevant despite the shifts in trends, and her versatility as an artist. The MV is clearly nostalgic and a homage to an older generation of pop singers. Within the fond memories of the past, there is a constant reminder that precisely because it is irretrievable, there is even more reason for artists to move forward with the changing tides.

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35. "Heize - Jenga (feat. Gaeko) (Korean - R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop, Jazzy)"
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https://youtu.be/uw_HR9jIJww

New single from Heize. A jazzy piano beat, and the instrumental breakdown sounds like it could be something from the Adult era of Tokyo Jihen.

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36. "tricot 2018 U.S. tour"
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http://www.topshelfrecords.com/roster/tricot

I missed them the first time around, but I should be able to catch them in Chicago this year.

The band put up a few live performances on their YouTube a couple of weeks ago as well:

Yosoiki: https://youtu.be/VSru3ok8w38

Eureka: https://youtu.be/eFDfMEf1MY0

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42. "I saw them when they came last time."
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They were awesome. Disappointed that they're not headlining on this tour but I'll take it.

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37. "UDD - Siguarado (Filipino/Tagalog - Electronic, R&B)"
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https://youtu.be/qHtXil0ofcY

I was thrown off because the video features Mizuki from Terrace House (a Japanese reality TV show), and I'm pretty sure this was filmed in Japan, but the band is Filipino and singing in Tagalog. Anyways, I really enjoy the chorus and bridge on this song, and I'm also a sucker for these kind of instrumentals.

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38. "Aoi Kajitsu - mebius feat. ico! (Japanese - Hip-Hop)"
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https://youtu.be/Iv1wLS19GC8

I've only had a chance to preview some of the songs on the album aside from this single, but the group has a sort of consistent jazzy band sound throughout.

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51. "I like this..."
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I need to check the album out.

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39. "Glen Check - Dreaming Kills (2017- Indie, Electronic, R&B)"
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Korean group but the lyrics here are all in English.

https://youtu.be/DJ6i8xRcziM

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40. "Heize - MIANHAE (Sorry)"
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Another video for another single from Heize's latest EP.

https://youtu.be/9mRicqcxQro

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44. "MONDO GROSSO - Attune / Detune"
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Mini LP/EP got released the other day.

Preview of "One Temperature" here: https://youtu.be/EaQDhQSd8xQ

The rap is cool and all, but it's really the first minute of the song that is the highlight for me. I'm really curious who the singer is for this song, and the progression of the beat and vocals really sounds great.

Links to the two previously release songs:

https://youtu.be/B6Y-WsgpzlQ

https://youtu.be/ZrecWMtr69A

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45. "RE: MONDO GROSSO - Attune / Detune"
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So I looked at the credits, and in addition to Big-O (the rapper), someone named Rhyme is also credited on "One Temperature." And the track "KEMURI (Retune)" features Rhyme, which is the same voice, so that mystery is solved. I think I actually prefer the Retune version, because of those final 30 seconds with the keys.

I thought I'd be a little disappointed because half of the release was just remixes, and generally remixes on these kinds of things are disappointing, but they are genuinely good here. The orchestral version of "Labyrinth" sounds beautiful, and it sort of reminds me of something like a Ryuichi Sakamoto composition.

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46. "new Suiyoubi no Campanella album/EP June 27th."
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http://www.jpopasia.com/feed/23537/suiyoubi-no-campanella-announces-new-album-galapagos/

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49. "Yeeeeesssss!"
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47. "MAMAMOO - Became Calm (Hwasa Solo)"
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https://youtu.be/7kgV7Hrb-1c

Solo song by Hwasa from Mamamoo. Sounds a lot like a SZA track, but that's alright with me.

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50. "POLKADOT STINGRAY - ICHIDAIJI (Single)"
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First single from the album coming out in a couple of months:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJW7kS9AAI4

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52. "Not 2018 Sidepost: Mass of the Fermenting Dregs (Japanese, shoegaze)"
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Been listening to a lot of their stuff on YouTube and I like it a lot. Apparently the band broke up but came back a couple of years ago and has released one song as far as I can tell called Slow-Motion Replay which unfortunately I don't like as much as the older stuff. I'll post some of the older songs below.

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53. "Mass of the Fermenting Dregs - Zero Comma, Iro Toridori no Sekai"
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Mass of the Fermenting Dregs - Zero Comma, Iro Toridori no Sekai (Zero Comma, Colorful World) from their 2010 album of the same name:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RxYmYsa3T4

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54. "Mass of the Fermenting Dregs - Hikizuru Beat"
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Mass of the Fermenting Dregs - Hikizuru Beat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSG8bLRtOjo

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55. "Mass of the Fermenting Dregs - After this Speed"
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Mass of the Fermenting Dregs - After this Speed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkRsnh4K1Vg

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56. "Not 2018 Sidepost: lical (Japanese, Math Rock)"
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They released their first album last year. I actually can't remember if they were mentioned in last year's post but I would have to go all the way over there to check and I'm feeling lazy.

I usually like to buy physical albums from cdjapan but I don't see anything there. Can't check Spotify at work but the last time I checked I don't think there was anything there either. Links to follow.

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57. "lical - World End Siren"
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lical - World End Siren

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ov4noUM9a0

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58. "lical - empsea"
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lical - empsea (Short version)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TXIA7JCw9M

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59. "lical - undry"
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lical - undry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKP0U2YAfys

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63. "Nice find! I haven't heard of them before. "
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I'm really liking a lot of the guitar playing here, but I'm a sucker that style of guitar and tapping that's associated with math rock. Overall their sound reminds me a bit of chouchou merged syrups too.

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60. "After more than a year, the LOONA squad is finally complete"
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The last girl in the LOONA project released her single last night, and it's great. Love the drop right after the chorus, and the transition to the relatively minimal beat during JinSoul's verse is probably my favorite parts of the song.

LOONA/Olivia Hye - Egoist (feat. JinSoul) https://youtu.be/UkY8HvgvBJ8

The group has been putting out an individual song (and b-sides) for each of the 12 girls over the past year and a half, along with EPs for sub-units. In the beginning the songs were nicely composed and overall pretty good, but they didn't necessarily blow me away. I think it was around when Kim Lip's "Eclipse" came out that I felt like their music was getting interesting as they started to use more electronic-sounding beats. They've kind of been on a roll ever since, and even though they have not officially had a group debut, their collection of individual singles, b-sides, and sub-group songs already gives them one of the best discographies in K-Pop. Their company has put a ton of time and money into this project, and it's really nice to actually see it turn out so well, as least on the musical front. I don't know how successful they'll be in Korea yet, but they do seem to have a strong international following.

Some of my selections for their best songs:

Solos (including b-sides):

GoWon/Chuu (feat. Kim Lip): https://youtu.be/JRXV4fQTTmo
This is the b-side to "One & Only," but I think it might be my favorite LOONA song. Love how their voices contrast and mesh with each other, and the gradual progression to the stronger drums/beat is really nice. Chuu's vocals really shine her, and it's most likely she'll be the lead vocalist for the group.

JinSoul - Singing in the Rain: https://youtu.be/RWeyOyY_puQ
The tempo feels restless and always catches my attention when it comes on my playlist. For the longest time I hated dubstep-y drops, but the use here is tasteful and fitting.

Kim Lip - Eclipse: https://youtu.be/_qJEoSa3Ie0
I remember this song being put on NASA's playlist during the Solar Eclipse event. This was probably my favorite solo of their until JinSoul's song came out right after.

Choerry - Love Cherry Motion: https://youtu.be/VBbeuXW8Nko
The song starts with the cute and pure pop tropes and then offers one of the nicest surprises I've heard while listening to K-Pop and pop in general. It shouldn't work, but it's seamlessly done here.

Sub-Units:

Odd Eye Circle - Girl Front: https://youtu.be/tyInv6RWL0Q
If I only had one song to use to introduce someone to the project, this would probably be it.

LOONA 1/3 - Sonatine: https://youtu.be/a6JmCdDs_GM
Beautiful arrangement with great melodies, and I can't help but love the strings instrumentation here.

Odd Eye Circle - Odd Front: https://youtu.be/u1RtViVvFe8
A remix of "Girl Front," and it probably has one of my favorite intros ever. The buildup in the first 40 seconds is perfect.

And two more Odd Eye Circle b-sides because it's arguably on the best K-Pop EPs ever.

Odd Eye Circle - Starlight: https://youtu.be/xsAaa3e6OZc
Odd Eye Cricle - Uncover: https://youtu.be/SSz0Cg5lg-U


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61. "There's a female Korean Soul singer that a chick tried to hip me to."
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I can't remember her name! Something perhaps beiniing with a Y? I never got the chance because my alzheimers ass forgot the name by the time I got home. Anybody know anything close?

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62. "EXID - Lady (Single - K-Pop, New Jack Swing, R&B, Hip-Hop)"
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https://youtu.be/Q1JiptOTxno

I guess it was only a matter of time before a group would go for this sound as a single this year. They definitely have the aesthetic of the early 90s down here.

I'd say that EXID have one of the most consistent discographies right after Red Velvet and LOONA. The only thing is that their songs sometimes sound a bit derivative even if they're very good. For example, a few of my favorites definitely remind me of Ghost Town DJs and a miami bass influence, but at the end of the day the songs are really enjoyable.

LE's solo song - Velvet: https://youtu.be/_StftNJQBoU

I Know: https://youtu.be/BvWm6CrfV4Y

No Way: https://youtu.be/laz95qxui4w

Without U: https://youtu.be/duWBRJBIt-E

Hani's solo song - Milk: https://youtu.be/z9UGXcPKOKk


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64. "Genie High - Katame De Ijou Ni Koishiteru (Japanese, pop)"
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6earlGo0b0

So this is interesting:

Ikkyu Nakajima (from tricot) is on vocals and it's produced by Enon Kawatani. The band also features comedian Kazutoyo Koyabu, TV personality Kukki and pianist Takashi Niigaki.

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70. "RE: Genie High - Katame De Ijou Ni Koishiteru (Japanese, pop)"
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Definitely sounds like a song written by Enon. I'm not familiar with the other folks aside from him and Ikkyu. The video has a decent number of views, and I'm wondering if that's driven by Enon or if it's by the other individuals.

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65. "Primary x Anda - Do Worry Be Happy (EP- Korean, Synthpop)"
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Primary's 2 was one of my favorite albums of 2015, and I also loved his EP with Oh Hyuk that same year. He's been busy producing and creating a lot of great tracks including the amazing "Ending Credit" for Uhm Jung Hwa. The production on this definitely sounds like a continuation of that synth pop sound. They went ahead and put out music videos for all of the songs from the EP today. The first two linked songs are my early favorites.

Moonlight (feat. Xin Seha): https://youtu.be/c-bQi40JuPE

The Open Boat (feat colde of offonoff): https://youtu.be/mU49BKgbBJw

Dressroom: https://youtu.be/LAMRBotYf-I

Zeppelin: https://youtu.be/DWmOXCagdAM

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66. "TWICE - What is Love? (EP, K-Pop)"
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The single is definitely catchy, but it feels lacking compared to "LIKEY." Still felt like I couldn't have an Asian music thread and not have the group's latest single, which kind of speaks to what kind of force they are. The video is definitely the star of the show, however.

https://youtu.be/i0p1bmr0EmE

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67. "Suzy - HOLIDAY (feat. DPR LIVE) (K-Pop)"
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https://youtu.be/lpzJNwur6Zk

This came out the same time as "Bad Boy" by Red Velvet and Go Won's single, so this kind of got overlooked even though I did stick it on my playlist and have been listening to it ever since. I'm still enjoying it quite a bit after a couple of months. Just a sweet and relaxing track that really makes me wish I was back in California next to the beach.

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68. "EGO-WRAPPIN' - A Little Dance (Japanese, Jazz, Pop, Ska, Dub)"
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The first Japanese band that I got into by way of their Gossip of Jaxx album. They have a new song called "A Little Dance" that is being released on 7" for Record Store Day in Japan. The record has two versions: ska and dub and they can be heard in full below:

http://recordstoreday.jp/item/010_1_ego-wrappin-a-little-dance-ska/

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69. "RE: EGO-WRAPPIN' - A Little Dance (Japanese, Jazz, Pop, Ska, Dub)"
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>The first Japanese band that I got into by way of their
>Gossip of Jaxx album. They have a new song called "A Little
>Dance" that is being released on 7" for Record Store Day in
>Japan. The record has two versions: ska and dub and they can
>be heard in full below:
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>http://recordstoreday.jp/item/010_1_ego-wrappin-a-little-dance-ska/

I can't believe it's been 9 years since that album. I'm liking both versions of the song; it'd probably be hard (or maybe just expensive) to get that record in the U.S.

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71. "RE: EGO-WRAPPIN' - A Little Dance (Japanese, Jazz, Pop, Ska, Dub)"
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>I can't believe it's been 9 years since that album.

I always wished they made a follow-up to that album. "Darui" and "Ame No Dubism" are two of favorite songs by them.

>I'm liking both versions of the song; it'd probably be hard (or maybe
>just expensive) to get that record in the U.S.

I was hoping that I could find a site that I could order it off of but I'm not having much luck. I'm hoping that it pops up on cdjapan in the next couple of days or something.

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72. "HA:TFELT - Deine (Single - K-Pop, R&B)"
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Two really nice and smooth R&B/Pop tracks.

Pluhmm: https://youtu.be/7Rb5ISGbAbU

Cigar: https://youtu.be/1Q-JNUMzn_U

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73. "Wheein - EASY (Single - K-Pop, R&B)"
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https://youtu.be/KNWLQI5_JLc

A solo single from another member of Mamamoo. The style isn't too different from the kind of stuff from artists like Heize. I like the guitar licks scattered throughout the song along with the jazzy electric piano lines.

Another member of Mamamoo, Moon Byul, is going to be releasing a song featuring Seulgi from Red Velvet pretty soon, and I'm most excited about that track and what it's going to be like.

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74. "MONDO GROSSO - KEMURI (Smoke) (Retune) MV"
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https://youtu.be/Es3DyVMV5mk

Wasn't expecting another video, but here it is. Other than the vocalist (Aco is on the first version), the song is mostly the same with the exception of the added piano outro bit, which I think is the best part of the song.

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75. "This version was also on a Record Store Day release."
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76. "Hyolyn - Dally (feat. Gray) (Single- K-Pop, R&B)"
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Probably not the most safe for work video. Hyolyn and her former group (Sistar) have always sort of been known for their sexy concepts, though.

https://youtu.be/AoZFLCy-P-8

I may have said this before, but Hyolyn might be my favorite Asian pop vocalist, which is kind of saying a lot because there are a lot of great and unique voices out there. I think her voice definitely is most fitting over R&B-styled beats, although I don't think she showcases her voice as much on this track compared to "To Do List" or her feature on "One and Only You" by Got7, which I think I've shared earlier in this thread, but that's not to say she doesn't sound good here.

She's doing something pretty unique too, which is that she is the CEO/founder of her own company/label after her (and her group's) contracted ended. She does have the benefit of having been successful with Sistar and being known for having one of the best, if not the best, voices in K-Pop, so it's not like she's starting off as an unknown. However, it's still tough given that K-Pop pretty much revolves around the big 3 companies (SM, YG, JYP) and everyone else trying to just get a small piece of the pie.

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77. "(G)I-DLE - I Am (EP - K-Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B)"
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New group, and the only member I'm really familiar with is Jeon Soyeon, mainly because she can actually rap and not just the sing-rap that most K-Pop girls do. I'm enjoying the latter half of this EP more than the first half as it's more R&B-centric. "Don't Text Me" reminds me of that R&B vibe that Odd Eye Circle had on a few of their songs from their EP, and "I Want to Know" has some nice smooth house-y chords. Even the ballad-y track is pretty nice.

Don't Text Me: https://youtu.be/AqCXU4v3unQ

I Want to Know: https://youtu.be/kXKyg8PQlTA

And here's Jeon's solo track from last year. It's sort of silly and quirky sounding, but I really liked it: https://youtu.be/FJ8kJdTYj1o

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78. "tricot - potage (single - math rock, pop, rock)"
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I've always really liked their slow building tracks, and it's no different with this song. Also on this single release is a studio version of "On the boom."

https://open.spotify.com/album/4KXkUlTzabU1S2eU5WYnOu?si=QmvSzgOLRlKBZ4n7MQb10A

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79. "BTS - Love Yourself: Tear (Album - K-Pop, Hip-Hop, Pop)"
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Although I'm not the biggest fan of BTS, they're undoubtedly the biggest K-Pop act in the West (they broke Taylor Swift's record of fastest MV to 10 million views yesterday). They usually have a few really good songs on each of their albums, and these are some of my favorites from their latest:

134340: https://youtu.be/m5fJnpebugo

Love Maze: https://youtu.be/nJQW-3QRV0U

Fake Love (the single): https://youtu.be/7C2z4GqqS5E

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80. "."
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81. "Leebada - Crush On You (K-Pop, Pop, R&B)"
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https://youtu.be/aXHnLEj1ujg

Single from an EP called Pink Ocean. Her voice sounds like a mix of Heize and Suran, although I feel like it might end up sounding a little grating if I listened to it for extended periods. As you can tell from this thread, I am really enjoying a lot of the poppy R&B coming from Korea right now. I especially like the guitar lines scatter throughout the song.

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82. "LOONA feat. Grimes coming soon."
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