The time has finally come for our twelfth member of LOOΠΔ to debut. Olivia Hye just debuted with “Egoist” featuring JinSoul and all I can think is how JinSoul is going to drag Olivia to Hell. Anyway, no more delaying, let’s get into it!
I’m not sure if I understand everything in this video but I’ll take a shot considering what I understand from a concept theory. Jin Soul and the other OEC members reside in Hell and Olivia Hye is the last member in Eden. She is tempted by Jin Soul and bites of the apple but rather than taking her to Hell, she ends up in the Real world (LOOΠΔ 1/3). There are some Creation references in the video as well as references to several other videos. I won’t go into detail but at the end we see Hee Jin welcoming Olivia Hye into the Real world and bringing full circle the concept of LOOΠΔ.
The song has a lot going on and it’s beautiful. I might even like this more than “New”. The song starts off and continually hears a throbbing piano sound throughout. The drop in this song is really subtle which makes sense but still took me by surprise. Olivia’s voice is sultry but her style reminds me of Chuu and Kim Lip. There’s an innocence in her voice like Chuu, but a smooth, sexy sound as well similar to Kim Lip. I wasn’t quite paying attention as well as I should have but I believe her animal is a wolf. I believe her color is a shade of red as well. I’m embarrassed at how much I didn’t pay attention to finer details. The breakdown had a sort of EDM/Dubstep feeling to it which was unique and nice.
What did you think of Olivia Hye? What are your theories for the overall concept? Are you excited for the group to finally debut? Who is your bias? Mine is still Jin Soul, but everyone else is coming really close. Thank you for your support. Please support LOOΠΔ and share this and the video as much as possible. We need LOOΠΔ to not flop. We need LOOΠΔ to be successful. Thank you so much. I’ll see you in my next review.
I’ve been so bad at following up with Stray Kids. They just recently debuted and I’m just now checking out the music video. I need some sort of punishment for this sort of behavior. Anyway, Stray Kids officially debuted with “District 9” and from what I’m seen on social media, the rap is the highlight of the song. Well, duh Matt, of course it’s the highlight. Stray Kids is a rap group. Anyway, I’m ready for this.
Basically the music video was Stray Kids as a group breaking from a sort of imprisonment. They come to realize that the world they know is limited and set up by some sort of agency. Eventually, they break from the place and find refuge, I’m assuming, outside of the institution.
I don’t know if I can find the words to describe how amazing that song was. It wasn’t at all the instrumentals, but their rapping and singing ability. There were some interesting rap flows towards the end of the song that blew me away. The hook of the song was really good. It definitely had an EDM vibe to it, but my favorite parts were when the rap went off.
What did you think of Stray Kids’ debut? Let me know in the comment section. Thank you so much for your support. Don’t forget to support Stray Kids. They are an amazing group and definitely deserve the love. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
Two of my favorite female solo artists got together and decided to make a song. Kisum and Heize collaborated to give us “It’s Okay”. Kisum is one of my favorite rappers because of her cool composure when she raps. Her flow is something she makes appear easy. Then Heize is similar but she has such a unique voice and her flow has a groove to it. Honestly, these two artists together make perfect sense and I’m sad they’ve never collaborated before this, but I’m glad they have now.
What a pleasant music video. The video just followed the girls around the room as they danced interpretively. They were in what appeared to be an old apartment and a guy was sitting in the corner playing guitar for the song. It had a natural light so it didn’t seem filtered or anything like that.
Heize’s beautiful voice with Kisum’s incredible rapping as well as her gorgeous voice is such a good pairing. The backing track was a smooth guitar fill with some reverb and light synthesized drum beats that created such a soothing and laidback atmosphere. My one complaint is that the chorus seemed a bit long which didn’t allow Kisum to rap as much as she has the potential for. In fact, she did a song with Se-A called “Liar” where that song was almost pure rap but still had that featured chorus. I love Kisum and I hope she releases an album soon.
What did you think? Did you enjoy the song? Thank you for the support. I appreciate it so much. Let me hear your thoughts in the comment section. Please don’t forget to support Kisum and Heize with her recent album release Wish & Wind as well. These are two incredibly talented artists that honestly deserve better recognition. Thank you again. I’ll see you in my next review.
Being a recently discovered Monbebe, I’m super stoked for my next review. “Jealousy” by Monsta X dropped earlier this morning, I believe and I’m more than ready for it. Just in case you were wondering, Minhyuk is my bias and “Beautiful” is my favorite song.
I’m really hoping this music video connects to “Dramarama” but I’m not sure. There was no references to the past video. However, the video was pretty incredible because of the edgy vibe with the beautiful hook. The hook was dirty but beautiful similar to how “Beautiful” was, in my eyes. I believe the story has something to do with two worlds colliding because of the two video images being flipped. Also, there is The Creation, I believe in the background suggesting a new beginning. Maybe the world of The Clan and the world of “Dramarama” are coming together.
Can I just talk forever about how perfect Jooheon and I.M’s raps were? They were incredible not just because they were quick and smooth, but they were smooth and flowed from one to the other with no hiccup or hesitation. The song had a dirty vibe like I mentioned while still remaining beautiful. I don’t think I paid any attention to any other members because I was so focused on Jooheon and I.M.
What did you think of the song? Did you like it better than “Dramarama”? What do you think the meaning or concept behind this video is? Let me know in the comment section. Thank you for your support. Please make sure to give Monsta X even more love. I truly appreciate every one of you and hope you are all doing well. I’ll see you in my next review.
I am losing track of who’s coming back when and what album these comebacks are a part of but I’m excited for Seventeen’s comeback “Just Do It” like the Nike sign. Anyway, Seventeen is one of those groups that initially I didn’t like, but have slowly grown on me since then. I don’t know their names except for Woozi because he kind of looks like Suga. Who’s ready for some Seventeen?
That wasn't really a music video. It was more of a live performance with the original audio dubbed over the live music. However, the performance was incredible and the dancing was on point. I always wondered how they got all the light sticks to sync up. Maybe it’s something you do when you go in, you buy a light stick and get it synced up or maybe it’s synced up already for that show. But even the light sticks were amazing.
The song was funky and groovy and felt perfect for Seventeen. There was an incredible amount of change-ups and differences throughout the song to make it excited and not dull one bit. There was a good balance of rap to vocals as well which is crucial in these huge groups. It kind of felt like a Super Junior song but so much better. For those of you who know, I’m not the biggest Super Junior fan so I don’t really like comparing to them. However, as far as the legendary status that SuJu holds, this performance and song was just about at that level.
What did you think? Were you bummed out that it wasn’t an actual music video? Did you enjoy the song? Be sure to support Seventeen. Thank you so much for the love. You are all awesome. I love and appreciate every one of you. Thank you so much and I’ll see you in my next review.
My boy Penomeco is back. It still sort of baffles me that he is a part of SM Entertainment because I thought for sure he would be with HIGHGRND or AOMG but it’s cool that he is with SM. Today I’ll be checking out his new video for “Good Morning”. Penomeco isn’t someone I know well but every time I check him out, he is awesome and continually growing on me.
The music video for “Good Morning” was interesting. Penomeco was rapping and singing on the street, in random places and I think the hook for the video aspect is the post production effects. Well mostly post production. Essentially, they filmed Penomeco singing and rapping in various spots over and over again to create the effect that there were several of him.
As for the song, it was chill but aggressive if that makes sense. The beat was really chill, laid back possibly because Car, The Garden featured in the song. However, Penomeco’s vocals and style was very aggressive. I love this style of music because it gives you energy but also relaxes and calms you down.
What did you think of the song? Did you like it? Are you a fan of Penomeco? Let me know in the comment section. Go give some love to Penomeco. Thank you all for supporting me. I truly appreciate it. Thank you so much. I’ll see you in my next review.
Kwon BoA is a legend when it comes to Kpop. Anyone who’s been in Kpop for more than, I’ll say, five year knows BoA is truly the Queen of Kpop. For me, she is my first. She is the original artist that got me into Kpop. Not initially but as a reference point, she kept me moving deeper into this crazy genre. With that being said, she has several albums, as she has been doing this since year 2000. While many people know a lot of Girls’ Generation, Big Bang, Super Junior and others, BoA is truly classic Kpop. She has released several albums and yet this year, she released her first ever mini album. When BoA was at her peak, mini albums didn’t exist. Single albums were mini albums and mini albums were albums. She has released songs in Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and English. One Shot, Two Shot doesn’t see her descending in her artform but rather adapting and moving where music progresses.
“One Shot, Two Shot” is a banger but has its quirks. BoA’s voice is truly soothing in this song but the beat keeps you going. The hard hitting synths drive the song forward while BoA creates a fluid atmosphere within the song. There is fluidity and complexness to this song that isn’t necessarily upfront and in your face about it.
In “Everybody Knows”, BoA serenades us with a toxic beat and her yearning voice. The water drop synth tones create a poppy, bubbly effect throughout the song. The chorus kicks in and BoA begs us to keep listening, even though it’s not hard at all to continue along. The way BoA sings the chorus and fluctuates her voice makes us as the listener feel like she’s trying to persuade us.
“Nega Dola” brings back the Latin vibe that was present in many of her earlier tracks such as “Valenti”. On top of that, she adds in her own Latin flair and actually sort of raps. BoA doesn’t rap very often but she nails it in this song. This track becomes stuck in your head with her singing “Nega Dola”. The song is driven forward with a guitar-littered beat.
After “Nega Dola”, I would think we would need a break, but BoA disagrees. She pounds us with powerful Hip Hop track “Your Song” featuring Junoflo. She predicts our plans by singing “It’s my song, It’s my jam”. She knows beforehand that this song is in fact a bop. Her voice pulls us and entangles itself in our eardrums. BoA has one of those seductive voices that can trap its listener. Even Junoflo’s part in this song is much needed and appropriate. Most of the time, I don’t necessarily like the male parts in female songs. The dirty beat and BoA’s beautiful vocals team up to leave us shook.
“Recollection” is a song that creeps up on the listener. It’s slow starting but will be caught in your head days after the initial listen. The club hit is a bit slower than expected for a dance track, creating a sort of melancholy atmosphere throughout most of the song. The instrumentals also allude to that tone and keep pushing it in our faces. It has a funk style to it but is so much more than funk or club or pop. It’s BoA creating a masterpiece.
“Always All Ways” begins with droning bass and some hard kick hits. Not much of instrumental starting out in this song. The glitch synth tones are reminiscent of Trap music but the song is a bit R&B. The song features Chancellor whose part is a little less welcome in this song but still fits nicely in the finished product. The song is smooth and flows quickly but is sultry.
At last, we have “Camo”, a song that was released months prior to the release of this album. Many listeners are used to this song but I can’t think of anyone that is tired of it. The hard bass synths driving the beat along until the rhythm section drops out for a breathtaking pre-chorus. The chorus reverts back to the original beat but the way she fluctuates her voice when singing camouflage is beautiful and sort of sexy. I personally love the build up to the chorus when everything but some synths and her voice drop out.
This is one of the first album reviews I’ve done in this style for a long time. In fact, it’s one of the first album reviews I’ve done period for a long time. I felt it was respectful and almost required of me to review the Queen’s first mini album. After eighteen years of full on success, eighteen full length albums and this being her first ever mini album, it is definitely necessary to review this album. The album is gold. Obviously, if you listened to the same album I did, then you’d know that as well. BoA doesn’t make bad music and eighteen years of success will prove that point. What did you think of the album? What was your favorite song? My favorite song is hands down “Everybody Knows” but like I said, I love the entire album. Thank you for supporting me. Please support BoA as well. Thank you and I’ll see you in my next review.
Former Infinite member, Hoya releases a pre-debut track, “Angel” to kickstart his self promotion for his upcoming album. Hoya played a crucial role in the Woollim Entertainment boy group and split from the group earlier in 2017. We’ll see if his decision was met with great purpose.
This dance performance video is much like an interpretive dance. It is trying to convey a message to its audience and I think the message was received. The dance starts out really fluid. There are parts that are meant to be rigid but it’s part of the dance. As the song progresses, Hoya and the girl dance start getting closer and performing some very sexual dance moves. The video ends with Hoya on top of the girl, leaning in.
I’m sure I missed a huge portion of the song because the video distracted me. The song was smooth and sexy but had a nice style to it. Hoya’s voice is seriously incredible. He was hitting those high notes like Jimin. In fact, I would compare his voice to Jimin’s in the fact that their range is pretty similar.
I can’t get over how hot that girl was. Who is she? What did you think of the song? Do you think Hoya going solo was a good decision? Let me know in the comment section. Thank you for your support. I always appreciate it. I was just looking back on how long I’ve done this website and it’s been since October 2015. You have kept me going for this long. If it weren’t for your support, I wouldn’t be doing this so I appreciate it. Be sure to give Hoya some love as well. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
Heize released a video for one of my favorite songs on her new album. “Sorry” just dropped and I’m about to check it out and let you know my thoughts and opinions on it. First off though, what did you think of her album Wind & Wishes? What was your favorite song? Mine is still back and forth between “Sorry” and “Jenga”. Also, “Jenga” was in a commercial.
The music video, even though it was put out later than the other videos, still has a sentimental value. Heize is part of an experiment to create a life-like humanoid that looks real, but also moves and reacts naturally rather than rigid like a machine. Throughout the video, we see work rooms and operation centers where Heize was worked on. In each of these rooms there are scraps of Heize. Pieces of what she was when she failed to be life-like. Those pieces find life and mourn for themselves. The finalized project of Heize is put on display with people coming to witness the humanoid Heize. At the end of the video, Heize lets go a tear which speaks volumes about the message of this video.
As for the song, you know it’s one of my favorites. But it is one of my favorites because of how much Heize it is. It is classic Heize but still something fresh and new. I think this is one of my favorite songs on the album because she raps in it. I know Heize is a very talented singer, but she’s also a distinguished rapper.
What did you think of the video? I just started watching Black Mirror and it sort of reminds me of the kind of thing that would be on that show. Let me know what you thought in the comment section. Thank you for your support. Please don’t forget to show Heize that same love. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
Also, I’ll leave the commercial Heize was in for you. It is for Samsung and her song “Jenga” and her actual self feature in this short clip.
It’s not even April yet and DSP Media’s girl group named after the spring month has made a comeback. “The Blue Bird” is from their fifth mini album The Blue after Eternity and “Take My Hand”. I honestly don’t know what to expect because April is one of those groups that consistently surprises me, always in a good way.
The theme of the video was that life is an act. Everything that happens is part of a great play we’re performing. Like Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage”. Throughout the beginning portion of the video, we see the girls in separate rooms, doing their own thing. From time to time, the scene switched to the view of the audience from the stage point of view. Towards the end of the song, the camera reveals that each room or place these girls were in is actually a set on the stage as part of the play we are watching.
Right from the beginning, I know this song was going to be another interesting one. April always keeps me on my toes and they definitely deserve more attention than they receive. The initial sound I heard from this song was a fantastical tone. There were a lot of strings and sounds that coincide with traditional fantasy movie score. As the song progressed, I began to receive “Destiny” vibes. Lovelyz is another girl group that I really love so when a song has those fantastical sounds, I tend to drift towards Lovelyz. April, of course, threw in some strange musical quirks and styles that kept the song interesting.
What did you think of the song? Let me know in the comment section. Thank you for supporting me. Please don’t forget to give April the love and appreciation they deserve. Thank you again for your love. If you’d like, please share this review and I’ll see you in my next review.
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