K-Music Week in Review part 1: WeAreYoung, 100%, James and more

K-Music Week in Review part 1: WeAreYoung, 100%, James and more

0 comments 📅01 August 2018, 11:45

Our weekly K-music review posts are here to give you a helping hand and a quick look back to the notable releases from Korean artists in a weekly format. This article looks at releases and comebacks from 26-29 July 2018.

100% – Grand Bleu
Released: 26 July

After an emotional and eventful start to the year for this group, with the death of their leader and member Minsoo, it was a nice surprise to see them release this song from their upcoming new album. Showing off their more playful personalities and showing their chemistry as a group, it’s truly great to see the members smiling and having fun. Musically this is a perfect friendship and summer song, with slight retro western boy band sounds, and with great by the sea visuals. It’s a soft-hearted song that seems to be filled with memories. 100% is an extremely underrated group, vocally they have so much talent and their personalities certainly shine. Be sure to give them some love.

John Park – Understand
Released: 27 July

As a firm favourite male soloist, Jay Park is yet another underrated singer whose vocals have a unique and beautiful sound that instantly grabs the listener. Upbeat with a soul rhythm, the music will have you nodding your head and tapping your feet. The music video is hilarious in that we see John Park gorging himself on food and generally chewing things up. Though you need to wait till the end to understand why there is a very clever twist! Once again we are not disappointed in this release, and can’t wait to hear more from this artist in the future.

Bin Boy – I Never Wanna Leave This Bed
Released: 27 July

There are some days when K-pop just doesn’t cut the kind of sound your lusting after, a more mellow, soft, and entrancing song can not only relax and rejuvenate but can also help bring inner peace. Lo-Fi is the perfect source for relaxation, many will take this track and mix it with rain sounds or birds singing, but with no lyrics or words, your mind is completely dedicated to the delicate sounds of the instruments which makes this a complex piece of music to make. Grab yourself a cup of tea, open them curtains, sit on your bed, take a deep breath and chill out for a bit.

A-Yeon – You&I
Released: 28 July

Keeping with those summer vibes and showing a slightly sexier style than previous summertime releases, A-Yeon is expressing her feelings through this slow yet upbeat song titled You&I. The video is aimed at a specific demographic and shows A-Yeon being body confident in many different types of swimwear. The scenery around her is stunning as well, and is a nice easy on the eyes type of music video. Vocally there is no real power to her voice, but it seems she lulls herself throughout the song.

High Tension – CRAY
Released: 28 July

Taking a new stance to the music we are sharing this week, High Tension has come back with a great pop/rock release titled CRAY. Mixing vocal distortion and post-production editing, your typical rocking boy band musical accents, and a drum beat that is addictive. You will be throwing yourself around the room in no time. Vocally there is a lot of editing to the voice, but this gives an electronic and robotic twist to the song. Visually it’s a cheap music video but done really well. Not a lot goes on, but it seems busy because of lighting and CGI.

James – The Light
Released: 28 July

When he was part of the K-pop boy band Royal Pirates, things were going really well for James, until a devastating accident saw the bassist with a severed dominant-hand after a serious accident. James has had many operations, many days of pain and is still struggling to grasp a day of relief. After battling with mental illness and depression, James turned his talents, thoughts, prayers and wishes into lyrics, and decided that he wanted to give back to his fans who had supported him through his dark days. In doing so he smashed his Kickstarter goals, and has now produced a heartbreaking, thoughtful and eye-opening album with the help of some of his friends and fans. It’s great to see him back on our screens and in our charts, and we truly hope to see so much more from him in the future.

WeAreYoung – Whisper
Released: 29 July

Having recently discovered this duo a few weeks previous, we have been hoping for more great quality songs from them. It seems they heard our call and have gifted fans with yet another beautifully constructed song. With stunning soft and melodic vocals, great music making abilities and a beautiful backing track, WeAreYoung has completely won us over once again. The music video is soft, simple and personal, but can we just talk about how amazing their harmonisation is when they sing together!

As there have been a lot of releases this week, be sure to check back for the second installment of K-music week in review, which will look at releases from 30 July – 1 August 2018.

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