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The music-first auteur known as Kirara.

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Electronic Artist Kirara Leads With The Music On The Innovative 'ct14091' [AUDIO]

Hidden Treasures 06.05.15 | 04:06PM EDT

Released on Feb. 17 by Seoul-based electro artist Kirara, "ct14091" reveals an artist who places musical integrity above all else.

HIstory

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Vibe To The Irresistible Groove Of History's 'Mind Game' From Their New EP 'Beyond The History' [AUDIO]

New Release 05.22.15 | 01:51AM EDT

Though they are barely two years old as a group, the five-member boy band History has already shown a profound ability to create music that makes you want to move; their new song "Mind Game" clinches it.

album cover for San E's

K-Pop Double Take: San E Turns A Hypnotic Groove Into A Hip-Hop Anthem On 'I Deserve It' Featuring illinit, i11evn, Jessi Of Lucky J [AUDIO]

New Release 05.19.15 | 07:55PM EDT

With San E, Lucky J, illinit and i11evn each bringing their A game, "I Deserve It" is easily the standout track on San E's "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" album, released on April 23.

a still from SISTAR's

K-Pop Throwback: SISTAR Mix The Sounds Of Amadou & Mariam, The Bee Gees And Bollywood On Their 2012 Hit 'Alone' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 05.18.15 | 08:54PM EDT

SISTAR's 2012 hit "Alone" still sounds as fresh as the day it was released, another master class from producer Brave Brothers on how to use familiar sounds to create something strikingly new.

the album cover for the new Kim Ban Yang single

Review: Windy City Frontman Kim Ban Jang Brings Back The Best Of '90s Hip-Hop On 'No More Sad-Mistake' [AUDIO]

New Release 05.15.15 | 09:29PM EDT

On Windy City frontman Kim Ban Jang's new single "No More Sad-Mistake," released on Friday, the best minimalist production of the 1990s is sprinkled with distinctly Korean styles and sounds.

The modern men of We Are The Night.

K-Pop Indie Spotlight: Taste The Contemporary Flavor Of We Are The Night's 'Tiramisu Cake' [VIDEO]

New Release 05.28.15 | 10:57PM EDT

On their latest single "Tiramisu Cake," released on April 29, the reformed rockers of We Are The Night capture the bright sound of the future.

the cover of DAB19's new EP

Review: South Korean Rap Artist DAB19 Blends Several Eras Of Dance Music On 'The Dream Is Not Different' [AUDIO]

New Release 05.14.15 | 06:38PM EDT

DAB19's "The Dream Is Not Different," would surely sound best with a burger in one hand and the cold beverage of your choice in the other.

the album cover for BoA's

Review: BoA's New Single 'Kiss My Lips' Recalls The Classic Sound Of Early Electro [VIDEO]

New Release 05.12.15 | 07:57PM EDT

The spirit of early electronic innovation is embodied in South Korean solo artist BoA's new single "Kiss My Lips," released on Tuesday.

Gray

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Gray and Loco Keep It Breezy On Latest Single 'Just Do It' [AUDIO]

New Release 05.14.15 | 03:27PM EDT

"Just Do It," released on April 7 by the rapper-vocalist Gray and featuring rapper Loco is a hip hop soul hybrid that is at once melodic and banging, with something to offer for fans of several genres.

Jay Park in the

Editor's Pick: Jay Park Forgoes Rapping For Dreamy West Coast-Style R&B Production On 'Sex Trip' [VIDEO]

New Release 05.07.15 | 09:31PM EDT

Jay Park threw the world a curveball on Thursday, with the release of his day dreamy new R&B ballad "Sex Trip."

The reclusive and sinister mastermind of Infinite Hatred.

Korean Rock Recall: Relive The All-Out Assault Of Infinite Hatred's 2004 Track 'Forest Of Black Shadows' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 05.15.15 | 11:58AM EDT

On the raging 2004 musical missive "Forest Of Black Shadows" Korean one-man black metal band Infinite Hatred seek to destroy all good will, but create some compelling music in the process.

the album cover for Jessi's

K-Pop Double Take: Lucky J's Jessi Smolders On The 1980s-Influenced Power Ballad 'I Want To Be Me' [VIDEO]

New Release 05.05.15 | 06:33PM EDT

"I Want To Be Me," released on April 25 by Jessi of the hip-hop trio Lucky, has an emotional effect that is so powerful it seems to almost be beyond the listener's power to resist.

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K-Pop Throwback: Remember When 4Minute's eSNa-Penned 2014 Album Track 'I'll Teach You' Made You Want To Dance All Day? [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 05.04.15 | 07:27PM EDT

There is a fresh and arresting quality to 4Minute's 2014 track "I'll Teach You" from the album "4Minute World" that makes it a must to revisit even though it's been over a year since its release.

the album cover for Yoon Jong Shin's

Review: On 'The Color' Yoon Jong Shin And Beenzino Blend Diverse Influences To Create One Of 2015's Best K-Pop Jams So Far [AUDIO]

New Release 05.01.15 | 09:38PM EDT

"The Color" featuring Beenzino, Yoon Jong Shin's latest installment of his "Monthly Project" of single releases, is a cauldron of disparate, yet complimentary flavors.

The skate punk band The Strikers, seen here not skating.

Korean Rock Recall: The Strikers Go Beyond Skate Punk On Their 2011 Song 'Radio Action' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 05.01.15 | 11:11AM EDT

On their 2011 anthem "Radio Action," South Korean skate punk band The Strikers defy arbitrary categorization.

K-Pop Double-Take: Lim Kim Proves That Less Is More On Her Latest Single 'Awoo' [VIDEO]

New Release 04.30.15 | 02:11PM EDT

The production of Lim Kim's single "Awoo" shows how an entire pop song can be crafted around one simple idea.

album cover for the single

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: 'WASSUP' From Rappers C Jamm And Doplamingo Is A Powerful Pastiche Of Past Hip-Hop [AUDIO]

New Release 04.28.15 | 07:08PM EDT

What makes "WASSUP," released on Tuesday, is the fire that rappers C Jamm and Doplamingo bring on the mic. Their performances are coming straight from the heart and they hit you right in the gut.

still from the music video for for

Review: SISTAR's Bora Joins Jace, Kisum, Lil Cham For A Hard-Grooving Hip-Hop Collaboration That Works On 'Feedback' [VIDEO]

New Release 04.27.15 | 09:28PM EDT

Matching each other's intensity in equal measure, but with each MC adding their own unique style to the mix, on "Feedback" Bora, Jace, Kisum, Lil Cham prove themselves to be a hip-hop unit that can deliver.

album cover for KOHO's

Review: On 'Wait 4 U' KOHO And Lee Daheen Channel The Spirit Of Aaliyah And Timbaland's Legendary 1990s Collaborations [AUDIO]

New Release 04.24.15 | 07:17PM EDT

On "Wait 4U," released on Wednesday, KOHO and frequent collaborator Lee Daheen channel the blockbuster 1990s collaboration between vocalist Aaliyah and producer-rapper Timbaland to great effect.

the album cover for Xin Seha's

Editor's Pick: Xin Seha Conjures Up An Epic After Hours Vibe On 'Night To Dawn' Featuring KOHO From The '24Town' EP [VIDEO]

New Release 04.22.15 | 09:34PM EDT

With its feet firmly planted in the lonesome twilight hours, the song "Tomorrow Is Every Day" from the "24Town" EP, released Tuesday by Korean electronic artist Xin Seha, evokes blissful inner visions.

South Korean comedian and rapper Yoo Se Yoon

K-Pop Double Take: Yoo Se Yoon Makes A Highly Funky Sound With Jay Park And Niihwa On 'Middle School Sick' [VIDEO]

Buzz 04.23.15 | 02:20PM EDT

Although it may have been recorded by a comedian, the groove on Yoo See Yoon's "Middle School Sick" featuring Jay Park And Niihwa, released on April 14, is no joke.

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