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Does K-Pop Have The Power To Dominate The U.K.? Find Out Here!

Does K-Pop Have The Power To Dominate The U.K.? Find Out Here!

Hot Issues 02.26.17 | 08:09PM EST

There is no doubt that K-pop has dominated the Asian entertainment industry. Now, it plans to dominate the U.K.

South Korean R&B vocalist ELO

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Relax Your Mind With ELO's Sparse And Soulful 'F.W.B (Friends With Benefits)' Featuring Hoody [AUDIO]

Reviews 02.22.16 | 05:54PM EST

The more intoxicating elements of a fling with a formerly plutonic friend are explored on "F.W.B (Friends With Benefits)," released on Friday by South Korean R&B vocalist ELO and featuring his AOMG labelmate Hoody.

zzapa

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: zzapa Shows Why He Ranks Among South Korea's Elite Talent On 'Gotta Get Along Well' [AUDIO]

Reviews 02.10.16 | 05:54PM EST

South Korean R&B artist-producer zzapa's latest single "Gotta Get Along Well," released on Thursday, has all of the consistency and creativity that has made him a difficult artist to match.

album cover for Korean rapper Donutman's new single

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Korean Rapper Donutman Turns A Somber Piano Riff Into A Testimonial On 'Good' [AUDIO]

Reviews 02.01.16 | 08:08PM EST

Donutman doen't rely on contrived concepts or empty bombast on the mic for his single "Good," released on Tuesday, instead creating a highly musical backdrop for his skilled rapping with a somber classical piano loop.

music video for Bumkey's “backindadayz”  featuring Sanchez of Phantom Dok2, dh-style and Microdot

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Bumkey Blends Scratch-Happy Classic Rap With 1920s Jazz On 'backindadayz' Featuring Dok2, Sanchez, Microdot [VIDEO]

Reviews 01.28.16 | 08:10PM EST

On "backindadayz," Bumkey combines "Great Gatsby"-era swing and the seminal '80s rap sound from the days when acts like Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy Eric B. & Rakim turned the turntable into an instrument.

Loptimist

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Let Loptimist Rearrange Your Circuitry On 'Me' Featuring Kim And Ji Jong Hwan [AUDIO]

Reviews 01.22.16 | 06:24PM EST

"Me," the new single released Thursday by South Korean singer-rapper Loptimist and featuring Ji Jong Hwan and Kim could almost pass for a conversation between two robots if it weren't for the raw rapping on the track.

the album cover of Jager and Lucas's

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Jager & Lucas Light A Fire With A Hypnotic Electric Piano Hook On 'Talk To You' [AUDIO]

Reviews 01.11.16 | 05:31PM EST

On Jager & Lucas's latest single "Talk To You," released on Friday, the South Korean rap duo flow over a Fender Rhodes electric piano groove that reels you in and keeps you there.

album cover for Olltii's

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Get Lost In Space With Olltii On 'Outer Planet' Featuring Chatterbox [AUDIO]

Reviews 01.04.16 | 05:31PM EST

The celestial void may be the theme of "Outer Planet" featuring Chatterbox, the new single released Wednesday by Olltii, but the earthy R&B sound keeps the MCs deeply rooted on soulfully solid ground.

Korean electronic pop wizards From the Airport.

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: From The Airport's Songwriting Is As Smart As Ever On 'Flying Walls' [VIDEO]

Reviews 12.29.15 | 05:41PM EST

On the From The Airport's single "Flying Walls," from the group's first-ever full-length album "You Could Imagine," released in January, the electronic rock act deliver the pop goods without dumbing down their sound.

album cover for Freelow's “Halftime Mixtape,” released Friday.

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Korean Rapper Freelow Keeps His Cool On 'To Hayden' From 'Halftime Mixtape' [AUDIO]

Reviews 12.14.15 | 04:33PM EST

On "To Hayden," from Freelow's "Halftime Mixtape," (released Friday) the squarely quantized rhythm track creates the perfect sense of detachment and the springboard for Freelow's best performance on the album.

album cover for Kassy's

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Kassy Keeps It Sultry On Her Cool 2nd Single 'Ooh Ooh Ooh' Featuring Eluphant Of VIRUS [AUDIO]

Reviews 12.07.15 | 03:36PM EST

Considering how few artists disappear after their first release, its exhilarating to see Kassy release another quality slow jam like "Ooh Ooh Ooh" featuring rapper Eluphant of the rap group VIRUS, released on Nov. 30.

Green Club

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Korean Rap Group Green Club Keep Things Light And Jazzy On Their Name-Dropping New Single 'Studio' [VIDEO]

Reviews 12.02.15 | 05:57PM EST

On the single "Studio," released on Tuesday, Green Club embody both the playful experimentation and laidback attitude of 1940s beboppers. The result is one of the year's best tracks.

album cover for Ven's

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Ven Teams Up With Paloalto To Create The Soulfully Atmospheric Rap Single '6' [AUDIO]

Reviews 11.16.15 | 06:13PM EST

"6," released Monday by Ven may be getting marketed as an R&B song, as it is his single, with the only rapping coming from Paloalto. Yet in both rhythmic feel and prominence in the mix, it's clearly a rap track.

vocalist Dalchong (right) and rapper ?ASU of Cheeze

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Drift Away With The Soothing Daydream That Is Cheeze's 'Now Say' Featuring Kirin [AUDIO]

Reviews 11.10.15 | 06:37PM EST

"Now Say," the new single featuring Kirin released on Nov. 2 by South Korean R&B quartet Cheeze, is a sonic experience that makes the listener feel refreshed and replenished.

album cover for Humming Urban Stereo's “Dopamin 5-1” single

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Humming Urban Stereo Push Their Sound Further By Playing To Their Own Strengths On 'Stupid' Featuring Sugar Flow [AUDIO]

Reviews 11.03.15 | 07:30PM EST

On Humming Urban Stereo's "Stupid," Lee and Sugar Flow don't attempt to make any seismic shifts in their sound as a band, but rather blend the best aspects of the synth-drenched electro funk they're famous for.

South Korean rapper The Quiett

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: The Quiett Leads With His Best Yet On 'Bentley' The Opening Track Of '1 Life 2 Live' [AUDIO]

Reviews 10.29.15 | 08:28PM EDT

It's not that "Bentley," the first track on The Quiett's latest album "1 Life 2 Live," released on Oct. 15, is a throwback track, but the minimalist style is a clear homage to the early hip-hop production ethos.

Oh Hyuk and Code Kunst in the

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Code Kunst Leads Hyukoh Singer Oh Hyuk And Dok2 Down A Different Musical Path On 'Parachute' [AUDIO]

Reviews 10.22.15 | 06:34PM EDT

With a running time of nearly five minutes, South Korean musician and producer Code Kunst is clearly not aiming for mainstream pop stardom with his single "Parachute," released on Wednesday.

Lil Boi of the group Geeks (left) and Basick in the

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Pick Up Your Pace With The Pounding Beat Of 'Call Me' From Lil Boi Of Geeks, Rapper Basick And Mamamoo's Hwasa [VIDEO]

Reviews 10.07.15 | 03:34PM EDT

Lil Boy of Geeks and rapper Basick joined up with Mamamoo vocalist Hwasa on the new single "Call Me," released on Monday. The result is one of the most uniquely hard-hitting songs of the year so far.

the album cover of Zzapa's

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Zzapa Finds An Original Sound That Reels You In On 'Blackout' Featuring Yezzer [AUDIO]

Reviews 09.29.15 | 06:51PM EDT

Between Zzapa's signature melodic sense, Yezzer's nearly catatonic delivery and a beat and synth sound subtly referencing 1970s West Coast funk, "Blackout" breaks the mold in several ways.

the album cover of the new release by PingnPong

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Unraveling The Strange Beauty Of PingnPong's 'Comfuture' Featuring PNSB [VIDEO]

Reviews 09.25.15 | 03:08PM EDT

It is nearly impossible to describe exactly what is happening on the song 'Comfuture' featuring PNSB from South Korean experimental hip-hop act PingnPong's new self-titled album, released on Monday.

album cover for Samuel Seo's new single

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Samuel Seo Dials In A Deep And Enticing Electro Soul Sound On 'New Dress Girl' [AUDIO]

Reviews 09.15.15 | 03:21PM EDT

On his latest single "New Dress Girl," released Monday, R&B singer Samuel Seo of the South Korean underground hip-hop crew New Block Babyz has a sound that delivers on several fronts.

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