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the album cover for South Korean indie group Soul Paper's new single

Review: Soul Paper Blur The Lines Between Folk And Dance Music On The Mesmerizing 'Halang Halang' Featuring Joo Ye In [AUDIO]

Reviews 09.03.15 | 05:30PM EDT

"Halang Halang," released Monday by Soul Paper, has way too funky a beat to be folk, but includes too much subdued piano and acoustic guitar to be considered a straight-ahead dance song.

F.T. Island

K-Pop Double Take: F.T. Island Let Loose Their Inner Animal On The New Single 'Puppy' [VIDEO]

Reviews 09.04.15 | 01:48PM EDT

When South Korean pop rock band F.T. Island returned on Aug. 16 with their 22nd single release "Puppy," they unleashed a sound that is an exciting stylistic departure for the group.

the album cover of Kassy's debut single

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Kassy Kills It As A Singer And Rapper On Her Debut Single 'In My Bed' [AUDIO]

Reviews 08.31.15 | 06:09PM EDT

Kassy manages an almost schizophrenic switch between vocal personas on her debut single "In My Bed," released Tuesday, demonstrating her ability as both a singer and MC.

South Korean hip-hop artists Mad Clown (left) and B-Free

K-Pop Throwback: The Quiett, Jerry.K, B-Free And Mad Clown Are At Their Best On 'People's Radio' From 2010 [VIDEO]

Reviews 08.27.15 | 03:28PM EDT

"People's Radio," the 2010 collaboration between The Quiett, Jerry.K, B-Free and Mad Clown, finds each of the rappers young, hungry and producing a sound every bit as great as the beat they are rhyming over.

Girls' Generation in the

Review: Girls' Generation Show The Signs Of Their Musical Growth On New Single 'Lion Heart' [VIDEO]

Reviews 08.25.15 | 02:40PM EDT

It's inspiring to see Girls' Generation channeling their years onstage and into the studio to make the kind of deeper sound that only comes with experience on their new single "Lion Heart," released on Aug. 18

electronic trio Trampauline

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Electro Pop Trio Trampauline Forge A Sound All Their Own On 'Such A Clown' [AUDIO]

Reviews 08.20.15 | 06:37PM EDT

Listening to "Such A Clown," the new single released Tuesday by Trampauline, it's clear what makes the group special is their unique take on keyboard-driven dance music.

album cover of Giriboy's

K-Pop Double Take: Giriboy, C-Jamm, Black Nut Mix It Up With Live Musicians On 'Like As Fixed' From 'Sexual Perceptions' [AUDIO]

Reviews 08.19.15 | 06:37PM EDT

Released back in March, Giriboy's "Like As Fixed" featuring C-Jamm and Black Nut, from the album "Sexual Perceptions," is part of a growing wave of South Korean rap acts channeling California hip-hop icons.

The cover of Yellow Monsters' 2014 album,

Korean Rock Recall: Yellow Monsters Rocket Through A Dizzying Array Of Genres On 2014's 'Commie' [VIDEO]

Reviews 08.19.15 | 11:14AM EDT

Korean hard rockers Yellow Monsters make it clear that they're no one-trick ponies on their 2014 track "Commie."

the album cover of Jang Hye Jin's new single

Review: Jang Hye Jin Serves Up A Soulful Sound For End Of Summertime On 'Summer Lady' Featuring Andup [AUDIO]

Reviews 08.17.15 | 06:42PM EDT

The impressive resume of veteran pop performer Jang Hye Jin is hard to believe, considering the fresh, vivacious energy of her new single, "Summer Lady," released on Monday.

Ja Mezz in the

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: With A Strong Nod To West Coast Rap, Ja Mezz Reimagines The Korean Hip-Hop Sound On 'Pilot' [VIDEO]

Reviews 08.13.15 | 06:51PM EDT

It's exciting to hear South Korean rapper Ja Mezz raise his gin and juice in the air in support of the classic West Coast rap sound on his new single "Pilot" from the album "1/4," released on Tuesday.

Lena Park in Primary's

Review: Primary Returns To Make You Dance On 'Hello' Featuring Lena Park On His New Album '2' [VIDEO]

Reviews 08.12.15 | 04:27PM EDT

K-pop is continuing its trend towards fetishizing disco on "Hello" featuring Lena Park from Primary's new album "2," released on Wednesday.

a still from the music video for Fromm's

Editor's Pick: Fall In Love With South Korean Folk Singer Fromm's Enchanting New Single 'Moonlight Dancing' [VIDEO]

Reviews 08.11.15 | 07:08PM EDT

It is difficult not to be have your heartstrings tugged at by "Moonlight Dancing," the latest single from South Korean folk singer-songwriter Fromm, released on July 31.

album cover for Simba Zawadi's

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Simba Zawadi Of Awaken Tongues Brings Hot Fire To A Cool Jazz Rap Beat On 'Remedies Market' [AUDIO]

Reviews 08.07.15 | 10:32PM EDT

The beauty of "Remedies Market," the new solo single released Wednesday by Simba Zawadi of Awaken Tongues, is in the way the rapper's searing high-energy rhymes balance out the jazzy, almost loungey musical accompaniment.

Beenzino in the

K-Pop Double Take: Beenzino Generates Another Hip-Hop Gem On 'So What' [VIDEO]

Reviews 08.07.15 | 08:18PM EDT

On Beenzino's most recent solo single "So What," released on March 10, the rapper once again produces something special, bringing together a drum-centric main beat a la rap pioneers Gang Starr with an unexpected rhythm-less chorus.

Say Sue Me

K-Indie Spotlight: Sit Back And Enjoy The Subtle Simplicity Of Say Sue Me's 'Bad Habit' [AUDIO]

Reviews 08.10.15 | 04:50PM EDT

On their new song "Bad Habit," released July 14, South Korean rockers Say Sue Me prove that working with reduced materials and repetitive structures can be just as effective as any elaborate composition.

T.O.P (left) and G-Dragon in the

Review: Big Bang Save The Best For Last On 'Zutter' As GD & TOP Take Center Stage For The 4th Installment Of The 'MADE' Series [VIDEO]

Reviews 08.07.15 | 01:28AM EDT

The Big Bang song "Zutter," released Wednesday as the final installment in their "MADE" singles series, (or as the "E" in "MADE"), is arguably the group's most blazing and edgy single to date.

album cover for Zick Jasper's

Review: Classic '90s Hip-Hop Production Makes Zick Jasper's 'Smokin' Blues' The Highlight Of 'Exhibition Mixtape #1' [AUDIO]

Reviews 07.30.15 | 03:39PM EDT

There are a variety of hip-hop styles showcased on the Zick Jasper album "Exhibition Mixtape #1," released on Tuesday.

South Korean R&B duo Pframe

Review: South Korean R&B Duo Pframe Create A Slow Jam With Some Kick On Their Synth-Laden 2nd Single 'Boredom' Featuring RedKid [AUDIO]

Reviews 07.28.15 | 05:37PM EDT

On their second single "Boredom" featuring RedKid, released on Friday, South Korean R&B group Pframe creates a vibe that the world needs to take notice of.

Teen Top

K-Pop Double Take: Teen Top Show Off Their Versatility On The Laid-Back Dance Track 'Please' From Their Latest EP 'Natural Born Teen Top' [AUDIO]

Reviews 07.27.15 | 05:12PM EDT

Released on June 22, "Please" from the six-song Teen Top EP "Natural Born Teen Top," demonstrates the versatility of the six band members.

So Ji Sub

Review: Start A Party At Your Desk With Actor-Turned-Rapper So Ji Sub's New Single 'So Ganzi (WHITE)' [AUDIO]

Reviews 07.24.15 | 05:56PM EDT

On the surface, there's nothing extraordinary "So Ganzi (WHITE)," the new single, released on Wednesday by South Korean actor and rapper So Ji Sub. But then you're dancing.

Jee Young Sim

K-Indie Spotlight: Watch Jee Young Sim Turn A Building Into A Musical Instrument With 19 Anyang Arts High School Students [VIDEO]

Reviews 07.31.15 | 04:04PM EDT

Jee Young Sim's music performance video "Peak," which features 19 students from the Anyang Arts High School playing an industrial tower like a gigantic drum and singing along in accompaniment, is a sound and a visual like no other.

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