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K-Pop Double-Take: Badkiz Show Serious Potential On Their Tough New Single 'Babomba' [VIDEO]

By John Chiaverina | November 26, 2014 05:07 PM EST


K-Pop Double-Take is a periodic review column highlighting recent releases that have yet to receive the attention we feel they deserve.

Hot on the heels of their debut single "Ear Attack," rising stars Badkiz are back with their third single, "Babomba," an anthemic dance tune with obscene amounts of energy and serious hit potential.

Released on Nov. 12, "Babomba" is a turbo-charged slice of electro pop and a strong offering from this emerging South Korean girl group, with attitude and talent to spare.

In direct contrast with the group's second single, the tender ballad "Father," "Babomba" is a return to the pumping dance sound that Badkiz established on their debut single.

And the girls pull it off with a tough style all their own.

Signed to Zoo Entertainment, Badkiz consist of four vocalists, (Monika, BomBom, Yuenji and Eun Joo) and a rapper named Jina. The five band members range in age between 19 and 23.

On "Babomba" they can be heard showing shades of PSY and Crayon Pop. The end result, is pure riot pop for a generation of K-Pop fans hungry for new thrills and the next level.

Almost two decades since the Spice Girls ushered in a generation of girl power for young females worldwide, Badkiz offer up their own brand of female-positive K-pop, anchored by a throbbing electro beat and an earworm of a chorus.

Shouted gang vocals give the track a punk rap energy that simultaneously recalls the early days of Beastie Boys and US riot grrrl acts like Bikini Kill, while the buzzing side-chained bass and four-on-the-floor kick drums help keep the song on the cutting edge of today's music scene.

Despite all of this, the vocals stay melodic and a big and the anthemic chorus helps anchor the track for maximum crossover potential.

The accompanying video features the ladies of Badkiz acting like, well, bad kids. They are seen throwing food and drink in the face of naughty boys who don't know how to act and having a blast performing. The video is a perfect compliment to the brash sonics of the single, and a statement of intent of sorts for five girls who don't play by anyone's rules.

If in-your-face music is your thing and you like a bit of a punk rock energy in your K-pop, Badkiz are the perfect group to get you excited about in 2014 and beyond.

With only three singles under their belt, Badkiz are still brand new, but if "Babomba" is any indication, we might be hearing a lot more good music from these five Badkiz in the years to come.

Watch the video for "Babomba" by Badkiz RIGHT HERE

John Chiaverina is a musician and journalist living in New York City. He has performed in over 18 countries, including two tours of South Korea, under the name "Juiceboxxx."

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