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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]

By Jesse Lent | May 01, 2015 09:38 PM EDT


If the beat is truly funky, you can throw just about anything in there and pull it off.

With influences ranging as far and wide as Muscle Shoals to Right Said Fred or from De La Soul to Serge Gainsbourg, "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.

Yoon's beat simmers with a highly active snare drum snap that is straight RJD2, while the guitar recalls the late 1970s work of the original funk master, James Brown. As is the mark of any great artist, Yoon brings these varying textures together seamlessly to create a highly infectious bit of genre defying dance material.

And, of course, it does always help to have one of South Korea's greatest rappers sitting in.

Beenzino seems right in his element laying down rhymes over this nontraditional musical backdrop, proving once again that he is at his best when the beats are something out of the ordinary.

As the drums on "The Color" shake rattle and roll, the horn stabs accentuate Yoon's vocals that jump between the irreverence of Soul Coughing singer Mike Doughty and the manic excitement of Bruno Mars.

A song like "The Color" isn't out to change the world. It's simply here to make us want to dance and take our mind off of whatever it is that is troubling us, even if it's just for four minutes. And maybe that's all that needs to be said on the subject.

I do know Beenzino is right at the beginning of the track when he says, in English, "I think you think too much."

Listen to Yoon Jong Shin's April installment of the monthly project 'The Color' featuring Beenzino RIGHT HERE

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