Reviews

album cover of Lim Kim's

K-Pop Double Take: Why Lim Kim's Synth-Drenched 'Upgrader' Was The Overlooked High Point Of 'Simple Mind' [AUDIO]

Hidden Treasures 10.12.15 | 07:00PM EDT

As is clear on "Upgrader," the album cut from Kim's third EP "Simple Mind," released on April 27, whatever particular context the vocalist places herself, her own singing style stays pretty much the same.

Lovelyz in their signature schoolgirl uniforms

Review: Lovelyz Tickle Your Senses With Their Highly Infectious Single 'Ah-Choo' [VIDEO]

New Release 10.29.15 | 06:25PM EDT

All the hard work for Lovelyz's eight members since forming a year ago has clearly paid off, as their latest single "Ah-Choo," released on Oct. 1, reveals a mature well-constructed sound that is difficult not to like.

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Album Review: Girls' Generation's TaeYeon Shows She Can Stand Alone On Impressive Debut Solo EP 'I' [AUDIO]

New Release 10.09.15 | 05:50PM EDT

Long considered the stalwart vocalist of K-pop's Girls' Generation, Kim TaeYeon made her formal debut as a soloist on Oct. 7 with a game-changing EP.

still from former CSJH The Grace singer Stephanie's music video for the song

K-Pop Double Take: Former CSJH The Grace Singer Stephanie Salutes The Classic 1960s Girl Group Sound On 'Prisoner' [VIDEO]

New Release 10.08.15 | 07:55PM EDT

Vocalist Stephanie formerly of CSJH The Grace pays tribute to the seminal '60s girl groups that paved the way for 50 years of performers on her single "Prisoner," released on August 11.

Korean indie newcomers Reasco

Korean Rock Recall: Reasco Relive The Best Of '90s Alternative Rock On 'In The Night' [VIDEO]

Hidden Treasures 10.08.15 | 08:28PM EDT

Reasco's 2014 single "In The Night" pays tribute to the classic 1990s indie rock sound pioneered by bands like Dinosaur Jr., Nirvana and Teenage Fanclub.

The indie rock tricksters of Pony.

K-Indie Spotlight: Pony Fool Your Ears To Make Their Single 'Waiting For The Day' An Unexpected Gem [VIDEO]

New Release 10.09.15 | 03:53PM EDT

When Korean band Pony released "Waiting for the Day" on Aug. 3, they introduced listeners to a sound that kept them on their toes.

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]

New Release 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.

MaseWonder (left) and PLZY in the

Review: MaseWonder Blesses Us With 1 Final Warm Weather Slow Jam On His New Single 'Summer Night' Featuring PLZY [VIDEO]

New Release 10.05.15 | 06:06PM EDT

There is a certain dreamlike nostalgia on the song "Summer Night" featuring PLZY, released Monday by South Korean rapper MaseWonder, that makes it for the perfect soundtrack for this time of the season.

24K in the

Review: 24K Unleash The Fury On Their Hard-Hitting New Single 'Super Fly' [AUDIO]

New Release 10.02.15 | 07:46PM EDT

24K has been releasing albums since 2012, but it is the K-pop boy band's latest single "Super Fly" that is a warning shot across the bow of the entire Hallyu industry, demanding the immediate attention of any true fan.

GOT7 'If You Do' Screenshot

Review: GOT7 Unveil An Edgier Sound And Image On Their New Single 'If You Do' [VIDEO]

New Release 10.02.15 | 11:10AM EDT

GOT7 move away from their squeaky clean image on the darker, more mature "If You Do" released on Wednesday as part of the group's new "Mad" EP.

album cover for Neon Bunny and Spazzkid's

K-Pop Throwback: Take The Strange Musical Journey Of Neon Bunny's 2014 Spazzkid Collaboration 'Daytime Disco' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 10.01.15 | 02:21PM EDT

When Neon Bunny and Spazzkid team up as they did on the 2014 track "Daytime Disco," they form a formidable creative force.

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

New Release 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 cover of Sun Jong Pyo's digital single for

K-Indie Spotlight: Uncovering The Subtle Magic Of Disorder Vocalist Sun Jong Pyo's Latest Solo Offering 'Lemon' [VIDEO]

Hidden Treasures 09.28.15 | 03:34PM EDT

Released on July 6, "Lemon," from Disorder singer Sun Jong Pyo, is a masterclass in how the understated can still communicate depth.

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K-Indie Spotlight: Sing Along With The Highly Infectious Patients Single 'Sipalsegi' [VIDEO]

Hidden Treasures 09.30.15 | 03:58PM EDT

On their recent single "Sipalsegi," released on April 29, "hybrid punk" band Patients unveil the hook of the year by bringing together some seemingly divergent sounds.

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]

New Release 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.

kangnam 'la song' fashion

K-Pop Double Take: M.I.B's KangNam Returns To Scintillate Your Senses On 'Chocolate' Featuring San E [VIDEO]

Reviews 09.28.15 | 03:06PM EDT

Released on Sept. 10, "Chocolate" featuring San E is a smooth and funky ride, driven by a sexy chorus that sounds like the musical equivalent of a fine piece of the dark stuff for which the song is named after.

Hyukoh

K-Pop Double Take: South Korean Rock Band Hyukoh Push Their Sound To Unique New Heights On 'Hooka' [VIDEO]

New Release 09.16.15 | 03:28PM EDT

Hyukoh biggest musical accomplishment in a huge year, has to be the innovative direction of the band's single "Hooka," released on May 28 as part of the EP "22."

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]

New Release 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.

the album cover for Vasco's 'Whoa Ha!

Review: All Vasco Needs Is 1 Loop On The Blistering 'Whoa Ha!' From His Upcoming Mixtape 'Mad Max' [VIDEO]

New Release 09.14.15 | 05:58PM EDT

There's no bridge on "Whoa Ha!" the new single released Friday by Vasco from his forthcoming mixtape "Mad Max." But when the groove feels this right, there's no need to change it up.

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K-Pop Beyond The Charts: East Meets West On Reddy's Psychedelic New Single 'Chi Kwon' Featuring U.S. Rapper brandUn DeShay [AUDIO]

New Release 09.11.15 | 04:27PM EDT

Released on Wednesday, Reddy's new single "Chi Kwon" featuring American MC brandUn DeShay, proves the potential for artists to broach new sonic frontiers when cultures collide on the mic.

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