Reviews

Ailee soulfully sings on 'Johnny.'

Review: Ailee Shows Off Her Jazzy Side On 'Johnny' From Brave Brothers's 10th Anniversary Album

New Release 07.01.15 | 06:48PM EDT

American-born K-pop singer Ailee taps into her cooler side on the jazz-inspired single, "Johnny," the latest installment of South Korean super producer Brave Brothers's "10th Anniversary Project," released Tuesday.

the album cover for ASHA's

Review: Daring New K-Pop Girl Group ASHA Unleash The Energizing Electro Track 'Mr. Liar' [VIDEO]

New Release 06.29.15 | 07:11PM EDT

The melody of ASHA's debut single "Mr. Liar" is simply hypnotic, weaving dreamily around the retro hip-hop drums in a manner that makes the song, released on June 19, a highly inventive piece of dance music.

The modern punk rockers in Afro Maria.

Korean Rock Recall: Afro Maria Offer A Unique Take On Punk Rock With Their 2013 Debut Single 'Dog' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 07.08.15 | 04:16PM EDT

On their 2013 debut single "Dog, Afro Maria emerge from the constraints of their musical style to reveal their own melodic version of punk rock with a sound that is as distinctive as it is engaging.

The flashy power trio Idiotape.

K-Pop Throwback: Dance Yourself Silly To The Noisy Chaos Of Idiotape's 2011 Track 'Wasted' From '11111101' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 07.27.15 | 05:24PM EDT

Electronic trio Idiotape's 2014 song "Wasted" features a little bit of driving rhythm and a whole lot of noise.

The fashionable members of Hologram Film.

Korean Rock Recall: Raise Your Fist In The Air For Hologram Film's Thrill-A-Minute 2014 Track 'Return' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 07.20.15 | 04:18PM EDT

On their 2014 song "Return," South Korean electronic rock band Hologram Film unleash a sonic onslaught that doesn't let up.

The anti-rock stars of The Peppertones.

Korean Rock Recall: The Peppertones Push Their Sound To The Far Reaches Of The Universe On 2014's 'Solar System Super Stars' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 07.02.15 | 09:21AM EDT

On their rocking single "Solar System Super Stars, released in August, South Korean rock band The Peppertones show that you don't have to dress up to rock out.

the cover of Kim Ban Jang's new single

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Kim Ban Jang Keeps The Uniquely Funky Solo Singles Coming With 'Drum' [AUDIO]

New Release 06.25.15 | 06:28PM EDT

Windy City drummer and frontman Kim Ban Jang's new single "Drummer" is a pleasant marriage of authentic 1970s dance grooves with the vocalist's playful and original approach to his music.

BTS

Review: Pump Yourself Up With Hip-Hop Boy Band BTS's Latest Single 'Dope' [VIDEO]

New Release 06.24.15 | 06:07PM EDT

K-pop hip hop boy band BTS (also known as Bangtan Boys) are back, with their latest single "Dope," the music video for which was released on Tuesday.

Teen Top Natural Born

Review: Teen Top Turn The Spotlight Towards Their Rapping On Their Breezy New Single 'ah-ah' [VIDEO]

New Release 06.24.15 | 06:31PM EDT

With a jazzy, yet electronic sound, Teen Top's new single "ah-ah," from the K-pop boy band's latest album Natural Born" released on Sunday, is a sweet summer tune with surprisingly aggressive rapping.

the cover of rapper Dok2's

Review: Rapper Dok2 Proves He's At His Best Without The Rapid-Fire Hi-Hat On 'We Gotta Know' From 'Multillionaire' [AUDIO]

New Release 06.23.15 | 07:10PM EDT

On "We Gotta Know," from the album "Multillionaire" released on Tuesday, Dok2 shows his potential when given a different kind of hip-hop beat, in this case one that is a clear nod to late '90s hip-hop.

AOA 'Heart Attack'

Album Review: AOA Reconsider 1980s Synth Pop On Their New EP ‘Heart Attack’ [AUDIO]

New Release 06.24.15 | 05:29PM EDT

Released on Monday, AOA's new EP “Heart Attack” is a six-track ‘80s-inspired romp that highlights the members' harmonious vocals.

Sistar - Shake it

Review: SISTAR Continue Their Trend Toward Bright Summer Dance Songs On 'Shake It' [VIDEO]

New Release 06.23.15 | 11:45AM EDT

SISTAR's latest confirms the group's dominance of a bright, summer sound.

album for Peejay's

Review: Korean Rap Producer Peejay Reexamines Hip-Hop's Jazz Roots On 'I Get Lifted' Featuring Beenzino [VIDEO]

New Release 06.22.15 | 06:54PM EDT

The sound on Peejay's "I Get Lifted" featuring Beenzino, released Saturday, sounds like two friends making a sound they both dig; of course those friends happen to be two of Korean hip-hop's preeminent artists.

album cover for illinit's

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: illinit's Rap Game Is Strong On The Fiercely Original 'Just Like' Featuring Nucksal [AUDIO]

New Release 06.18.15 | 05:50PM EDT

"Just Like," released on June 9 by South Korean rapper illinit and featuring rapper Nucksal, mixes sonic textures so unique it would seem impossible to make them work in any context, let alone blended together.

Bada

K-Pop Throwback: Revisit The 2013 Collaboration Between BT And Former S.E.S. Vocalist Bada 'City Life' Featuring Fractal [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 06.18.15 | 09:46PM EDT

Released in 2013, producer BT's "City Life" is a space age slow jam in which he uses his creative production techniques to highlight former S.E.S. vocalist Bada's unique vocal style.

the album cover for Kisper's

Review: Korean Underground Rappers Kisper And Jaztino Sculpt A Hip-Hop Sound All Their Own On 'Breath' [AUDIO]

New Release 06.15.15 | 08:03PM EDT

On his latest single "Breath" featuring Jaztino and released on Tuesday, South Korean rap artist Kisper has created his first great hip-hop beat.

screen shot from T-ara's music video for their 2009 single

K-Pop Throwback: Why T-ara's 2009 Single 'Like The First Time' Still Holds Up [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 06.12.15 | 08:26PM EDT

what is it that makes K-pop girl group T-ara's 2009 single "Like The First Time" worth talking about after all these years? In a word, it's the songwriting.

The cover of HEO's 2014 album

Korean Rock Recall: The Intricate Details Come Together To Create Something Special On HEO's 2014 Track 'Luna' From The 'Structure' Album [VIDEO]

Hidden Treasures 06.18.15 | 06:12PM EDT

On their 2014 song "Luna," electronic rock band HEO shows how unusual uses of noise and rhythm can make all the difference.

Up-and-coming electronic wizard Graye.

K-Pop Double Take: Experience The Unique Textural Magic Of Graye's Contemplative Track 'Empty Space' [VIDEO]

Hidden Treasures 06.25.15 | 02:58PM EDT

On his latest single "Empty Space," released on April 15, South Korean electronic producer Graye unites disparate worlds into one satisfying natural universe.

album cover for Risso's

Review: Risso's Electro-Funk Hits A High Point On '5 Hours' From Her New EP 'Tra La La' [AUDIO]

New Release 06.11.15 | 07:17PM EDT

More than just the highlight of Risso's "Tra La La," a solid album in its entirety, "5 Hours" is a song worth adding to any summer playlist for it's fresh sound and funky vibe.

EXO Call Me Baby MV Fashion

Review: EXO Forgo The Bombast Of 'Love Me Right' To Show Their Softer Side On 'Promise (EXO 2014)' [AUDIO]

New Release 06.12.15 | 12:04PM EDT

The K-pop world may still be buzzing about EXO's last single "Love Me Right," but for this reviewer, it is the final track on the "EXODUS" repackage, "Promise (EXO 2014)," that steals the show.

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