Reviews

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.

still from Anda's

Review: K-Pop Singer Anda Continues To Push Her Sound And Style To The Limit On 'Touch' [VIDEO]

New Release 06.08.15 | 06:10PM EDT

On "Touch," released on Thursday, Anda has once again taken her sound to new and exhilarating places, throwing in influences as varied as Boyz II Men, Beyoncé and even The Beach Boys.

SISTAR

K-Pop Throwback: SISTAR Reveal A Path Not Taken On The Raw, Hard-Hitting 2011 Brave Brothers Production 'Over' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 06.05.15 | 11:25PM EDT

With a hard-edged urban sound and edgy, super-charged vocals devoid of digital gimmickry, SISTAR's 2011 song "Over" shows an entirely different and virtually untapped dimension to an already versatile act

The psychedelic rockers of LudiSTELO.

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Experience The Time-Bending Electronica Of LudiSTELO's ‘Blossom’ From Their Latest Album 'Flashpoint' [VIDEO]

Hidden Treasures 06.11.15 | 04:26PM EDT

On their latest single, "Blossom," from the album "Flashpoint," released on Jan. 20, Seoul-based electronic rock band LudiSTELO use the fluid hand of time to their advantage.

EXO

Review: EXO Groove To The Sounds Of Summer On Their New Single 'Love Me Right' [VIDEO]

New Release 06.03.15 | 12:04AM EDT

EXO's latest single "Love Me Right," released on Wednesday, is a song to move to, an upbeat song that is perfect for dancing to during the warm months of the year.

still from SPEED's

Review: SPEED Demand Your Attention On Their Bold And Thunderous New Single 'What U' [VIDEO]

New Release 06.01.15 | 11:35PM EDT

K-pop boy band SPEED's new single "What U," released on Monday, offers the best of the type of blending of eclectic styles that K-pop is known for.

Big Bang released

Review: Big Bang Explore A Fantasic New Realm With New Singles 'Bang Bang Bang' And 'We Like To Party' [VIDEO]

New Release 06.01.15 | 11:22PM EDT

On the latest Big Bang singles 'Bang Bang Bang,' released on Monday.

BIG BANG - BAE BAE finale

K-Pop Double Take: How Big Bang Brought The Fire On Last Month's Comeback Single 'Bae Bae' [VIDEO]

Reviews 06.12.15 | 03:40PM EDT

With this flurry of new Big Bang material, it is easy to take for granted what a phenomenal song "Bae Bae," released on May 1 as part of the first installment of the "MADE" series of singles, really is.

The music-first auteur known as Kirara.

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Electronic Artist Kirara Leads With The Music On The Innovative 'ct14091' [AUDIO]

Hidden Treasures 06.05.15 | 04:06PM EDT

Released on Feb. 17 by Seoul-based electro artist Kirara, "ct14091" reveals an artist who places musical integrity above all else.

HIstory

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Vibe To The Irresistible Groove Of History's 'Mind Game' From Their New EP 'Beyond The History' [AUDIO]

New Release 05.22.15 | 01:51AM EDT

Though they are barely two years old as a group, the five-member boy band History has already shown a profound ability to create music that makes you want to move; their new song "Mind Game" clinches it.

album cover for San E's

K-Pop Double Take: San E Turns A Hypnotic Groove Into A Hip-Hop Anthem On 'I Deserve It' Featuring illinit, i11evn, Jessi Of Lucky J [AUDIO]

New Release 05.19.15 | 07:55PM EDT

With San E, Lucky J, illinit and i11evn each bringing their A game, "I Deserve It" is easily the standout track on San E's "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" album, released on April 23.

a still from SISTAR's

K-Pop Throwback: SISTAR Mix The Sounds Of Amadou & Mariam, The Bee Gees And Bollywood On Their 2012 Hit 'Alone' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 05.18.15 | 08:54PM EDT

SISTAR's 2012 hit "Alone" still sounds as fresh as the day it was released, another master class from producer Brave Brothers on how to use familiar sounds to create something strikingly new.

the album cover for the new Kim Ban Yang single

Review: Windy City Frontman Kim Ban Jang Brings Back The Best Of '90s Hip-Hop On 'No More Sad-Mistake' [AUDIO]

New Release 05.15.15 | 09:29PM EDT

On Windy City frontman Kim Ban Jang's new single "No More Sad-Mistake," released on Friday, the best minimalist production of the 1990s is sprinkled with distinctly Korean styles and sounds.

The modern men of We Are The Night.

K-Pop Indie Spotlight: Taste The Contemporary Flavor Of We Are The Night's 'Tiramisu Cake' [VIDEO]

New Release 05.28.15 | 10:57PM EDT

On their latest single "Tiramisu Cake," released on April 29, the reformed rockers of We Are The Night capture the bright sound of the future.

the cover of DAB19's new EP

Review: South Korean Rap Artist DAB19 Blends Several Eras Of Dance Music On 'The Dream Is Not Different' [AUDIO]

New Release 05.14.15 | 06:38PM EDT

DAB19's "The Dream Is Not Different," would surely sound best with a burger in one hand and the cold beverage of your choice in the other.

the album cover for BoA's

Review: BoA's New Single 'Kiss My Lips' Recalls The Classic Sound Of Early Electro [VIDEO]

New Release 05.12.15 | 07:57PM EDT

The spirit of early electronic innovation is embodied in South Korean solo artist BoA's new single "Kiss My Lips," released on Tuesday.

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