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K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Teengirl Fantasy Team Up With Hoody On The Futuristically Sexy 'U Touch Me'

New Release 01.07.15 | 05:57PM EST

"U Touch Me" is a forward-thinking R&B slow burner that sounds at once sultry and futuristic, the result of an exciting cross-genre melding of styles and traditions by Teengirl Fantasy and Hoody.

Wasted Johnny's, seen here presumably wasted.

Korean Rock Recall: Reliving The Retro Throwback Blues Of The 2013 Wasted Johnny's Classic 'Loud & Headache Girl' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 01.08.15 | 07:14PM EST

On their 2013 single "Loud & Headache Girl," Seoul-based combo Wasted Johnny's take classic blues rock, dust it off, and give it one more spin.

Gaeko

'Rhythm Is Life' From Dynamic Duo Rapper Gaeko Tops Our Editor's List Of The Top 10 Korean Hip-Hop Songs Of 2014

Old K-Pop 01.05.15 | 08:43PM EST

Though it was often overshadowed on the charts by the eye-catching flash and slick production of boy bands and girl groups, South Korean hip-hop had a great year in 2014.

Girls' Generation in the

Girls' Generation's 'Mr.Mr.' Ranks 1st Among Our Editor's Picks Of The Top 5 K-Pop Videos Of 2014

Trends 01.02.15 | 07:44PM EST

With revered US production team The Underdogs providing the firepower, Girls' Generation set a high water mark for music video in 2014 with "Mr.Mr."

EXO

Editor's Pick: EXO Defy Controversy To Create The Best K-Pop Song Of 2014 With 'Overdose' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 12.29.14 | 08:51PM EST

With a beat that sounds like Timbaland in his prime and a darkly epic quality reminiscent of late-era Michael Jackson, "Overdose," released back in May, was the strongest K-pop single of 2014.

SONAMOO approach different musical styles on 'Deja Vu.'

Album Review: SONAMOO Try On Dance Pop & Hip-Hop For 'Deja Vu' [AUDIO]

New Release 12.30.14 | 12:11PM EST

TS Entertainment’s new girl group has a unique sound that does not necessarily borrow from B.A.P.

DIA's

K-Pop Double-Take: Kiss & Cry Singer DIA Forgoes Repitition To Tell A Tale With Her Solo Debut Single 'Paradise' [VIDEO]

New Release 12.30.14 | 12:21PM EST

Instead of relying on repetition of a few simple ideas, Kiss & Cry singer DIA's debut solo single "Paradise" uses musical development to engage the listener.

Clara Releases

Review: Clara Channels J-Pop Star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu In 'Gyiwomi Song 2' [VIDEO]

New Release 12.25.14 | 08:46PM EST

Actress Clara released her first song, and it's a bit out of this world.

South Korean solo artist NS Yoon-G

Review: Vocalist NS Yoon-G Teams Up With Rapper DinDin To Heat Things Up On 'Snowy Day' [AUDIO]

New Release 12.22.14 | 09:05PM EST

Singer NS Yoon-G's new wintertime single "Snowy Day" featuring rapper DinDin, has a crisp, hard-hitting beat and a certain sincere sweetness that makes you want to stop and enjoy the moment.

Dionysus, seen here hitting the slopes.

Korean Rock Recall: The Excess and Ecstasy Of Metal Band Dionysus's 1989 Instrumental 'Legend of Darkness' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 12.29.14 | 06:10PM EST

Dionysus may have been Korea's first neoclassical metal band and on "Legend of Darkness," they weren't afraid to shred.

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Review: Korean Underground Rapper Okasian Creates A Dark, Mysterious Atmosphere On 'Get That Money' [AUDIO]

New Release 12.19.14 | 09:12PM EST

Okasian casts a spell on "Get That Money," reeling the listener in with a hypnotic hook and an addictive drum pattern, while leaving room for introspection.

Samchung

Korean Rock Recall: Relive Metal Band Samchung's Punk Period On The 1999 Hardcore Track 'Crucified' [AUDIO]

Hidden Treasures 12.19.14 | 06:26PM EST

Before they went metal, Seoul band Samchung were making hardcore classics like 1999's "Crucified."

cover of Qwala's “Monsta Truck 2014” album

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Qwala Of New Block Babyz Teems With 'Tude On 'Big Capital' Featuring 187, Donutman, Halley Stella [AUDIO]

New Release 12.18.14 | 09:00PM EST

Though all of the songs on his new album "Monsta Truck 2014" showcase Korean rapper Qwala's unique talents, it is "Big Capital" that is the clear standout track.

Soul Dive

Review: Soul Dive Finally Find The Courage To Be As Smooth As They Want To Be On 'SIN' [VIDEO]

New Release 12.22.14 | 06:06PM EST

On "SIN," the title track from the new Soul Dive album, the rap trio allow their true smooth style to shine through completely.

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Review: Korean Rapper J-Slow Mixes Electro Rap With 1980s Pop Saxophone And Somehow Makes It Work On 'Slow Motion' [VIDEO]

New Release 12.15.14 | 11:57PM EST

It is exciting to see South Korean rapper J-Slow bringing the saxophone into an electro hip-hop context on his new single "Slow Motion," released on Sunday.

still from Kanto's

Review: Kanto Of TROY Shows Off Distinctive Style On 'Before The Snow' Featuring As One [VIDEO]

New Release 12.12.14 | 10:05PM EST

Kanto carves out a highly distinctive niche for himself on "Before The Snow," with some help from the two-member K-pop girl group As One.

Jazzyfact

K-Pop Throwback: Jazz And Hip-Hop Collide On 'Friday Move' From Beenzino, Shimmytwice Project Jazzyfact's 2010 Debut Album [AUDIO]

New Release 12.11.14 | 05:25PM EST

It is refreshing to see South Korean rapper Beenzino and producer Shimmytwice paying homage to those early East Coast innovators as recently as 2010, under the name Jazzyfact.

2PM, 2AM, and the members of JYP Nation come together on the 'One Mic' live album.

Album Review: The Magic Of JYP Nation Is Captured On 'One Mic' Live [AUDIO]

New Release 12.11.14 | 09:01AM EST

Fans of 2PM, 2AM, and miss A's Suzy will love the 'One Mic' album.

Robin Hood Musical teasers Beast's Yoseob and Kyuhyun

'Robin Hood' Musical Releases Kyuhyun And Yoseob Teaser Images

Stars on TV / Movies 12.11.14 | 08:12AM EST

The Korean musical Robin Hood has released the character teaser images for Super Junior's Kyuhyun and Beast's Yoseob.

The Korean-Canadian alliance of Necramyth.

Korean Rock Recall: Reexploring The Trans-Atlantic Thrash Of Necramyth's 2009 Track 'Ravenouz Ritual' [AUDIO]

Hidden Treasures 12.12.14 | 02:02PM EST

The seething 2009 track "Ravenouz Ritual," by South Korean thrash metal band Necramyth, is a prime example of how kickass music-making knows no bounds.

Lena Park and Dynamic Duo

Review: Dynamic Duo And Lena Park Make Us Dance Without Breaking A Sweat On 'SsSs' [AUDIO]

New Release 12.08.14 | 10:29PM EST

On "SsSs," Lena Park and Dynamic Duo prove themselves to be a formidable trio, delivering some serious power on the mic, while always remaining light on their feet.

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