South Korean R&B artist-producer zzapa's latest single "Gotta Get Along Well," released on Thursday, has all of the consistency and creativity that has made him a difficult artist to match.
Donutman doen't rely on contrived concepts or empty bombast on the mic for his single "Good," released on Tuesday, instead creating a highly musical backdrop for his skilled rapping with a somber classical piano loop.
On "backindadayz," Bumkey combines "Great Gatsby"-era swing and the seminal '80s rap sound from the days when acts like Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy Eric B. & Rakim turned the turntable into an instrument.
"Me," the new single released Thursday by South Korean singer-rapper Loptimist and featuring Ji Jong Hwan and Kim could almost pass for a conversation between two robots if it weren't for the raw rapping on the track.
On Jager & Lucas's latest single "Talk To You," released on Friday, the South Korean rap duo flow over a Fender Rhodes electric piano groove that reels you in and keeps you there.
The celestial void may be the theme of "Outer Planet" featuring Chatterbox, the new single released Wednesday by Olltii, but the earthy R&B sound keeps the MCs deeply rooted on soulfully solid ground.
On the From The Airport's single "Flying Walls," from the group's first-ever full-length album "You Could Imagine," released in January, the electronic rock act deliver the pop goods without dumbing down their sound.
On "To Hayden," from Freelow's "Halftime Mixtape," (released Friday) the squarely quantized rhythm track creates the perfect sense of detachment and the springboard for Freelow's best performance on the album.
Considering how few artists disappear after their first release, its exhilarating to see Kassy release another quality slow jam like "Ooh Ooh Ooh" featuring rapper Eluphant of the rap group VIRUS, released on Nov. 30.
On the single "Studio," released on Tuesday, Green Club embody both the playful experimentation and laidback attitude of 1940s beboppers. The result is one of the year's best tracks.
"6," released Monday by Ven may be getting marketed as an R&B song, as it is his single, with the only rapping coming from Paloalto. Yet in both rhythmic feel and prominence in the mix, it's clearly a rap track.
"Now Say," the new single featuring Kirin released on Nov. 2 by South Korean R&B quartet Cheeze, is a sonic experience that makes the listener feel refreshed and replenished.
On Humming Urban Stereo's "Stupid," Lee and Sugar Flow don't attempt to make any seismic shifts in their sound as a band, but rather blend the best aspects of the synth-drenched electro funk they're famous for.
It's not that "Bentley," the first track on The Quiett's latest album "1 Life 2 Live," released on Oct. 15, is a throwback track, but the minimalist style is a clear homage to the early hip-hop production ethos.
With a running time of nearly five minutes, South Korean musician and producer Code Kunst is clearly not aiming for mainstream pop stardom with his single "Parachute," released on Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.