K-Blend of Awesomeness – July/August 2018

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01. Jessi – Down
02. Mamamoo – Egotistic
03. Produce 48 (H.I.N.P – Hot Issue of National Producers) – Rumor
04. Chung Ha – Love U
05. Seungri – 1, 2, 3!
06. Gugudan Semina – Semina
07. Produce 48 (1am) – I Am
08. F.T. Island – Summer Night’s Dream
09. Hyolyn – See Sea
10. Yoonmirae – You & Me (feat. Junoflo)
11. Leebada – Night Dream

I prefer the song Down over its MV which, to me, is a bit too much. It’s a bit like for See Sea, which I enjoy as a song, but the MV made me doubt about that because of the 90’s feel that was also a little bit weird for me.

I’m also really bummed out that Rumor didn’t win the Concept evaluation of Produce 48 because it was by far the best song out of the bunch.

Took me some time to actually enjoy Love U, since it seems that previous Chung Ha songs were more catchy from the get go. But now I really like it a lot, after listening to it a few times.

Same goes for Egotistic. Seems to me like it’s a bit different from what Mamamoo usually go for and I had trouble with it at first. But now I enjoy it.

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K-Blend of Awesomeness – May/June 2018

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01. Blackpink – Ddu-du Ddu-du
02. Pristin V – Get It
03. Dreamcatcher – You And I
04. Gangnoon – White
05. Bol4 – Travel
06. Leesun – Whee You (feat. MaseWonder)
07. Minseo – Is Who
08. Nu’est W – Dejavu
09. BTS – The Truth Untold (feat. Steve Aoki)

Obviously, I’m into Ddu-du Ddu-du because of Produce 48. Same goes for The Truth Untold.

You And I makes me think about an anime opening or ending. The chorus is intense and more on the rock side of music, so it’s a bit different from what we are used to in Kpop.

K-Blend of Awesomeness – March/April 2018

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01. Heize – Jenga (feat. Gaeko)
02. Mamamoo – Starry Night
03. Eric Nam – Honestly…
04. Flowsik – All I Need (Collab. Jessi)
05. (G)I-dle – Latata
06. Hyolyn – Dally (feat. Gray)
07. TVXQ! – The Chance of Love
08. VIXX – Scientist
09. Eric Nam – Potion (feat. Woodie Gochild)
10. Whee In – Easy (feat. Sik-K)
11. Yeseo – Privacy
12. Suho, Jane Jang – Dinner

I’m so in love with Jenga that I had the chorus on repeat in my head for a whole day. Heize always deliver one way of another.

Mamamoo and Eric Nam both have very strong songs for this period (had to put 2 months together or else there wasn’t enough songs for each). I really like the guitar in Starry Night, it’s both dreamlike and somewhat caliente.

All I Need is terribly catchy, I didn’t think I would like it that much at first. Same goes for Dally, which I was so-so about for a while until it caught up to me and now I enjoy it quite a bit.

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I have to confess that in the past few days, I’ve been revisiting Cause I’m a God Girl because of a reupload on YouTube. And I’m loving it a whole bunch. Ok, I’m still not into the BTOB member’s part, because it’s absolute shit and I breaks the song too much, but the chorus is too damn catchy. So yeah, sorry Hyuna

K-Blend of Awesomeness – February 2018

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01. Boa – One Shot, Two Shot
02. CLC – Black Dress
03. Seventeen – Thanks
04. Boa – Nega Dola
05. Miryo – Can I See You Again
06. djfriz – Dive (feat. MRSHLL, Megan Lee)
07. Vromance – Star
08. Seo Ja Yeong – 계절이 바뀌는 것처럼
09. Henry – Monster

I freaking love One Shot, Two Shot. The concept of the MV is also quite good I might say, even though I would be alright without the performance part with her hair all frizzy.

Can I See You Again is both annoying and catchy. But lately, I’m leaning more on the catchy part of the thing so that’s that.

The dance featured in the MV of Star is amazing and you should definitely watch it just for that.

K-Blend of Awesomeness – January 2018

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01. Chung Ah – Roller Coaster
02. Sunmi – Heroine
03. Celeb Five – Celeb Five (I wanna be a celeb)
04. Momoland – Bboom Bboom
05. gugudan – The Boots
06. Red Velvet – Bad Boy
07. Amber, Luna – Lower
08. Yuri, Raiden – Always Find You
09. Ashmute – Ghost

First off, to understand why I added Celeb Five in the playlist, you need to go watch that MV. It’s mostly a joke, but like, it’s so funny, and the song stays with you afterward.

But, talking about watching MVs, I think the MV for Heroine is too distracting from the song. Like, somehow, it matches but doesn’t. At first, I thought I didn’t like the song because of it. That’s why I sometimes have to have double takes on some songs, because the MVs can either be way too charming (the song is then overrated in my own mind) or way too distracting (the song is underrated because of it).

I’m surprised by myself that I added a song by both Momoland and gugudan, since I usually don’t like their style at all. The Boots as something special though and Bboom Bboom is just way too catchy to stay immune to it.

K-Blend of Awesomeness – December 2017

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01. Hyuna – Lip & Hip
02. Boa – Jazzclub
03. Heechul, Shindong, Eunhyuk, Solar – Charm of Life
04. Yongjin Kim – Alt + F4 (feat. Jeong Dongsu (Arkay))
05. Younha – Hello (feat. pH-1)
06. Crush – Be By My Side
07. Younha – Go
08. Sophiya – For The Record

I had to cheat a little bit for this once: there’s a Jpop song in there, though it’s still from a Korean artist. Thing is, I was on the verge of not having 8 songs for this month. I’m really considering going back to a 2 months playlist if I cannot find 8 songs I enjoy, because I don’t want to force myself to like something over the minimum of song there is in a 8tracks playlist (even though it does make sense, since you cannot really call something a playlist when there’s only like 3 or 4 songs in it…)

Anyway, I listened to Younha whole album and I highly recommend it. She’s something else in the Kpop universe. She takes risks and it pays, I think. So I put a second song that doesn’t have a MV for it (and probably won’t have one), but it’s one of my favorite from the album. The music and sounds they use for Go is really different, and I quite enjoy it. Among others, Parade and Rescue are also quite good.

Charm of Life is good mostly because of Solar. It’s also very different from all the sad christmasy music that was release this month.

I was sure I wasn’t going to like Alt + F4, but it’s fun and catchy, even though the MV is all over the place ahah.

I was considering adding Zion.T’s Snow instead of Jazzclub, but really, I’m sorry but it’s way too boring.

K-Blend of Awesomeness – November 2017

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01. Red Velvet – Peek-A-Boo
02. Super Junior – Black Suit
03. Epik High – Here Come The Regrets (feat. Lee Hi)
04. Kard – You In Me
05. Epik High – Lost One (feat. Kim Jong Wan)
06. Suran – Love Story (feat. Crush)
07. LambC – Once (feat. John OFA Rhee, Corduroy)
08. Rainbow99 – Berlin, Teufelsberg I

I love everything about Peek-A-Boo. I would have dialed up the creepiness and spookiness of the MV though, since the concept is all about Halloween-ish vibe and stuff. But hey, still a good MV nonetheless.

Here Come The Regrets is one of my favorite song of the album. It’s also the only one I can sing since it’s all in English and the lyrics are easy to memorize. Lost One is also one of the first song that caught my ear on my first listen of the album. So 2 really great songs from Epik High, again, this time around. The lyrics to Lost One are very deep and also sad, and I feel like it’s either Tablo talking to Haru or Tablo talking to his juniors in the industry, with all the shit he’s been through…

It’s been a while

I have to face the fact I don’t have time to post everything I want to anymore. Even when I had all the time in the world to do so, I still didn’t have time to really do so.

I’m still going to check the chart though because I still lose a few release now and then if I don’t. But I won’t post it here anymore. Anyway, you can access Instiz Chart easily (you go here, then you click on the “주간 누적” [Weekly Cumulative] tab – the left one – on the top left corner) and they provide, most of the time, a link to listen to the song on YouTube. So there. If you’re curious, do that.

That being said, I’ll still do my monthly playlist, even if no one care. It’s a way for me to keep track of my music and bring it with me wherever I go. Both on YouTube and on 8tracks, even though it’s getting more and more not the best outlet to listen to playlist. Thing is, 1. I don’t want to pay for Spotify, 2. they don’t have everything so f**k them.

So, yeah, basically, I’ll get to it soon, posting the playlist from… more than a year ago ahaha

And I might do a review of the latest Epik High album if I feel like I can spare the time, because I love these uncles <3

K-Blend of Awesomeness – October 2017

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01. Epik High – Love Story (feat. IU)
02. NU’EST W – Where You At
03. Playback – Want You To Say
04. Twice – Likey
05. Oneway, Waveon Coffee – Kiss You Goodnight
06. Niihwa – What I Want
07. Epik High – Home Is Far Away (feat. Oh Hyuk)
08. Sumsher – What You Gonna Do (feat. Limzy)

Epik High is back with an awesome album through and through. Of course, I’m totally biased, but let’s face it, Epik High are talented and it shows too. Anyway, if I could, I would put the whole album as a playlist, but I’ll be fair and follow the MV releases and stuff. Love Story is a great song, but I think I do prefer Home Is Far Away if I had to choose between the too. I think it’s mainly a “repeat listening” thing, as Love Story can become too sweet after a while when Home Is Far Away is just… flowy? I don’t know how to describe it exactly, but the calm vibe of it is more soothing in a way, at least for me. But still, 2 great songs and I’m very happy that Love Story ranked so high in all the charts.

I was pleasantly surprised by Playback. I don’t know them at all but the song is actually quite good and the chorus is catchy. I hope they get more attention from now on because they are talented enough to do great stuff onward, if people just give them the chance to do so.