K-Blend of Awesomeness – April 2016

8traks playlist

MV Playlist

Listing

1. DJ Tak – Brandnewtype (Tak Mashup)
2. Twice – Cheer Up
3. Mamamoo – Woohoo
4. UP10TION – Attention
5. I.O.I – Crush
6. Mintty (Tiny-G) – Already Go Lady
7. Sleepy – Body Lotion (feat. Bang Yong Guk/prod. Giriboy)
8. Sam Kim – No Sense (feat. Crush)
9. 10cm – What The Spring??
10. Joe Won Sun, Jinsil (Life&Time) – Mismatch
11. Babylon – Between Us (feat. Dok2)
12. TK – One More Night
13. NiiHWA – Gravity
14. Melten – Don’t Leave Me
15. Choi Young Min – Paris

I really like the end of the list. It’s more smooth than the start of it, and maybe it’s because it’s late right now, but I’m more in the mood for this kind of music over pop stuff. I even have a great piano piece at the very end. If you like soft instrumental, definitely give it a try.

There’s even a pure ballad for crying out loud.

I feel like I said most of the stuff I would say in previous weekly chart. I like where Mintty is going since Tiny-G is almost death. I hope we get more of her solo act soon. She was my favorite of the group after all.

Forgoties #1: Jinsil, Tablo – Dododo

So, since it’s not too long ago, I’m going to put this song in last month K-Blend (both YT and 8tracks)

It seems there was still a label or entertainment company I wasn’t subscribe too on YT or that the song didn’t do so well on the chart (YYYY?!?). I do remember hearing a teaser of this and being excited AF. But probably that the place I saw it at didn’t have the rights to publish it on their channel. So here it is. Listen to it. If you need a good reasons, I got 2 for you : fuckin Jinsil and fuckin Tablo.

Weekly Melon Newbies: Week 4 of April 2016 (25apr – 01may)

Instiz Chart of this week
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Total Chart
07. Eddy Kim – My Lips Like Warm Coffee (feat. Lee Sung Kyung)
44. Lovelyz – Destiny
45. Seventeen – Pretty U
68. Yong Junhyung – After This Moment (feat. DAVII)
73. Hong Dae Kwang – When in Hongdae
83. Monday Kiz – Your Voice
94. Mighty Mouth – Nice 2 Meet U (prod. by Zico/feat. Soya)
95. Gary – Tantara (feat. Miwoo) OST
96. Yang Dail – She Didn’t Love Me

Song Chart
87. Verbal Jint, Yang Dail – Read My Mind
88. Babylon – Between Us (feat. Dok2)
92. San E, Chancellor – Dish (prod. by XEPY)
97. DΞΔN – what2do (feat. Crush, Jeff Bernat)

I feel like I’m having a hard time liking stuff I would usually. In all the stuff that is new this week, I’m kinda feeling only Between Us. It has this R&B soft vibe, a little like what Crush does sometimes. And I don’t have much else to say about it because it’s not really more than that. I feel jaded AF.

Major changes because I can’t keep up

Ok, maybe not that major, but still.

So I’m in the middle of my last week off until the end of the summer (that hasn’t even started yet). And yesterday, I just finished listening to 400 songs in my “watch later list”. Yes, 400. I had a rough end of the semester, that started around the mid-terms area. And I met a guy, that lives about 600km away. And next semester is the internship, and I’m going to try to work full-time at the same time -_-

The thing is, I still want to do this. I’m still invest in discovering new music and listen to Korean music and talk about it and share my thoughts and hopefully, make you discover great things too.

BUT : working on charts stuff is REALLY long. Like really. I have to go see the chart, find the video (sometimes there is none so I need to search harder), translate the artist and song name (sometimes it’s hard to find the English version as well), copy everything in order, had the arrows and the amount of rank a song as gain or lost, and so on. I use to have fun doing that and see how things evolve and how Koreans perceived the music they produce, how some songs that are really popular here are not so much over there, and vice versa. I’m still mildly interested about it, but with Instiz and Melon and the way things work now, I don’t think that is so necessary anymore. At least with Instiz, when you go check the chart, you can easily watch the video by simply clicking on it. Also, there’s many people on Youtube and on Tumblr doing stuff about that.

My “flavor” here is the K-Blend stuff. That will stay no matter what, for sure. I’ve been also kinda late with those since this chunk of 2015 is missing and all that. But the playlist exist, they are just not complete because I know I’m missing stuff. I intend to work hard to bring those in a more steady pace and bring the ones that are not completed yet ASAP.

What I still want to do with the chart, and what I was kind already doing in a way, is the newbies. I want to talk about the newbies, bad and great – or just valuable interesting pieces -, and I think it’s the best way to stay put on stuff you might not be privy about for whatever reason. So I’ll drop Instiz chart, but, one thing I’ll do is link the chart of the week on top of the post so that people who are still interested to see how ranking evolve and stuff can go there easily. I might even talk about AllKill and PerfectKill when it happens (not sure yet). But anyone interested in that can follow any K-pop news feed to know about it. I’ll do Melon newbies, since to me, with their various chart system, it’s the best way to hear about new songs. I won’t do cross-newbies (one that was in Song Chart that is new in the Total Chart the week after) and I won’t do old newbies, except if I feel like it’s relevant or if I have a good reason. I’ll still do playlist of those, and that’s it.

That way, I think I’ll be able to keep up more. Also, it might give me some time to do more stuff, like the other categories of post I use to do, even maybe album reviews now and then or just work on other project I’ve been putting on hold a lot because to me, this was always a priority over other things that I still love and miss doing.

So, voilà! I’m sorry if some people are not pleased with this (if there’s still people following -_-) but my life is changing and I cannot keep up. That said, I think it’s for the best because now, I’ll be able to bring more unknown and less popular stuff to the attention of people who seeks good Korean music :)

Weekly Melon Newbies: Week 3 of April 2016 (18 – 24)

Instiz Chart of this week
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Total Chart
34. Vibe – 1 year, 365 days (feat.Gummy)
35. Lee Hi – My Star
42. Apink – The Wave
73. VIXX – Dynamite
89. Lee Hi – Video (feat. Bobby)
93. Bbyu (Yook Sung Jae, Joy) – Young Love
94. Jung Eunji – Love Is Like The Wind
99. Yesung – Here I Am

Song Chart
83. Lee Hi – Up All Nights (feat. Tablo)
85. Lee Hi – Blues
89. Park Boram – Dynamic Love
91. TWICE – Cheer Up
94. Vibe – Raining
96. Lee Hi – Passing By
98. Kim Bum Soo, KENZIE – Pain Poem

There’s a few Lee Hi songs that are okay, but as for now, nothing outstanding. I kinda like Up All Nights a little more than the rest of them I think (but I’m biased).

Not really that into Dynamite, sadly. It’s good but just too much like everything else everyone is doing. I need a nice hook to keep me going or something.

I wasn’t sure at first with Cheer Up, but the chorus is just impossible to get out of your head. The MV is really awesome too with all the movie references.

Weekly Melon Newbies: Week 2 of April 2016 (11 – 17)

Instiz Chart of this week
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Total Chart
06. XIA – How Can I Love You OST
44. Taeyeon – The Blue Night of Jeju Island
47. Block B – Walkin’ In The Rain
59. J.Y.Park – Still Alive
60. Ha Hyeon Woo (Guckkasten) – Hayoga
62. Block B – It’s Was Love (Song by Taeil)
70. U Sung Eun – Jealousy (Duet with Kisum)
88. Heize – Don’t Come Back (feat. Yong Junhyung of B2ST)
94. Sam Kim – No Sense (feat. Crush)

Song Chart
82. Jin Won – Confession of Love
88. JeA – Bad Girls (feat. Jung Yup)
89. Park Boram – The Name (Live Ver.)
90. Jeong Eun Ji – Hopefully Sky (feat. Ha Rim)
92. Sleepy – Body Lotion (feat. Bang Yong Guk/prod. by Giriboy)
99. Block B – Bingle Bingle (Song By B-BOMB, U-KWON)

Still Alive has a good MV where JYP makes fun of himself while going back in time through his album and style. The song is fun, but at the same time, there’s nothing keeping me to skip it.

Heize is making her mark this year. I’m not into what has been in the chart so far, but I think it’s just a matter of time.

No Sense is really light and happy. It has this folk and soul vibe. I think they could have use Crush more, and showcase his voice too, but I guess they wanted to put the focus on Sam Kim’s voice.

I was not expecting much from Body Lotion, but it’s really catchy as hell so I got caught right away. It’s really more pop than hip hop, the chorus is almost bubbly. The only thing that keeps it more to the hip hop side is the featuring. Sleepy even sings when he does his rap so maybe that’s why.

Weekly Melon Newbies: Week 1 of April 2016 (04 – 10)

Instiz Chart of this week
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Total Chart
08. Loco – You Too (feat. Cha Cha Malone)
26. Vibe, Chen (EXO), Heize – Lil’ Something
36. Mamamoo – Woohoo
37. I.O.I – Crush
38. M.C THE MAX – Wind Beneath Your Wings OST
58. CNBLUE – You’re So Fine
89. 2BiC – Yours Mine
96. Lee Seung Cheol – Diary
97. Bernard Park, Hye Rim (Wonder Girls) – With You
98. Acoustic Collabo – Please

Song Chart
86. Block B – Toy

Lil’ Something is not bad, but I feel like it lacks a little something to really stand out.

I wasn’t sure at first about Woohoo because it’s basically a song requested by a brand for selling their product. But I kinda enjoy it quite a lot. It’s not the best Mamamoo you can find, but it’s light and fun, just enough to start and think about next summer.

As I said before, I’ve watched Produce 101. I’m overall ok with the people who were chosen to debut (except maybe 2 of them). The song (Crush) is really good. It sounds a lot like a mix of the songs they did for the concept week, upbeat, pop-ish with a small hint of EDM. The only thing I’m kinda not happy about is the MV. I was looking forward to something really more polished with a proper dance, but they had to go with a half-assed recording of the recording and just putting the girls in a room with a camera, probably telling them to act cute, girly and goofy. They do dance a little, but it’s really not much and it’s made to look like it’s casual and stuff, so it’s kinda boring and no one is really hitting the moves at all.

K-Blend of Awesomeness – March 2016

8traks playlist

MV Playlist

Listing
1. Echae en Route – Night Drive
2. Jinsil (Mad Soul Child), Tablo – Dododo
3. Jay Park – The Truth Is
4. NiiHWA – Say Yes (feat. As One)
5. Owen Ovadoz – City
6. Hualyeogangsan – Don’t Matter
7. Miss $ – Don’t Speak Without Soul
8. Pinkrush – Figertips
9. Oh My Girl – Liar Liar
10. Jun Hyo Seong – Find Me (feat. D.Action)
11. Fiestar – Mirror
12. Girls on Top – In The Same Place
13. Macaroon Honey Dduk – Yum-Yum
14. Make Some Noise – 24Hours
15. 1% (9999, HWA.B) – Waaave
16. Leasti – 현관등 (feat. ESBEE)

I didn’t do a “Best Thing Since Sliced Bread” post about this one but I should have. Night Drive is really impressive. I’m going to pay really close attention to anything Echae en Route does from now on because this song is everything.

I have been growing fonder of Don’t Matter over the past few days.

And I’m really really into Jun Hyo Seong’s comeback. I usually have a little trouble with her softer song, even when the chorus kicks it up a little, but this one is all good somehow. I think the chorus as a lot to do with it because I totally enjoy its catchiness.

Weekly Melon Newbies: Week 5 of March 2016 (28mar – 03apr)

Instiz Chart of this week
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Total Chart
10. 10cm – What The Spring??
37. BTOB – Remember That
41. SG Wannabe – By My Side OST
94. Kim Feel – If You Love Again OST
97. Black Nut – ₩80,000 (2015. 3.)
98. Homme – Just Come To Me

Song Chart
85. Yang Dail – Loveagain (feat. Solar of Mamamoo)
90. Oh My Girl – Liar Liar
95. Navi – Changed
96. BTOB – Killing Me
99. DΞΔN – 21
100. Jun Hyo Seong – Find Me (feat. D.Action)

Ok so, What The Spring?? might not be the best song there is. But after a few times, I started to enjoy it. Also got stuck in my head now and then. And I’m really happy that there’s at least another spring celebrating song other than the one from Busker Busker or the collab between HIGH4 and IU.

I don’t know if it’s because I heard it so much and that the chorus is catchy AF, but I starting to really like Liar Liar. It makes me think of Red Velvet when they have fun concept.

Jun Hyo Seong doesn’t make outstanding song, but every song she releases, or at least one of the two when there’s more than one, always had a really really catchy bridge and chorus. The MV lacks a story, but it’s still fun to watch and the dance and costumes are nice.

Weekly Melon Newbies: Week 4 of March 2016 (21 – 27)

Instiz Chart of this week
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Total Chart
08. Jang Beom June – Fallen in Love Only With You
19. Jang Beom June – To The Rain
33. Jang Beom June – Spring Rain
34. Jay Park – The Truth Is
43. Jang Beom June – She Smiles
44. Jang Beom June – Falling in Love Immediately
47. Jang Beom June – I Should Leave You
48. Lyn – With You OST
62. Jang Beom June – To Hongdae
74. Jang Beom June – Teasing Girl
81. Make Some Noise – 24Hours
88. Eric Nam – Good For You
90. DΞΔN – D (half moon) (feat. Gaeko)
92. Jang Beom June – A New Song Called Lullaby
96. Jang Beom June – Kiss
99. Jang Beom June – Cute Girl

Song Chart
85. Jang Beom June – I’m Erasing The Night
86. Jang Beom June – Cigarette
90. Jang Beom June – Ulala
94. Block B – A Few Years Later
95. Oh My Girl – One Step, Two Steps
95. GOT7 – Fly

I couldn’t care less about Jang Beom June music.

But as I said last week, I love 24Hours and to me, it deserves way more praise than what it got on the show.

I also like The Truth Is, where we get back to a much softer, less horny Jay Park. I like it horny sometimes, but it hurts my principles most of the time because then the MV is full of objectified women and I’m not really ok with that (I’m not even talking about how the lyrics are objectifying all over the place, but that’s also part of why I’m always so-so on those song of his). This one is more like Star, which was the first song that really got me into him and his music, so that makes me really happy that I can find back my original Jay Park.