Let’s take a look at some notable new kpop from this week!
Spectrum – Showtime
This is a song that I really feel should be better than it is. The elements are there – the verses are solid, it’s dynamic, there’s a nice groove to it all, good dance break – but somehow it just never really comes together. Decent, but nothing amazing.
Ravi – Rockstar (Feat. Paloalto)
I generally think of Ravi’s solo stuff as being Not For Me, but this really isn’t too bad, with a decent flow and danceable beat. I don’t really like the vocal processing during the chorus, but I do like that weird scream sound effect and Paloalto’s feature is good; he probably outshines Ravi. Fun track.
Elris – Jackpot
It’s been a very long time since Elris has had a proper comeback, but they’ve finally returned with two new members in tow. Unfortunately, this is a below average entry into the quirky, shout-rap heavy girl group song annals. The demented bassline adds some interest, but I can’t say I’ll be coming back to this much.
AB6IX – Rose, Scent, Kiss (Daehwi Solo)
I skipped writing about Donghyun’s solo track last week because I literally had nothing to say about it, but word on the street from people who listened to the 5NALLY EP was that Daehwi’s track was the standout, so I was looking forward to this. And… yeah, this rules. A fantastic dance pop song reminiscent of Taemin’s solo material, with a charismatic, flamboyant performance from Daehwi. Great stuff.
MCND – Ice Age
I thought MCND’s predebut song Top Gang showed some potential, and this, their official debut, is even better. There’s a real sense of propulsive energy to this track – this is a fun, hard hitting hip-hop banger that actually succeeds in getting me hyped up. Keep an eye on these promising rookies.
Best of the week: A pretty barren week for kpop in comparison to the last few; AB6IX’s Daehwi delivers the standout here.