NIve – bandages: Music Review

This artist is probably new to a lot of people. I discovered him through his collaboration with Sam Kim on the song “Like A Fool” After listening to their joint work, I decided to dive into NIve’s discography since I was already familiar with Sam Kim.

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Jisoo Park, known by the stage name NIve (spelt as nive & pronounced as neeve), is a Korean-American singer-songwriter. He records and produces music for both the U.S. and Korean markets. NIve was born in Seoul, South Korea and lived there until his teen years. He later moved to the Gold Coast of Australia before settling in the U.S. NIve is a relatively new artist, so I was able to get through all his song in a day. I fell in love with every single song from his discography. They are all on my chill grooves playlist. That’s why once I got the notification for his new release, I was thrilled.

bandages is a single album with the title track – “how do i” and a B-side called “new light”

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • I know that I’m going to love this song. There are some artists that you can never go wrong with, and NIve is one of those rare gems.
  • I love the guitar intro and old home video filter used for the music video.
  • Thank you, NIve, for the English captions.
  • His voice is rich and beautiful.
  • This song is a mix of Korean and English.
  • There is this unique colour that I love in NIve’s voice, but I don’t have the technical words to describe it accurately.
  • The way he slurs his notes at the end of each sentence is very fascinating to me.
  • The instrumental production is perfect and very suiting. Even though NIve used a drumbeat, it doesn’t overpower the chill vibe of this song.
  • Oh, he is definitely singing more in Korean for this song. Most of his songs are entirely in English, and I will recommend a few that have videos at the end of this post.
  • The high notes are powerful and entrancing. If I had NIve’s voice, I wouldn’t keep quiet.
  • Basically, “how do i” is about missing an old partner and wishing for them to come back and try dating again.
  • My rating for this song is a 10/10. It is, for sure, going on my playlist.

Reaction to B-side:

  • Another guitar intro song, and he started out with very soft vocals.
  • I love this song already.
  • It’s even more relaxing than the title track, and NIve is soaring vocally.
  • I just want to close my eyes, lie down and take in the beauty.
  • I love the background harmonization, and the instrumental is so trancelike.
  • There’s no need to overanalyze this song. It gets a 10/10 from me.

Chancellor & Younha – Walking In The Rain: Music Review

This collaboration between Younha & Chancellor was released on August 4th. While doing all my music reviews last week, I totally forgot about it. This is my first time listening to anything from Chancellor. img_3251Kim Jung Seung or Michael Kim is a Korean-American singer-songwriter and producer born on October 22nd, 1986. He is currently active in South Korea and managed by Million Market. Although Chancellor debuted in 2013, he has been active since 2010. Once a member of the hip-hop group – Oneway and also the co-founder/former member of the producing team – Double Sidekick.

(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_3244

Reaction to Official MV: 

  • Unfortunately, I don’t have English subs, but I can always check for the translation later.
  • I am already into the guitar intro and soft humming.
  • The dancers are beautiful. Especially the lady, she is gorgeous.
  • Chancellor’s voice is like butter. It’s smooth and relaxing.
  • I love the black and white picture, it feels like an old romance film.
  • This song is remarkably calm, and the melody is lovely. I’m so happy that I decided to check this out.
  • I missed Younha soulful vocals.
  • It’s as if both their voices are floating on the mix.
  • I ABSOLUTELY ADORE “Walking In The Rain”
  • It’s a classic R&B flavour that instantly puts its listeners in their feelings.
  • Yesss, Younha bless me with those beautiful and effortless vocal runs.
  • She has such a powerful and versatile voice.
  • I am also genuinely impressed with Chancellor’s voice. I need to check out more songs from him.
  • The instrumental is very simple with just a guitar, so what really brought home the track is their vocals and rich harmonies.
  • I also love what they did with the music video. The two dancers interpreted the sentiment of this song very well. It’s the perfect cute, and romantic visual representation.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this song, definitely playlist worthy.
  • “Walking In The Rain” by Chancellor & Younha gets a 10/10 from me.
  • Before leaving, here is a duet film version of the MV –

Nothing But Thirty: Drama Review – Episodes 1 – 20

Nothing But Thirty is a 2020 female-centred Chinese drama that stars Maggie Jiang, Tong Yao and Rachel Mao as leads.img_0851Synopsis: This drama follows three vastly different women as they experience a turbulent start to their thirties.

Gu Jia is a full-time housewife with strong abilities. She manages her small family and husband’s company in an orderly manner. However, it is this excessive pursuit of perfection that makes people around her feel stressed. At the same time, her happy marital life gets disrupted by a third party.

Wang Man Ni is a rebel, convinced that she has both the face and brain that deserves the best in life. However, she also has her own troubles.

Zhong Xiao Qin lives a carefree and standard life. Her husband is committed to his work as a public servant, and she keeps an ordinary job herself. However, due to her husband’s relatively indifferent personality, communication problems arise. (Source – MyDramaList)

Expectations: I saw the trailer on YouTube earlier this year. I loved the premise, so I decided to give it a go. Plus, the female-centred plot is always something I enjoy.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

The first episode for this drama was definitely well thought out. I loved how they presented each lady by showing us a glimpse of their daily life and family dynamics. Another thing I enjoyed was the intro. It’s classy, elegant and free of spoilers. The moment I heard the soundtrack, I knew this drama was going to serve. I appreciate that Chinese shows are switching towards creative and artistic intros that don’t completely give away the plot. Nothing But Thirty has one of the most beautiful intros I have seen a while – 

Basically, this drama focuses on the struggles of adulthood. The decisions you have to make and the lesson you adapt after every mistake. It’s an excellent slice of life series that shows how women hitting their thirties battle with society’s standard versus their own personal beliefs. It also shows how these three ladies gradually learn about who they are and grow into better individuals. They have to face their weaknesses, fears and insecurities in regards to their families and career.

I think the story progression and pacing so far is excellent. Every actor is doing an incredible job of bringing their characters to life. Their interactions are very natural, and the cinematography is breathtaking. I can tell they put good money, time and effort into the production phase. I enjoyed watching how the writers brought Gu Jia, Zhong Xiao Qin and Wang Man Ni together. Gu Jia and  Xiao Qin were already friends, so I loved how the connection slowly formed with Man Ni until all three eventually met. To further breakdown my thoughts on episodes one to twenty, let’s take a look at each lady’s story arc.

Character Analysis: 

Maggie Jiang, as Wang Man Ni img_1629_originalMan Ni, has lived and worked in Shanghai for eight years. She is an ambitious lady with high standards. I love her go-getter personality and how she stands up for herself at work, but I also feel she gets too money-hungry sometimes. Take, for example, the older lady that came in to buy the costly jewelry in episode three. Of course, I didn’t want Man Ni to lose her opportunity at such a huge sale, but I was expecting her to at least say a few words of comfort to the lady. I could tell that she struggled to shut down her conscience and make the sale, hence why there will be a lot of growth for this character. Concerning her boyfriend, Liang Zheng Xian,

I find him very sketchy. He’s either married or keeping different women in every city he visits. My trust level degraded further after he talked about not labelling their relationship. Also, Man Ni’s intuition tells her that there’s something wrong, and she’s also settling for his ideals. I know she isn’t staying for the money because she keeps her standard on what to collect from Zheng Xian. I just fear she’ll be heartbroken in the end because she really loves him.

Tong Yao, as Gu Jiaimg_1630_originalGu Jia, strikes me as the strongest of the group due to her brilliance and resourcefulness. A bit too ambitious and rarely content with her family’s financial standing, but Gu Jia strives to provide stability for them out of fear. She has a feisty personality. Even when pleasing others to garner favours, Gu Jia never lets anyone look down on her. As a lady of high moral conduct, she’s able to make changes once she realizes her mistakes. I hope that Gu Jia gradually develops into a more content character.

Regarding her husband, I sincerely admire her chemistry with him, hence why I dread the infidelity aspect of their story. He has undoubtedly bottled up a lot due to how Gu Jia runs their household, but that should be communicated instead of going out to cheat. My favourite scene of Gu Jia is when she beats up those moms that bullied Zi Yan –

Rachel Mao, as Zhong Xiao Qin img_1631_originalShe is the weakest link among the three ladies, so I am intrigued to see her growth. Xiao Qin is a pushover and can’t seem to make crucial decisions on her own. Her husband does not help matters because he is a bit controlling and looks down on her intelligence.

Yes, Xiao Qin needs to become more mature, but Chen Yu is also a frustrating character. The major problem with this couple is communication. Chen Yu has personal traumas that lead to insecurities and emotional detachments issues. If he discussed things with Xiao Qin, she would be more understanding of his intentions. I was so baffled when he suggested they abort the child, knowing deep down that Xiao Qin wanted to keep the baby. It is not as if she intentionally tried to get pregnant. To make matters worse instead of comforting her when she lost the baby, he immediately goes off about arranging the uterus cleaning surgery. Of course, the operation is essential, but your wife is sad. Why can’t you be emotionally present first and then bring in logic once she settles down?

This is why when people ask me what my plans are for marriage, I tell them I am not mentally prepared. It’s not a child’s play because these two are not ready. They love each other, but there’s too much baggage that has to be dismantled individually before forming a union.


Overall, Nothing But Thirty exceeds my expectations. I love seeing female empowerment and support. Although one thing I’m yet to understand is the purpose of that family at the end of each episode. I noticed that they are always happy and content, regardless of how little they have. So are they a creative way of showing that simplicity and hard work can be rewarding? I’m not too worried about them. As the story progresses, I will gradually realize why that family was included.

Now that I have discussed everything about the story, I have to give credit to the music director of this series. Every single soundtrack and background score is astounding and perfectly fitted for each scene. I adore the comforting and chill vibe of the OSTs. I know the hardcore emotional scenes are going to be tough to watch without tearing up because I can already picture the type of songs they’re going to use. Luckily for me, I was able to find the full soundtrack album on Spotify after much search –

Before I conclude, here is another favourite scene of mine. I titled it ‘A Mother’s Love’ because it accurately describes what becoming a mother means for most women and how much they give up to for their families.


That’s all I have for this post. I know it’s a bit lengthy, but I had to get all my opinions on this beautiful series out of my system.

All episodes of this drama are available on Viki with this link 👉🏼 Nothing But Thirty with English subs.

For those who have started this series, what are your thoughts on the story?

Jun. K – THIS IS NOT A SONG, 1929: Song Of The Week

The song I have been going back to a lot recently is “THIS IS NOT A SONG, 1929” by Jun. K.img_5475_originalKim Min-jun is a South Korean singer-songwriter, producer and musical actor that goes by the stage name Jun. K. He was born on January 15th, 1988 and is also the main vocalist of the boy group 2PM, which is managed by JYP Entertainment.

My chosen for this week has two versions –

Korean Version –

Japanese Version –

I absolutely love both versions, but I have been listening to the Japanese one more since that’s what I could find on Spotify. I absolutely adore Jun. K’s voice on this track. It is soothing and powerful. The lyrics are heartfelt, and anytime he hits that high note in the chorus, I get chills from how beautiful he sounds. So I hope you all enjoy listening to Jun. K, as well.

Here is a live performance for anyone interested – 

Lost Romance: Drama Review – 7 – 9

I finally got through episodes seven to nine, so here are my thoughts on the current story progression. If you haven’t read my previous review, use this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 4 – 6

All English subbed episodes of this drama are uploaded regularly on this site: Lost Romance on Viki.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Episode seven honestly felt like a filler to me. Not much happened, and some scenes were drawn out longer than necessary. Basically, Chuchu found out about Zheng Xiao En’s living arrangement, and that caused Situ Aoran to transfer her back to the office.

Now from episode eight, I could smell the love triangle intensifying between Situ Aoran and Qing Feng. Aoran is becoming more aware of Zheng Xiao En. Although he is still skeptical of her real intentions, I noticed how he looks for every little opportunity to keep in contact with Zheng Xiao En. He also seems to be getting some of He Tian Xing’s memories. On the other hand, Qing Feng has gotten much closer to Zheng Xian En, and I will admit that they are cute together. Anyone watching can’t deny the sizzling chemistry between Qing Feng and Zheng Xiao En. However, I warn you all not to get attached or develop the ‘second lead syndrome’ because it will end in heartbreak. My favourite scene from them was the maid themed restaurant –

Another thing, am I the only that feels Qing Feng is starting to realize that their world is fake. Especially when Situ Aoran described Chuchu with the exact words he used when Xiao En asked why he liked Chuchu. Also, what if Qing Feng is the author of the novel, and he burns whenever he hugs Xiao En because his character is diverging from its original purpose. His role is quite intriguing.

Currently, I am looking forward to how the writer ties both worlds together. First off, Situ Aoran has started gaining He Tian Xing’s memory. Secondly, He Tian Jian now has a counterpart in the novel’s world. I can’t believe he hesitated to save Tian Xing before he fell. Uncle Hu is really turning the siblings against each other, and He Mingli is started to lose her last brain cells. Thirdly, we are yet to find out how the travel and return between both worlds work. Xiao En tried getting a cold, but Qing Feng saved her, so we have no idea if it would have worked. These three points show that there are still a lot of things to unravel, and I am excited to see how it all goes down.

To round up, let’s touch on He Mingli. The writer has started giving her character more depth by showing us why He Mingli has no regard for anyone in her family. They all looked down on her, and I bet no one ever encouraged her business ventures. I feel they all just watched her fail every single time instead of advising or trying to help her. According to her mom, Mingli is a woman and, therefore, not eligible for the family’s inheritance. Now, this depth does not excuse her evil personality, but I love it when the villain has a reasonable back story to their current actions. Also, He Mingli is finally using her brain by keeping Tian Xing alive to secure her position.

Okay, that’s all I have to say concerning episodes seven to nine, what do you all think of the current pace? Let me know in the comment section.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Yang Mi and Vivien Li Exclusive

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

First off is Vivien Li for Harper’s BAZAAR China – August 2020 Issue. I always love the graceful and elegant vibe of her photos. img_2509img_2512img_2508img_2507img_2510img_2511

 

Next is Yang Mi on the cover of Madame Figaro China – August 2020 Issue. I think she looks gorgeous and quite regal in these pictures.img_2488img_2486img_2492img_2489img_2491

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If you are interested in seeing such celebrity photoshoots daily, then follow me on Tumblr (account name – Chris Jumbo).

ATEEZ – ZERO: FEVER Part. 1: Album Review

On July 29th, ATEEZ came back with a mini-album called ZERO: Fever Part. 1. It has seven songs including the double title tracks “INCEPTION” and “THANXX” 

I am super hyped for this album, so let’s dive in. If anyone needs a profile on this group, use this link 👉🏼 ATEEZ – TREASURE EPILOGUE: Action To Answer: Album Review.

(Please note – This is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)

Reaction to INCEPTION MV:

  • Alright, it is time to fangirl into neverland. I discovered ATEEZ during their last comeback, and I have been obsessed since then.
  • My biases are Seonghwa and Hongjoong. However, San and Wooyoung have been crashing my heart with this era’s teaser photos.🤩🤩🤩
  • My boys are looking good, and I AM HAPPY TO BE AN ATINY!!!!
  • Okay, let’s start the music video.
  • Already, I love the sweet vocal intro and Yeosang with blonde hair is gorgeous.
  • Thankfully, KQ Entertainment always provides English subs.
  • Look at Seonghwa!!! 🗣🗣He looks amazing.
  • Every member came correct in this era. I love their hair colours and lengths.
  • Yep, I know that I’m biased.😊😂🤣
  • The visuals for the music video are perfect, most notably the lighting for each scene.
  • The vocalists are killing things, and Hongjoong came in smoothly with his rap section. That blue hair!!!
  • The beat on this song goes hard, and I am listening to it with headphones.
  • The beginning of the chorus threw me off a bit, but I got into the melody after a few seconds.
  • Awww, Jongho. His voice is so powerful that it surprises me on every ATEEZ song.
  • Okay, this chorus is sick. The way it closes with Seonghwa’s breathy note is beautiful – “Every day & night, I’m gon’ chase you… I’m in love.”  
  • What? I wasn’t expecting an instrumental-only section or dance break this soon. The entire set for this music video is stunning.
  • YESSSS!!! BRING ON THE CHOREOGRAPHY💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
  • Yeosang is finally here. I was waiting for your lines, boo. What is that dance move he just did on the floor?
  • Mingi!!! His deep voice was what made me fall in love with ATEEZ during my review of “Answer”
  • This video is a movie experience. So many things are happening, and I just started.
  • My favourite scene is them dancing in water with all those red lights.
  • Wooyoung is disrespectful with those sexy dance moves. Guy, I’m here for the music.😒😏😂😂🤣
  • Now Seonghwa is following along with all the ab flashing. Boys take it easy, please.
  • Yunho sounds so lovely in this song. Plus the orange hair, WOW.
  • San as always does the most with his facial expressions, and a sister isn’t complaining. I love him for that.
  • The high notes are flawless. These boys brought their A-game for real.
  • Alright, I’m going to replay this video and pay more attention to the music.
  • On the second listen, yes, I genuinely LOVE this song. The chorus is catchy, and the instrumental progression is incredible. The vocals are smooth and soft on my ears. The choreography and visuals are insane.
  • I can’t wait to watch the live performance because these boys brought all the emotions and A+++++ energy to this song.
  • At the beginning of this review, I had my fingers crossed because I wanted a good song. No matter how much I stan them, if this song didn’t suit my taste, I would be upfront about it like always.
  • I’m delighted that ATEEX didn’t disappoint.
  • However, before I dive into the album, I am off to watch some reaction videos on YouTube.😊

Album Review: img_2454Here is the album preview –

  1. Dear Diary: 2016.07.29 – Alright, I’m back, and I have been playing “INCEPTION” on repeat all this while. This is just a spoken intro, and the message is beautiful. I love the inclusion of music once the words became hopeful and happy.
  2. FEVER – I already love the instrumental for this track, and that smooth vocal run entry gave me life. “FEVER” is about to be a certified BOP. I am always up for some sweet R&B flavour. The chorus is beautiful, and I love the melody so much. Yunho is seriously coming for my throat this era. Hongjoong and Mingi are perfect with their rhythm and flow. The vocal runs and high notes on “FEVER” are ridiculous.
  3. THANXX – Oh, intriguing guitar entry on this one. I love that – “ah yah yah yah”  in the background—another song with a catchy melody. WAIT, PAUSE, RESET, WHY??? Did Hongjoong have to come in that hard? I wasn’t ready, but my ears are living their best life💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼. No one can stop my groove right now. The drums on this song are so good, and the rappers are going off!!! I can’t wait for the music video to drop. “THANXX” is 🔥. Jongho just blessed me with the most magnificent high note ever.
  4. TO THE BEAT – I feel it in my bones that this is about to be lit. I love the intense claps, and it’s somewhat funny to me – “To the beat, to the beat, move your body to the beat…” YE!!! YE!!! Nah fam, I’m over this disrespect🚶🏽‍♀️🚶🏽‍♀️🚶🏽‍♀️. Do you all hear that beat drop and those whispers? I didn’t sign up for this, but GO OFF!!! “TO THE BEAT” is my new twerk anthem. Nothing more needs to be said because I AM IN LOVE. My Nigerian side just came out with the YE!! 🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂. The instrumental on this track is a certified BOP and a half. I think this tops all the other songs for me.
  5. INCEPTION – All four songs so far are amazing. I am in awe of ATEEZ. They are monsters, and I hope that more people start paying attention to them.
  6. Good Lil Boy – This is a bit more chill. I think it’s not all in your face like “THANXX” and “TO THE BEAT”. I love the choral singing style, and the rappers are genuinely on point for this album. The instrumental progression is impressive with how the guitar switches up in tempo for different sections. Oh, the vocals on this are beautiful, and harmonies are coming through also. I have danced so much that I now feel hungry. I’m getting something to eat right after I round up this review.
  7. One Day At A Time – Last song already, is it going to be a slow one? Okay, it’s on a chill tempo so far and has that standard pop groove. The vocals are beautiful and so soft. I love the chorus because of the sweet harmonies. “One Day At A Time” is a perfect way to close this album. After all the partying, a sweet relaxing song is necessary. I also love the message of being together and helping each other in everything because life is one day at a time. Good job, boys👏👏👏👏👏👏.

Final Thoughts: 

This album took me on a ride and danced way too hard because every song was such a vibe. ATEEZ DID NOT COME TO PLAY WITH ANYONE IN THIS ERA. So all those who are sleeping on them, need to WAKE UP!!! Don’t be late to the party.

ZERO: Fever Part. 1 came through and served it hot on all six songs. Top on my list is definitely  “TO THE BEAT”, but overall, the entire record is playlist worthy. Therefore it gets a bulletproof 10/10 from me. I will be waiting for part 2 while enjoying this one on repeat.

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: TAEMIN|(G)I-DLE

(Please note – This is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)

“2 KIDS” by TAEMINimg_2848Reaction to Official MV:

  • Interesting guitar strumming for the intro, and as expected, Taemin is serving vocals.
  • The cityscape visuals for this music video are stunning.
  • The guitar instrumental is really intriguing and beautiful.
  • I love the chorus, it has a graceful and somewhat relaxing melody.
  • Taemin dancing is so unique and fluid. It’s always fun to watch him dance.
  • So this song is about two young people that fell in love and unfortunately had to break up? I guess they were too immature and hurt each other a lot.
  • That’s what I’m getting from the lyrics so far.
  • The instrumental is incredible, it keeps surprising me.
  • I know Taemin wrote the lyrics, but whoever produced the music is mighty talented.
  • “2 KIDS” is playlist worthy. The rhythm and melody are going to be stuck in my head for a while.
  • I love this song. Therefore it gets a 10/10 rating from me.

 

“DUMDi DUMDi” by (G)I-DLEimg_2852Reaction to Official MV:

  • Thankfully most of the music videos I’m watching today have English subs.
  • I am getting strong Old West vibes from this music video and intro.
  • All the girls look beautiful.
  • Well, that was an abrupt way to end the intro. I would have preferred a better blend into the actual song.
  • The song itself is giving me major Arabic vibes.
  • Honestly, at this point, I have no idea what to expect. Fingers crossed🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼, please be a good song.
  • WAIT, I am so confused. The Arabic sound that I assumed was the beginning of the song is not actually the song?😂😂😂🤣🤣
  • Okay… okay, let’s continue, but at least that makes up for the abrupt switch I didn’t like.
  • All the ladies are in the same motel, and it’s about to go down!!!
  • You see, the actual song intro blended in perfectly like I wanted.
  • Oooh, the beat is hard, and Soyeon looks stunning with the long hair.
  • They are all doing well in the vocal department. Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling it until Minnie’s part came in.
  • She looks gorgeous with pink hair.
  • The chorus is captivating but still feels off to me.
  • Soyeon’s flow is excellent, as always.
  • I vibe with the chorus more on the second listen.
  • I think Minnie might be my bias in (G)I-DLE. I love her voice, and she is so pretty.
  • “DUMDi DUMDi” is a fun song. I love the chorus, but I don’t think it’s something I would listen to a lot, hence why it gets an 8.5/10 from me.

 

 

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: SOYOU|Jessi|YOON DU JUN

(Please note – This is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)

“GOTTO GO” by SOYOU

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • The beat is the type that makes people want to move.
  • Soyou sounds beautiful, and she looks great in her outfits.
  • I love the pre-chorus section. The way the beat dropped out and Soyou’s voice just melts into my ears. That’s beautiful
  • My first listen, and I am not the biggest fan of the chorus.
  • I prefer the melody for the verses and the pre-chorus.
  • The choreography is excellent. Soyou will definitely kill this on stage.
  • The chorus definitely sounds better on the second listen, and I love how the song switches up after it.
  • The beat on this track is very upfront in your face, and I love it.
  • “GOTTO GO” is a lovely dance song. I like it, but I don’t see myself playing it a lot. Therefore it gets an 8.5/10.

“NUNU NANA” by Jessi

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • Even though this starts out slow, I know the beat is going to hit later on.
  • I love Jessi’s singing voice.
  • I knew the beat drop would be hard. I LOVE IT.
  • All this upfront, in your face EDM beats, are kind of party anthems.
  • Jessi looks stunning in that green and black swimsuit kind of outfit.
  • Her flow on this song is a whole vibe. I am already jamming, and I love how she sings more on this.
  • The choreography for the chorus is sick. The dancers are killing things.
  • I am listening to this with headphones on the highest volume, and it’s a whole party.💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
  • Hyori looks amazing. I can’t believe she’s 41, wow.
  • “NUNU NANA” is a certified BOP and a half.

Album Review: This album is titled “NUNA” and has six songs. Here is a preview –

  1. NUNU NANA – This song is going to be on replay for a long time.
  2. STAR – Oh, this is a slow track, and she’s singing. I love her vocal tone, it’s deep. I live for a good slow and sentimental rap song, they always hit the heart differently. “STAR” is another favourite from this album.
  3. Put it on ya (Feat. BM of KARD, nafla) – Every track on this album seems to be a BOP. The beat on this one is groovy and makes me want to body roll. The melody for the chorus is catchy. BM and nafla killed their parts hard. Another favourite people.
  4. Numb – This has a very different vibe from the rest. It started out quite poppish, and I ain’t complaining because every record requires a tasty variety of songs. I love the melody, and the instrumental is fire. “Numb” is a vibe but not a favourite.
  5. Who Dat B – I have heard this already, and I LOVE!!! It. Jessi’s flow on this song was a full power trip, and I live for the message. She doesn’t care what anyone has to say because, in the end, she’s still going to do her.
  6. Drip (Feat. Jay Park) – Another old song, I even reviewed it 👉🏼November Comebacks/Debut – Jessi|VICTON|HINAPIA|(G)I-DLE|BVNDIT. “You ain’t f*** with my drip!!!” Both Jessi and Jay Park came hard on this song 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼.

NUNA by Jessi is a solid album. Avery song is a vibe, and I will be replaying this album ‘disrespectfully’ for a very long time😂. It gets a bulletproof 10/10 from me. My first time listening to a Jessi record and she impressed me big time.

“Lonely Night” by YOON DO JUN

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • I definitely needed captions for this one, and they came through.
  • First off, he looks GOOOOD!!!
  • I love the colour palette for this video. I see a lot of brown/red tones, and overall the visuals are slick, mature and very elegant.
  • The instrumental is smooth and groovy. Yoon Du Jun’s voice is literally gliding on the beat.
  • His voice is blessing me right now. It’s so soothing to hear this right after Jessi’s hardcore album.
  • Talent overflows from this man. He is a singer and also a good actor.
  • I didn’t watch any teaser for this release, so I thought he was going to give us a power ballad, but I am happy with this R&B chill groove.
  • “Lonely Night” is going on my playlist right now. I hope the album also comes through because I REALLY LOVE THIS SOUND.

Album Review: This album is titled Daybreak and has five songs. Here is a preview – 

  1. 0:00am – Yes, this is a similar vibe. I love me a good R&B record, and Yoon Du Jun’s soft vocal is beautiful. It feels like his voice is melting into my ears. I wish this song was longer, but it serves as a great intro.
  2. Lonely Night – Do I need to say more? NAH! This is a BOP.
  3. Fool of Love (Feat. MOON) – Another smooth one, and I love the piano on this track. The melody is really bouncy, and the vocals are super soothing. I could listen to this before bed and feel like I’m floating in my dream.
  4. Save Me – I love the guitar intro. This is such a nice switch up from the previous songs. I cannot stop praising Yoon Du Jun’s voice. He sounds charming, and I will be coming back to this album a lot just for his relaxing voice. This might be my number one out of all songs.
  5. Be My Light – I love the sensual vibe of this one. I can just imagine what a music video might look like. The melody is lovely, it makes me want to sing along. The simple guitar and drums instrumental are perfect. Wow, the high notes just hit my soul.

I certainly enjoyed listening to all five songs on Daybreak, but the last two hit the spot differently. I believe this is YOON DU JUN’s 1st album, correct me if I’m wrong. He did a fantastic job👏👏👏. This album gets a solid 10/10 from me.

BIBI X Dingo – she got it (cigarette and condom): Music Review

This collaboration between DingoBIBI was released yesterday. Of course, I am here to show some love, so let’s get right into this.

Oh, by the way, Dingo ain’t no artist. It’s a Korean entertainment channel on YouTube. I just wanted to clarify for anyone confused.img_2594

(Please note – This is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)

Reaction to Official MV:

  • I know she’s about to bless me with some smooth vocals.
  • I am excited!!!
  • I love the soft pink colour palette for this music video.
  • Those signature red dots under her right eye are gorgeous.
  • I just knew it. The beat is a groove, and I live for BIBI’s scrunchy R&B vocals.
  • Definitely wasn’t expecting her to say the ‘cigarette and condom’ in English but okurrr girl.😂😂😂
  • You all better be of age before listening to this song. I don’t have English lyrics, but I know this is not a child’s story.
  • I will get the translation after this review.
  • Lol, the condom pack is actually candy.
  • This music video is simple but so pretty. Dingo did a great job.
  • BIBI looks beautiful, and she’s a goofball.
  • All the soft and floating background runs are blessing my ears.
  • The entire song is a chill-groove type of vibe. I LOVE IT!!!
  • “she got it (cigarette and condom)” gets a 10/10 from me, and it is for sure going on my playlist.

TREASURE – BOY: Music Review

First of all, it’s been a while since I saw a group with this many members. I have gotten used to the seven/eight-member groups. That aside, let’s get into TREASURE’s debut single album – THE FIRST STEP: CHAPTER ONE. This digital single includes the title track “BOY” and a B-side – “COME TO ME”

TREASURE, which was previously called TREASURE 13, is a boy group that got formed through the survival program – YG TREASURE Box. This group has twelve members, which include Yedam, Junghwan, Jeongwoo, Haruto, Doyoung, Asahi, Jaehyuk, Mashiho, Junkyu, Yoshinori, Jihoon and Hyunsuk, the leader. There are a lot of Japanese members in this group, wooh!!!

(Please note – This is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)

Reaction to Official MV/Title Track: 

  • Oooo, sweet vocal entry. I like.
  • The synthesized beat is giving me life. I might enjoy this song more than there pre-debut release, which I also reviewed.
  • I currently can’t recognize any member aside from Yedam, but they all have beautiful voices.
  • I am definitely in love with the first rapper’s voice. I think that is Haruto? Correct me if I’m wrong.
  • When I was gathering their teaser photos, Haruto stood out to me, so he might turn out to be my bias, who knows???😊
  • The music video screams a high budget. The visuals are perfect for the song.
  • The boys are doing a great job in the dancing department.
  • “BOY” is undoubtedly the needed upgrade from “Going Crazy” That song didn’t do much for me, but with this, I am vibing.
  • I mentioned before how repetitive EDM songs have become in the kpop arena, but I also stated that I would still groove to them if a group does theirs tastefully.
  • The chorus here is more of a trap house sound, and I am enjoying it.
  • This song is an exquisite balance of their youthful charm and mature side. I appreciate this because I wouldn’t sit through a full-on cutesy song.
  • Their rappers are astounding, and their vocalists are also powerful. TREASURE has the potential to get far in the industry if YG Entertainment gives them the right promotion.
  • Whoever produced this song did a great job with the instrumental. It never stays the same. The variations for each section are excellent.
  • The ending reminds me so much of IKON – “Shh Treasure. Oh, oh oh oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.”
  • This song gets a 9/10 from me. It’s playlist worthy.

Reaction to B-side:

  • Okay, this is giving me tropical summer vibes.
  • I love the bouncy instrumental. It makes me want to dance. 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
  • I am willing to accept this level of adorable because it just a feel-good track.
  • TREASURE is going to be big. I see the talent and potential flowing from each member.
  • The vocalists are pulling on the stops on this song, and I love everyone’s vocal colour. So beautiful
  • “COME TO ME” has a lovely melody, and I will be replaying this song a lot.
  • Is Haruto singing as well? I love his low tone.
  • Yoshi’s flow is very catchy. I also noticed him in “BOY”
  • I don’t why this is giving me slight WINNER vibes, or maybe I’m just comparing due to them being from the same company.
  • All the same, I LOVE THIS SONG.
  • It gets a solid 10/10 from me.

 

Eric Nam – The Other Side: Album Review

Honestly, procrastination has been my second name recently. I have been chilling without allocating time to work on this blog. Henceforth, I refuse to fall to that disease, so here I am. Let’s check out Eric Nam’s new album🎉🎉🎉. On July 30th, he came back with his fourth mini-album called The Other Side. It has five songs, including the title track – “Paradise”. I have been looking forward to this release!!!

If you need a profile for this artist, use this link 👉🏼 Eric Nam – BEFORE WE BEGIN: Album Review.

(Please note – This is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)

Reaction to Official MV/Title Track:

  • The intro melody is catchy, and Eric Nam’s voice is beautiful.
  • Nice drumbeats. I love how they intensify as the song progresses.
  • The chorus also has the same heavy drums but with an EDM feel. This instrumental is interesting.
  • I guess “Paradise” is a virtual reality game?
  • Hmm, I don’t see multiple Erics🤩😍🤩.
  • He looks good in that flower suit. I honestly can’t believe this man is 32.
  • Unfortunately, this video lacks English subs, so here is a link for the Romanized and English lyrics 👉🏼 Color Coded Lyrics: Eric Nam-Paradise.
  • The music video’s visuals are not anything mind-blowing, but they are alright for the given concept.
  • I don’t know why this song felt short to me. Let me listen to it again before giving my final thoughts.
  • “Paradise” is great, but it took a few listens for it to actually kick in. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I was in a very hyper mood, but overall, it’s definitely a grower.

Album Review: img_1463Here is the full album – 

  1. Trouble With You – Wow, this song started right away. No instrumental intro or anything, just Eric’s voice instantly, and I don’t mind. “Trouble With You” suits my current vibe more. It’s upbeat but still has a chill melody. The background vocals are incredible. Eric Nam sounds fantastic on this track. The breathy notes are so lovely to hear, and the tune for this line – “trouble with you…” is very catchy. Oh, I will be overplaying this because it’s way too short. How could he make it only 2 minutes and 33 seconds long? It’s always the best songs that artists decide to leave us wanting more on. This is my first favourite.
  2. Paradise – Since I am used to the tempo, it sounds great.
  3. How You Been – I love the intro for this one. It gives off a tranquil vibe, and since it’s late over here, I am all about this type of energy. Oh, I wasn’t expecting the tempo to change. Anyways, excellent progression and Eric Nam’s high notes are flawless. The instrumental build for this song is heavenly. This is another favourite of mine. Just like “Trouble With You”, this track is upbeat but chill. Although I feel “How You Been” is way smoother. Yet another song on this EP that it’s barely 3 minutes long. Why is Eric Nam giving me short bops?🤦🏼‍♀️
  4. Down For You – This sounds like a classic R&B summer bop, and I am already dancing. Okay, whoever makes Eric’s beats is very innovative. If he does it himself, then kudos👏. The tempo variations in this EP always caught me off guard, but that made each song exciting. I am living for the jazz influence on this track’s instrumental. It is bassy and really groovy. Right from the start, I was moving my body💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼. YESSS!!! Eric, please bless me with those smooth vocal runs. This song is a whole vibe.
  5. Love Die Young (Korean Version) – This is from his English album – Before We Begin, so there isn’t much to say because it was one of my faves on that record. I’m just going to enjoy my time here – “Please don’t let this love die young…If I’m going to love someone, then let it be you.” Lol, I am used to the English version.

Final Thoughts:

Here is my ranking for this EP –

  1. Love Die Young (Korean Version)
  2. How You Been / Trouble With You (Don’t mind me, I couldn’t decide😊)
  3. Down For You
  4. Paradise

I absolutely enjoyed listening to this album. The production of every song is of high quality. Eric Nam sounds flawless as expected. His voice is the perfect R&B flavour that never fails to bless my ears. The only song that I can say fell a bit short for me at first is “Paradise”, which is why it’s that low in rank. Nevertheless, the entire body of work is solid. Therefore this fourth mini-album – The Other Side gets a 9.5/10 from me.

 

 

Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi: Drama Review – Episode 1 – 3

Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi is an ongoing Japanese drama that stars Ishihara Satomi as the lead. It started airing on July 16th and will run for eleven episodes. This show is adapted from a manga series written by Mamare Arai, which is also titled Unsung Cinderella. 

Synopsis: Aoi Midori has been working as a pharmacist at Tatsuya General Hospital for 8 years. She believes that pharmacists need to know about the patient’s daily life to ensure the proper medication is prescribed to them. She faces a lot of criticism, especially from the doctors, but she stays true to her beliefs and continues to help the patients. (Source – MyDramaList)

Expectations: I have been looking forward to this drama for a while, mainly because of Ishihara Satomi. Its premiere date was also postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus. So I had to rush in once a good number of episodes were released. Plus, this is my first time seeing a medical drama that focuses on pharmacists, hence why I was intrigued.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:  

The premise of this show is promising. I absolutely adore watching medical dramas because I get to learn new things all the time. I think they did an okay job with the execution of this drama, but I will admit that some aspects are quite unrealistic. I honestly do not need any pharmaceutical knowledge to tell that most scenes in this drama are over-exaggerated or out of line for a pharmacist. If I was a medical professional, it would be quite hard not to nitpick on every wrong detail, but since I’m not, I have been dwelling more on the overall sentiment of the show.

Before watching this series, I had the assumption that nurses were the ones who dealt with all medication-related matters. Although I don’t think pharmacists get invested as Aoi Midori, it has been educative to see the roles they play behind the scenes. Like assisting the doctors during emergencies and instructing patients on how to take each medicine. They are indeed part of the unsung heroes in hospitals. This is what I genuinely appreciate about Japanese dramas. They have a unique and raw way of providing viewers with very heartwarming stories. Therefore even though I do not agree with how Aoi Midori tastes new medicines or her attachment with every patient, I do acknowledge and value the emotional aspects of each patient’s story. Since this is based on a manga, a lot of cliches and exaggerations are expected.

From episode one to three, I appreciate how the writer used Hakura Ryunosuke as the layman information giver. This character was used to break down the medical terms to ensure viewers’ understanding. I also love how they tackled the difference between Aoi and her senior Kariya. These two proved that people in the workplace can have different valid opinions or personal approach but still work well together as partners. Kariya Naoko is practical and strict with separating the job from her emotions. She still cares for her patients but doesn’t go the extra mile like Aoi Midori. Aoi, on the other hand, familiarizes with each patient to be the best pharmacist for them. Both have their ways that work, respectively. Basically, they ‘agree to disagree.’ Another great touch of this drama is how we get to see each patient’s possible future after leaving the hospital. I think that aspect is remarkably exciting and beautiful.

Now here are a few lessons I got from Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi

  • Be careful with the amount of unprescribed medication that you take, and this includes off counter vitamins. Once you notice something odd, talk to a professional.
  • A lot of individuals depend on daily medications or regular medical procedures to survive. So every day you wake up, be grateful because you can do a lot of things generally without any assistance.

To round up, here is one of my favourite scenes –

The way they all kept working and even clapped with their feet. Plus, the pure distress on Aihara Kurumi’s face was funny to see.

If you’ve started watching Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi, what do you think of the story so far? Let me know in the comment section.

This drama can be found on sites like Dramanice or Kissasian.

 

Intense Love: Drama Review

Intense Love is a 2020 Chinese drama that stars Zhang Yuxi and Ding Yuxi as leads. img_5139_originalSynopsis: Actress Su Jin Bei and the genius doctor, Zhou Shi Yun, were betrothed to each other from a young age. Now, as adults, they both refuse the idea of an arranged marriage. Yet fate has other plans for them as they meet coincidentally and begin to fall in love.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Intense Love is a sweet romance story. I genuinely enjoyed every minute of it, including the cheesy aspects. I really appreciate what Chinese dramas have been doing recently with their modern romance stories. They show more natural skinship and conversations, so the couples seem very real, unlike Korean shows. No shade, it’s just an observation. The main couple in Intense Love had fantastic chemistry right off the bat, and I personally think this is one of Zhang Yuxi’s best pairing. img_2105Su Jin Bei and Zhou Shi Yun were adorable and quite mature together because they never dragged out their misunderstandings. I also love that there wasn’t much emphasis on love triangles. Both leads were sure of what they wanted and stayed focused until the end. While watching, I couldn’t get over how beautiful Jin Bei and Shi Yun were together. Honestly, both actors are remarkably good looking. The only part of their story that threw me off was Jin Bei’s supposed pregnancy in the last episode. I don’t remember when they showed or implied that this couple had sex, so the pregnancy troupe was totally out of place for me. Was I the only one confused, or did I miss something? Let me know in the comment section.

The side couples were also great together. Although I didn’t care much for Zhou Su Ying and Xu Jia Wei’s relationship because of how both characters started out. img_2102We all have to admit that Su Ying was pretty disrespectful at first with all her schemes to break up her brother and Jin Bei. Of course, she got better, but by then, I was no longer invested in her story. Nevertheless, I was still happy that she matured and got a happy ending. Now in Jia Wei’s case, I didn’t appreciate how he kept telling Shi Yun that he was the better partner for Jin Bei because of their similar careers. I also did not understand why he went ahead to prepare the big confession event while unsure of Jin Bei’s feelings. At least have a small talk with her before going all out. He was definitely a pleasant supporting character, but his earlier actions did not rub off well on me.

Moving on to Xiao Yuan Song and Wu Di –img_2103As much I love these two together, their arc and story development did not have me intrigued in them 100%. All the same, they were fun together and balanced out each other’s personalities flawlessly. I love that this drama showcased very assertive ladies with both Wu Di and Su Jin Bei. Both women were willing to take the first steps for certain things in their relationships.

Character Analysis:

I only want to touch on three roles, starting off with Gao Zi Tongimg_2128

  • Her anger and bitterness were utterly misplaced. I just couldn’t comprehend her hatred for Xu Jin Bei because she was well aware that Jin Bei only considered Jia Wei as a colleague. While watching, I gave her a lot of chances to improve, but she always disappointed. Now once she went further to attack Jin Bei’s and Shi Yun’s relationship, I was done and dusted with this character. I’m relieved she changed and moved on at the end, but I wouldn’t want to cross paths with such a person in real life.

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  • He started out quite cold and couldn’t care less about BeiBei, or at least that is what he wanted everyone to believe. As the story progresses, he becomes more accepting of Jin Bei. I enjoyed how he played along with BeiBei’s dramatic antics even though he knew she was faking most of the time. This shows Shi Yun’s supportive and understanding personality. While watching, the only flaw I could pick on was that Shi Yun seemed too perfect. Though, before the show wrapped, we saw that he could also do some wrongs when he doubted Jin Bei’s ability to get a role through her own hard work. In the end, he apologized, and we got our happy ending.

Last is my favourite character, Su Jin Beiimg_2111

  • She is very innocent, kind, understanding and quite naive to negative people around her. However, that does not make her weak because she isn’t easily bullied. I absolutely enjoyed her dramatic personality. Whenever she had those weird inner monologues or all the numerous times she tried to seduce Shi Yun, I stayed laughing. How can someone be that cute?😂 Especially when she started calling Shi Yun – Zhou baby(honey)😂😂😂. Another thing I loved about this character is that she acknowledged her flaws and did her best to work on them.

To round up, here is a compilation of my favourite moments from this drama –

Also, my favourite ost from this show is “When Love Comes” by Li Ruo Xi

With all that said, my rating for Intense Love is 9/10. It was a beautiful story from start to finish, but I still think they could have done a better job with the side couples. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼Drama|Movie Rating Guide. All English subbed episodes of this series are available with this link 👉🏼 Intense Love on YouTube.

If you have seen this drama, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

 

Hwa Sa – LMN: Song Of The Week

My chosen song for this week is “LMN” by Hwa Sa. img_1787Ahn Hye-jin, popularly known as Hwa Sa, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and rapper born on July 23rd, 1995. She is also a member of the girl group Mamamoo that is currently managed by RBW. Hwa Sa made her solo debut on February 13th, 2019, with the digital single – “Twit” and then released her first EP – Maria on June 29th of this year. “LMN” is one of the songs on this new EP.

This is one of the most brilliant songs I have heard in a long while. Even the word ‘beautiful’ does not do this song justice. Hwa Sa’s voice gave me chills throughout. Plus, the lyrics are very poetic. Overall, the music video and production for “LMN” gets a 10/10 as pure art. I have been replaying this song, and I just can’t get enough of it. So I hope you all enjoy listening to it as well.

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: EXO-SC|Crush|JEONG EUN JI

(Please note – This is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)

“1 Billion Views” by EXO-SC (Feat. MOON)

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • I love their drip and outfits. They both be looking good.
  • Chanyeol’s voice at the beginning tho, It’s so deep and sexy 😏🤭.
  • I appreciate the vocal layering on this track. It feels like an eargasm😂.
  • As the two rappers in EXO, I was expecting them to take the hardcore rap route, but they are giving us smooth retro vocals.
  • My favourite outfits are the blazer looks.
  • I love the music video’s visuals and the arcade concept.
  • This line  👉🏼”I cry I cry, I cry…” is so catchy. The entire chorus makes me want to sing along.
  • Oh, I forgot that this song has a featured artist until she came in. I love her voice; it blends well with Chanyeol and Sehun.
  • Finger clicking in any song instantly captures my attention, and this one makes me want to dance.
  • I don’t need to say much, I LOVE “1 Billion Views” from EXO-SC.
  • It gets a 10/10 rating from me.

Reaction to pre-release single “Telephone”

  • Love how this started right away, and the instrumental is bouncy.
  • Honestly, the vocal layering on both songs is so seamless.
  • It’s also lovely to hear how well Changyeol and Sehum harmonize.
  • The animation for this music video is charming.
  • I live for when Chenyeol goes into his lower register. It’s so sensual.🥰
  • I want Sehum’s colourful sweater.
  • “Telephone” is the perfect head-bopping song.
  • Okay, that black sweater look on Sehun is a grand mood, and let’s not even talk about how fine he looks with his hair slicked back.
  • WHAT??? I was not expecting the featured artist once again. 10cm just blessed me with his high pitched voice.
  • It is such a sweet background vocal to Chanyeol and Sehun’s harmonies.
  • I enjoyed every minute of this song; therefore, it gets a 10/10.
  • Now let’s check out their album.

Album Review: The album is also titled 1 Billion Views and has nine songs. Here is a preview –

  1. 1 Billion Views (Feat. MOON)
  2. Say It (Feat. PENOMECO) – This also follows the same upbeat flow and singing style. “Say It” is a BOP, and I am already grooving. Since this is a compiled post, I don’t want to write much, so I will just end on the fact that I enjoyed this song.
  3. Rodeo Station – I love the melody, and the background vocals are soothing. The beat also follows the same retro influence. The production on all four tracks I have heard so far is excellent, most notable with the vocal layering. It is so fascinating to me. “Rodeo Station” is another great track on this record.
  4. Telephone (Feat. 10cm)
  5. Jet Lag – Now, this has a slower tempo compared to the rest. I can’t stop ranting about the vocal quality of this album. “Jet Lag” might just be my favourite so far. The chorus is captivating. I appreciate the smooth and chill vibe.
  6. Fly Away (Feat> Gaeko) – The start for this is quite enchanting. I love the rap-talking style on this track and vocals…WOW. Gaeko is blessing my ears. No song on this album has disappointed. It keeps getting better as expected from EXO members. All I need now is a light stick to fully jam out. THE PRODUCTION!!!… I feel like I’m actually flying.
  7. Nothin’ – The instrumental for this one stands out a lot from the rest, but it still fits the album concept. Already, I LOVE IT. The guitar on this track goes off, and I am here for all that energy. I honestly don’t want to analyze these songs so much because I might write too much since they are all equally amazing. Chanyeol and Sehun deserve an A+++++++ for this album.
  8. On Me – OH JUST FROM THE INTRO, I KNOW THIS IS ABOUT TO BE 🔥. This one is the hardcore rap track on a classic trap instrumental. I am in cloud nine right now, all I need is a speaker because it is party time 💃🏼. It’s not heavy EDM, but it just makes me want to turn up.
  9. 1 Billion Views – Instrumental

1 Billion Views by EXO-SC is an excellent album from start to finish, and I will be going back to it a lot. I do have my favourites, but I enjoyed every single song on here, so my rating is a solid 10/10.

“OHIO” by Crush

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • Oh, I wasn’t expecting an upbeat start. I thought this was going to be a slow song because I didn’t check out any of the teasers.
  • I love the beat, and I feel this is about to be a good one.
  • His voice is fantastic, as always.
  • That little dance Crush did, in the beginning, was so adorable.
  • So this is about him going all out on partying to forget his heartbreak?
  • The melody for this song is catchy and very bouncy. It makes me want to pull out some weird dance moves.
  • Fun fact, Tablo from Epik High wrote the lyrics for this track.
  • I love that little breakdown clapping section. The rhythm is so good.
  • The pianist is also going off in the background. I am enjoying the jazz influence we have going on with the instrumental.
  • Okay, Crush is going off vocally. He isn’t doing anything too crazy, but his flow and smooth vocal runs are such a vibe.
  • “OHIO” is, for sure, going on my playlist. It is such a groovy song, and I already want to sing along.
  • Plus, Crush’s crazy dancing in the video is a delightful visual feast. 😂😂😂
  • “OHIO” gets a 10/10 from me.

Review of B-side – “Let Me (Feat. Dean Morrison)”

  • Oh, I guess this is the softer track.
  • It seems to be entirely in English.
  • This song is so delicate, and I already love it.
  • I approve of the instrumental mix with the keyboard and shallow drum beats.
  • “Let Me” is a romantic track, and I am here for this kind of energy.
  • It reminds me so much of songs I would hear from the 90s American boy groups.
  • Wow, whoever is doing the backing vocals has a rich deep voice. Is that Dean Morrison, or is he just the producer? Kindly let me know in the comment section.
  • Crush’s voice on this track feels like butter melting into my ears.
  • “Let Me” really follows the classic 90s/early 2000s R&B style.
  • I LOVE IT. My rating is 10/10.

“AWay” by JEONG EUN JI

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • I’m sad.😥 There are no English captions on this video.
  • All the same, I am here for this summery vibe.
  • Her voice is so beautiful, and I love how the instrumental brings high energy into the song.
  • The chorus didn’t drop as I expected, but that makes things more interesting.
  • Plus, I think the melody is catchy and easy to sing along.
  • The cinematography for this music video is stunning. The colours pop with a soft glow effect.
  • I am enjoying the overall vibe, and I wish I could go on a road trip while jamming to this.
  • Jeong Eun Ji’s make-up is pretty. Her make-up artist went in.
  • Vocal wise, her high notes are effortless. I also hear some lovely whistle notes in the background.
  • Eun Ji is very talented and blessed with a powerful voice.
  • “AWay” gets a 10/10 from me.
  • Now let’s check the full album she dropped.

Album Review: This EP is titled Simple and has six songs. Here is a preview –

  1. Simple is the best – I adore the soft vibe of this one. The piano is on it is brilliant. I could listen to just the instrumental on its own and still enjoy every second because it’s that fascinating. I love how the tempo switched up throughout the song but came together as a perfect mix. Jeong Eun Ji also sounds breathtaking on this track, and the overall production is excellent.
  2. AWay
  3. Whoo – This is way more chill compared to the previous tracks. I love Eun Ji’s vocal tone. It almost sounds like a neo-soul style to me. It’s like a breath of fresh air that hits you in at the right moments. I’m swaying from side to side while listening to this track because it’s that soothing with the shallow vocals and soft guitar instrumental. “Whoo” is my favourite song so far.
  4. Stay – This is a full-on ballad with the classic piano entry and entrancing vocals. I think this might be my second favourite. It feels like a lullaby that could quickly put me to sleep, and I live for this kind of relaxing songs. I’m just going to stop typing and enjoy every second of this one.
  5. Moisturising – Another soft track but with a guitar entry. The progression of this is intriguing. It’s not too upbeat but not very slow like “Stay”. The guitar and drums give it a more cheerful essence. I feel like it was too short, or maybe the 3 minutes and 25 seconds just went by too fast for me.
  6. A Slow Child – Oh, this is about to be a whole mood just from the first few seconds. I love the deep rhythmic drums, and the way Eun Ji came in was elegant. This track makes me feel light, almost like I’m floating. Also, the inclusion of classical instruments took the song to a grand lev. “A Slow Child” is my third favourite song from this record.

Jeong Eun Ji truly impressed. The EP – Simple is sold, and it will be on repeat for a while. My rating is a definite 10/10.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Yang Mi and G.E.M Exclusive

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

Yang Mi takes the cover of T Magazine China – July 2020 Issue. I love the play on shadows and lens effects for this shoot. Plus Yang Mi looks beautiful in every photo –img_1490img_1491img_1492

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My next feature for this post is the singer-songwriter, G.E.M, for KNIGHT Magazine. The concept of this shoot is stunning. I absolutely love the gold crownlike eyewear she has on for the cover photo – img_1448

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Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: AleXa|BIBI|Bii

(Please note – This is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)

“Villain” by AleXaimg_1287Reaction to Official MV:

  • This marks my first time hearing any song from her, so I have my fingers crossed.
  • Alright, we don’t have any English captions, but I can check for them later.
  • I love the intense instrumental, and she has a beautiful voice.
  • The choreography is also good. AleXa and the dancers are synchronized.
  • I love how they used the two outfits to represent her different sides. There must be a theory for that, but of course, I have no idea.
  • The beat goes hard and actually makes me want to move, but I’m not fully vibing with the song.
  • I’m going to listen to it again before making up my mind.
  • I absolutely adore her vocal tone. It sounds unique to me, and the production on the track is quite okay.
  • Overall, “Villian” is a great song, but since I’m not too invested it right now, it gets an 8/10.

 

“I’m good at goodbyes” by BIBIimg_1781Reaction to Official MV:

  • I absolutely loved her previous single – “KAZINO”, and if you haven’t read my review for that song, use this link 👉🏼 BIBI – KAZINO: Music Review.
  • Now let’s see how this one goes.
  • Wow, the visuals for this video are stunning. Most notably that scene with BIBI lying in the grass.
  • I need that red dress, it’s gorgeous.
  • Already this shows her versatility because it’s completely different from “KAZINO”
  • BIBI is so cute and weird. Talent just overflows from her.
  • This music video… DAMN. Who came up with the concept? The visuals are incredible but surprisingly simple.
  • I just noticed that I do not have English captions, but it’s okay.
  • I love the drum beats and piano instrumental for this song. They are soft, groovy and complement BIBI’s singing style really well.
  • Her voice is calming and always draws me in. Honestly, she is too underrated.
  • Her vocal runs and range are very intriguing. I also love the falsetto runs she throws in once in a while.
  • This is such a chill song, and I cannot wait to read the English lyrics.
  • There’s nothing more to say, I LOVE IT.
  • “I’m good at goodbyes” gives off a very serene and trancelike vibe. The music video is also well thought out.
  • A definite playlist worthy track.
  • BIBI never disappoints. This song gets a solid 10/10 from me.
  • The English/Romanized lyrics are available with this link 👉🏼 Color Coded Lyrics – BIBI (I’m good at goodbyes)

 

“Be Alive” by Bii

img_0211Reaction to Official Lyric Video:

  • Bii released “Be Alive” to mark his 10th Anniversary, so as one of his biggest fans, I have to give him a review.
  • Already from the guitar intro, I am intrigued.
  • No song has English captions today. WHY???
  • Awww, his voice is so sweet.
  • Oooh, I love the rocker vibe of this track. The guitar is going off in the background, and Bii’s runs are beautiful.
  • The instrumental of this song is incredible. It displays astonishing production, most notably when he sings – “Oh, Oh, Oh… Oh, Oh, Be Alive.” 
  • The drums and guitar strumming during that section are insanely good.
  • I am enjoying every second of this song because it’s very captivating.
  • Yet another substantial addition to my playlist.
  • Wow, the guitar player is mighty talented. I won’t lie, I think I’m in love.
  • Okay, “Be Alive” by Bii gets a bulletproof 10/10 from me.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Leo Luo and Ayunga Exclusive

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

Leo Luo takes the cover of Rayli Magazine’s August 2020 Issue, and I love the luminous/neon lights concept for this shoot. As always, Leo Luo served looks in all outfits because he just too handsome 💓 – 

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Moving on to my next feature on this post – Ayunga. He partnered with COSMOPOLITAN China for a promotional shoot geared toward his new album titled ‘THE ART’. I absolutely adore the mysterious/romanticized aura of these photos, and it actually makes me want to check out his album –  img_1505img_1504

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HYO (Feat Loopy, SOYEON of (G)I-DLE – DESSERT: Music Review

Another comeback I was looking forward to. On July 22nd, Hyoyeon released her new single titled “DESSERT”, and I am ready to hear what this song sounds like. img_1667Kim Hyo-yeon, popularly known as Hyoyeon or DJ HYO, is a South Korean singer and DJ born on September 22nd, 1989. She is also a member of the popular girl group – Girls’ Generation and is currently managed by SM Entertainment.

(Please note – This is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)

Reaction to Official MV:

  • SOYEON always comes in fierce, and she is already serving it hot on this song.
  • I am happy with all the videos today because they all have English subs.
  • The beat goes hard, and I am here for all this energy.
  • I love the raspy tone of Hyoyeon’s voice. She sounds great, and I like how she came into the mix smoothly.
  • I was so focused on the visuals that I forgot to pay attention to the lyrics.
  • The music video set is quite impressive.
  • OKAY!!! ALRIGHT!!! THIS IS LIT!!!🔥🔥🔥
  • “You know what I deserve (What?)… DESSERT! DESSERT! DESSERT!” 
  • The chorus goes hard💃🏼.
  • I love that red outfit. Hyoyeon looks so good, I can’t deal.
  • How can someone be this gorgeous and slay effortlessly?
  • She is a full truckload of talent, and I love seeing her win.
  • The choreography is solid, and the way Loopy came has me grooving hard.
  • “DESSERT” is a certified BOP and a half.
  • This was made for my playlist, and it must go on there for constant replays.
  • It is such a simple track but well produced with the right artists on it.
  • The beat switch up for the bridge got me hollering. This is a perfect EDM track that will feel right on every listen.
  • I don’t care what anyone says, but I am giving my rating even before the song ends.
  • “DESSERT” by HYO (Feat. Loopy, SOYEON of (G)I-DLE) gets a bulletproof 10/10 from me.
  • The 👑 did not come to play with you all. So kindly put some accolades on Hyoyeon’s name because she served.
  • 🎤🎤🎤