Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: Jessi|ITZY|SUPER JUNIOR|PENTAGON & B.I

Hello, helloπŸ€—

Wow, it’s been a month since I last posted, and I missed you all. How’s everyone doing? As for me, I’m delighted that Spring is Finally Here!!!πŸŽ‰. I was so over winter, and I’m ready to enjoy more sunlight and pleasant weather.

From the title, you all can already tell that I am about to give my brief reviews for all the comebacks I missed over the past four weeks. This compilation is the first of five other ‘Catching Up’ posts that will be going live soon, so enjoy😊.

Starting with the bae, Jessi – “What Type of X”

I love the instrumental for this song. It has a nice balance of EDM and rock elements. I also enjoyed Jessi’s vocals, and the choreography is catchy, which makes for a good #challenge. Plus, the message of being unapologetically yourself is perfect. I could tell they spent good money on the music video’s sets because this screams bougie, and Jessi looked stunning in every shot. “What Type of X” is an excellent party number. It’s not my favourite from her, but it’s an exciting track that gets more lit with time.


ITZY – “Trust Me (MIDZY)”

First off, the animation for this lyric video is so adorable😍. I’m sure the hardcore fans of ITZY are super delighted with this appreciation gift. The lyrics are genuinely heartfelt, + the vocals are beautiful. “Trust Me (MIDZY)” is such a soothing vibe, and I will be listening to it on repeat for a while. I love this song.


SUPER JUNIOR – “House Party”

I knew this song was right up my alley from the first second because of the classic retro-disco vibe. The sudden switch midway into a hip-hop beat slightly threw me off, but I still enjoyed it. The visuals for the music video are very captivating, and they all look good!!! I don’t think there’s a need for me to speak on vocals because we know they always serve, so yea- I LOVE THIS SONG. “House Party” is the title track off SUPER JUNIOR’s 10th album, which celebrates their 15th anniversary. Hence I’m also going to give my thoughts on the record and list out my favourite tracks.

This album is a BOP!!! It’s well-deserving of a 10/10 rating. The first track puts the listener in a hype/happy mood, and the remaining nine songs keep you there till the end. I love that it is a mix and match of various genres, so there’s something for everyone, and each song has something exciting to offer. I truly enjoyed my thirty-two minutes dedicated to checking out this record. All ten tracks on this album are rich, but my ultimate favourite is “Burn the Floor”. The vocal delivery on that piece is insanely beautiful, so I will be stuck replaying it for days.


PENTAGON – “DO or NOT”

I’ve enjoyed a few songs from this group, so I decided to check out their latest comeback. From what I’ve seen so far, PENTAGON sure has a great set of vocalists. I enjoyed the pop-rock instrumental for “DO or NOT”, and the visuals for the music video fit the song. Would I say it’s my favourite from them? NO, but it’s an excellent song that might grow on me with time since I love the rock elements. Now I know they also released a mini-album, so here are my thoughts –

My rating for this album is 8.5/10. All seven songs are good, but not all could pique my interest on the first few listens, + some were too popish for me. Hence I added only five tracks to my playlist – (“10s and” – “DO or NOT” – “That’s Me – “Sing-a-song” – “Boy in time”). All the same, I did enjoy the sonic/pop-rock vibe of this record, + the vocals on each track are top-notch. I love the energy PENTAGON puts into their sound, so I’m excited to check out more songs from them. 


B.I (formerly of iKON) – “Midnight Blue”

Super excited to hear from B.I again. I love the animation for the music video, and he sounds beautiful. The production for the instrumental is exceptional, it just strikes all the right heartstrings + the lyrics are very relatable. This song is almost too honest because I could picture every emotion. Becoming an adult is a big scam, but we have to keep fighting. Please cry when needed and try to enjoy all your little victories. I love this message, and the fact that he’s donating all the proceeds from the song to children in crisis across the globe is even more remarkableπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ. “Midnight Blue” is the title track from B.I’s single album, so here are thoughts on the other two songs –

My rating for this record is 10/10 because I love the laid-back and soothing vibe. B.I’s voice took me to a very serene space, and I will be replaying this album for a long time. It’s so beautiful, and I’m glad to have B.I back. The boy is talented and deserves a space to create and showcase his genius.

That’s all for this post. I will see you all in the following review compilation, and I’m thrilled to be back.πŸ’ž

DAWN – DAWNDIDIDAWN: Kpop Album Review

On October 9th, DAWN released his 1st mini-album titled DAWNDIDIDAWN. This EP has five songs, including the title track “DAWNDIDIDAWN (Feat. Jessi)”

To read a brief profile for this artist, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ DAWN – MONEY: Music Review.

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

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • I have heard a bit of the chorus and seen the dance because I follow PNation, DAWN and Jessi on Instagram. It seemed catchy, now let’s see what the full song has to offer.
  • I have my English captions, and I’m ready to get my groove onπŸ’ƒπŸΌ.
  • Okay, 15 seconds in, and I can officially say that “DAWNDIDIDAWN” is a BOP. No second opinion needed here; I SAID WHAT I SAID.
  • With that out of the way, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is time to PARTY!!!
  • I love the whistling + the black/white pallet for the music video.
  • The choreography is so tight and slick. DAWN and the dancers were killing from the first second.
  • I can’t even pay attention to the lyrics because I’m too busy dancing.
  • The chorus is very catchy and addictive. It’s the type of tune that could stay stuck in my head for days.
  • It’s an excellent marketing strategy to have his name as the album’s title and dropping it all over the promotion track.
  • I adore DAWN’s quirky/edgy personality.
  • His outfits are also perfect for this concept. My favourite is the first piece he had on at the beginning.
  • Yessss, Jessi…“Hey DAWN, What’s going on?” I was waiting for her, and I love the beat switch up for her part.
  • “DAWNDIDIDAWN” is simply a feel-good song, and I am here for that vibe. I LOVE THIS SONG.

Album Review:

Highlight medley –

  1. DAWNDIDIDAWN (Feat. Jessi) – PARTY!!! πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ
  2. Still (Feat. Crush) – This is more on the chill side. I love the groovy beat; it makes me want to body roll. DAWN sounds excellent on this track. I am happy that he made sure to include catchy melodies in these songs. This is essential to push out his music to a broader audience. Yessss! Crush came in smooth like butter on hot toast + his vocal runs in the background add in such a sweet touch. “Still” is a vibe, and I am loving every bit of it.
  3. Tantara – I am living for this trumpet and guitar intro. What the heck is this production? The beat is fat on this track, and I am grooving πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ. The progression into the chorus is a whole mood. Ooo, DAWN, did not come to play with anyone. You all better wake up and dance. The chorus!!! WHAT? I am so pumped, and it’s 12:10 am right now. Sorry for the people living upstairs because it’s a club up in my apartment right now.
  4. Butterfly – I love the intro, and I feel it’s about to be another BOP. The rhythm of this one is insanely good. A few times, I’ve mentioned how EDM/trap has become quite a repetitive sound in the K-pop scene, and I was getting tired of it. Nonetheless, when someone does it this tastefully, I always enjoy and have a good time with the song. “Butterfly” does have elements of that genre, but it can slightly lean towards the hip-hop department as well, so I LOVE IT. Good Job, DAWNπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘.
  5. Ordinary Night – Another song with whistling, and I love the guitar intro. The subtle beat switch up for the pre-chorus threw me off for a few seconds, but I’m good. Is it just me, or is this song an intense pop-EDM mix? I still like it, but if I was to rank the album, “Ordinary Night” would be last on my list. DAWN sounds amazing, + the entire EP stayed solid till the end.

Here is the album on Spotify:

Final Thoughts:

Honestly, this was a feel-good album and the perfect way to close my day. I will be listening to this EP on repeat throughout this weekend. I’ve been in a very hyper mood recently, and I want to maintain the momentum. Every song was a jam, but I do have my favourites, which happen to be the first three tracks. Thank you, DAWN, for such a solid fifteen minutes and fifty-one seconds of continuous dancing. My rating for his 1st mini-album, DAWNDIDIDAWN, is 10/10.

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.πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ
  • 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 πŸ‘‰πŸΌNovember 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 πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ.

NUNA by Jessi is a solid album. Avery song is a vibe, and I will be replaying this album ‘disrespectfully’ for a very long timeπŸ˜‚. 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 jobπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. This album gets a solid 10/10 from me.

November Comebacks/Debut – Jessi|VICTON|HINAPIA|(G)I-DLE|BVNDIT

As part of my initiative to check out more groups/artists, I decided to review the November comebacks and debuts that I missed. So this post is going to be a bit long.

(This is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to the songs.)

Jessi Feat. Jay Park – 

On November 1st, Jessi released her new single titled “Drip”img_1428

Review of “Drip”:

  • It has a very bouncy beat. I love that.
  • This is actually my first time hearing anything from Jessi, and I am here for her groove.
  • I love the rasp of her voice.
  • I can definitely hear American rap music influence. Jessi is Korean-American, so that makes sense.
  • I admire her confidence. Her vibe and style is quite unique.
  • Jay Park came in and killed his verse as expected. His flow was TOO GOOD.
  • This is such a party song.
  • I mean, if I want to hype myself, then this is the song.
  • The music video is simple and fitting. Jessi and Jay Park both look good.
  • Also, I was not surprised by the sexual lyrics. I was kind of expecting it.
  • I really enjoyed listening to “Drip,” so I am going to go ahead and check her other song “Who Dat B” –
  • The music video for “Who Dat B” is more artistic. I absolutely love her tone and style. I also love the outfits she had on, she looked stunning.
  • My rating for “Drip” is 9.5/10 because even though it is a LIT song, it is not something that I see myself listening to regularly. I have a mood for such songs.

VICTON –

On November 4th, VICTON came back with their fifth EP titled nostalgia. “nostalgic night” is the title track. img_1429

Review of “nostalgic night”:

  • This is also my first time hearing anything from VICTON. I do not know anything about this group. So depending on how this song sounds, I might do more research on them.
  • Beautiful melody in the beginning.
  • They have good vocalists.
  • At the start, it feels like their voices are being overshadowed by the instrumental, but it gets better. I wonder if that is an artistic choice.
  • I absolutely love the chorus section.
  • The instrumental has an EDM vibe, which I enjoy.
  • The rap part was short and perfect. I love the deeper voice used for the ad-libs during that section.
  • I am going to listen to this song again before giving my rating.
  • So I did a little research and noticed that they debuted in 2016. So VICTON is a relatively new group.
  • I enjoyed listening to this song, but I will have to check out more songs from them to really get into their groove.
  • “nostalgic night” is a beautiful track, but the volume of the instrumental kept distracting me. My rating for this song is 9/10.

HINAPIA –

HINAPIA officially debuted on the 3rd of November with the song “DRIP”img_1430

Review of “DRIP”: 

  • Another drip song…
  • So apparently four members of Pristin which recently disbanded are in this group. I never listened to any song from Pristin, so this is all new for me.
  • Okay, straight up from the start, this seems promising.
  • I love their outfits. They all look amazing.
  • The way they say “drip, drip, drip…. drip, drip, drip” is really catchy.
  • One member is really standing out for me. I have to pause the video and figure out who it is……
  • Okay, I am back, and I found out that her name is Gyeongwon. She is the lead rapper and vocalist. I love her voice and vibe.
  • I am actually glad that they are not doing an overly cutesy concept.
  • I think this is an excellent debut song. It is catchy enough, and the girls all sound great.
  • I am going to check out their live performances before giving my rating.
  • This is a hard one. I love the song, but only certain parts stood out for me. So my rating for “DRIP” is 8.5/10.
  • I will keep an eye out for HINAPIA’s future releases.

(G)I-DLE –

On the 3rd of November, (G)I-DLE released an official music video for their Final Queendom stage single “LION”img_1425

Review of “LION”:

  • This is my first time listening to anything from them. I have not watched Queendom yet, but I heard a lot of good reviews about this song. So I really hope it lives up to the hype (fingers crossed).
  • Ooooh, I love how it starts. That dark and deep tone is such a perfect way to get my attention.
  • Also, the drums are perfect. It gives the song an epic feel.
  • Yesss, I am here for this chorus. So much power.
  • I absolutely love the visuals for the music video. It screams royalty. Also, the switch from black/white to colour added a nice touch to the video.
  • The accessories they have on their fingers are beautiful. I usually see that in Chinese historical dramas.
  • Thankfully, I have subtitles that mention which member is singing at each point because Minnie is serving vocals. They all sound great, but she is giving me LIFE.
  • Yesss queens rock your crowns.
  • Every section of the song is so good, but the chorus, DAMN.
  • Soyeon came in with her rap and left me in awe once she said: “I’m a queen.” At this point, I am lost for words.
  • I am so late on discovering these girls. I need to check out more songs from them. I always see their videos on YouTube, but I just never felt the need to click.
  • I am in love. I love the message of the song, the delivery. Their voices and outfits. Everything was so well put together.
  • I need to listen to this again.
  • That “ooh I’m a lion, I’m a queen” gives me chills.
  • Time to check out a live performance –
  • I am SHOCKED. This is pure FIRE. Their aura on stage is impressive.
  • My rating for “LION” is a solid 10/10. I have added it to my personal playlist.
  • I always love discovering powerful girl groups because I am all for female empowerment.

BVNDIT –

BVNDIT released their EP – BE! on the 5th of November. “Dumb” is the title track.img_1433

Review of “Dumb”:

  • This is a very new group. They debuted in April of this year.
  • Already loving the visuals for the music video.
  • This is giving me a Latin/dancehall vibe.
  • I love the voice of whoever started the song.
  • The way the song sped up for the chorus was not what I was expecting, but it still sounds great.
  • They are all fantastic vocalists. The ad-libs, high notes, and runs are perfect.
  • The beat does not change much throughout the song.
  • I only started getting into the groove of this song at the last minute. So I will have to listen to it again before I give my rating.
  • Once again, the vocals really stood out.
  • I love that each girl got an opportunity to shine. This is why I prefer smaller groups.
  • They all look gorgeous.
  • The choreography is outstanding.
  • The music video does not have a lot going on, so more attention is on the girls, and they are impressive dancers.
  • I think they are great for rookies.
  • I enjoyed this song after listening to it a few more times.
  • My rating for “Dumb” is 9/10.

Final Thoughts:

I love checking out new groups outside of my regular favourites.  I had a fantastic time listening to each song.

There are more comebacks that I am yet to review, so stay tuned for a follow-up post.

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