Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: SuperM|Davichi|Kyuhyun|Kang Daniel & Wheein

Although I have older releases that I plan to review, I’ve decided to be on track with this week’s comebacks since I have more time on my hands now.

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

On April 9th, SuperM released a collaborative campaign single with Prudential Corporation Asia titled “We DO”, so let’s check that out –

Wow, it took a good minute and fifty-three seconds for my brain to register that this song is entirely in English. I was busy grooving to the retro instrumental, which I love and forgot that, oh, I could understand everything😂😂😂. The production quality on the instrumental is fantastic. Also, the guys look good, and their vocals are on point. I also like the choreography; it’s fun. My only issue with “We DO” is the uneven line and screen distribution. However, I think the vocalists got more attention because this is a heavy vocal track. All the same, “We DO” is undoubtedly one of my favourites from SuperM.


Up next is Davichi, who released their new digital single, “Just hug me”, yesterday –

I missed their beautiful voices and harmonies, so this is a well-needed comeback. Another song with a beautiful instrumental + how their vocals blend into the string instruments is pure bliss. I also love the music video because it gives me a sense of what the song’s about since English subtitles are not available. The actors did a great job of showcasing the couple’s emotions. “Just hug me” gets a yes from me.


Following up is KYUHYUN (of Super Junior). Earlier today, he released a new digital single titled “Coffee”

Nice, it’s the same actors from his previous single, “Moving On”. This video seems to be showing how their relationship started in high school. Kyuhyun’s voice is very calming. I could listen to him sing all day, + the chill vibe of “Coffee” is just perfect for me. I have nothing more to say than this is a 100% playlist-worthy song for me.


KANG DANIEL also released his 3rd mini-album, Yellow, earlier today. First, let’s check out the title track – “Antidote”, and I’ll follow up with a quick opinion of the album –

I have been hearing a lot about this artist but never found the time to check him out. This comeback presents the perfect opportunity to see what Kang Daniel has to offer. First off, he has a beautiful voice, and I love the intricate choreography. I’m usually hesitant about diving into new singers, but I’m pretty impressed in this case. I love his vibe, and “Antidote” is a lovely song.

What sold this album for me were the groovy beats, beautiful vocals and overall production quality. Not every song caught my attention on the first listen, but the few that did were brilliant. This record gave me a good feel of Kang Daniel’s potential, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for him in the future. My rating for Yellow is 9/10. My favourite songs in order are “PARANOIA” – “Save U” and “Antidote”.


To close, I have Whee In (of Mamamoo). Earlier today, she released her 1st mini-album, Redd. Per usual, I’ll first react to the title track – “water color” and follow up with my opinion on the album –

Right off the bat, I love the cinematography for this music video. Very classy and clean visuals, + Whee In looks gorgeous. The blue gown is my favourite outfit. Also, the vocals are on point. I’m thoroughly enjoying this retro surge in Korean music. “water color” is a song that I can see myself listening to a lot because it’s right up my alley.

This album was such a beautiful experience. I enjoyed every minute of listening to Whee In’s lovely vocals + the featured artists were some of my favourites. Every song got my attention on first listen, mainly because they completely align with my music preference, but all the same, Redd is an excellent record. Therefore it gets a 10/10 rating from me. It was hard to pick favourites, but for now, I’ll have to choose “Butterfly (feat. GSoul)” because the vocal quality and harmonies on that song are immaculate.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and feel free to leave your opinions on each artist’s comeback in the comment section🥰.

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: IU|Baekhyun|Park Bom|Kim Sungkyu & Jackson Wang

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

On March 25th, IU returned with her 5th album, LILAC. First, I will give my reaction to the title tracks “Lilac” and “Coin” and follow up with a brief opinion on the album.

I’m never disappointed when it comes to IU; hence reacting to her songs feels more like an experience to discover new favourites. She is such a stunning lady, and vocal-wise, she sounds fantastic on this track. It’s nice to see her dancing. “Lilac” has some elements of retro/jazz, and I enjoy those genres a lot. The colours for the MV are pretty and nicely depict the spring season.

Once again, with that underlying retro/jazz sound. The set, lighting, outfits and direction for this music video are top-notch, + the choreography is captivating. Among the two title tracks, “Coin” is my favourite. IU’s vocal quality on this is so smooth, and the beat is groovy. I love this for me!!!!

This album was a VIBE from start to finish. A complete masterpiece, in my humble opinion, because IU did not disappoint. I enjoyed the infusion of different musical styles like r&b, ballad, retro and a sprinkle of jazz. The production quality is tight; her vocalization was on point for every song, + I always live for the intricate melodies on IU’s songs. Now, all ten songs are playlist-worthy, but my top picks in order are – “My Sea” – “Troll” – “Flu” – “Empty Cup”, and “Hi Spring Bye”. My rating for LILAC is a solid 10/10.


Up next is BAEKHYUN. He released his 3rd mini-album, Bambi, on March 30th. As usual, I’ll check out the title track first and then share my thoughts on the album after.

From the thumbnail of this music video, I can already tell I’ll love this. The black & white visuals are serving sensual energy, + the quality of the music video is insane; it’s very cinematic. I know Baekhyun is fine, but this suit and fedora look is taking things to a whole new level. The beat is groovy, his voice is smooth, and the choreography is perfect. I am in awe of the beauty that I am currently witnessing. He came to serve with all the vocals!! I LOVE THIS FOR ME!!!!

The vocal disrespect on this album is too much for me to comprehend and should be deemed illegal😂. Like did Baekhyun have to show off and come this hard? Now you all know how I feel about my Rs&Bs, hence I seriously don’t have the right words to describe what I just experienced. What the heck was the vocal insanity on “All I Got”? Nah, I can’t; I just can’t!!! This mini-album, Bambi, was created especially for me. I AM IN LOVE. Therefore, it gets a bulletproof 10/10 for the rich goodness. 


It’s time for some Park Bom. She released a new single titled “Do Re Mi Fa Sol (feat. Changmo)” on March 31st.

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to Park Bom, so it feels good to hear her singing. I love the vibe of this song. The music video’s visuals are also pretty, and she looks great in every shot and outfit. Changmo came into the mix so beautifully, and his voice added a nice texture in the background to Park Bom’s section. I love this, so it’s a yes for me.


Next is Kim Sung Kyu of INFINITE. On March 29th, he dropped his 1st single album, Won’t Forget You. Let’s start with the title track – “Hush”, and follow up with the other two songs from this release. 

First off, he looks gorgeous with blonde hair. Also, fun fact – INFINITE was my first experience with Kpop, so the bond is strong on this one. I love the natural scenery for this music video. Kim Sung Kyu’s voice is beautiful, and the instrumental for this track is top-notch. I am so happy that every artist has been serving amazing tunes on this post. I love this song. It’s playlist-worthy and will be on repeat for a long time. Sorry, not sorry, neighbours🤭.

All three songs on this album are equally fantastic, but my favourite is “Hush”. I love that the base instrument on all tracks is a guitar. Songs with guitars as their first instrument always put me in a happy place. Kim Sung Kyu’s 1st single album – Won’t Forget You, gets a 10/10 from me. 


Closing this post is Jackson Wang. He released a new single titled “Leaving Me Love You” on March 26th.

Why is he always in a restaurant? At least this time, he’s part of the kitchen staff😂. Is it the same actress from his previous videos? Hmm, I don’t think so; this lady looks different to me. I love the mid-tempo vibe of this song, and the melody for the chorus is catchy. It makes me want to sing along. Jackson sounds beautiful, and I think this is my favourite slower tempo song from him. 100% playlist worthy.

Wow, it’s been an incredible ride with this post. My playlist grows fatter with each review. I’m starting to lose track of all the songs there, but it’s always fun to share how each release makes me feel. So that’s all I have, for now. See you all soon💕.

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: ASTRO|Wendy|Chanyeol|Kim Sejeong & Kang Seung Yoon

Hello everyone, I hope you all are doing great!

Over February and March, I was in a zone where my physical energy wasn’t in sync with my to-do list. Hence I had to prioritize certain things over others. Thankfully my workload has reduced, so I’m gradually getting back into the groove of multitasking. On that note, it’s time for some well-deserved music reviews. Before I get into the main subject of this post, allow me to make a shameless plug😅. If you’re into Lifestyle and fashion blogging, kindly check out my lovely friend Lauritta with this link 👉🏽 https://laurittachineke.com. She does her best to post every week, and her content is genuinely relatable. You get affordable fashion ideas + excellent advice from her life experiences. So please click the link and show her some love from me. Thank you💋.

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

Alright, I am starting with ASTRO. They released their 2nd album, All Yours, on April 5th. First, I’m going to check out the title track – “ONE”, and move on to share my thoughts on the album.

The music video’s visuals are very fitting for such an upbeat track. I love the outfits and distinctive styling for each member. They all look lovely. On first listen, the rap and pre-chorus sections are what truly got my attention. Overall, “ONE” is a sweet, feel-good song. However, would I say that I am 100% vibing with this song after my first listen? Not exactly, but I could still see myself listening to it once in a while.

This album got me feeling a bit conflicted. After a full listen, it’s pretty evident that this is a pop/EDM-based record. All ten songs are good because I could play them in the background and jam out while completing other tasks. However, as much as I enjoy these songs now, I’m also someone who quickly gets bored with the typical pop genre. Hence I was pretty confused. After going through the album a good FOUR times🤦‍♀️, I decided to enjoy the vocals, energy and production that I love, and when I’m bored of any track, it can be skipped or deleted from my playlists. On that note, my ultimate favourite track is “Dear my universe”, and my rating for All Yours by ASTRO is 8/10.


Let’s move on to Red Velvet’s WENDY. Her solo debut was on April 5th with the mini-album, Like Water. I’ll check out the title track first and then share my thoughts briefly on the album.

The visuals for this music video are enchanting, and Wendy has such a beautiful voice. “Like Water” is my zone; I LOVE IT. There’s something very captivating about this style of music. It’s soothing and perfect for my daily consumption. The instrumental, vocal quality and overall production on this track are excellent. 100% Playlist worthy.

This EP is such a blissful experience. I felt so much peace while going through each song. Wendy’s Vocals and the production quality!!!👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 I’ve always known how amazing she is as a vocalist, but she indeed came correct with this record. It’s such a perfect balance of R&B and Ballads. Like Water will be on repeat for a long time, and I am excited to see what the soloist – WENDY brings in the future. My ultimate picks on this mini-album are “Like Water” & “Why Can’t You Love Me?”. My rating is 10/10.


Next is CHANYEOL of EXO. He released a new single titled “Tomorrow” on April 6th as part of the SM STATION project.

Okay, the guitar intro and his voice got me in love, and I want to enjoy every second of this feeling + he looks so good. I love the black/white and animated visuals. There’s isn’t much to say than “Tomorrow” is right up my alley, and I can play this song on repeat and never get tired of it. So yea, 100% playlist worthy in my book.


Now unto KIM SEJEONG. She released her 2nd mini-album, I’m, on March 29th. Per usual, I’ll react to the title track – “Warning (feat. lilBOI)” first and follow up with my opinions on the album.

Sejeong looks good, and I love the colourful/playful scheme of this music video. lilBOI’s rap flowed into the song perfectly, but I wish he had more time. Also, Sejeong is so adorable. I love “Warning”; It has a catchy melody.

The playful vibe of this EP is addictive, + Sejeong’s lovely voice makes it even better. My ultimate favourite songs are “Let’s Go Home” and “Warning”. I’m is a beautiful mini-album with five equally captivating songs. I added them all to my playlists and will be revisiting them often. Good job KIM SEJEONG. It’s a 10/10 from me.


To close, I have Kang Seung Yoon of WINNER. I’ve been itching for my baby’s comeback as a solo artist, and finally, I can indulge. On March 29th, Seung Yoon released his 1st album, Page. Let’s check out the title track – “IYAH”, and enjoy this well-deserved album. I’m hoping this incorporates some rock elements like his previous solos.

Yessss!!!! I got what I wanted. The instrumental intro is a delightful melody to my ears + I love the set for the music video, It feels very homely. Okay, hear me out, right now, R. Kelly is not one I mess with, but there’s a particular section in “If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time” that sounds similar to the intro for “IYAH”. It’s just amazing to hear how a few tweaks in chords can create a new song, a different vibe but still ignite some nostalgia of something you’ve once heard. I just felt like pointing that out but let’s move on. The message for this song is beautiful and relatable. Awwww, the music video is so lovely and well-directed. Okay, I got emotional at the end when the choir came in. I LOVE THIS SONG. You’ve come so far, Kang Seung Yoon. I’m so proud😥. 

This record blessed me with Kang Seung Yoon‘s incredible vocals and wonderful instrumentalization back to back. All twelve songs are on point, + the production is top-notch. I love that the album has a good balance of different genres/vibes. That way, everyone is bound to find at least one or more songs that fit their taste. It’s hard for me to pick a favourite track right now because they’re all great. So my rating for Page is 10/10.

That’s all I have for this post; I hope you all enjoyed reading this review. I’ll meet you all soon😊.

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

Hello, hello🤗

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!!!🎉. 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 remarkable👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. “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.💞

Song Of The Week – “For the gone” by CODE KNUST, CHOI JUNG HOON & Simon Dominic

Hello, I hope you all are having a great week. I finally have some time to spare, and I’m happy😊 because I miss working on my blog😢.

As you can tell from this post’s title, my recommended song for this week is “For the gone”. It is a collaborative track from ELLE Korea, and CODE KNUST + the music video was written and directed by actor Park Jung MinCHOI JUNG HOON of JANNABI and Simon Dominic also lent their voices to this project, while Lee Je HoonLee Sung Kyung and Park Jung Min starred in the cinematic music video.

“For the gone” marked my first time hearing anything from CHOI JUNG HOON or his indie rock band – JANNABI. His vocal tone gives off a very homely vibe. People sometimes say that a singer’s voice feels like a warm hug, and that’s precisely what CHOI JUNG HOON’s singing does for me. I also love the instrumental for this song, most especially the guitar & keyboard sections. It’s such a chill and beautiful energy, so kudos to CODE KNUST for the sweet production👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. Another plus to this project is the captivating rap verse served by Simon Dominic. I truly enjoyed his flow on this lovely slow-tempo track.

Concerning the lyrics, I believe it’s generally about longing for a past time and the feelings that made you feel great then. It can also relate to how everyone in the world misses their everyday lives before COVID-19 happened. Now, if any of the features I complimented above rocks your boat, then this song for you😊. Also, feel free to check out the live performance at the Melon Music Awards –

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: IU|BOBBY|DREAMCATCHER & NCT 127

This week had so many comebacks, but I couldn’t react to each artist immediately, so here is my usual ‘catching up’ compilation. In this post, I’ll share brief thoughts on each song, and when there’s an album involved, I’ll list out my favourite tracks.

IU – “Celebrity”

I believe this song is a pre-release single for IU’s upcoming album. First off, this music video’s visuals are stunning, and IU is gorgeous. I love all her outfits, and she sounds fantastic as always. The rhythm and melody for “Celebrity” are very catchy. I think this song encourages everyone not to give up no matter how rocky things get. Even if you start to lose yourself in the process, make a trackback, keep working hard and trust that you’re a star that will surely shine someday. That’s the message I got; hopefully, I’m partially correct. All the same, I love “Celebrity”, and I added it to my playlist already.


BOBBY – “U MAD”

This song is the title track from BOBBY’s 2nd album – Lucky Man. “U MAD” is an intense song, right up in your face! I enjoyed BOBBY’s flow, and the beat + the chorus section is LIT🔥. I like how they stripped out the instrumental during the second verse to let BOBBY bring more heat to his rap. The music video’s visuals are good, + the production on “U MAD” served excellence. From the lyrics, I know this one is for his haters, and I LOVE IT!

The one word for this album is LIT!!! Well deserving of a 10/10 rating because BOBBY served bops back to back. I enjoyed the in-your-face vibes, + the features from other IKON members were so good. Every song on this album is perfect; hence, I can’t exactly pick my favourites now.


DREAMCATCHER – “Odd Eye”

“Odd Eye” is the title track off DREAMCATCHER’s 6th mini-album – Dystopia: Road to Utopia. I love the music video’s distorted visuals and the EDM/Rock elements for the beat. The majority of songs I have heard from this group are heavily rock-influenced, but I appreciate how they still sound different on each track. Dami is a force to be reckoned with because her flow and presence are insane. Would I say “Odd Eye” is my favourite song from DREAMCATCHER? No, but it’s certainly a good vibe.

The album is good; it gave me some anime intro vibes but still followed the title track’s EDM/Rock style. My ultimate favourite song is “Poison Love”. My rating for this record is 8/10, which means it’s okay, but still not something I see myself replaying a lot.


NCT 127 – “First Love”

This song is NCT 127’s pre-release single for their upcoming Japanese album – LOVE HOLIC, which releases on February 17th. The main things I enjoyed on this track were their voices, harmonization, and how they layered the backing vocals; it gave off such a cool effect while listening. The beat is also fire, and overall the production is top-notch. I certainly see myself going back to replay “First Love” a lot, and I’m looking forward to the album.

Epik High is Here!! With “Rosario” (Feat. CL & ZICO)

On January 18th, Epik High returned with a new album titled Epik High is Here (Part 1). This record has ten songs, including the two title tracks – “Rosario ft. CL & ZICO” and “Based On A True Story ft. HEIZE”. I couldn’t skip reviewing this iconic hip-hop group, so let’s get right into it.

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

Reaction to “Rosario” (Feat. CL, ZICO) Official MV –

  • They are back with their trademark vertical videos, and for some reason, I feel like I’m watching a 3D clip. Maybe this is due to the way they filmed this music video.
  • Okay, I am 0.26 seconds in, but I already know that this song is a certified BOP.
  • I love the slight Spanish influence, and DJ Tukutz’s acting is on point.
  • Trying to pay attention to both the lyrics and visuals at the same time is impossible. For my first listen, I’m going to focus on the visuals alone.
  • Wow, the beat for this song + that guitar in the background is exquisite.
  • Tablo is flowing as expected. I love how they amplified the bass during his second verse.
  • CL came into the mix smoothly. I love her raspy voice, and her outfit is giving QUEEN VIBES!!!
  • Kudos to whoever designed the set for each artist. It’s so detailed and stunning👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼.
  • Of course, ZICO came in with the heat and that three-piece suit is doing him justice😎.
  • The production on this song is serving 100% quality, and I’m in LOVE.
  • The shots for this music video are insane. Did you see the way the camera moved during ZICO’s scene?
  • From what I’ve seen, I feel like this video has a deeper meaning. Hopefully, I can get the gist of this once I read the lyrics or else, I’ll watch an explanation video on YouTube later.
  • CL truly brings the right amount of sauce to the chorus section.
  • Now it’s Mithra’s turn to kill things. Oh, the beat got even nastier on his part, and I love his intensity.
  • This music video looked simple at first because of the vertical format but Nah!! This is some A+++++++++ direction and filming work.
  • I love the instrumental outro after Tablo says “moment of silence.”
  • After paying close attention to the lyrics, I feel they’re calling out people who rudely criticize every little thing celebrities do. These same individuals turn out to be hypocrites once something terrible happens to the same artist they once hated. They try to sympathize and act like they didn’t partake in what led to the demise. Just as Tablo mentioned in his verse, their actions are equal to murder.
  • I love the message. Inconsiderate people that call themselves ‘fans’ need to know their place. PERIOD!!!!
  • “Rosario” is a solid title track. Every person on this song came through and served.

Reaction to “Based On A True Story” (Feat. HEIZE) Official MV –

  • A slower track than “Rosario”, and once again, I am in awe of the music video. It’s visually pleasing to watch.
  • HEIZE sounds beautiful, and the pianist backing her is incredible. You all know how I love a good piano instrumental.
  • I am getting chills from the soothing harmony between the piano, violin and HEIZE’s vocals.
  • “Based On A True Story” serves pure bliss energy, and I am here for it.
  • I love how Tablo came in singing before switching into a slightly upbeat rap section.
  • Nah, at this point, Epik High is just disrespectful, but what did I expect? They are killing the production on these songs. Every aspect screams excellence, from the vocals to the rap sections, the beats, and most notably, the violin & piano sections on this track.
  • I think this music video’s filming style comes off quite personal, which makes sense considering this song’s title.
  • I keep getting goosebumps because the melody for this song is so beautiful.
  • The lyrics for “Based On A True Story” are sad, but I truly enjoyed every second. Big ups to Epik High and HEIZE👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼.

Album Review:

  1. Lesson Zero – Another soothing track from Epik High. The opening vocals are so serene, and the visuals for this video is beautiful. “Lesson Zero” is a befitting opening for this deep-felt and solid album. Yes, I said solid because I know Epik High doesn’t disappoint. Tablo stays spitting facts. This song holds some profound insights into the world and the systems that run us. I feel “Lesson Zero” is about tracing back to who we want to be rather than focusing on what society has set for us to become.
  2. Rosario (Feat. CL, ZICO) – No need for too many words because this is my song!!!  
  3. Based On A True Story (Feat. HEIZE) – It still gives me chills, such a beautiful song. 
  4. Acceptance Speech (Feat. B.I) – Okay, Mithra Jin started this song right off the first second, + the beat came in hard. It’s nice to hear B.I’s voice after so long. He nailed the chorus section, making me reminisce the “Born Hater” era. Yet another song with deep-felt lyrics. When you’ve met a lot of fake people in life, you begin to build up walls and, in turn, become immune to anyone that tries to mess with you again. The sad aspect is that these fake friends tend to feel entitled as if you owe them something. 
  5. Leica (Feat. Kim Sawol) – Quite an intriguing keyboard entry for this song. Tablo is riding the beat so well, and his flow is sick. The melody for the instrumental is very catchy. I think this is my first time hearing anything from Kim Sawol, and she has such a calm vocal tone. I need to check out more songs from her. “Leica” has a groovy beat; it makes me want to body-roll. Nah, this was too short. I needed more time with such a fantastic track. From the lyrics I read on genius.com, I think this song is about living in the moment rather than being consumed with storing everything in a photobook or taking countless pictures on a camera.
  6. In Self-defense (Feat. Woo, Nucksal, CHANGMO) – Ooo, this one is a hardcore rap zone, and I live for this type of energy. I love how Woo came into the mix, and his flow is impressive. All the features on this song are serving it hot. “In Self-defense” gives me cypher vibes because of how quickly they move from one rapper to the next. No time to waste on this beat, and this song is LIT🔥. I believe this song is hinting at the high level of competition in the music industry and how chaotic it can become + just showcasing that Epik High paved the way for many other rappers.
  7. True Crime (Feat. Miso) – Open up your chest for another person’s entertainment🤨? Now that’s some toxic relationship, in my sincere opinion. I love Miso’s soft voice and how the EDM drop wasn’t too intense because the lyrics seem dark. After reading the English translation, I think my initial take was wrong. This song is about two people in love that are criticized continuously due to societal norms? So far, “True Crime” is my least favourite. I need more time to appreciate this song’s sound.
  8. Social Distance 16 – Another track but very befitting for our current times with the constant lockdowns, social distancing, mask life, depression and uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
  9. End of the World (Feat. GSoul) – Alright, let’s talk about it because I’m confused. He was G.Soul, then it switched to Golden, and now he’s back to GSoul? Anyway, I love the guitar intro on this track, and GSoul’s amazing vocals stay constant no matter the stage name. This song is my kind of vibe, I love the instrumental, and the vocals + rap sections are groovy. Tablo’s flow on this one is sweet, and Mithra Jin went in on his verse. GSoul’s vocal runs are pure eargasm, and I could listen to this man sing all day. “End of the World” is that song!!! 
  10. Wish You Were – Okay, this is an outro; hence I don’t mind that it’s only 1 minute and 33 seconds long. We got some smooth vocals, a groovy beat, Haru’s sweet voice and honest lyrics. “Wish You Were” served its purpose as the perfect closing to this fantastic album.

Final Thoughts:

I had to take my time on this review because when Epik High releases anything, they serve vibes and give free life lessons. I am delighted to have them back, and I hope everyone enjoyed reading this post. There’s no need for me to comment more at this point. Epik High is Here (Part 1) is an album that speaks for itself as a complete MASTERPIECE. Hence it gets a bulletproof 10/10 from me.

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 👉🏼 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 on💃🏼.
  • 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!!! 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
  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 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼. 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, DAWN👏👏👏.
  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.