Hello, beautiful people. I hope you all are doing great and staying safe.
For the past two weeks, I haven’t been very active, but I’m officially back. Although my absence led to a lack of music reviews for recent comebacks, I did listen to all the new songs and albums on my own. As you all can tell from this post’s title, I’ll be checking out Red Velvet’s subunit – IRENE & SEULGI. They released their 1st mini album – Monster on June 6th, and I had to show up for this one because their teaser images were absolutely stunning. Both ladies were serving me goddess looks –
(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exacts thoughts while listening to each song.)
Reaction to Title Track/Official MV:
A weird intro, but okay.
The set for the music video’s is gorgeous and really colourful.
The bass on this song is quite intense.
I’m also enjoying how sultry their voices sound on the track.
I appreciate the interactive choreography. Both Irene and Seulgi are killing it.
The contoured outfits are such a good look for both ladies.
Also, excellent progression with the use of a rap-singing style for the verse, and then moving on to full singing from the pre-chorus section.
However, I’m not too sure about the pre-chorus, but let’s continue.
I love the switch up for the instrumental during Irene’s second verse. I don’t know the technical name for what happened there, so I’ll just call it an electric fart.😂
The visuals and lighting for this music video are beautiful.
Okay, the part that starts with – “I’m a little monster, be scared of me…” slightly threw me off at first, but it does sound perfect after hearing it three times.
I have to replay this song before giving my final thoughts.
Honestly, I acknowledge the good qualities of “Monster” because both Irene and Seulgi sound amazing on the track. The instrumental is quite intriguing, but unfortunately, the overall tone and vibe aren’t doing much for me.
Here is the album on Spotify –
Monster – Third time listening to this track, and I still can’t get into it. I think it is because I enjoy some parts while the rest are just there for me.
Diamond – Okay, I love the instrumental intro for this one. It’s quite bouncy and makes me move a little. Both ladies are serving beautiful and smooth vocals. This song, to me, is way better than the title track. From the soft melody to the overall production, “Diamond” is a whole vibe. I am genuinely enjoying their voices on this track, and the instrumental with the soft finger-clicks is sitting well with my spirit.
Feel Good – Another intriguing start, and this song seems more hunting than the previous two. I love the short pauses between each sentence as they sing. Also, excellent instrumental progression, most notably with the way they introduced the drumbeat. Oh, are we getting an EDM build-up? I was not expecting the song to take this route. The production on this track is intriguing. “Feel Good” is a great song, but it still feels slightly odd to me. Maybe I just need more time with it. All the same, vocally, both Irene and Seulgi sound incredible.
Jelly – This is more bubbly than the rest. It is giving me classic Red Velvet vibes. Irene is solidifying herself as a vocalist with this album because both ladies have given nothing but clean and beautiful vocals with all four songs. I am really enjoying this track. I can see myself coming back to “Jelly” a few times because it makes me feel good. The drumline style instrumental for the bridge is giving me life. Plus, the subtle falsetto notes are blessing my ears. This is my second favourite on this album after “Diamond”
Uncover (Sung by SEULGI): Bonus Track – This is very R&B styled, and Seulgi’s voice is perfect for this type of song. She has the classic soft and mesmerizing tone for R&B music. “Uncover” is another good one, but I don’t see myself coming back to it a lot. All the same, it is a perfect way to close the album.
This is their 1st mini-album, hence why I’m cutting them some slack. IRENE & SEULGI sounded terrific together, and the production on the album was kind of okay. I genuinely enjoyed “Diamond” and “Jelly” out of the five songs. Overall, I was not blown away by this record, so my rating for Monster is 6/10.
I woke up way too early today, and since I had nothing important to prepare for, I spent my morning looking for new intriguing pictures to share with you all. So here are the stunning photos that caught my attention this morning –
(Please Note: none of the images are mine. I got them from official websites and social media sites.)
First on my list is Taeyeon for Allure Korea –
This particular photoshoot has a gorgeous and captivating set of images. I like how the makeup on Taeyeon was done.
Yeri’s teaser images for Red Velvet’s latest release are absolutely breathtaking. She is glowing. All the girls were giving me life with this comeback.
The one and only milky man – Lee Dong-Wook. He radiates beauty and grace in this photoshoot for NYLON Korea.
Moon Geun-young for VOGUE Korea December 2019 edition. This picture is striking.
Han Ye Seul serves fall season charm in this shoot for the September edition of Allure Korea.
Kim Seo Hyung stuns in black & white for VOGUE Korea. She looks snatched and fine.
Namgoong Min is as radiant as ever in this picture for COSMOPOLITAN Korean. Everything about this just oozes warmth.
Lee Sang Yoon is giving off mysterious vibes in this Allure photoshoot that also features his VIP co-star Jang Nara.
Jang Nara is fierce for Allure. She looks sensational in these set of photos.
Red Velvet just released a repackaged album – ‘The ReVe Festival’ Finale, which features the title track “Psycho”Red Velvet is a South Korean girl group managed by SM Entertainment. The group consists of five members – Irene, Wendy, Joy, Seulgi and Yeri. They officially debuted as a four-member group on the 1st of August, 2014 with the digital single – “Happiness.” Later on, in March 2015, Yeri was added to the group as the fifth member.
(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)
Reaction to Official MV:
Damn, they already got me with that high note. I am pumped and ready for this to be a bop.
That note hits hard because of the silence at the beginning of this song. You do not expect it.
All the girls look stunning.
I love this dark makeup look going on here.
Nice touch with the finger-snapping at the start.
What is this beat? It is weird, but I like it.
Yesss, Wendy bless me with your wild falsetto.
The chorus is perfect, and I love the choreography. Very smooth and sharp.
The aesthetics of this music video is quite impressive. I love how everything looks a bit faded out.
Wait a minute there. Everyone sounds great, but WHATEVER SEULGI JUST DID AT THE 1:37 MINUTE MARK DESERVES A REPLAY.
Woooh, she served vocals on that line.
Irene’s beauty is a blessing to my eyes. How can someone be so beautiful and talented?
The pre-chorus section is definitely my favourite part of the song. That falsetto start always gets me.
The instrumental for this track is so good. I am not a music expert, so I cannot point out all the exciting things I hear correctly.
Like just listen to the beat right at the 2:54 minute mark of the music video. What is that? Whoever engineered this is a genius.
That part of the instrumental sounds like a car engine, but it fits so well with the song.
Red Velvet always comes out with such experimental sounds, but it works for them.
Yesss….. to this ending section of the song “Hey now we’ll be ok… it’s alright.” I LOVE THIS.
THIS IS DEFINITELY A BOP AND A HALF. lit, lit….lit
👏👏👏👏👏👏👏. Great job, Red Velvet.
They nailed every part of this song. I also love this concept.
Time to watch the MV again.
I think a few scenes in this music video reference some visuals from their previous videos.
This is so good. The girls popped off.
I love this era for them.
I am adding this song to my playlist. Also, I need the actual album.
It has officially been summer for a while now and just like I did during winter with My Winter Playlist, I have created a summer playlist. On a regular, my favourite genres of music are RnB, soul, neo-soul, hip-hop, but occasionally I do dabble into trap, country and rock. During summer, I practically listen to anything, so far as it is groovy and upbeat.
So here is my summer playlist created for you all to enjoy, and as always I added short previews for each song.
#. Mamamoo – gogobebe
I absolutely adore Mamamoo, not just for their music but also for their quirky personalities. They are a fantastic group, and I always look forward to their comebacks. If you do not listen to Mamamoo already, you should because they are a vocal powerhouse that never disappoints on both upbeat and ballad tracks.
#. LAY – Bad
I already mentioned the EP – Honey by Lay in a previous post. If you have not read that post already, go check it out – Song Of The Week: LAY – HONEY. ‘Bad’ is my second favourite song from the EP, and I have been listening to it on repeat. So hopefully, you all enjoy it like I do.
#. WayV – Take Off
WayV was the group I wrote about in my most recent star showcase. If you have not read that post already, here is the link – Star Showcase: WayV. They are currently my favourite male pop group. “TakeOff” is a great upbeat song, and so I had to have it on this playlist.
#. I.O.I – Whatta Man
I discovered I.O.I’s version of “Whatta Man” while searching for the original by Salt ‘N’ Pepa. Usually, I am very skeptical about remakes, but this was done so well, and I like that they brought their own originality to the piece. I hope you all enjoy listening to this song and also check the original version by Salt ‘N’ Pepa if you have not heard to it before.
#. MOMOLAND – BAAM
So far, this is the only song from MOMOLAND that I have listened to. This is because I do not really enjoy overly cute concepts. But once in a while, I make an exception for amazing songs like “BAAM”. My favourite part of the song is definitely the rap section.
#. BTOB – Blowin’ Up
I LOVE BTOB. They are currently on the top of my list for Korean boy bands. Every single member brings something unique to the group. Their rappers are amazing, but my main man is Ilhoon. Also, this is another vocal powerhouse because all of the vocalists could be mains. Their voices are so beautiful. I groove a lot to “Blowin’ Up”, so it has to be on this playlist.
#. VaVa, Ty., Nina Wang – My New Swag
I am so glad that this song was featured as a soundtrack for Crazy Rich Asians. I would have been missing out on a rare gem if I did not watch that movie. It is a perfect case of the old and new coming together to form a fantastic blend. The entire song scream genius. Of course, I love VaVa and Ty.’s rap, but Nina Wang blessed my ears with the Chinese opera section, that for me is the best part of this song. Also, it has a great beat, so what else do I need in a song? Pure Perfection.
#. Ailee – Room Shaker
Ailee did not come to play with anyone on her recent album: butterFLY. “Room Shaker” is such a great party song. She is such a vocal queen, and I am always here for her. Currently, she is having issues promoting her album, but I sincerely hope that everything works out well for her because she deserves the best.
#. G.Soul – You
Honestly, Korean agencies need to manage and promote their solo artists better because people keep on missing out on such gems. I am okay with the fact that he left JYP Entertainment to join H1GHR MUSIC. Other similar artists like Crush, Dean, Sam Kim, Zion.T are out there, but he seemed so hidden (sorry I just had to rant a little). I am glad that I discovered him because he is a beautiful vocalist.
#. BANG YONGGUK – YAMAZAKI
No words can describe the epicness of this song. I am so sad that I cannot find it on Spotify but no worries, I will just continue listening to it on YouTube. Fair warning: the music video for this song is quite graphic, you will also get a notice before the video starts. With that said, let me just state the fact that BANG YONGGUK is AMAZING. The beat on this goes hard🔥🔥. Guys, please listen to this song in 8d, I promise that you will love it even more.
#. NCT 127 – Simon Says
Most people tend to feel that NCT 127’s music is too trippy, but I personally think that their sound is very futuristic. Once I hear a song from any NCT group, I can tell that it is them because of how distinct their music style is. Sometimes it takes me a few listens to really get into the groove of the song, but after then, it becomes a steady bop. I love “Simon Says”. This song never fails to energize me, and I find myself playing it on repeat for a long time.
#. Triple H – Feel
I was really into this group, and I am so sad about the messed-up situation that went down. But that will not stop me from enjoying their music. I love every single song that Triple H released, but for this playlist, I decided to stick with “Feel” becauseit never fails to hype me up.
#. SUNMI – Heroine
The first song I ever heard from Sunmi was “Full Moon”, and I have been in love with her music since then. I decided to add “Heroine”to this playlist because of how perfect it is for a summer road trip. It is such a perfect sing-along song.
#. ITZY – DALLA DALLA
For me,”DALLA DALLA” is the perfect balance between the cute Vs. the hardcore concept. I really love it and plus it promotes an essential message, which is to love yourself and that it is okay to be different. All the members of the group really shined throughout the song, and I am looking forward to checking out their comeback song “ICY”.
#. EXO – Ko Ko Bop
Summer is not officially summer without EXO’s “Ko Ko Bop”. I really love when Kpop songs add in some trap or EDM elements because it guarantees a sick beat. Anyways, EXO never disappoints, and this is just one of their long list of songs that are perfect for summer.
#. CHUNG HA – Gotta Go
Chung Ha was born to be a star. She just has something about her that draws in the viewer’s attention. “Gotta Go” is my favourite song from her. The chorus for this song is very addictive, so I always attempt to sing along.
#. KARD – RUMOR
K.A.R.D is the best group to play during summer. Almost all their songs have that standard summer groove vibe to it, and even their latest release “BOMB BOMB” is lit. I showcased it recently as a song of the week, check out that post here – Song Of The Week: K.A.R.D – BOMB BOMB.”RUMOUR”made this playlist because I wanted to go with a more laid back tune from them.
#. Gen Hoshino – Family Song
This is another great road trip song or a perfect tune to end a gathering with friends. I discovered this song from the Japanese drama: Overprotected Kohoko. The song speaks about wishing happiness and smiles to everyone and praying that such feelings last for a long time in their lives. Even though they might be feeling sad now, it is only a bridge to their coming joy. I hope you all enjoy listening to this song, and I wish that everyone reading this post will have a reason to smile for a long time.
#. Millic, Fanxy Child – Paradise
This is one of the grooviest songs I have heard in the longest time. I just cannot help but to sing along to the chorus and also attempt to mouth some of Penomeco’s part because his verse is straight FIRE. Millic did his thing with the production of this song. Also, the other members of Fanxy Child (Crush, Dean and Zico) brought their A-game. In conclusion, the entire song is TOO GOOD.
#. Jackson Wang – Papillon
Aite Aite Aite Aite Aite, You got me feeling like a, Feeling like a Papillon. Only one word can be used to describe this song – LIT🔥🔥. Jackson just has this deep voice that does wonders for my ears, and he blessed me with this song. So that is all I have to say, NEXT.
#. Bii – Be Your Light
AWWW BII. I already spoke about my love for Bii in my first ever star showcase on this blog. Here is the link to that if you want to check it out – Star Showcase: BII. I just love the progression of this song. It starts off very soft with just Bii singing, but then you get a full choir for the chorus. That perfect build-up creates a hopeful feeling. Bii’s vocals on “Be Your Light” is beautiful, he always gives me the best music. I might be doing a short review of his latest album, so keep an eye out for that post.
#. Jay Park, Cha Cha Malone – Feature
Every playlist to me must have at least one or two impressive RnB tracks for it be complete. And who else could provide that perfect song? “Feature”by Jay Park & Cha Cha Malone is such a smooth song, and both singers served vocals on this track. So I hope you guys enjoy it.
#. HA SUNG WOON – BLUE
While reviewing the drama Her Private Life, I mentioned that “Think of You” by Ha Sung Woon is one of my favourite OSTs. I also stated that although I did not know much about him, he is a great singer. So recently, while doing a little research on him, I discovered “BLUE.” It is a great song, so I just had to have it on this playlist.
#. DEAN – Bonnie & Clyde
This song is such a masterpiece. Dean always releases excellent music, and that is why the music video for “Bonnie & Clyde” deserves way more views than it has currently. He is a vocal king, so people need to stop taking naps on his music and fully get on the Dean train.
Now I know I listed hip-hop as one of my favourite genres, but honestly, I was not always into rap music. I just could never get into the grove of Western hip-hop. I only started listening to rap music after I discovered the Korean hip-hop scene. And then from there, I was able to find one or two American rap artists that actually suits my taste. This song “EUNG FREESTYLE” is on the top of my list for Korean hip-hop songs.
#. SOMI – BIRTHDAY
SOMI really did great on this song. For a debut song, it actually slays. I really love whenever she says “oops, you’re not invited, yea you’re not invited”. I also think the bridge towards the end of the song is lovely. Even though I do not really follow her, I am happy that she was finally able to debut. I hope you all enjoy listening to “BIRTHDAY” as much as I do.
#. DAY6 – I Wait
Day6 is definitely one of my top Korean bands, and “I Wait” is a very addictive song. I love how the song starts out with a very soft tone and then keeps building up towards the powerful chorus. That just made the entire track more appealing to hear. Also, Day6 has an impressive set of vocalists. I really feel that they are an underrated group and totally deserve more exposure. I hope that with time, more people will discover them because they make fantastic music.
#. HEIZE, Dean – Shut Up & Groove
Here is another addictive song. After hearing it for the first time, the chorus was stuck in my head for days. I found myself singing “shut up & groove” EVERYWHERE I WENT TO😂. For real, the song goes hard. Heize is a fantastic artist, and of course, Dean always slays me with his vocals. So yes, it has to be on my summer playlist.
#. BAEKHYUN – UN Village
Okay BAEKHYUN, I see you. This song just makes me do that grovy sway from left to right while nodding and snapping my fingers. Like for real, this song is legitly too good. The music video should have more views by now but who knows what drug YouTube is on again😒. Anyways I really love “UN Village”, it is a beautiful song, and the album: CITY LIGHTSgets an A+ from me. Excellent solo debut.
#. Taemin – Want
Are words even needed to describe the awesomeness that is LEE TAEMIN? He is a full, packaged artist. From his dancing to his voice and even his looks. He gets a solid 100% in all departments, JUST SAYING. “WANT” is another one of his great releases. Also, the video for this song is pure art, plus the choreography💕. Like DAMN, HE DID THAT.
#. BOBBY – HOLUP!
Another song that goes hard. Bobby is an amazing rapper, and he really did great on this song. “HOLUP!” is such a party song. I love that included the other IKON members in this track. You can hear their voices towards the end of the song.
#. Red Velvet – RBB (Really Bad Boy)
I might not be the biggest fangirl of Red Velvet, but I still love them. And I also know that a good number of people feel that their songs are not always the best, but I am not of their opinion. I really really love all the songs they have released so far including their lastest comeback song “Zimzalabim”. It is definitely not my favourite song from them, but it is still good. Anyways I chose “Really Bad Boy” for this playlist because I have been listening to it on repeat.
#. BLACKPINK – Don’t Know What To Do
This is the ultimate summer song. “Don’t Know What To Do” is actually my favourite song from their latest album: Kill This Love. I have to render some well-deserved praise to Rose and Jisoo because they both sound beautiful on this track. I also enjoy listening to “Kick It” and funny enough the title track “Kill This Love” is not my go-to on the album.
#. Simon Dominic, ONE, G2, BewhY – Who You?
I need ONE to release more music. I am glad that he decided to leave YG Entertainment and has plans to set up his own one-person agency. At least now, he can focus more on his music. I still love Jung Jae Won the actor, but I have been missing One the rapper for way too long. Anyways, Simon Dominic, G2 and BewhY also went in on this track, everyone brought their A-game. Try listening to this song with a speaker because the beat on the chorus section is legit🔥🔥. Also if you guys have not watched Show Me The Money, then go check it out because it is actually a cool show.
#. Eric Nam – Honestly
As always, Eric Nam brought his perfect vocals and blessed me with a great summer song. My best part of “Honestly”is the section right before the chorus, he just sounds beautiful. No words can describe what his voice does for me. I hope you all enjoy listening to this song.
#. Gallant, Tablo, Eric Nam – Cave Me In
Yesss, another song with Eric Nam. His voice on this is so smooth. In fact, the entire song is too groovy. Gallant did well when choosing artists to feature on this track. Also the genius rapper Tablo. His verse is so real on this song. The choice of words in all his songs are always so brilliant. It makes me feel like he is reciting a poem.
#. Lu Han – On Fire
Okay, we are heading over to China again. Random thought – I feel Luhan and Bii look alike in a way. Back to the main topic – Luhan brought the heat on this song, it is a complete BOP. I am glad that all the Chinese members that left EXO have been doing well for themselves. Luhan has been killing both the music and the acting game, and I wish him more success.
#. TVXQ – The Chance of Love
The OGs, TVXQ. They are just two, but they sound better and even dance better than most groups with a vast number of members. “The Chance of Love” is an excellent song from them. That “oooh oooh oooh” is so soothing to my ears and the rest of the song also showcases impressive vocals. So I just had to have it on my summer playlist.
#. Jun. K – THINK ABOUT YOU
Like I mentioned already, every playlist to me must have at least one or two impressive RnB tracks for it be complete. And here is my second top on the list after ‘Feature’ by Jay Park & Cha Cha Malone. Jun. K snatched my wig and threw it all the way to Mars with this song. Vocals, dance and visuals, everything was 100%. My favourite section of this song is the bridge, he really took it up to another level there. The music video for “THINK ABOUT YOU” definitely deserves more than 4.2 million views. People need to stop sleeping on such incredible artists.
#. Song Bingyang – U Make Me Strong
This is such a beautiful song from Song Bingyang. I discovered it while watching the Chinese Drama: Moonshine and Valentine, which I listed as one of my top 10 dramas for 2018. If you will like to see that post, here is the link – MY TOP 10 DRAMAS FOR 2018. “U Make Me Strong” is a great song with an excellent beat as well and it always gives me an uplifting feeling whenever I listen to it. So I decided to end my summer playlist with this song.
Of course, there are many other summer songs, but these listed songs were chosen according to my personal preference. Also, I am sorry about the length of this post. I had way too many songs in mind, and I just could not shorten it be less than this listed 40.
Feel free to leave me your own summer song suggestions in the comment section. Also If you were intrigued by the previews and would like to hear the full versions, here is a link to the YouTube playlist I created – YouTube Summer Playlist