Since I’m pretty much settled and up to date now, I’ve decided to continue my weekly song recommendations. “How did we” by Huh Gak has been my staple companion over the past few weeks. It’s a beautiful and relaxing ballad. So I’m sharing this with anyone in need of such a vibe.
I love listening to “How did we” a lot, mainly because of two factors –
The beautiful instrumentalization.
Huh Gak’s superb vocal delivery.
Another sub reason could be the message of this song. Although it’s mainly about a breakup, it focuses more on letting go of the hurtful memories during a relationship and reminiscing more on your happy moments.
I remember discovering Huh Gak through a movie soundtrack titled “My Best”, which also features the fabulous vocalist John Park. Ever since hearing that song, I dived deep into his discography. In my opinion, this man is hands done one of the best vocalists in Korea. His emotional delivery is incredible.
If you feel intrigued by this week’s recommendation and want to hear more from Huh Gak, check out his 10th-anniversary album, Hello –
How’s everyone doing? I hope you all are in good health and staying warm.
This week, I’ve decided to share an album with you all instead of my traditional weekly song recommendation. Where is SHI? is a 2020 r&b record from the groundbreaking Taiwanese-Korean artist Shi Shi. If you’re an avid reader, you must have heard me mention her in a few drama reviews due to her soundtrack contributions. This time I’m switching things up by focusing on her actual work because all the ten songs on this album are undoubtedly top-notch.
Sun Sheng Xi, popularly known as Shi Shi, is a Taiwanese-Korean singer-songwriter born on November 13, 1990. Shi Shi was born in Korea but later moved to Taiwan in pursuit of becoming a singer. After participating in a singing competition known as Chinese Million Stars, she signed with Rock Records Taipei. Her official debut was in 2014 with the full-length album, girls.
I genuinely enjoy her 2020 record Where is SHI? because it has a perfect balance between the nostalgic 2000s r&b vibe and the current modern take on rhythm and blues. Some other outstanding attributes on this album include Shi Shi’s unique vocals, great featured artists, striking instrumentalization, and excellent production. Plus, eight out of the ten songs have visuals.
Here’s my brief take on each track, and I’m also noting my favourites –
Track 1 – “Midnight Movie”
Such a soft opening to the album, + the guitar/drumbeat instrumental is beautiful. Shi Shi’s voice on this is serving absolute serene vibes. “Midnight Movie” always pours positive energy into me, so I love to play it more than once before moving on.
Track 2 – “Realer Love ft. sunkis”
I enjoy the slight groove on this one, + it showcases excellent production on both the vocals and instrumental. Shi Shi has one the most stable falsetto tones, and I love how she smoothly rides the beat on this song. Sunkis also has a beautiful voice, and he nailed the harmonies.
Track 3 – “Me First ft. TroutFresh”
I adore the keyboard and drum entry on this track, + I got introduced to a talented r&b/rap artist through this record. TroutFresh is impressive. I love his flow. I always enjoy the jazzy vibe on “Me First”; I find myself dancing whenever this song comes on.
Track 4 – “Empty Track”
This song is my all-time favourite on the album. I live for this type of peaceful energy. Shi Shi’s vocals on this track are pure bliss, and I could listen to her sing all day. Every note, instrument and beat came out right with “Empty Track”
Track 5 – “Two of One ft. HUSH”
While listening to this song, all I could focus on was Shi Shi and HUSH’s beautiful voices + the lovely melody of “Two of One”. The music video is quite intriguing. At first, I assumed it was just about jealously and trust issues between the couple, but there’s also cheating?😲 It isn’t right to use someone to cover up your sexual preference.
Track 6 – “LA-LI-LA-TA”
Now this song has some elements of pop, but it’s the right blend of music styles. At this point, I sound like a broken record, but I genuinely enjoy Shi Shi’s voice. “LA-LI-LA-TA” would probably be the last on my list if I was ranking the album, but I still love it. The hazy visuals for this music video are nice, but I don’t entirely get the story. I think there’s a lot of focus on people’s sexuality & how they identify in society🤷🏼♀️.
Track 7 – “Not Enough”
Here is the song with that in-your-face 2000s r&b vibe. I wish the music video had English subtitles, so I could fully understand the story. “Not Enough” is a groovy bop, and I jam out to it on repeat. Shi Shi looks stunning in this video. I love her dress and makeup. HECK NO!! The gay boyfriend that cheated on her is getting married to another woman????🤯🤯🤯. Plus, someone stole the wedding ring? Woah, this is some messy tea!!!🍵. This is my first time seeing the music videos, and I love that they’re connected.
Track 8 – “Give It to Me”
“Give It to Me” is a more sensual song. Even the vocals sound very sultry in comparison to the previous tracks. I love this vibe. The music video also matches the concept of the song. I loved that they filmed it in a classy way, but the sexual innuendos are apparent. My only problem is that this track seems too short.
Track 9 – “Infected”
Once again, another music video with a confusing storyline, but I believe this one shows the details of what went down in the relationship + how Shi Shi got her revenge? All the same, “Infected” is one of my top songs from this album. It’s a slow tempo vibe but with a very captivating melody + the keyboard player on it is exceptional. Shi Shi is so talented. The emotion she pours into each note is incredible. I love this song.
Track 10 – “And Then?”
Yes, the last song on this record and one of the favourites that I always play on repeat. The soothing energy from this song does something right for me. I like to have “And Then?” playing in the background while I’m reading webtoons or chilling. It’s a perfect track and a smooth way to close the album.
Alright, If you read to this point, I hope you found a few exciting songs to add to your playlist. Where is SHI? by Shi Shi is an r&b lover’s gem, so go check out the full album on any music streaming site or app. I use Spotify, so there’s a link below. That’s all for today, have a beautiful night, everyone.💕💕💕
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 Min. CHOI JUNG HOON of JANNABI and Simon Dominic also lent their voices to this project, while Lee Je Hoon, Lee 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 –
How’re you all doing? I hope this week has been good, but if it hasn’t, no worries because you still got this. Hwaiting!!!🏃🏼♂️🏃🏼♀️.
As you can tell from the title of this post, my weekly song recommendations are back. First one for this year, and I’m super excited. I chose “Sorry” by 2F since it’s one of my favourite soundtracks from the currently airing Kdrama – Run On. Both the drama and this song have been such great comfort for me throughout this month of hectic preparations for school, so I have to share it with you all. For those who need to know more about 2F – I believe they are an extension of 4Men, a renowned first-generation R&B/soul group in South Korea. Since 4Men is no longer active, Shin Yong Jae and Kim Won Joo promote under a new name.
“Sorry” is a very relaxing ballad track with insanely beautiful vocalization from 2F. I live for whenever this soundtrack comes on in the drama because I know it will be a touching scene. Honestly, if you’re up for a fantastic slice of life series or want a break from the action, murder or revenge stories, Run On is the answer. It’s a chill, and heartwarming show without all the unwanted clichés + there are no love triangles or second leads to worry about, so go check it out on NETFLIX. Also, I hope you all enjoy listening to “Sorry” by 2F.
Hello everyone🤗, Merry Christmas once again. I hope you all enjoying your day!
Instead of my regular weekly song recommendations, I will be sharing a link to a chill Christmas Playlist created by yours truly on Spotify. I hope you all enjoy listening to it, and may these holiday tunes brighten your season.
Since I have been away for a while, I decided to give an album recommendation for this week instead of one song. My chosen album is Tailor by The BLANK Shop.
Yun Seok Cheol, also known as The BLANK Shop, is a South Korean jazz pianist and composer. He gained popularity in the Korean jazz scene after participating in various national jazz competitions. His first album – Growth, was released in December 2009. He collaborated with two other artists – Jung Sang Yi (bassist) & Kim Yong Jin (drummer), and they were known as SC Yun’s Trio. Yun Seok Cheol’s current label is Antenna. His latest record – Tailor, is a jazz feast that features various singers like Wonpil (DAY6), Yerin Baek, Sunwoojunga, 10cm, Ha Heonjin, CADEJO, Lee Jin Ah, and Hello Ga-Young.
I love the sound and overall vibe of this album so much. My rating for it is a bulletproof 10/10. Tailor is refreshing and different from what Korean mainstream music has to offer. It is the perfect relaxation kit that everyone deserves. Ever since I discovered this album, no day has gone by without listening to at least one track. That’s how much I enjoy this jazz feast from The BLANK Shop. Also, the variation of voices on this record is another exquisite aspect. Each artist that Yun Seok Cheol worked with brought a unique and beautiful attribute into the mix. Although I enjoy listening to all fourteen songs, the ones I replay the most are – “AmoneThat’sCapone” – “How can I live without love” – “Lazy mornings – “LAN escape” – “Mold in closet” & – “What I can’t do”
I hope you all take some time to check out Tailor by The BLANK Shop because it is outstanding. Plus, if you’re someone who is into jazz music, this is specifically designed for you. Trust me, because I feel this is one of the best records I have stumbled on this year.
Until my next post, continue to have a beautiful day, everyone💕💕💕.
This week’s chosen song is “AUTOMATIC” by Chancellor, Babylon, twlv, MOON, BIBI, and Jiselle. What a stellar collaboration because every artist on this track is a solid vocalist.
I fell in love with “AUTOMATIC” from the first listen. This song’s sultry vibe is right up my alley + the perfect balance of male/female R&B voices hits home for me. Every artist brought spice to “AUTOMATIC”. Though, when MOON came in, something about how she said – “I’m a savage” took the song to a whole other level. Then BIBI followed up with more vibes, and Jiselle gave a sweet closing. I seriously wouldn’t substitute or remove any artist on this track but the LADIES!!! definitely brought their A++++++ dynamic SAUCE!!! to this one.
I needed to take in some good vibes lately, and this song came through on repeat. So I hope you all enjoy listening to it as well.💕💕💕
The song that I have been going back to a lot this week is “Vijayi Bhava” by Shankar Mahadevan. It is one of the soundtracks from the Bollywood film – Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.
To my new readers that find this recommendation odd, don’t worry. It’s quite familiar for me to divert out of my norm😂. I have showcased a few of my favourite Bollywood songs on this blog previously. I often watch Indian films, and I love their soundtracks, so feel free to check out my previous recommendations with these links:
I genuinely enjoy “Vijayi Bhava” because of the glorious feeling it gives off. The choral singing + the drums make this song. I got goosebumps when I first heard the chorus. After taking in the beauty of “Vijayi Bhava”, I went ahead to listen to the full soundtrack album, which was equally splendid. I can’t wait to watch the movie. If you’re interested, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is available with English subtitles on Dramanice.
Now since I couldn’t find any English lyric videos on YouTube, I did a screen recording to help you all understand “Vijayi Bhava” –