This collaboration between Younha & Chancellor was released on August 4th. While doing all my music reviews last week, I totally forgot about it. This is my first time listening to anything from Chancellor. Kim Jung Seung or Michael Kim is a Korean-American singer-songwriter and producer born on October 22nd, 1986. He is currently active in South Korea and managed by Million Market. Although Chancellor debuted in 2013, he has been active since 2010. Once a member of the hip-hop group – Oneway and also the co-founder/former member of the producing team – Double Sidekick.
(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)
Reaction to Official MV:
Unfortunately, I don’t have English subs, but I can always check for the translation later.
I am already into the guitar intro and soft humming.
The dancers are beautiful. Especially the lady, she is gorgeous.
Chancellor’s voice is like butter. It’s smooth and relaxing.
I love the black and white picture, it feels like an old romance film.
This song is remarkably calm, and the melody is lovely. I’m so happy that I decided to check this out.
I missed Younha soulful vocals.
It’s as if both their voices are floating on the mix.
I ABSOLUTELY ADORE “Walking In The Rain”
It’s a classic R&B flavour that instantly puts its listeners in their feelings.
Yesss, Younha bless me with those beautiful and effortless vocal runs.
She has such a powerful and versatile voice.
I am also genuinely impressed with Chancellor’s voice. I need to check out more songs from him.
The instrumental is very simple with just a guitar, so what really brought home the track is their vocals and rich harmonies.
I also love what they did with the music video. The two dancers interpreted the sentiment of this song very well. It’s the perfect cute, and romantic visual representation.
I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this song, definitely playlist worthy.
“Walking In The Rain” by Chancellor & Younha gets a 10/10 from me.
Before leaving, here is a duet film version of the MV –
Recently, I haven’t been posting a lot. I am at that critical point in the semester, where I only have time to study and sleep. That is why this playlist is coming to you guys this late in the season. Winter is almost over, and spring should be here soon. Hence I tried my best to revamp this playlist with a few tracks that could also suit spring. As per usual, I have included short previews for each track.
#. AKMU – How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love
I had to start with AKMU. They are my go-to for this time of the year. They help me feel at peace. “How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love” is one of my favourites from their SAILINGalbum. I listen to this song on my way to school, while studying, and I even use it as my bedtime lullaby. It is that good, so I hope you all love it as well. Also, feel free to check out my album review for SAILING with this link 👉🏼 AKMU – SAILING: Album Review
#. Eric Nam – Hold Me I personally feel that Eric Nam is the perfect selection for spring. His voice gives me the most wonderful tingling sensation ever. “Hold Me” is the kind of song that automatically makes any listener feel loved and cherished. I have written about my love for Eric Nam while covering his content a few times on this blog. So if you need more song suggestions from this amazing artist, simply click on his name tag at the end of this post.
#. DAY6 – I’ll try This is such a lovely track from DAY6. Try to search up the English lyrics because you need to understand how touching this song is. “I’ll try” always make me feel like I am in a warm embrace with someone special. I think it is very fitting for winter. I have ranted about how good DAY6 is a few times on this blog. Honestly, they never disappoint. If you want to read more DAY6 related content, simply click on their name tag at the end of this post.
#. Solar, Kassy – A song from the past A charming duet from two incredible ladies. I absolutely adore this song. The harmonies, melody and high notes are beautiful. I think it is a perfect track for spring. So I hope you all enjoy it as well. I also wrote a review for this song that can be accessed with this link 👉🏼 Solar x Kassy – A Song From The Past: Music Review
#TAEYEON – Wine “Wine” is my favourite track from Taeyeon’s Purpose album. The chorus is infectious, and Taeyeon’s voice during that section is pure bliss. I randomly find myself humming the melody. I am glad that I checked out the full album because I would have missed out on this gem. To read my review for Taeyeon’s Purpose album, including the repackaged version, use these links 👉🏼 TAEYEON – PURPOSE: Album Review
#. Eric Nam – 4AM Yess I included another song from Eric Nam and it also from the same digital single release. I love both songs, so I could not pick one over the other. This track is more upbeat, and I live for the raw vocal runs in this one. The man can sing, and no one can change my opinion. He had a concert in my city recently, but I couldn’t go due to school😭😭😭. Anyways I hope you guys enjoy listening to “4AM”.
#. millic, HAN – Treasure Island “Treasure Island” is a jam but the full Vida album that contains this track is a complete BOP and A HALF. Millic worked perfection, and everyone that was featured on it nailed their part. A full-blown masterpiece. For some reason, Vida is no longer available on Spotify, but I hope he brings it back because I need my jams intact. Honestly, Korean RnB is on another level.
#. Primary, SUMIN, Qim Isle – woozoo Another BOP. Primary is an incredible producer. I discovered this song while reviewing the second part of his PAKTORY EP. To read that review, use this link 👉🏼 Primary – 3-PAKTORYO2: Music Review. Immediately the song started, I was captivated by SUMIN’s voice. Honestly, she should be a bigger name because the lady can sing. “woozoo” always gets me in some kind of turnt up mood that I can’t even explain in words.
#. Punch – Sometimes This is actually my first song from Punch that isn’t an OST for a Korean drama. I love the chill and carefree vibe this track gives off. Punch has a remarkable voice, so I was determined to check out her personal discography and “Sometimes” is my favourite so far from all her songs I have listed to. To read more content about Punch, simply click her name tag at the end of this post.
#. Vincent Blue – Stupid This is the most intriguing song I have heard in a long while. Indeed, music is a compelling tool. There are various ways artists express themselves, and the effect that their expressions have on another individual is incredible. Vincent Blue’s voice and the way he sang this song continually leaves me in awe. He sounds so elegant, especially when he starts those vocal runs that mimic the instruments. “Stupid” is pure art and also an excellent show of intelligent production.
#. IU – The visitor My love for IU soars higher each day along with my undying adoration for her Love poem album. I already wrote a review for it, so I will try not to rant again. If you still need to read my review, use this link 👉🏼 IU – LOVE POEM: Album Review. All the songs on this album are equally amazing as expected from IU, but I chose “The visitor” because I feel it suits this season the most.
#. Dean, Crush, Jeff Bernat – What 2 Do Since I decided to spring things up with a few RnB and neo-soul tracks, I couldn’t leave out Dean. “What 2 Do” is one of my first songs from him, and I still destroy the replay button on this song to date. It is so good. Plus Crush and Jeff Bernat also held their fort. These three amazing singers came together and disrespected me most beautifully. I LOVE!!!😍😍😍
#. Tia Ray – Ready For Love The instrumental on this track is LIT🔥🔥🔥. In fact, the entire 1212album is a groovy anthem. I am so pleased that I randomly discovered this artist. Her voice and energy are perfect. “Ready For Love” always comes on when I need something upbeat but not too loud. Just perfect enough for body rolling. I sit on my bed and dance like the weird human being I am.💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
#. g.o.d – One Candle g.o.d!!!. I love me some first-generation Kpop artists. This song might not fancy some people on the first listen, but I will advise you to give it a second or third try. If you still don’t like it, oh well😂😂😂. We can’t all have the same taste because differences are what make the world interesting. Anyways “One Candle” is one of my favourite classics from g.o.d. The lyrics are beautiful, and the chorus always has me dancing.
#. DAY6 – days gone by
Yes, DAY6 appeared again because according to Spotify, they are my most played Kpop group and I ain’t arguing with facts. My closest friend and I live for this song because of the old school disco vibe. I mean, who can resist a good disco jam with such impressive vocals. There is no way you can see me sitting still when “days gone by” comes on. It becomes a party hall, no matter where I am😂😂😂.
#. Ailee – Reminiscing The powerhouse Ailee is here with her soft and impeccable vocal runs that consistently make me wonder how she sings this song live. Honestly, even after watching a live performance, I am still confused. How does she belt that high-speed line with so much ease? All the same, “Reminiscing” is a beautiful track, and it is precisely the kind of song that I gravitate to during the cold season. To read more Ailee related content, click on her name tag at the end of this post.
#. Urban Zakapa – Nearness Is To Love You all know how I feel about ballads/RnB and Urban Zakapa always nail their tracks. Plus, “Nearness Is To Love” is entirely in English, so I could understand right away. This song is so soothing, and I remember during the first week of discovering it, I couldn’t listen to anything else. The melody was stuck in my head. It is such a beautiful piece, and the vocal quality is to die for.
#. 4Men – Baby Baby This is a song that never fails to get me in my feels. I love it when Spotify recommends new artists to me because I get to try something different every once in a while. I discovered 4Men a few years ago. They are such talented singers and “Baby Baby” is my favourite from them. The vocal prowess they showcase throughout this song is incredible.
#. LEE HI – BREATHE This song became so hard to listen to for a long time, but I am back on it now. I love the message of hope and reassurance that no matter what is happening, you are not alone. So it is okay to take a break and breathe. Even from the initial release, it was a very emotional piece because I was in an awful mental space at the time. “BREATHE” definitely means a lot to me. I hope anyone dealing with trials finds some comfort through this song.
#. Juno Su – Fortunately, We Meet Again I have definitely overplayed this soundtrack from the Chinese drama, Ten Years Late. There is something about the chorus section that soothes my soul, and it perfect for this season. I already featured it as my song for the week and on my list of favourite 2019 OSTs, but I still included in this playlist. Whenever I can’t sleep, I either play “Fortunately, We Meet Again” or rain sounds. That is how much I love this song.
#. Urban Zakapa – Wish There are few very popular OSTs from Goblin, but there are some other late releases that I think did not get enough attention. “Wish” by Urban Zakaba is one of those. This song’s progression is intense and captivating. It literally feels like you are soaring on the power of love. I like to pretend like I am singing along with them because it makes me feel invincible.
#. Park Hyo Shin – Goodbye Hmmm, are there really any words that could describe the amazement that is Park Hyo Shin. The man stuns all the time. I know how good he is, but I still get surprised by each new song. “Goodbye” is a magical piece. It starts out slow, but the vocal prowess that Park Hyo Shin displays from the one minute mark just leaves my mouth hanging wide open, and I ain’t complaining. Yesss…. please bless my ears with your breathtaking pipes.
#. BTOB – Missing You I could write a whole page full of praise and love for BTOB because they are more than deserving of that. With each new album, they continue to impress both as a group and individually. So if you don’t know them, what are you waiting for???🙄🙄😊 Anyways “Missing You” is an excellent song with beautiful vocals and great rap verses. Also, since it is my favourite from Brother Act., it has to be on this playlist.
#. Younha – Dark Clouds I love working on this blog, not just because of my obsession with music and dramas but also because it broadens my horizon. I discover a lot of new things while creating content here. Younha is one of such discoveries. While trying to check out more artists for music review content, I stumbled upon her latest album – UNSTABLE MINDSET,and I was utterly blown away. If you will like to read my review for UNSTABLE MINDSET, use this link 👉🏼 YOUNHA – UNSTABLE MINDSET: Album Review. “Dark Clouds” is a powerful and heartfelt song. It also happens to be one of my faves, so I decided to include it.
#. Lee Moon Sae – A welcome rain Another song which I listed as one of my favourite OSTs from 2019. “A welcome rain” makes me feel emotions that I shouldn’t be experiencing. Yes, I have gone through some sad things, but the way this song calls out my tears is still not explainable. This is a sad one, but I still love it. Anytime I hear it play, I recall Shin Hye-sun’s scenes from Angel’s Last Mission: Love. So maybe that’s why the tears flow because her performance was too good. Also, bravo to Lee Moon Sae for an emotional delivery of this exquisite piece.
#. Paul Kim – Big Heart Paul Kim is one singer that always calls forth my attention. “Big Heart” was his last release for 2019, and I already wrote a review for it. You can access that post with this link 👉🏼 Paul Kim – Big Heart: Music Review. Also, for more content, click on his name tag at the end of this post. Paul Kim was on my first Winter Playlist, and I didn’t even know him so well then. Now, a year later, he is one of my favourite Korean solo acts. His voice is precious, and he is still quite young, so just imagine what he could produce with even more experience. I am excited to hear more songs from him.
#. DAY6 – All Alone I promise that this is my last song from DAY6 on this playlist😂😂😂. I tried my best to have one artist to one song, but people like Eric Nam and DAY6 could not let a sister be great. I really like “All Alone” because of the stripped-down acoustic style of the song. It puts more attention on their voices, and I love, I MEAN I REALLY LOVE to hear them bless me. Ladies and gentlemen, yes, this is for sure the curtain roll on my DAY6 rants in this post. I hope you enjoyed every section. Moving on…
#. Davichi – Dear. Another beautiful set of vocal queens. This song is a chill love and appreciation vibe. Davichi effortlessly nailed each note while still keeping the progression a bit simple. I adore the instrumental for “Dear” because it reminds me of Christmas jingles. Which makes sense since this track was released in December of last year. Anyways, I play Christmas songs throughout the year, so this can be included in this list. I have a review for”Dear” on this blog, it can be accessed with this link 👉🏼 Davichi – Dear: Music Review
#. ATEEZ – Sunrise
ATEEZ is another new discovery, and I have been fangirling over them a lot recently. Currently, I have two stable biases (Park Seonghwa and Kim Hongjoong), but every now and then, I get swayed by other members. After reviewing their most recent album, I went ahead to check out their discography, and “Sunrise” was one of the first songs that caught my attention. I love the message and the heavy drumbeat used for the instrumental. For more ATEEZ content, simply click on their name tag at the end of this post.
#. The Rose – She’s In The Rain Finally The Rose comes into the mix. Another one of my favourite K-bands. I really hope they get good results concerning the recent dispute with their management company. “She’s In The Rain” was the first song I heard from this group, and I immediately fell in love. The Dawnalbum, which contains this song, is also perfect. So all I did was choose my number track from it.
Well, I hope you all were at least intrigued by one or two songs. This playlist is available on YouTube and Spotify with these links: 👉🏼 Youtube Winter 2020
On the 6th of January, Younha released her fifth mini-album –UNSTABLE MINDSET. “Dark Cloud” is the title track for this EP.Go Youn-ha popularly known as Younha is a South Korean singer-songwriter and record producer. In 2004, she began her career in Japan with the single – “Yubikiri”. She later gained tremendous success with her second Japanese single titled “Houkiboshi” which was also used as a soundtrack for the anime series Bleach. She even earned the nickname – Oricon Comet for charting high on the country’s music streaming sites. In 2006, she officially debuted in Korea with the digital single – “Audition”
(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)
Reaction to Official MV/Title Track:
She is so pretty.
Yesss… I have English subs.
Wow, she starts singing right away.
I like how they incorporated the sound of thunder into the instrumental.
The colour scheme for the music video is stunning.
You all know that I go crazy over soft piano songs, and this is already serving in that aspect.
I find myself going back to beginning way too many times so that I can pick out every little detail. Lol
They also included the sound of rain, which goes along with the theme of dark clouds, I guess.
That aside, I absolutely enjoy the sound of rain. Whenever I cannot sleep, that is what helps put me to bed.
I am not even halfway through this song, but I know that I am going to love it.
Okay, time to focus.
Ooo, it got me with the drums.😍😍😍
I am getting chills. Younha’s voice is so beautiful, and the musical progression is impressive.
OMG, I have goosebumps for real. The way she scales through each note is so outstanding.
Some songs usually give me an okay feeling, but this is one of those rare kinds that instantly wow me.
Basically, “Dark Cloud” is about her missing the times when she was still with her ex-boyfriend. Currently, she tries to acts as if all is well, but the time has stopped for her ever since they broke up. So all she has left is heartbreak and longing.
The instrumental on this track is golden.
Damn, her high note is majestic. I am amazed. Why have I not been listening to her music?
She has definitely entered my top 10 list for incredible female vocalists.
This is insane, how can someone voice be so good?
I AM ADDING THIS SONG TO MY PLAYLIST IMMEDIATELY.
So I went ahead to check a live performance, and she sounds smooth –
Thank you, Younha, for this pitch-perfect gift.👏👏
Okay, for sure, this album is about to be exceptional.
Album Review: Here is a preview of the album –
WINTER FLOWER(Feat.RM) – This features RM from BTS. Okay, just from the first second, I already love this song. RM’s deep voice with Younha’s soft tone is giving me life. The instrumental on this is groovy. Once again, her high notes are insane. The chorus is so good. I am being blessed this evening. What did I do to deserves such an angelic presence? Yesss….RM come in with that perfectly timed rap verse. I need to check out the English translation for this song, and whoever composed this track is a genius. The way the instrumental flows as the song intensifies is astounding. Also, the mix between Younha’s vocals and the backing track is well balanced. I went ahead to check for the English translation. The song is about how everyone struggles and might feel like giving up at some point. Do not give up, hold on because there will always be someone or people who give support and love until the end. I also researched the composer, his name is Eden. He is a solo artist and producer managed by KQ Entertainment. Oh, he also helps produce ATEEZ’s song. I am about to check out their latest comeback, so if it has this same awesomeness, that will be great.
Dark Cloud – Still lovely. I will enjoy it for a while before moving on to the next song.
See You – This seems like a more calm track. I always enjoy a good ballad. I love the soft tambourines that come in periodically at the beginning. Younha sounds more soothing here. Oh, the second verse comes in with drums and takes the tempo up a bit. The production of all three songs so far is fantastic. I have a feeling that I will be replaying this album for a while. I love how she harmonizes with herself at the end. That spiced up the song a bit more. “See You” is the kind of track you play to help you relax or meditate. I have to listen to it again before moving on.
One Day of Twenty – The instrumental on this has an odd timing, but that also makes it intriguing to hear. It still goes perfectly well with Younha’s singing pace. I love it when she sings, “ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh…” A beautiful and catchy melody. This track actually has bass, and I think a xylophone is part of the instruments being played, but do not take my word for it. Younha falsetto is flawless. She has excellent control over her voice. Okay, the tempo goes up a beat during the last minute. Once again, this has been achieved with a full drum set. I genuinely love instruments, and I wish I could play at least one. Maybe during the summer, I might take a few guitar or keyboard lessons.
26 – I want to know what tempo this is going to take. Are we going to get an upbeat outro or a slow one? Oooh… yes, it makes sense to have an upbeat song to finish things since the last two tracks were quite slow. I am here for the guitar in this song. It almost sounds like something I will hear in an anime, most notably the guitar solo sections. Okay, things got a bit more interesting after she gave out that troll-like modulation. I call it troll-like because it sounds like a modulation, but it was actually just a high note. The guitar is what made “26”.
I absolutely enjoyed every minute of this album. There was no letdown, every track is equally captivating. I will be getting a physical copy of this EP soon because it is too good to not have in my collection. This is my first time listening to Younha, and she truly surprised me, so I have her on my radar now.
My rating for UNSTABLE MINDSETis a solid 10/10. If you have not listened to this mini-album yet, please go check it out. You are certainly going to love two songs or more.