Urban Zakapa “I Hate You”


I know I shouldn’t, but I have to get this song out of my system…”I hate you, ehhhhh eeeehhhhhhhhhhh I’m fine living without you.” So no, this is not 2NE1, but I’ve noticed that a lot of song titles in Korea that are written in English have the exact same name. Makes it hard for me to focus.

Anyhow, Urban Zakapa are not new to the Indie scene nor are they new to us. We hear them being played at our local indie coffee shops alongside Busker Busker, Soran, Standing Egg, and other artists we’ve reviewed for these K-Crunch indie segments. The only bands that are really tough to hear being played are rock/punk/electronic bands because they don’t fit the coffee shop vibe, so you have to hit a funky bar in Hongdae to hear that kind of music being played.

So we’re sure to hear this fantastic modern jazz group at our local coffee shops sometime soon…but first we have to find a new local coffee shop. 12DAL WE MISS YOU WITH YOUR INDIE MUSIC AND LOVELY SMILING FACES AND DELICIOUS LOVING COFFEE!!! *cries* Okay, back to the song. We mentioned how in harmony this band is, but we didn’t mention the video at all, which isn’t terribly exciting, but, from an artistic standpoint, it’s shot and lit beautifully in full black and white glory, and looks really pretty :D

The Solutions “Lines”


The Solutions is a brand new band that I had never heard of before, but apparently (someone fill me in on the details if you have them) the two guys in the band are not new to the indie scene. This is just their first time collaborating together. I think they might have been a part of a Korean TV show but honestly, with all the music reality shows out right now, it’s hard to keep track of everyone. I do know that some of our Korean friends totally love this band, so they definitely have fans! I did listen to their first single, but that and this song were both sang in English, and I’m starting to wonder why.

Is the lead singer more comfortable singing in English than in Korean, or is this for the international crowd? I’m really not sure because A) there isn’t a lot of information out on them right now and B) I feel like he doesn’t seem to be really comfortable singing in English. I don’t know how to explain it, but having lived in Korea for so long, I’ve heard so many Korean people who lived overseas, like in Australia, and they have Aussie accents when they speak English, but they’re very fluid and natural when speaking or singing in English. I just feel like his English is a little wooden, like he’s memorizing words rather than singing them? Is it just me? I could be totally wrong. He could be from Canada and might not even speak Korean, but that’s just the feeling I got from his singing. Maybe it’s just his singing style? As I said in the video, he does seem to have a very unique sounding voice so I could be misinterpreting it. Let me know what you think!

Handsome People “Woowei Woowei”


What a great name for a band. You can say, “I love Handsome People” and everyone’s like, OH YEAHHH or “I hate Handsome People” and you just sound like a jealous hater. That was our train of thought for our fan group name being The Nasties. You can’t loose! “I hate eatyourkimchi” I guess you’re not nasty, ’cause I know I’m so nasty! OooOoOooOOHhhh. Brilliant brilliant brilliant! BUAHAHAH!!! *knocks over a potion in excitment*

Ahem. This is a fun song, but what sets it a part from the rest of the Maroon 5ivey tracks is the electric organ/synths. We’re still debating what instrument that is, but just having it wail in the band adds a new dimension of funky grooving. This really would be a great patio party song.

Speaking of patio party, I’d like to know where and when people in Korea party like what we see in this video, because unless it’s a club, I’ve never seen Korean people hang out so casually what with the dancing and drinking and doing magic tricks and chatting up a storm. That whole format of beer bottles and chilling at a table is totally foreigner style. Where is all the anju (mandatory side dishes at bars)? The dried squid? The nut bowl? The plates of fruit? The bizarre not-quite-a-sausage platters? I narrow my eyes at the validity of this party scene. I think those were hired actors THAT’S RIGHT I SAID IT!!! IT’S A FAKE! DO YOU HEAR ME!!! FAAAAAAAKE!!!! Plus, way too many handsome people in one spot. Definitely fake.

  1. Hi all. It’s my first comment to share. I liked The Solutions for the beautiful video and sound. It reminds me a bit of my good ol’ favorite bands Suede and Death Cab for Cutie.
    And the patio party in the last video… lol so fake. I’m from Korea and I always wanted to know where those cool parties are … all seen only on MVs and hardly found in real life. Therefore! if I get to go back to Korea, I’m so determined to have a cool place like that to chill with cool people since we don’t really have an occasion to dress up or sexy.

    • fuuko4869

      What are korean parties usually like? :D

      • Hard to remember maybe because I was drunk? Mostly drinking activities go all the way through the parties – like everywhere else. I don’t remember really enjoying a “party” party or themed parties like in western culture. If there’s a birthday you go out with your friends maybe have dinner together and continue drink in a bar then naturally you want to go to karaoke or club. And there could be many non-alcoholic gatherings which I’m not familiar with. Well main difference from the mv and real life could be the venue. That place looks like a private space for some exclusive gathering but my friends would meet in a crowed pub or restaurant.

  2. Have you guys heard of the Koxx? I don’t know if its Korean Indie, but its definitely not KPop. I really like them! ^_^. Some of their music is on youtube if you guys wanna check it out!

  3. I absolutely love hansom people’s wooie wooie

  4. disqus_9VbGQHLguw

    is that mickey in MV Line from The Solutions?????????? o.O

  5. I only watched about half of each of the videos, but I have to say that the indie bands are much better at lip syncing than the Kpop artists in videos. I can’t stand to watch most of the Kpop videos just because the lips and words not syncing up drives me nuts.

  6. The singer for THE SOLUTIONS’ voice sounds like he’s singing with his nose plugged and peanut butter in his mouth….that’s literally what i immediately thought when i heard his voice

  7. This would have to be the first time I’ve ever seen majority of the MVs (Handsome People and Urban Zakapa) before you’ve posted the indie playlist. It will probably be the only time it will ever happen (considering I don’t live in Korea) so I’m totally stoked by this :)

  8. amber_brw12

    wow I cant believe handsome people is a first for you guys I love them! but I like woowei so much the song is so sexyful :)

  9. KATAMARI DAMACY!! That song is totally from Katamari Damacy!

  10. It’s about time Urban Zakapa’s been featured. Haha I love your K-indie playlists~

  11. As far as The Solutions’ singer’s English, it sounds like he could be someone who studied in the U.S. or Canada but didn’t master the accent (I’ve known many Koreans here in the U.S. who were here as college students to learn English). It’s only a few words that sound odd. It doesn’t sound wooden to me, but it does sound like he has trouble with certain combinations of letters.

  12. I love that you guys reviewed The Solutions- Lines, since I follow their record label on youtube I checked it out as soon as it was released and fell in love with it ( record label which is also the same record label of The Koxx, who btw have an awesome new song!).
    The singers voice reminds me of Robert Smith for some reason. And the over all feeling of the music and the singers voice to me felt like Dido meets Cure with a sprinkle of 90’s rock to it, which gives a nostalgic feeling to it. So again thank ou a million for reviwing this!

    And the Handsome People vid definitely had a maroon5 feel to it but funkier! but the best part of the review was the blog rant about the fake-ness of the patio party “where is all the anju”?!!! ?!!! Where!!?!?!

  13. OMG! I LOVE The Solutions! Whole album is amazing! I was preparing to send you a video request but for another song, ”Sound of the universe” because the video is awesome! Did you know that guy with black hair is Naru?! :D
    Maybe you can understand video for Lines better if you read this:

    If you would have to introduce the title song ‘Lines’?
    a song filled with stories about bonds between people. The lyrics are
    written out of the thought that human destiny itself are after all the
    processes of two people who each were running on parallel lines, meeting
    through an accident and becoming a huge meaning for each other. We
    wanted to express the several strong emotions that come up every time
    with that feeling, the vague uneasiness, the worry, the overwhelming
    etc. Also the music itself, the simple, calm rhythm is repeated
    absentmindedly, but above that several elements blow violently and then
    get calm etc; we put a lot effort into expressing the passionate
    feelings. It was made adding Park Sol’s refrain melody over the
    repeating chord Naru made. The song that can explain the meaning of the
    whole album? I wonder if ‘Lines’ isn’t right away that song.

    Now I have to prepare for another video request. I have bunch of songs you should review but it’s hard to choose! D:

  14. My first time checking all the songs =) by the way, the playlist mode didn’t work! xD

  15. HANDSOME PEOPLE!!! One of my favorites of theirs is Shall We Dance. S&M you need to take tips on this party for when you have a house or studio warming party. Lollipops just remind me of psychology class and oral fixation.

    The Solutions is being added to my playlist, love the guys voice it is really different. I wonder why he sings all in English? Not that I mind but his pronunciation is off on some of the words, so I don’t feel like it is his first language. I may be wrong I screw up English all the time and it is my first language.

    Urban Zakapa I have this one already on repeat, nice song for background music while diving into my books.

  16. fuuko4869

    Fluxus did say they’d make it available on iTunes, but I’ve been checking everyday, and still nada~ =3=

    Anyhow, funny you should mention the utilisation of multiple vocalists in Urban Zakapa, because I was thinking the same thing when I first heard them. Great minds think alike? xD
    See, I listen to this duo Jayesslee, who do beautiful covers of popular songs by singing in harmony (I’m not a singer, but I think that’s what you call singing at different octaves at the same time)? I always love it when people sing like that, even more so in large groups, such as choir groups that have bass, tenor, alto, soprano, etc.
    But I’ve noticed with many Japanese and Korean pop groups with multiple members, they hardly do that at all. They usually take two paths:
    1. Each member takes turns singing different verses, while all other members stay quiet, aka ‘allocation’
    2. The whole group sings the same melody together, aka ‘unison’ (I made up those terms btw)
    Sometimes they mix between the two, take turns singing the verses, and then everyone sings the chorus together. Or another method is to allocate the verses to 1-2 people, the bridge to someone else, the rapping to another, and the chorus to another 1-2 people. I guess that’s the most typical kpop song for you. So I really appreciated Big Bang’s Bad Boy, where each member got the chance to sing both the verses, bridge, and chorus….as in like, TOP was singing the same notes as everyone else…and so it made it less boring….yeah.
    Although I understand kpop groups are kpop groups and not choirs, it would be nice if there was some overlap/layering/harmony in their songs. They have so many singers, and thus so much potential. Didn’t Batoost’s Fiction have some layering in it like that?

    On a completely different note, my sister has a theory that whenever someone is constantly sucking on a lollipop in a movie/video, it’s because they’re actually chain smokers and can’t rest without something in their mouth, but can’t smoke because it’s a bad influence to the viewers – so they suck lollipops instead. Not a bad theory, imo.

    • felicia elasih

      You can also listen to some DBSK songs, especially their japanese ones. They tend to harmonize. And I’m talking about DBSK with five people because the duo can’t really harmonize as much since there are only two of them. Try listening to Love In the Ice (but that’s a ballad so if you’re not into that then don’t do it :P)

      • fuuko4869

        I actually used to listen to a lot of Tohoshinki songs, when I was in Japan and Thailand. Some of them were really good, especially どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう。Now that you mention it, it does have nice layering at the chorus. That’s probably why it’s my favourite TVXQ song :p
        And, it also has one of my favourite Japanese actresses in the MV :D

    • Actually, ‘unison’ is not a made up term- it means singing the same melody together. If you want K-pop idols singing in harmony, you should listen to some of FT Island songs: while Hongki sings the main melody, usually Jaejin sings the harmony which fills and complements it. Yay.

      • fuuko4869

        Wha-?! Really? lol…dang. Someone beat me to it. Otherwise I could’ve copyrighted the term :p
        I will listen to an FT Island song, in 24 hours, for KMM :p

  17. I came to see the new wall :)

  18. Love Urban Zakapa’s song. LOVE IT!! It’s more R&B sounding. So smooth. Handsome people was pretty good too. And I totally see what you’re saying with The Solutions song. I can’t quite put my finger on why his pronunciation sounds “different”. Something to do with the “R’s” maybe? Anyway, good playlist. Thanks for the new music!

  19. Is the guy from The Solutions also a member of The Black Skirts?
    His English is pretty good… I mean pronounciation…and I guess it sounds like that because of music? Or in other song it is also wooden?… eehhmm maybe just because it is not his native language.

  20. i swear i’ve seen the Handsome People MV before, but i don’t know how or when. i thought that it was already something that you posted on an indie playlist or maybe even on the actual ‘Kpop Charts’
    right now it’s very déjà vu like

  21. brokkenmask

    guys, playlist mode is set to “private”

  22. Handsome People sound a lil like Under the Influence of Giants.

  23. Wow, this is some nice music. I had never heard them before…but I don’t frequent coffee shops much. Thanks for the reccomendation, i’ll have to search for some more.

    And the handsome people video…딱 내 스타일! haha

  24. “I Hate You” by Urban Zakaba has got to be one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. Thanks for introducing me to a new band to listen to ^_^ And isn’t the song you were singing from Katamari Damacy?

  25. Have you guys ever heard Portable Groove 09? not sure if that band considered as indie in Korea, but they are not idols and I love their music! ^^

  26. So, uhm, I love ALL THE MUSICS. Though, I do have a hard time understanding Lines… I’m usually so much better at understanding Konglish! Oh well, I’ll work on it.

    Stay safe and I’m glad you’re enjoying your new place~!

  27. fuuko4869

    For the first time, I’ve actually already seen all the MVs on your indie playlist :D

    • ya me too, although I’ve been researching K Indie bands like crazy the past month or so as well as going to as many concerts I possibly can every week. I just saw the Handsome People MV 2 days ago actually

  28. Ahhh Urban Zakapa i often listen to them such beautiful songs ^.^. OMG that second song ‘Lines’ by the Solutions is just PURE epicness i love it I MUST HAVE MORE!!!
    YES YES!!! Woowei Woowei by Handsome People i found that in a related video link to side of another video one day and OMG its such a damn catchy song.
    I sent a tweet because i don’t have a youtube account but i will put it here anyway, I would love to see what you think of a band called EE [Total Art]. They haven’t released anything since 2009 (as far as i am aware) but they are just so utterly bizarre and awesome i love their sound and the videos i think you would have A BLAST mini reviewing them ahahah
    so here are the links if someone wants to give them a go (won’t be up everyones street)
    EE [Total Art] – Curiosity Kills
    EE [Total Art]

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