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Korean Indie Playlist: The LEIGH TAKEOVER EDITION!

July 1, 2013

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This week’s Korean Indie Playlist has been kidnapped by me, Intern Leigh, and I insist on injecting more hip hop into Eat Your Kimchi, because have you heard Korean hip hop? It’s pretty awesome.

Swings “Would You? (f. Seo In Guk)”

First up is a Korean rapper who I have the major music hearts for: Swings. This is his new single and its so very alluring, isn’t it? I’ve been listening to it on repeat aaaaaaall week and the more I listen, the more I seem to love it. The video matches the song nicely, right down to the way Seo In Guk looks like a vintage playboy while Swings resembles a mafioso. It’s full of mojo. I mean, I’m pretty sure Seo In Guk actually writhes off the couch like a tiger at one point. Soo Zee, my partner in Korean hip hop addiction, thinks it sounds like Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie,” but with less falsetto. The video has some similarities too, with the classic wardrobe and simple colour scheme. And then there’s that girl. Ugh. I don’t really understand why they’re fighting over a girl who is obviously a Meany McMeanyton. Is she just playing with them because she’s bored while she’s waiting for her broken leg to heal? Is she actually a vindicitve Korean foot model haunted by a runway tumble? Or are Swings and Seo In Guk just delivery boys for the flowers and shoes she ordered online? Either way, forget her and come fight over me, boys. Unlike that broken foot modeling online shopping addict lady, I won’t feed your pet goldfish to Meemers.

House Rulez “Whale Hunting”

It was tempting (oh so tempting!) to make every song this week a hip hop track, but there’s just too much good Korean indie music out there to stick to one genre. So I picked out a house track. House Rulez is an older group, but this is the most recent of their songs I could find. “Whale Hunting” reeks of bubblegum dance music, but just when your teeth are about to hurt from all the upbeat-ed-ness, the song ends. I have few qualms with the song itself, but the dancing in the video makes me feel…uncomfortable. It’s not that big bald dude can’t dance, it’s just that his dancing is kind of out there. I was prepared to prattle on about how House Rulez should probably hire a less awkward choreographer when Soo Zee burst my bubble by explaining who he is. Apparently, the main dancer in this video specialises in avante guarde movement. He also interpretive dances on-stage at all of House Rulez’s live events. I’m not really sure what to call his particular brand of dancing. Ecclectic? Modernist? Marionettish? Somebody let me know so I can stop accidentally insulting it.

Roll Sp!ke “White Rabbit”

We’ve gotten quite a few requests for Roll Sp!ke here at the studio. I see why; Roll Sp!ke puts out some pretty mesmerising stuff, both online and in meatspace (i.e., not the internetz) via installations in galleries and museums around Seoul. In fact, in some of their other videos, you can see patrons walking around in the background, foreground, and every which way. As a result, I’m not sure whether to call “White Rabbit” a music video or an art piece. I dig it, though. There’s something hypnotising about lightshows and lasers. Did anyone else used to watch their iTunes or WinAmp visualiser? I used to put on a chill album and just watch my computer light up my bedroom. “White Rabbit” recreates the exact same feeling for me. If you’re partial to that sort of thing, it can be easy to get absorbed in the music. They just had an installation at the Daelim Art Museum for the One Day Artists festival, and they list exhibitions and news on their website www.rollspike.com if you’re a local Nasty interested in experiencing one of Roll Sp!ke’s shows or installations.

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  1. OOOoo! The House Rulez song is a re-mix version of the classic Korean song 고래사냥 (Whale Hunt) that practically every Korean knows. Check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOH9Vz8eNXA My husband played a hardcore version of the song for a concert, and eeeeeveryone was singing along—so fun!

    3 years ago
  2. Check out Outsider, he’s Korea’s fastest rapper. Just came back last week after three years.
    Alone/Loner is my favorite song of his though.

    3 years ago
  3. “Where your limbs are all disconnected from your brainhole.”

    Love you Leigh! <3

    3 years ago
  4. omg u guys should do more khiphop! i swear my itunes is half kpop and half khiphop haha there are some really good khiphop artists and it would be great if u could introduce other nasties to them!

    3 years ago
  5. SooZee and Leigh should take over a FapFap :P omg that would be epic.

    But man Leigh you are amazing very smooth it seems like you did all this in one take it’s amazing how good you are in front of the camara. :)

    3 years ago
  6. Good job Leigh! And thanks for introducing me to Swings, Seo In Gook, and House Rulez! I loved both songs. Not much of a fan of house music, but Whale Hunting is too upbeat to resist. KMM and Kpop Indie need more Korean hip hop, so thanks a bunch for picking “Would You”.

    3 years ago
  7. Seeing as I just got yelled at for never having heard of Swings, I need to yell at YOU LEIGH for never having heard of Seo In Guk. Seriously???? Your homework this week is to go; 1) watch K.Will’s Please Don’t MV, and then; 2) go watch Answer Me 1997.
    Do it. It will make you so happy. So so so happy.

    3 years ago
  8. For some reason I was hoping for Leigh to judo-chop Simon and Martina to take over but maybe I am just too violent? A-ha, finally! A takeover! Mwahahahahaha! Good going Leigh! It was also super awesome that I actually already knew all these songs! Great choices! w00t?! Am I finding more good musics on my own?

    It was a little rough at the beginning, I found the first segment kind of long but you were doing much better by the last segment. You’ve hit your groove now. I think that somewhere between the second and last segment would be a good length of time, and you were much funnier once you loosened up a bit but man, don’t wear the SWEATer…..er……you know what I mean?;) I think it would also be easier/work more smoothly if you had a companion to mix it up with you, even if someone off camera interacted a bit (who is filming? Ryan?).

    As for your eyes (my Mom has the same thing) but when you’re the only thing to focus on in the shot, people want to look into your eyes (unless they are looking at your bewbs), there are ways to make it less distracting. For example, wearing glasses (even fake glasses) with dark frames, it gives people something to focus on….or colourful eye-makeup, or a headband with ears, or talk to a stuffed animal (or a real animal? or a real person?) so that your own eyes have something more concrete to look at than the nebulous “camera area”, it also makes you blink more, which tends to align the pupils more. If you’re trying to focus on two things relatively close to each other (the prompter and the lens?) then your lazy eye will tend to be more lazy and not move as much as it should. Well, you’re a film editor, I am sure that you know lots of tricks yourself, don’t be too nervous to use them. Keep up the good work.

    3 years ago
  9. Great job Leigh! Loved your dress too! Where did you get it?

    3 years ago
  10. Seo In Guk is so awesome! I did not know he could sing this well~ His voice in Reply 1997 totally threw me off

    3 years ago
  11. Oh my goodness! Leigh is hilarious! She seriously needs to be on camera more often!

    3 years ago
  12. Would you be weird-ed out if I told you I can make one eye lazy on purpose? Also my uncle has a “lazy eye” though technically it’s not lazy but made of glass.

    3 years ago
  13. YAY, loving seeing Leigh take over and her tastes in K-Indie and such! Soo Zee, are you next? Simon and Martina sure do take care of their interns (: Kudos, Leigh!

    3 years ago
  14. SEO!!!!!! SEO!!!!!!!!!

    3 years ago
  15. First off: Intern Leigh did an awesome job! My only suggestion is to slow down a bit when you’re talking, but otherwise your jokes were spot on and you worked the camera perfectly :D
    Secondly: I am in love with White Rabbit. Excuse me while I immerse myself in everything Roll Spike :D

    3 years ago
  16. I actually LOVED that guy’s dancing, Leigh!!!!
    And I’m really happy you included that song- woot woot new song for the summer!!! It’s an awesome song, and I found the whole video fabulous and hilarious, I enjoyed it a lot!

    3 years ago
  17. Great job Leigh! I seriously need that Swings song! Would You is that perfect blend of hip hop and R&B, and oh my gourd Seo In Guk’s voice. I’m slowly coming to learn about this man and really listen to his songs.

    House Rulz, I’m sadly not feeling either the song of the video. And I know you’ve explained the bald guy is performance artists but yeah no his “dancing” made me like the song and video less. Techno just ain’t my thing.

    Roll Sp!ke’s “White Rabbit” is great song I would love as a background song for my day or a night out or dinner with friends. The light show of video was great but I wasn’t to big on the use of the words in the lights. I’d prefer just their awesome light show.

    3 years ago
  18. Leigh, you did such a fantastic job with the takeover of this week’s list! Loved all your picks too… “Would You?” is totally not on repeat… not at all… XD

    EDIT: Now “Whale Hunting” is too… I can’t stop dancing to it!

    3 years ago
  19. Leigh!!! <3 you're too adorable. And I loved the songs you picked. Also, confession, this was my first korean indie playlist despite being a nastie for 2 years *gasp*

    3 years ago
  20. WELL DONE!!!! CUTE!!!

    3 years ago
  21. Leigh is so pretty!

    3 years ago
  22. YEY!! That was great Leigh, I really like the take over. You are super cute and funny. Keep the good work.

    So… next is Soo Zee??

    3 years ago
  23. Roll spike is awesome! I typed their name in Google without any result…
    And Seo In Gook’s voice is indeed buttery smooth. :3

    3 years ago
  24. I am loving that you are putting in more k-hip hop in this playlist ’cause I love it!! This whole playlist was legit!! I hope to see Intern Leigh takeover more often!!!! :)

    3 years ago
  25. Good job Intern Leigh! Would by any chance a Martina Stawski be your role model? I can sense some influence! ^^

    3 years ago
  26. I’d have to say the dancer’s form is….Gwang Soo-ish…..for me, that’s all I need to understand his dance. I loved it!!

    3 years ago
  27. Wouldn’t it be funny if Leigh and Soo Zee took over Music Monday? That would be epic! :D

    3 years ago
  28. I was a little worried when Intern Leigh started with Hip Hop, but was pleasantly surprised with her other 2 selections! (I’m not into hip hop whatsoever). I love house and the last selection was bueno!

    Good work Intern Leigh!

    3 years ago
  29. Leigh!!! You like House Rulez too!!! Woot woot! And I thought I was the only one who knows about House Rulez xD;

    3 years ago
  30. Leigh did really well :3 Did she script this too?

    3 years ago
  31. If Intern Leigh (and maybe sometimes Soo Zee) did the Korean Indie Playlist every week I would definitely not mind!

    3 years ago
  32. Liked the playlist mode, boo! Did I just see Swings rapping about bowling at some point?

    3 years ago
  33. Yay Intern Leigh!!! This was very exciting. Good to see more of the EYK crew ;) Can’t wait for the gwiyomi battle and MT vid later this week (they’re coming later this week, right? Pwetty pwease?)

    3 years ago
  34. Nic

    hahaha so funny Leigh, you did a great job.

    3 years ago
  35. Aww Leight you are so cute :D And the songs are pretty cool ~

    3 years ago
  36. INTERN LEIGH!! YOU NEEDS TO DO MORE OF THIS!!!

    3 years ago
  37. Yay. Leigh is awesome!!!

    And, totally loved the playlist. I danced like crazy while listening the songs ^_^

    Hope to see more of you Leigh…and also Soo Zee! Yes, I want Soo Zee too! >.<

    3 years ago
  38. Yay! Finally someone else who likes swings! Question for Intern Leigh: Have you heard of Rimi? She’s another awesome rapper in k-hiphop

    3 years ago
  39. :) ❤❤❤

    3 years ago
  40. This is the best!

    3 years ago
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