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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. I already like “White Rabbit” it’s soo cute & happy. The words are true as well, when thinking about how the adults of the past are not liking the changes that have occurred throughout their years. Some of us now tend to feel as they do, from time to time, when it comes to certain topics. “Whale Hunting” was way cool! The video was really fun & the music was really matching. It felt like freedom. The “Would You?” song was funny & cute, but eh. I’m not in the mood for seeing guys fight over the gal when it’s as usual the same section of the world as they are. Sorry to sound like that, but at least I understand that it’s the same when in the USA with the Spanish, English & whatnot languages MV’s. It would be, I guess, more interesting to put up an actress from a different country that’s not the same or similar skin tone as the guys. Sorry again to say it that way. It’s just what I’ve been exposed to since I was little. Hope you all could forgive me for saying it so bluntly. Overall, all MV’s were cool in their own respect, but I had more fun with the “Whale Hunting” & was feeling happy with the lights in “White Rabbit.”

  2. AzureShade
    AzureShade

    just watched this (wow was i late viewing it right?) I’m so glad i didn’t miss it. Great songs :D and Leigh you did a great job! ^_^

  3. Allie Jane

    Sassy Leigh is the best! I would love it if Intern Leigh and Soo Zee were in more videos :D Especially if they gave their opinions on things in TL;DR’s or KMM’s!!

  4. Fafou Them

    “Limbs disconnected from your brain-hole” lmfao That was genius!

  5. Alex Auer

    OMG Leigh you did a great job! I was greatly entertained and you are super funny. I’d like to see you more often doing Indie Playlist.

  6. Maya Hayslett
    Maya Hayslett

    Yay Korean house. Must find more House Rulez.

  7. kpopfan123

    I was actually wondering what kind of music Leigh and Soo Zee listen to. Now I know :)

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥

    P.S: I think if you could name a specific dance for house… “House Rulez” dance would be it XD I don’t know it just seems so perfect!

    P.S.s: slow down :))

  8. Yaaaay, this is way more like my type of K-music! Would You? have this really swag sound and I love House Rulez. I’ve only seen one of House Rulez video music videos so it’s nice to see more of them. Never heard of Roll Sp!ke, so thanks for introducing me to them^^

  9. Loving the take over (maybe a permanent take over in the future?), but I have one criticism. Slowwwww downnnnn. Haha, I can tell when you get excited/worrying about time/have lots to say/nervous about a joke because you speed up. I then have problems understanding what you’re saying. Once you’re slowed down – aces. You seem to have gotten into your groove when you did your segment over White Rabbit so won’t take long to get it down :).

  10. Christina Rolfe
    Christina Rolfe

    Leigh, you did really well! I would love to see more videos from you in the future. You are an awesome fit for the EYK crew.

  11. Nabilah Othman

    duck face and chopping hands. win

  12. Excellent music choices! And funny too, gosh. I’ll second a couple other people here in saying that you were going a little bit fast for me. I’m a native English speaker, too, but I think I must watch too many movies with subtitles, or something – halfway through the first video I started looking for the subs so I wouldn’t miss any jokes. ^^ Apart from that, awesome job. An Intern Leigh permanent weekly segment is something I’d totally be behind!

  13. Min Danica Kim

    OMG I LOVE the way she talks!!!! Intern Leigh’s just so cute!!!>_< LITTLE DID I KNOW about her cuteness!!!!

  14. Absolutely looovee this playlist!! even more Intern Leigh talking….yep a very good laugh guaranted!

    Waiting for more eykcrew vids

  15. Hahaha. “I thought what we had was real. I thought it was special.” Go Leigh!

  16. Michelle Ordonez

    OMG Leigh ROCKED THIS!

  17. Leigh, you have amazing presence. Represent.

  18. OMG IM SO LATE TO POOOOOOOST!!!!!!!!!

    first thing is first… Leigh, you rock. let hang out more m’kay?? will not take NO for an answer! *Leigh quickly blocks Ryan’s number and laughs evily into her phone as she raises her other hand into the the air and causes lightning to occur*

    ok awesomesauce playlist this week. I shall begin with….

    SWINGS – WOULD YOU?
    really diggin the track beat and rapping but to be honest I wasnt too big on on the ballad side of it. Also I totally agree that the video really matched the song. What did they film it in… X-Pro? haha (oh Instagram, you spoil me). before I read the blog post I totally was thinking “Suit & Tie” as well… great minds think a like I suppose… really super awesome great minds… humble minds.

    HOUSE RULEZ – WHALE HUNTING
    ummm…. YES! I was asked if I knew of House Rules earlier this week by Leigh last week and I was like “hmm, Im pretty sure Ive heard of them”… I was wrong, dead wrong, but I really wish I had because this is so freaking awesome! right off the top I was drawn in by by the “LETS GO GOGOGO….” and bingity blam beats come it like sweet ear candy. it was a fun ride the whole ride through and as soon as the song was finished I played it again and added it to my indie playlist favorites. This video was super awesome to me too cause it reminded me totally of highschool. In my grade 12 Law class every time my teacher would leave the class for even 30 seconds my buddy would turn on the sterio to a radio station and I would dance my face off and make everyone laugh until the teacher came back. It was a great memory and thanks to you, it was triggered again and I am super happy right now. Thanks Leigh for introducing me to a great new group!!

    ROLL SP!KE – WHITE RABBIT
    Oh Roll Sp!ke… how I love thee and also hate how no matter how hard I look I cant seem to find a live installation of yours. I will do it… MARK MY WORDS!!! All of their songs to me are so catchy and addictive and adding the art instals on top of it gives me multiple braingasms (for example the intro to HIGHER). Also, I dont know what your talking about USED TO watch iTunes visualisers… I still do. DONT JUDGE ME!!! *Ryan holds his arms out to be hugged and accepted by fellow Nasties*

    Im so happy right now….

    EYK 4 LIFE YO!

  19. LongClawTiger
    LongClawTiger

    First of all, go Leigh! You make an excellent presenter for these types of segments. I love your energy and your animatedness (is that a word?).
    As for the music, they were all good choices. I really loved the Whale Hunting video. I love seeing people just have fun regardless of what the people around them think. Then he sort of tag teams in the next guy and he is letting loose as well. I would have called it a good video right there, but then the girl with the hidden earphones reveals them at the end. Totally awesome! Great Pick! :)

  20. fairydust

    Intern Leigh! I love your mix of songs, and I love that you were extremely outgoing :D great song choices!

  21. neoncrucifixion

    We actually get to see more of Leigh’s personality in this video!!

  22. Intern Leigh!! You’re so funny and cute and entertaining and wonderful I just wanna give you a hug! Yay! *sidles back into anonymity*

  23. smellykoala

    INTERN LEIGH YOU SO ENERGETIC!!! It’s almost like you’re high on something BUT IN AN ABSOLUTELY GREAT WAY! Am really diggin’ Would You by Swings so thank you very much!

  24. Jasmin Vela

    Omg Leigh you are too funny and dare I say it you
    might give Simon and Martina a run for their money. I
    hope to see you in more videos!! ^3^

  25. Kennzie Ta

    Girl, you are tons of fun to watch! I love your quirky personality and you just absolutely shine (i always loved your impromptu pop ups in the live chats etc.). The only thing is, and a couple people said this already, you might want to slow down a bit, there are a lot of Nasties from all over the world and not everybody’s native tongue is English here (in my case) and we don’t want to miss anything u say =)

  26. Intern Leigh, I would really like to be your friend. okay? uhm thanks. bye…

  27. Can Leigh do more in the future. More of Soo Zee would be awesome as well. I love S&M, but I think a rotating schedule would be really cool. Just for the playlists? Is that at all feasible?
    Great job on the playlist, Leigh!

  28. TurnUptheAC

    “Leigh List Mooooode!”….i like the ring to this as well as the alliteration…two words starting with the same leter can be called alliteration, it doesn’t have to be 3…right? It’s funny you mentioned Gilmore Girls for Swings because I was thinking your segments reminded me of the witty fast banter of that show which I loved loved loved. Great playlist by the ways…I love K-indie hip hop and wish it got more attention. Hope to see you in more up coming segments as well as Soo Zee and Ryan!!! EYK Crew rules!….which now makes me think you guys should run around like the O’Doyle family in Waterboy and yell “EYK Crew Rules”…minus the whole driving of the cliff thing.

    • smellykoala

      yes, yes, YES! to being reminded of the Gilmore Girls while watching Leigh’s witty rapid speed talk! Doesn’t it feel much more worth it to be watching an hour of Gilmore Girls because of how fast and just how much they talk? haha. just a thought

      • TurnUptheAC

        Totally agree…and also the constant random references thrown around….need a cliffnotes guide sometimes to really capture how clever the writers were for that show.

  29. noseefood

    her lazy eye is freaking me out. s&m should fund-raise to fix her eye. now shoot me for saying what all you’ve been thinking.

    • Jase Aaron
      Jase Aaron

      Telling people they should have cosmetic surgery for your own benefit is rude and condescending. It’s irrelevant whether everyone is thinking it or not.

  30. Leigh did a really good job!!!

  31. Makiyan Gatito

    oh em gee, intern leigh. OEMGEE. SRSLY. GURL. U AWSUM. ME WUBS YU. SRSLY.

  32. 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!

  33. neoncrucifixion

    I think it should be briefly explained in a side note about Leigh’s lazy eye since perhaps younger people may not understand what is going on. Although, now that I type this, I feel really bad having had to say that. I have a best friend with a lazy eye, as well as a teacher who has one. Sorry if my comment offends, I’m just trying to bring more understanding to the perusing vision!

  34. Chrystelle

    “Where your limbs are all disconnected from your brainhole.”

    Love you Leigh! <3

  35. 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!

  36. 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. :)

  37. Kahu Pohatu-campbell

    OMG leigh you did such a good job, i was legitimately LOLing for the whole time. Dont get me wrong I love simon and martina but I think its really cool to see more of the EYK crew gettin involved in videos. Dont ever go back to america leigh, that one time that you went back home and all the videos got uploaded too slow cos you werent around :( GOOD JOB

  38. Does anyone else think Leigh’s lazy eye is kinda cute?

  39. Daryl Stephenson

    And Leigh’s playlist debut goes 3 for 3!
    All of those songs were absolute jams. Good work.

  40. Amber Christon
    Amber Christon

    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”.

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