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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

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

  5. 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

    Yay Korean house. Must find more House Rulez.

  7. 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

    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. 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. 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. 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

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

  21. 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. 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. 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. 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. “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.

    • 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

      • 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. 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

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

  40. 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”.

  41. 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.

  42. Cyber_3

    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.

  43. Great job Leigh! Loved your dress too! Where did you get it?

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

  45. Whoa there. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed intern Leigh talking. Seriously. Also, if you think Seo In Gook is “sensual” in this video, wait till you see him in “Answer Me 1997″. Don’t think about, just go do. Watch that drama and forever thank a random internet person. :)

  46. Stephanie Dubuque

    Oh my goodness! Leigh is hilarious! She seriously needs to be on camera more often!

  47. I just want to say Don’t copy simon and martina way of talking ! I liked this takeover but that just made me feel awkward !

    • I don’t think she was copying them. I think it’s just her natural personality and probably why she and the rest of EYK crew get along so well (because she’s pretty awesome). Plus when you hang around people you like for a long time, you naturally just begin to unconsciously take on some of their mannerisms.

  48. So… Intern Leigh, I’d really like it if you did more takeovers and not just for the Indie Playlist. Like, pretty pwease :3 I think you’re funny and awesome and I really really really like the songs you picked ^^ So do this more, okay /cute and snugly voice

    *ahem* So I kind of like Korean Hip Hop, but with K-Pop taking over my brain pretty much 24/7, I can’t really find the time to go looking for it. Plus, I only know a handful of rappers (Verbal Jint, Tiger JK, Yoon Mi Rae/Tasha, Simon D, Dok2, and now Swings). Anyway, I totally love this style of hip hop. With it’s smooth RnB overtones and soulful feel, it’s hard not to like XD I definitely have to say that featuring Seo in Guk was an amazing job (can that boy sing, or what XD), and I really like the editing and cinematography for the video. I’m not quite sure what else to say, because I really just agree with whatever Leigh said… Moving on :3

    Sometimes, it feels like I’m the only one who likes EDM around my parts. Everyone I know just shakes their heads and complains, but I love the anthemic feel and heavy beats. Anyway, this House Rulez song is amazing. Like, that’s all. I really really like it ^^

    And last but not least, Roll Sp!ke’s White Rabbit. Idk about this one :/ It was hard for me to get into, but if I listened to from an objective stance, than I’m sure that I’d rule it to be good. #KanyeShrug

    • 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.

  49. 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!

  50. SEO!!!!!! SEO!!!!!!!!!

  51. 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

  52. 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!

  53. Yeah!!!! Good job Leigh!!!! :D House Music!!!

  54. KissJadeMeNastieHenry

    Waaa I really really like this weeks Kindie playlist! Great choice Leigh!!! Next week SooZee right?! ^^

  55. thisisjustforfunval

    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.

  56. Sascha_Wong

    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!

  57. 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*

  58. Liisa

    WELL DONE!!!! CUTE!!!

  59. Leigh is so pretty!

  60. 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??

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

  62. 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!!!! :)

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

  64. 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!!

  65. Asela Cheung

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

  66. 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!

  67. Asela Cheung

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

  68. Leigh did really well :3 Did she script this too?

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

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

  71. 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?)

  72. hahaha so funny Leigh, you did a great job.

  73. Aww Leight you are so cute :D And the songs are pretty cool ~

  74. Aaron Ho

    INTERN LEIGH!! YOU NEEDS TO DO MORE OF THIS!!!

  75. Leigh your lazy eye is so cute ^_^

    I think Leigh did really well in this video, her voice was loud and strong and I laughed most a lot so GOOD JOB INTERN LEIGH, I think Leigh and Soozee should be in more videos (and live chats too)… ahem… anyway hopefully this is one video of many with intern Leigh and Soozee ;) ^_^

    >_< EYK CREW HWAITING

    • i think she did well too. i was thinking that since simon and martina have been busy with filming so many videos within a week, why not hand over some to leigh or soo zee as well? like for example, leigh could permanently be hosting KIP, soo zee could permanently be hosting TLDR. and switch it up according to their schedules or something like that.

  76. Gaaah~~~! YAY! Swings <3 and Seo In Guk <3 Perfection! Oh and Leigh, you are awesome and fun-tastic! :D And your cuteness in the end killed me – in a good way ^^ I approve of this takeover! (Btw, I find your lazy eye endearing ^^)

  77. 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! >.<

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

  79. I heartily approve of this takeover!!! :D YAY Leigh! :D Now to go see some sexzay Seo In Gook writhing.

  80. :) ❤❤❤

  81. U didn’t know Seo In Guk!? Blasphemy!(just kidding) Go and watch Reply 1997, it’s awesome :D

  82. Seo In Guk, you sexy bastard.

  83. Leighhhhhhh
    Look into the camera.

    It looks so weird xD We need to look into your beautiful eyes. o.o

    Also, might talk a littleeee bit slower. >D Else a good one for your first one :D

  84. I heavily approve of this playlist.

  85. MarVi

    This is the best!

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