MBLAQ “Smoky Girl” – Vote for it Here!


Ok: this song is great. Great I tell you! Absolutely great! You know how we’ve felt this year with the trend of Kpop songs to be mashups of between three and seven different genres and sounds in one. That might be some people’s cup of tea, but not ours. We like consistent songs that evolve, rather than patchwork music, you know? This song, let me tell you, is consistently awesome. Like, whoa. We’re blown away. And it doesn’t sound Kpop-ish. It sounds so different.

Look, we don’t know what to say. We’re gushing about the song and we’re trying to save our words just in case we do review it for Music Monday. By then, we’ll have formed something more eloquent than just fangirl gushing.

VIXX “Hype” – Vote for it Here!


So, this is the first time we actually given a decent amount of attention to VIXX, and – we gotta say – they’ve got some really good songs now that we’ve taken the time to explore their music. Hyde’s great as well, and it’s got a relevant music video!

But honestly, we’re struggling to keep up with all the new kpop bands coming out, and in turn we’re struggling with the criticism we’re receiving for not talking about all the rookie groups for KMM. There was such a huge influx of new kpop bands over the past year that it’s just impossible to keep up with all of them, while still respecting the other bands that have been working in the kpop scene for a long time.

It’s such a difficult thing for us to balance. We came to Korean in 2008 and just got into kpop then, and some of our favourite bands just came out or started to break into the scene around that time. But now that those groups are popular, we’re supposed to dump them because they’re “too popular” and stick only to the newest rookie bands? What about our favourite groups and our excitement for their returns?

We’re really stuck between a rock and a hard place because on one hand, we want to talk about bands we’ve followed for a couple years and are finally having comebacks, but we also want to talk about new bands. And then, the bands that we did review while they were rookies, like B.A.P, B1A4, EX-O, Lee Hi, are now considered “popular” groups, and once again we’re criticized for not giving the newest of new groups a chance! AHH!!!

Anyhoo, the point of this is to say that I know VIXX fans have been dedicated to try and get VIXX in for a KMM, but they’ve been surrounded by the return of some of our favourite groups. One thing I will say for sure is that I’m grateful for their persistence because it caught my attention so I browsed their videos and they’ve made themselves new fan. So even if we don’t review them for this KMM, I’ll be keeping my eye on them!

Wonder Boyz “Tarzan” – Vote for it Here!


Ok, so Martina loves this song a lot more than I do. It’s not a bad song. I like it. I just don’t love it and rave about it the way Martina’s going on. It’s a good song! It’s ridiculously catchy. FIMINIMI FIMINIMI TAR-ZAN! FIMINIMI FIMINIMI TAR-ZAN! I’ve been singing that incessantly. Side note: I think this is the first time in a long time, if not the first time ever, that we’ve really enjoyed all three songs on the KpopCharts update and have had great things to say about each.

We don’t know much about Wonder Boyz so we can’t say much more about them, since this is our first time being exposed to their music, but if they keep stuff up like this we’ll become huge fans. This is really original, really, for Kpop music. Reggaeton? When I heard that someone was trying it out in Kpop I thought it’d be embarrassingly bad, but it’s actually really well done. Check it out. You’ll like it!

  1. I hate to make this correction, but I LOVED the Tarzan song too so I looked up the members and their names – and the “Come closer let me hold ya” guy isn’t Young Boy – His name is Master One.

    But one thing I found kind of eff’d up about the MV is that they put the leader in the back and in the beginning when Young Boy’s part comes in, it only shows Young Boy even though that part is back and forth with Young Boy and the leader (sorry I can’t remember his name!) AND THEN they don’t do any close ups on his face and always put him in the back. I mean, I get that he doesn’t have the same body type as the other members, but they’re a group and I think they should all be equally represented because they’re all so talented. I don’t know. SORRY! THIS WAS AN UNINTENTIONAL RANT!

    But did anyone else notice that/feel the same? Hmm…

  2. i love each video in this kpop update! i actually didn’t love smoky girl on first listen, but let me know mblaq always manages to work their magic on me…. now it’s the catchiest thing evarrr. and i love the smooth dance in the video. loved the other 2 on first listen. great videos and music especially since this is my first time listening to anything from wonderboyz. now i have to check out their other music.

    side note: martina, it’s pronounced “reggae-tone” instead of “reggae-ton”.

  3. SMOKY GIRL FTW! I can’t stop singing it … smoky girl smoky girl smoky girl smoky girl ♥

  4. I love the Tarzan song. It’s so friggin’ catchy! And the video is brilliant as well as a bit creepy. I’m confused about the spelling of ‘smokey’ now because I always thought it was spelt with an e but when I type ‘smoky’ it doesn’t come up with a red line. And I’ve just looked it up online and both words have the same dictionary meaning. Have they changed the spelling or have I been spelling it wrong all these years? I’m so confuzzled! @_@

  5. I think I need to give Smoky Girl a chance to grow on me. The first time I listened to it Thunder’s “Smiky Girl” part made me laugh my ass off, which made me feel really bad :(, and I wasn’t able to really take it seriously after that. That and I don’t usually like songs like this, but it’s MBLAQ and they haven’t disappointed me yet so I’ll definitely try and listen to it more^^

  6. Martina!!! Why did you say Zee? It’s Zed =D

  7. I have to say the opening video with Simon was really distracting as I kept focusing on what was in his mouth instead of what he was saying. But I did take the time to watch both Vixx and Wonder Boyz and I liked them but I think I enjoyed Tarzan more. I agree that it was nice to have a music video that was relevant to the song title but I was a little creeped out with the spiders and snakes in Hyde. -shudder- I liked the special effects in Tarzan and I do agree it was a bit creepy and stalkerish for “Tarzan” to watch the Waitress from his apartment but I was glad that he finally got the courage to go out and meet her face to face. It kind of had a mild vibe of being like Flower Boy Next Door but that might be because I had finished watching it about a month ago and that was the latest drama I’ve seen. All in all I like all the songs for this weeks update and I hope Vixx and Wonder Boyz get a bit more recognition.

  8. I really like the MBLAQ song, but you really need a good set of speakers to get the full impact. The first time I watched the video, I was on my laptop with really bad speakers and I was like “Meh, this is ok.” Then I watched it again from my desktop with much better sound and was like O.O “Oh snap! This sounds so much better when you can hear the bass!”
    Tarzan and Hyde are both really good too! OMG I am having such a hard time trying to choose what to vote for this week.

  9. Martina fail! It’s not Young Boy who does the “Come on closer..”-part, that’s Master One ^^

  10. I really liked Wonder Boyz’s song so I went to check if they have other good songs, and 문을 여시오 was crazy fun, with kind of a Indian/trot feel, if that makes any sense. (I might be totally wrong with that feeling though, since I’m not familiar with Indian music or trot) Also I listened to 신난다 신나, and I think these guys have a really unique sound. I really hope to hear more from them soon!

    Now I’m off to listen to Vixx’s older songs :D

  11. I’m so glad VIXX fans have voted them to the top of the charts. I wouldn’t have checked them out otherwise, and I REALLY love this song! It reminds me of some older kpop songs, and thankfully, it’s not a mashup of random melodies. It’s quite good. But WHEN IS THAT DRAMA VERSION WOLF COMING OUT?! Don’t tell me SM just put in some random scenes for a teaser….

    I actually didn’t like tarzan that much. When I first heard it, it was too repetitive for me, and it just didn’t wow me.

    • ARE YOU SERIOUS?! Freaked out as in spazzing, or freaked out because of Kai’s kiss?! that’s ridiculous. :( I was really looking forward to that, and I’m sure the boys put in a lot of effort too.
      That’s disappointing.

      • ??!??!?!!? Oh my lord…I didn’t know exotics were this….die hard. I love exo dearly, but man, the fact some fans would threaten something like that is ridiculous. But I heard SM’s releasing it the 14th. I don’t know how true of a rumor that is though.

  12. No matter how many times I listen to Smoky Girl I just can’t get into it. It’s not a bad song, but there’s nothing there that grabs me or makes me want to put it on repeat *coughTrapcough*. LOVE Tarzan and Hyde, though — I bought Hyde when it came out, but I think I’m going to have to buy Tarzan, too. Curse you, EYK, you Kpop-buying enablers! ;)

  13. i thought trap will b in the list…

  14. Sorry, I really don’t get smoky girl.

    But I love hyde. I not sure now whether I would rather have EXO or VIXX reviewed this week. Either would be great.

    And thanks for showing me Tarzan, what a fun song and video!

  15. I love the way Martina says reggaeton. xD I was actually not aware this song was done in reggaeton style (as a Hispanic person, I admittedly don’t listen to a lot of Spanish music and much less reggaeton) but now that you’ve mentioned it, I totally understand why the song sounds so awesome to me and has me up and dancing like a fool whenever it comes on. xD

    This K-Pop Charts Update is delightful – three songs I genuinely adore, all of which will not be reviewed, but at least spoken for! ~1) MBLAQ’s new song took two listens for me to get hooked (agreed, we waited soooOOOOOoooOOO long for a comeback! I thought for sure after their tour, but nuuuu) and I think the video is really classy with the black and white (although admittedly at first I was all “Omg neon this reminds me of those cray outfits from “Y” D:”).
    ~2) YAY YOU TALKED ABOUT VIXX MARTINA LIKES VIXX ALL IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD. Ahem. I really love “Hyde” and the video is slamming. That choreography and their alternating outfits and the double personalities are just sublime. Really amazing. (And can I just say thank you Hongbin and Hyuk for making more of an effort to sing live #props)
    ~3) As for “Tarzan,” aside from the aforementioned, I love how the choreography mimics Tarzan-esque moves like the beating of their chests and the swaying from side to side. Wonder Boyz are relatively young (the leader Bak Chigi is a 92 Liner, Young Boy is a 93’er and K and Master One are 94 Liners) and they only debuted October of last year, which is sort of astounding. They’re great! Can’t wait to see what they bring to the music scene in future.

    Lastly. Aside from the fact I hope you guise talk about Henry next week.

    • Club No.1! Lol! When I heard a rumor that SM wasn’t only not going to release a drama version but that they never actually filmed one beyond a hodgepodge of footage for the teaser, I really wasn’t surprised. I think they DID film it, but whether it’ll see the light of day or not we’ll never know. I guess I’m resigned either way! I love the hell out of Wolf regardless.

      Also, all these Kai fangirls flipping out over a chaste little kiss on the cheek need to GTFO. I get their feels, really, I do. If it was Luhan kissing a girl I’d definitely cry…but only if he was ACTUALLY KISSING HER, not just a little peck on the cheek!

    • ugh.. so in other words, we will never see it unless all the fans who don’t dream of dating or marrying Kai make a bigger stink than the fangirls? *face to palm in a smack my head motion*

      I really hope they change their minds… not that I don’t appreciate the choreography, but It’s like being told you’re getting cake for your birthday and being served bread with a candle in it.

  16. I didn’t know MBLAQ’s song but I totally loved it, and the video as well. I hope you review that one. Althought Wonder Boyz vid is kinda ‘funnier’, maybe? Reggaeton just isn’t working for me (My rock roots are telling me enough, you already listen to Kpop!!). And Vixx was ok, but Smoky Girl is so much better.

  17. WOW my fav 3 songs now are in one K-pop update…. and Martina is loving them…. I’m so happy now XD *crazy dancing Sumanabadjabano Tarzaaaan* hahahahah

  18. Smoky girl smoky girl smoky girl smoky girl girl smoky girl smoky girl smoky girl girl smoky girl smoky girl smoky girl smoky girl – this is what’s going on in my head lately. This song is really, really amazing!
    VIXX’s Hyde is cool as well (and so was On And On… no, it was even better!).
    But Tarzan doesn’t really do it for me. The chorus indeed is memorable but I’m not a fan of this song. I did like the video though!

  19. Smoky Girl, one of the first K-pop video’s that have some relevance to the teaser images? xD

  20. I think this is actually one of the best selections for a chart updates. But perhaps that’s because I’m biased and absolutely love all of the songs and knew about them all before they were on the update, so I had a massive feel-good moment because I was like “I know them all! And I like them all!”

    There’s a part of me that wishes 100%’s latest single would be on the charts, because they’re one of my favourite rookie groups, but hey, there’s always next time, right? It’s not like you can mention every single song that came out recently or the updates would practically be a weekly documentary on k-pop songs.

    (And also, I agree with Martina about On and On! It got so close to the top of the K-pop charts, but not reviewed :( It’s one of my favourite K-pop songs.)

  21. I’m an A+, so of course I want MBLAQ’s song to be reviewed, but damn! VIXX’s song and video are a pleasure to watch (does it make sense? English is not my first language), because EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE! The song, the mv, the makeup, the dance (uhh, and I LOVE this dance). Even if I don’t become VIXX’x fan, I think I’ll be lookig forward to their next songs.

  22. Isn’t the “Come closer, let me hold ya'” part rapped by Master One, and not Young Boy? :3

  23. This update is GREAT! (Que in Tony the Tiger) Thank you for introducing me to Tarzan, it was really upbeat and I don’t even like normal reggaeton music, what the. Thanks for including Vixx, I had only half paid attention to it a few times, but I really watched it this time and it really is something awesome. And MBLAQ, oh my gourd I’m crack addicted to Smoky Girl and I don’t know what to do with myself. I freaking insanely love that song right now. Standing Still had been my favorite song this year but this one, as well as This Love by Shinhwa, have taken the first and second place in my heart respectively.

  24. I’m going to again recommend seasonal Rookie Round-Ups. Four times a year won’t be too much of a work load, and it’ll give you a chance to discover (and share) some lesser-known gems like C-Clown and WonderBoyz.

  25. Just a minor note, VIXX fans are called


    • They should make keyboards with mandatory star buttons. I forgot the code to create a star using the numerical keypad, but if it were a button I could just go ST☆RLIGHT errwhere! Among other fun things I could do with stars in text. Bwoop.

  26. Hey! Two of these songs made my video for my Top Five K-Pop songs of May. Guess which two lol.

  27. If wonderboyz manage to make it up the charts like monkeys chasing bananas, I’m liking the idea of Simon dressing up as a wondergirl fangurilla for the wonderboyz….Martina as Tarzan…..you all know you want to see that too.

    Sidenote: I have to agree MBLAQ annihilated with “Smoky Girl”….that is what a comeback is all about. Even though shenanigans with Wonderboyz would be fun…gotta hand my vote to MBLAQ…actually I’ll vote both (as I usually do) and make my vote worthless…yay democracy.

  28. Smokey Girl was one of those songs that I knew needed to grow on me. I love MBLAQ but I didn’t immediately love Smokey Girl. I did, however love Mir’s rap! excuse me while I go a little fan girl here! There is something about Mir’s raps that I just love. Anyway, Mir Killed it in his rap. The rest of the song has grown on me but I don’t think it’s my favorite of theirs.

    Vixx’s Hyde disturbs me on so many levels and I love that!! The video creeps me out so much (and it doesn’t help that I’m severely Arachnophobic). even their live stages are creepy. The song is pretty awesome.

    Tarzan is one of those earwormy songs (which can be a good thing!). It’s gonna creep up on everyone now and they’ll all be singing different versions of it!

  29. i will personally be happy if any of these 3 amazing MV’s got reviewed!

    They all have great imagery, dances, and choruses in my opinion~

  30. Thank you Martina for Introducing us to “Tarzan” by Wonder Boyz. What a freakin’ awesome song. And the video was so well made. I am now jamming to that song while trying to dance to it with some reggae moves.

  31. this kiss scene from exo you are talking about is from the 2nd video teaser, there is a lt of hate going on on that video

  32. Yay!!! I am so glad you are becoming VIXX fans! They have been doing so well this year. And YES!!!!!!!! I CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO TARZAN!!! (And they guy rocks this curly fro thing – they are great dancers in live performances as well). I am so glad you love it Martina!!! And Smoky girl – AH, SO GOOD!!! Please excuse the caps…I just LOVE these songs!!!

  33. I think one of (because there are many) great things of MBLAQ’s Smoky Girl is that it transcends K-Pop and is easy to love because of its awesome composition and incredibly infectious beat. I really liked MBLAQ before this song, but this just pushed them to another level. I’ve been hitting replay for days now!

    I can’t wait to see how well they do live!

  34. The awkward moment when the ad beneath the Smoky Girl video says “Guys don’t like girls who smoke.”

    DUN DUN DUN :p

  35. Hey guise! As I always say, just do whatever you want and us Nasties will follow you. Talk about the groups you want and have time for! BUT! I just really have to say this cause it’s honestly been bugging me for a while – though I understand that it can be hard if you’re not a dedicated fan: it’s EXO. It’s pronounced like one word, like the first two syllables of “exothermic”. It’s not E-X-O, and it’s not EX-O. It’s EXO. Hope you don’t take this in a negative way, I just… feel the urge to correct mistakes when I see them. And I’m a die-hard EXOtic :)

    • Well, I’d say EXO is pronounced more like a word, and EX-O more like the two letters, X.O. But it’s more about the spelling. But also that’s just me splitting hairs… :)

  36. Glad to hear Vixx has a new fan.
    In all honestly, there are just too many rookie groups these days and only a few stand out and are worth mentioning. Luckily for Lee Hi, Exo, and BAP, they stood out from the get go and gained an influx of fans. On the other hand, groups like Vixx and B1A4 slowly break away from the cluster of rookies and build up their fanbases as they release new music. So it really isn’t about having to spotlight the newest of the new rookies (cuz ain’t nobody got time for that + most times there is nothing worth mentioning yet), but about shining light on rookies that are straying out from the pack and have the potential to break out of the rookie label. Vixx is a good example – they have been gaining fans with each release (especially when they released “On and On”) so its only a matter of time until they release that one song that will push them to the next level and out of the rookie label.

  37. I feel like a K-Pop Hipster, because while Martina was talking about VIXX, I was all “I knew about them before they were cool”. :D Ha! I really liked their song “Rock Ur Body”, so it all started from there. :)

    “Smoky Girl” is also really awesome! At first I was all “Meh”, but I played it again and I grew on me really quickly. I think one of the reasons it’s so good is because it sounds like something that Zion.T would make, and I know that he did work on this album, along with Primary and Simon D.

    This is something unrelated, but the plot for “Tarzan” reminded me of the drama “Flower Boy Next Door”. You know, with the whole staying in the hosue and staring at a person all day with a magnifying device. It’s a great song though! I’m surprised I haven’t heard it yet.

    On the EXO thing. I heard that so many crazy fans were trying to hack SM’s server to leak the Drama version, that SM just cancelled it because they were done. This also one of the best K-Pop Chart Updates ever, because all of the songs are great.

  38. Wow… Every single song is very catchy and entertaining. Is it the summer songs finally making an appearance? lol Same as dramas! There are so many good dramas on right now! I had to make a list just to keep up haha

  39. OMGEE! Martina <3 Tarzan! I agree, that song is awesome!

  40. This week’s update is so amazing, that I just wanna roll around on the grown and fanboi (because fanbois don’t fangirl :3) all over the place… *gets weird stares* What? These songs are *really* that great :D

    I think that MBLAQ have really topped themselves with Smoky Girl, and the entire Sexy Beast mini album. Like seriously, Smoky Girl has taken Y (my former favorite MBLAQ song) and thrown it off a building to it’s death. Yes people, this song has stolen my heart XD It’s got this smooth (and consistent :3) RnB feel that’s wrapped in a laid back danceable package. It’s too good :3

    As for that VIXX song… It ain’t bad either ^^ When I first heard VIXX, it was their song “Rock Ur Body”, and while it seemed like something I would like, it was just too typical to me. Like, they didn’t try *at all* to make it their own, imo. Also, idk about y’all, but if a video game was telling me to “come closer” (the part of the video where the bridge is playing, for those are confused), I would throw it in reverse, go “beep beep! wide load!”, and proceed to exit the building!! I don’t care if the boys inside are hawt, I’ve seen enough horror movies to know what happens when the stupid person (because everybody acts like they ain’t got no sense in horror movies -_-) follows the creepy instructions instead of high tailing it out of there. *ahem* Where was I… Oh yeah, hyde :D It’s a great song ^^ I must confess that I found the intro really cheesy (Like, BYG’s intro to One Shot cheesy), but once I pushed past that part, I was totes into the song. And I must agree with Martina, dat video… Good Lord, that spooked the mess out of me XD (I’m a huge scaredy cat, sue me :P). Idk if I’d qualify to be a VIXX fan because I started paying attention to them during their On and On promotions, but I’m totally digging everything they’ve released (except Rock Ur Body). I cannot describe my feels for Super Hero (let’s just settle on it’s my jam :3), and On and On was a nice step up on that latter. Hyde is not my favorite song by them , but I like the progression into this darker sound.

    Okay, I know I’m sounding like such a geek here, but 2NE1 actually experimented with Reggaeton on Clap Ya Hands and SuJu’s Bonamana kind of a touch of the Reggaeton beat (my sister was actually the one who pointed that out to me; one night I was acting a fool to it as I cleaning up, and she came asked if it was Korean Reggaeton. I was like lolwut XD). That aside, I really like Tarzan, as well. Like, really like it XD I don’t know much about the Wonder Boyz either (and honestly, I always thought they were JYP’s attempt at making a male version of the Wonder Girls XD), but they pulled this song off with ease. They were *not* playing with this song, because they definitely brought the heat!! I hope this song really gets them noticed, because it’s really great. It’s kind of sad that a lot of the good rookies aren’t being hyped by the big three are being drowned out in a flood of excess debuts.

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