June 8, 2013
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!