K-Pop tracks seem to roar into existence and fade into the internet ether faster than the blink of an eye. So, rather than do the usual thing and talk about an upcoming comeback that will be eagerly anticipated for about a month before being summarily forgotten in a few days, this post will serve as a trip down memory lane to past releases that I’m giving a semi-regular spin now. The only criteria that I’ve set up is to not list anything released within the past year. Feel free to add your own suggestions below because lord knows that I don’t catch everything that K-Pop spits out every other minute.
JYP and Ga In – “Someone Else”
While JYP’s eye for, uh, female determination and talent, may be unrivaled in K-Pop, the man can also put out a decent track or two himself. “Someone Else,” a duet with Brown Eyed Girls’ Ga-In, is a pretty great R&B track that features some all-too-fleeting glimpses of smooth choreography and some great JYP anguish-face.
KARA – “Lupin”
Simply KARA at the peak of their game.
Big Bang – “Haru Haru”
You know something is old when Big Bang’s fashion choices look out of date. Still, if anything in K-Pop counts as a classic, “Haru Haru” definitely deserves to be on that list (Also, I hadn’t listened to it in ages).
SPICA – Potently
So, yeah. SPICA. Great singers. Just a reminder to the universe that this group exists.
Son Dam Bi Featuring Park Kahi – “Bad Boy”
Weirdly, I think I enjoy this a lot more now than when it first came out, simply because of the slower disco-style that has fallen out of style in K-Pop recently (Back then, I would have probably labelled this as uncreative and boring). Also, any Kahi sighting is welcomed.
Seungri – “Gotta Talk To U”
HUSTLIN’ HUSTLIN, I’M HUSTLIN’ HUSTLIN. Try not having that stuck in your head for hours. I’m on Hour 4 right now and I regret nothing.
Leessang Featuring Jung In – “Girl Who Can’t Break Up, Boy Who Can’t Leave”
I am starting to believe that this post doubles as a not-so-subtle reminder that Lee Hyori is a goddess. The interplay of Gary’s every-man rap, Gil’s throaty serenade and Jung In’s delicate delivery is ~perfect in every way~.
Lee Hyori – 10 Minutes
More early-2000’s than debates over weapons of mass destruction. More eternal than heaven’s gates.
So, yeah. Not sure if this was worth the time but any excuse to coincidentally bask in the glory of Lee Hyori is worth it (I had forgotten about her appearances in “Potently” and “Girl Who Cant’ Break Up, Boy Who Can’t Leave”). If you have some older tracks to recommend, toss em below.