Han Gyul and Do Hyon, both from MBK Entertainment, have always been well loved for their polar opposite personalities, styles, interests, habits and more. Since the disbandment of X1, they've been promoting as the unit H&D for their fan meetings and singles, and even released their first mini-album Soulmate
. The duo's album proves that H&D could stand not only for Han Gyul & Do Hyon, but also for the hearty and dope music style and stage presence that connect their contrasting characters!
Who says people with different personalities can't be soulmates? Han Gyul and Do Hyon prove them wrong by together pulling off various styles of music, especially title tracks SOUL (Track 2) and Good Night (Track 3), that completely show the boys' duality. Beginning with the mysterious Intro (Track 1), the opening track sets a chic ambience for the whole album with powerful lyrics written by Do Hyon: "Be working hard till I'm getting' wise and I'm older. Working hard till I get them diamonds on my shoulder."
Pop dance title track SOUL (Track 2) gives off a similar vibe as X1's Flash, with synth beats making the melody sound low-key powerful and sexy in a way that isn't flashy at all. Han Gyul's husky tone works well at high pitches, while rapper Do Hyon's silvery voice also sounds perfect when singing. Unlike SOUL, Good Night (Track 3) has a more cute, chill and lighthearted atmosphere, and it shares a heartwarming message to fans: you can lean on them whenever you need to. These two title tracks are just like the two members – they're different in a way that offsets each other, and perhaps this is what makes them a perfect duo.
Their pre-release singles "Unfamliar" (Track 4) and "Toward Tomorrow" (Track 7) are also featured in the mini-album. To be honest, I didn't have much expectation for "Unfamiliar" until I heard it on the day of release, and then I ended up having it on repeat for the whole week. Do Hyon collaborated with producer Primeboi, who wrote the idol's Produce X 101 concept evaluation song Monday to Sunday, for the mid-tempo R&B composition with heartfelt lyrics about the bittersweet memories of last year. The fan meeting theme song "Toward Tomorrow" is another bop that you'll love jamming to when you need some healing time. H&D also delivers their gratitude to fans through the rhythmical B-side "Empty-handed" (Track 5) and the medium-tempo number "Make Me a Different Person" (Track 6).
This autumn, the boys will join MBK's new eight-member boy group, which would officially mark the fourth debut for Han Gyul and the third for Do Hyon. Though I love seeing them promote as a duo, I still can't wait to see them interact with more members and friends on stage. Hopefully it will be their last debut and the most long-lasting one of their career!