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  1. Oh My Girl Mini Album Vol. 7 - NONSTOP (Random Version) Oh My Girl Mini Album Vol. 7 - NONSTOP (Random Version) OH MY GIRL
    Nonstop jamming
    May 28, 2020 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    As much as we may hate survival TV shows, we can't deny that these programs have successfully helped a lot of groups gain a bigger fanbase and wider audience. Thanks to Queendom, another underrated girl group has finally come into the public's view – it's Oh My Girl's time to shine! The girls always present great music matched with eye-catching concepts. This time, in their first comeback after Queendom, they turn into board game characters for their seventh mini-album Nonstop! The English title of lead single "Nonstop" (Track 1) might have you a bit confused about the theme, but it's actually about being "a little fluttered" by a friend and wondering if they will be friend-zoned.... [read more]
  2. H&D Mini Album Vol. 1 - SOULMATE (SOUL Version) H&D Mini Album Vol. 1 - SOULMATE (SOUL Version) H&D
    Hearty & Dope!
    May 28, 2020 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    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... [read more]
  3. Cravity - Season 1 HIDEOUT: Remember Who We Are (Random Version) Cravity - Season 1 HIDEOUT: Remember Who We Are (Random Version) Cravity
    Getting closer to Cravity
    April 28, 2020 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    With Cravity having two X1 members and two Produce X 101 finalists, you can already tell that Starship's new boy group is going to be a thing. Their debut record Hideout: Remember Who We Are shows why we should pay attention to these strong and hot rookies. "I'm on the top of the chain! Get out of my, out of my way!" Starting off with the very powerful, aggressive and forceful anthem Top of the Chain (Track 1), the opening of Hideout: Remember Who We Are leaves a strong impression with assertive lyrics that voice the group's aspiration. After the intro comes the urban hip-hop title track Break all the Rules (Track 2). Gionata Caracciolo, who took part in Super Junior's Animals and Red... [read more]
  4. ONEUS Single Album Vol. 1 - IN ITS TIME ONEUS Single Album Vol. 1 - IN ITS TIME ONEUS
    In ONEUS's time
    April 20, 2020 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    About a year ago, I wrote my first Editor's Pick of 2019 on ONEUS's debut album Light Us, which had the exceptionally good but very underrated title song Valkyrie. Since then, I've listened to all their releases, and I can boldly say that ONEUS was one of the rookies with the best music production in 2019. As expected from RBW, ONEUS continues to bless us with good music this year. Having wrapped up their "Us" trilogy, ONEUS hints about their upcoming series in the prelude In Its Time. After exploring dark concepts in their first three albums, the boys go for a slightly laid-back and less intense atmosphere in their first single album. Refreshing and rhythmic, "A Song Written Easily" offers... [read more]
  5. ITZY - IT'z ME (Random Version) ITZY - IT'z ME (Random Version) ITZY
    The new wannabe icons
    April 1, 2020 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    After singing "I'm Dalla Dalla" and "I see that I'm icy," ITZY proudly sings "I just wanna be me!" and hits the world with the ambitious resounding hit Wannabe. As expected, the JYP group has dropped another well-loved album, IT'z Me, that cannot be overlooked. "I don't wanna be somebody, just wanna be me, be me!" Following their debut hit, producing team GALACTIKA* again brings ITZY a bop with Wannabe (Track 1). With a touch of rock influence and electric guitar sounds, the groovy fusion number gives the girls a chance to spark their teen crush energy and stand out among other groups. Though Ryu Jin's rap in the first verse is likely a hit or miss, it doesn't affect the quality of this... [read more]
  6. Monsta X - ALL ABOUT LUV (Deluxe Photo Book 4 - Original Deluxe) Monsta X - ALL ABOUT LUV (Deluxe Photo Book 4 - Original Deluxe) Monsta X
    Monsta X's love equation
    March 30, 2020 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    If we have to name the hottest K-pop groups in the West in recent years, Monsta X definitely has to be one of them. Since signing with Epic Records in 2019, Monsta X has released several English singles, like Who Do U Love? and Play It Cool, that were even more hyped than their Korean hip-hop EDM songs. This year, Monsta X lovingly gifted their first full English release to Monbebes on Valentine's Day. If their Korean singles are sexy in a fierce and powerful way, their English ones give more of a sultry and tempting vibe with a tinge of jazz influence. Groovy, catchy and dynamic, the multi-genre release offers 11 romantic tunes that blend with their laid-back and smooth vocals. Joo Heon's... [read more]
  7. KARD Mini Album Vol. 4 - RED MOON KARD Mini Album Vol. 4 - RED MOON KARD
    The rise of KARD
    February 28, 2020 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    As one of the only co-ed idol groups in Korea, KARD hit the K-pop world in 2016 with their successful pre-debut trilogy, which included well-known hits like Oh NaNa and Don't Recall. Unfortunately, their official debut release didn't live up to the hype. Due to the lack of promotions, their popularity hasn't been as high as their pre-debut era. Nonetheless, KARD is still one of the most underrated acts in K-pop. Who doesn't love a group with such a unique concept and catchy music? Not to mention the fact that all four members are capable of singing, dancing and rapping. For their recent Red Moon comeback, KARD slays with their trendy and stylish music, live singing, powerful dancing and... [read more]
  8. Loona Mini Album Vol. 2 - # (Limited A Version) Loona Mini Album Vol. 2 - # (Limited A Version) Loona
    Loona's butterfly effect
    February 26, 2020 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    The worldview and captivating concept story behind every Loona release has been one of the most fun things about stanning them, but their catchy songs also can't be overlooked. They amaze with their bad girl energy in their latest album # and title track So What (Track 2). The Loona girls bring a "girl crush" style for the first time in the urban dance number So What, which encourages us to step out of the box and break boundaries ("Speaking sharply, so what? / Acting cold, so what? / Going fearless, so what?"). The hook of "I'm so bad! I'm so bad!" is such a remarkable start for the song, and it keeps repeating throughout the tune so that you just can't get it out of your head! From the... [read more]
  9. Sechskies The 1st Mini Album - ALL FOR YOU (Random Version) Sechskies The 1st Mini Album - ALL FOR YOU (Random Version) SechsKies
    The real old-school vibes
    February 6, 2020 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    After reuniting in 2016, top first-generation idol group Sechskies has been showing the world a blend of trendy K-pop beats with familiar retro sounds that makes their songs very relatable. The respected idol group kicks off the new year with a new mini-album in a new lineup. Now a four-member group, each Sechskies member has taken up more vocal parts in general. Following "Three Words," "Be Well" and "Sad Song," the group collaborates with Future Bounce again for their first ever mini-album. The team co-produced all five tracks on All For You. Composed by Future Bounce and Andrew Choi (EXO's Lucky One), All For You (Track 1) delivers an R&B melody with a touch of 90s retro sounds. Starting... [read more]
  10. Baek Ye Rin - Every letter I sent you. (2CD) Baek Ye Rin - Every letter I sent you. (2CD) Baek Ye Rin
    Her heartfelt love letters
    January 15, 2020 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Baek Yerin's smooth and soulful voice plus her distinctive style of music have shaped her as one of the most successful female singers of her generation. From "Across the Universe" to Bye bye my blue to "Maybe It's Not Our Fault," we just can't get enough of her light yet emotional tone and her dreamy melodies. This winter, she came back with her first full-length album Every letter I sent you., which has 17 self-written English songs and a Korean song. When reading through the tracklist, perhaps many of us were surprised that the singer finally put in her well-received Square (2017), which she used to only perform at music festivals. Square has unexpectedly charted higher than title track... [read more]
  11. AOA Mini Album Vol. 6 - NEW MOON AOA Mini Album Vol. 6 - NEW MOON AOA (Korea)
    Come see the new AOA
    November 29, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    "Heart Attack," "Miniskirt," "Like A Cat," "Bingle Bangle," Excuse Me – I bet K-pop stans can sing along to at least one of these AOA smash hits. But have you ever thought they are actually more than just K-pop sweethearts who pull off catchy songs with sultry concepts? Thanks to Queendom, AOA's stage presence, talents and personal charms have finally been brought to light. New Moon introduces the new AOA with a brand new, captivating concept and promising sounds. "Come See Me" (Track 1) starts off with beats that resemble cowboys and hunters, connecting with the charismatic "moon hunter" characters in their teasers and music video. The addictive melody and lines in "Come See Me" somehow... [read more]
  12. WayV Mini Album Vol. 2 - Take Over The Moon WayV Mini Album Vol. 2 - Take Over The Moon WayV
    Take Over The C-pop Scene
    November 28, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    SM Entertainment's ambitious project NCT debuted their first non-local subunit, WayV, earlier this year to break into the C-pop music scene. After taking off in their first mini-album, WayV aspires to Take Over The Moon in their sophomore release! Starting off with some piano notes and humming, "Moonwalk" (Track 1) guides you to a mysterious – and somewhat magical – ambience of sounds with profound lyrics that express their worldview of a limitless dream and future in line with NCT's. Following almost three minutes of trap beats, the melody returns to the peculiar sounds from the beginning of the song in the final bridge part, which genuinely makes the composition and production more... [read more]
  13. BVNDIT Mini Album Vol. 1 - BE! BVNDIT Mini Album Vol. 1 - BE! BVNDIT
    Be Ambitious N Do It!
    November 15, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    BVNDIT first gained attention for being the first girl group from MNH Entertainment, the agency that debuted former I.O.I member and successful soloist Chung Ha. Known for their charismatic voices and charming performances, BVNDIT has launched a series of rhythmical and edgy songs that make them stand out among female rookies. The girls now officially bring their first mini-album BE! BE! opens with a short but dreamy future bass intro and then proceeds into the title track Dumb (Track 2). Latin pop-inspired songs have been popular in the K-pop scene in recent years, and BVNDIT joins the trend with this Latin electropop number co-penned by LDN Noise. In the chic and charismatic song, the... [read more]
  14. BDC Special Single Album - BOYS DA CAPO BDC Special Single Album - BOYS DA CAPO BDC (Boys Da Capo)
    A brand new start
    October 31, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Though Produce 101 is controversial in so many ways, it's undeniable that the show has been a great platform for trainees to shine with their talents. Hip-hop label Brand New Music is a typical example – their trainees from Produce 101 Season 2 and the recent Produce X 101 all received lots of love for their skills and performances. Much like the BNM trainees from Season 2, Kim Si Hun, Yun Jung Hwan, Hong Seong Jun and Lee Eun Sang impressed audiences with their self-composed track Go Get Her during their first evaluation on Produce X 101. After three months, Si Hun, Jung Hwan and Seong Jun finished the competition at ranks #27, #38 and #51, respectively. With Eun Sang making it to the... [read more]
  15. Super Junior Vol. 9 - Time_Slip (Group Cover) Super Junior Vol. 9 - Time_Slip (Group Cover) Super Junior
    The last man standing!
    October 25, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    The wait is finally over – Super Junior is back! Ten years ago, who would have thought that a decade would pass in the blink of an eye? Celebrating their military discharge and 14th anniversary, Super Junior spawns a wave of "newtro" sounds in their ninth full-length album Time_Slip! It's been a while since Super Junior came back with a fun, quirky and upbeat new song. The uptempo pop dance plug SUPER Clap (Track 2) cheers people up by asking them to throw their worries away and have fun: "Let's shake the world and wake it up. Let your body dance to the rhythm. Together, SUPER Clap. Follow me, SUPER Clap. Everyone, SUPER Clap." Produced by Sebastian Thott, whose song credits includes Tae... [read more]
  16. BTOB: Lim Hyun Sik Mini Album Vol. 1 - RENDEZ-VOUS BTOB: Lim Hyun Sik Mini Album Vol. 1 - RENDEZ-VOUS Lim Hyun Sik (BTOB)
    Exploring Hyun Sik's universe
    October 21, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    From Piece of BTOB's Swimming to Hyena on the Keyboard's "If I Hug You," these solo singles might not be as widely known as BTOB's group releases, but they definitely best represent Hyun Sik's personal taste in music. Known as BTOB's "father of music," Hyun Sik pursues his solo career with five soft and alternative self-produced rock pieces in his first mini-album Rendez-Vous. Alternative rock tune Dear Love (Track 5), the title song of the album, tells a melancholic and desperate story about a relationship across the universe ("Dear love, dear you, who entangled with me. Please don't be in pain, 'cause I will be in pain too. Oh my love, how is the sky at that place? Are you also looking at... [read more]
  17. Dreamcatcher Special Mini Album - Raid of Dream (Limited Edition) Dreamcatcher Special Mini Album - Raid of Dream (Limited Edition) Dreamcatcher
    Sending nightmares away
    October 2, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Dreamcatcher is probably one of those groups where you might not recognize all the members' faces and names, but you've at least listened to one of their songs before. Their unique band sound and distinctive tones make them stand out from the crowd – not to mention their successful "Nightmare" series concept. The mysterious girls explore between dreams and nightmares again in the special mini-album Raid of Dream. Dreamcatcher is best known for their one-of-a-kind hard rock music that bears only a little resemblance to the usual K-pop tunes. Starting off with the funky dubstep Intro (Track 1), Raid of Dream carries the lead single Déjà vu (Track 2) mainly produced by LEEZ, who also wrote the... [read more]
  18. X1 Mini Album Vol. 1 - Bisang : Quantum Leap (Random Version) X1 Mini Album Vol. 1 - Bisang : Quantum Leap (Random Version) X1
    Fly high X1!
    September 6, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Produce 101 has already reached its fourth season but it's still going strong! Last month, the 11 winners of Produce X 101 debuted as X1 with their chart-topping first mini-album Bisang: Quantum Leap. Bisang, which means "fly" in Korean, not only connects with the group's butterfly concept but also the lyrics of the album tracks! Intro track Stand Up (Track 1) simply expresses the group's aspiration and concept in a rhythmical brass and riff-based melody – "Stand up, stand up. Fly high, fly high! Spread your wings! Don't forget today's flight, and don't forget yesterday's dream." Were you stunned by X1's powerful and dazzling stage performance of their title single Flash (Track 2)? Produced... [read more]
  19. EVERGLOW Single Album - Hush EVERGLOW Single Album - Hush EVERGLOW
    Shining, shimmering, splendid!
    September 2, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    With two Produce 48 members in the midst, Yuehua Entertainment’s girl group Everglow successfully attracted a growing fanbase with their catchy debut hit Bon Bon Chocolat. The rising rookie group's new album Hush recently arrived just a few months after Arrival of Everglow! The structure and concept of this album is quite similar to their three-track debut release. It begins with a dreamy intro song, then proceeds into a powerful title track, and wraps up with a slightly brighter tune. "Goodbye, Au Revior, Adios" – say goodbye to your ex-lover by singing this simple yet powerful line! Adios (Track 2) is created by the strong composer lineup of Olof Lindskog (Super Junior-M's Swing), Hayley... [read more]
  20. Weki Meki Single Album Vol. 2 Repackage - WEEK END LOL Weki Meki Single Album Vol. 2 Repackage - WEEK END LOL Weki Meki
    Be my summer crush!
    August 20, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    After the end of I.O.I's promotion in 2017, Weki Meki was one of the most anticipated rookies as the group includes two members from I.O.I. Two years since their debut, Weki Meki put aside their signature fierce girl crush style and brought a more pure and cheerful side in their last single album LOCK END LOL. Following the "school crush" concept of LOCK END LOL, the girl group returns with a "summer crush" concept in their repackage album WEEK END LOL! Producer Andrew Choi, whose music credits include EXO's Lucky One and Super Junior's "Evanesce," collaborates with Weki Meki for the first time for their lead single Tiki-Taka (99%) (Track 1). The pop dance plug gives an upbeat, groovy and... [read more]
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