For this week’s spotlighting of selected K-Pop tracks, it was tougher than usual as there have been too many amazing releases.
The first artist that all eyes are currently set on is AleXa.
The rookie artist continues to attract the interest of K-Pop fans and her most recent comeback single, ‘VILLAIN’, is a track you cannot miss. The MV, directed by Zanybros, will literally blow your mind away and show you why AleXa is potentially the next biggest female solo artist who may be able to dominate on a global scale.
AleXa herself stated:
“We went all day all night, but the dark and light is what brings a new kind of duality to ‘Villain’. I absolutely love this song and all the teams that worked hard to make it happen.”
Sure, for more selective listeners, one could argue that the track itself may be a generic trap type beat that everyone is very much familiar with by now , but given that it’s a pre-release, the in-your-face element of the track served its purpose.
Next up is GFriend‘s ‘Apple’.
Being a girl group with a reputation as one with extremely well-synchronized choreography, clearly one of the best, the dance performance aspect naturally doesn’t disappoint.
The most interesting element about GFriend’s recent comeback release is that they’ve really shown a completely different visual image of themselves.
The visual styling, extremely well-done, transformed the girl group’s usual image of cute and innocent to menacing and dark. In short, they’ve reinvented themselves, and after their agency Music was acquired by Big Hit Entertainment, this has been their second release.
Though slightly a little less energetic than ‘Labyrinth’, the chorus of ‘Apple’ still is able to deliver to listeners while maintaining a consistent vibe throughout, as opposed to a constant shift in musical styles that we often hear in a typical K-Pop idol group track.
Last but not least, EXO’s SeHun and ChanYeol’s ‘1 Billion Views’, is another track we’d like to spotlight.
As members of EXO, they’re obviously not new to funk and house. And to be completely honest, we’re actually glad this recent single didn’t go anywhere near hip-hop or trap, not that they aren’t capable of executing those genres.
It’s an easy song to listen to, pleasing to the ears, and chill enough to listen to while you relax and groovy enough to get you getting ready for the weekend festivities.
Given that this is the duo’s first full album release, it’s definitely not a bad way to start off.