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  • 2022 in K-POP so far: Risers & Fallers
    by Nick on July 3, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    We’ll take a brief hiatus from the usual Sunday Open Discussion post today because my annual “Risers and Fallers” feature always spurs conversation. Every July, I like to take a look at which songs have either grown or sunk on my own playlist. With years of reviewing under my belt and a pretty solid understanding … Continue reading → […]

  • Top K-Pop Albums of 2022 (So Far)
    by Nick on July 2, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    Yesterday, I struck a disappointed note when rounding up this year’s strongest singles, and this albums list is going to be quite similar. 2022 has delivered some decent albums so far, but nothing close to a My Name/City Of ONF, Don’t Call Me/Atlantis, YES, Summer Queen, Gatcha or The Chaos Chapter: Freeze. In fact, I’m … Continue reading → […]

  • Top K-Pop Songs of 2022 (So Far)
    by Nick on July 1, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    So… here’s the thing. This mid-year singles list is usually reserved for songs that are all-but certain to end up in my top ten at the end of the year. If judging by the quality of past years, the songs below would most likely fall in the teens or twenties, meaning we’re either going to … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: J-Hope (BTS) – More
    by Nick on July 1, 2022 at 5:26 am

    Now that BTS are on group hiatus (or whatever HYBE wants to call it), it’s time for the members to further develop their solo pursuits. This kicks off with J-Hope, who already has several singles to his name. Ahead of his headlining performance at this year’s Lollapalooza, he’s set to release his first official album … Continue reading → […]

  • The Top Three K-Pop Songs of June 2022
    by Nick on June 30, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    At the end of each month, I look back at my three favorite title tracks by K-pop artists. I take my own ratings into account, but there’s a bit of wiggle room as certain songs tend to grow or fade. June 2022 Overall Thoughts I’ll be publishing my top songs of the first half of 2022 … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: Heize – Undo
    by Nick on June 30, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    It’s been years since I last wrote about a Heize track. She falls in a murky territory that’s not always covered on The Bias List: not an idol herself but often poppy enough to exist within that framework. Today, she’s out with her second full-length album, led by the funky Undo (없었던 일로). The genre … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: King & Prince – Ichiban
    by Nick on June 30, 2022 at 12:18 am

    King & Prince have proven themselves a versatile group, but not in a way that feels unfocused or slapdash. Instead, they’ve been able to dip into several genre pools and develop each as their career has grown. We’ve got the fizzy pop tracks (Cinderella Girl, Koi Furu Tsukiyo ni Kimi Omou), the sleek dance pop … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: Super Junior – Don’t Wait
    by Nick on June 29, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    K-pop royalty Super Junior are returning with their eleventh full-length album (twelfth if you count 2015’s “special album” Devil). It’s set to be released in two parts, and new song Don’t Wait serves as a pre-release for the first half. New Super Junior material is always welcome, and I’m thankful for how frequently they deliver … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: Sunmi – Heart Burn
    by Nick on June 29, 2022 at 2:47 pm

    Last time Sunmi graced us with a summer song at the start of the season, it came in the form of the glorious Pporappippam. That’s a high bar to match, and new single Heart Burn (열이올라요) doesn’t really try. Rather than offer another retro banger, the track takes a subdued, moody route – two descriptors … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: Rocket Punch – Fiore
    by Nick on June 28, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    Rocket Punch’s Chiquita may not have enjoyed the staying power I’d hoped, but its super-powered synth remains an early-2022 highlight. It’s a sound I’d like to see the group pursue further, and new Japanese single Fiore moves them in a similar direction. It’s not as overtly-80’s in execution, but the song is at its best … Continue reading → […]

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