The year has just begun and the world is facing one crisis after another making a lot of people anxious and stressed. However, K-Pop industry is here to tell you not to worry as the artists, even in such hard times are working even harder to release one uplifting or hopeful and inspiring track after another!

Here’s the list and review of February’s uplifting releases to ease your tension 😉

 

Week 1 (1st-8th)

 

 

      1. Sunmi- ‘Gotta Go’

Sunmi’s tracks are always so experimental and refreshing, I absolutely love it!

With a powerful dance track and the seductive “older unni” vibes, Sunmi is back is grace us all and make us groove all around our houses and the streets xD

Listen to and download their track on:

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      2. Hash Swan – ‘Teenage in Closet (Feat. JAMIE)’

This song is such a MOOD!

Hash Swan always outdoes himself, no matter how any tracks he releases. The animation accompanying the song complements the vibes it gives off so well. The playful beats with the tropical feels and Jamie’s subtle vocals are an additional bonus for the listeners as well 😉

Listen to and download his track on:

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      3. Vince – ‘Emergency’ (Feat. Zion.T) 

Can’t find a single flaw in the track or Vince, both are so perfect!

Since it had Zion. T, I knew it was going to be a phenomenal track but I literally never imagined it would be this perfect; it is not just a song, it is ART!

Vince captures your attention from the get go with a very mellifluous and alluring hook and then the feels from the track just take over all your senses one by one 😉

Listen to and download their track on:

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      4. Cignature – ‘Nun Nu Nan Na’

A great debut song with a catchy, punchy chorus!

The instrumental is very vibrant and is well supported by the mellifluous, sweet high notes these pretty girls hit in the track. The girl-crush concept of the track is also nit very overdone, making it just the right mix with the song to call attention to the new group and make it memorable.

Listen to and download their track on:

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Week 2 (9th-15th)

 

 

      1.Cherry Bullet- ‘Hands Up’

The mixing up of Beethoven’s Für Elise is the highlight!

A creative use of a well-known sound by Beethoven isn’t the only thing Cherry Bullet had going in the track as not just this but the polished vocals, subtle raps and the feel of the song gave the song a very refreshing and unique charm that is sure to have listeners hitting their knees and having their hands up 😉

Listen to and download their track on:

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      2. SUMIN+Zion.T – ‘Dirty Love’

Two great artists vining out together on a track is the best thing ever!

A distinctively retro and groovy beat and Sumin’s smooth vocals on top of it manages to make you sit up and listen to her immediately. Zion. T’s supportive role in the mv and in the track is really heartwarming and his vocals sound just as gorgeous as ever!

Listen to and download their track on:

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      3. AB6IX’s Jeon Woong- ‘Moondance’

The very definition of the term, ‘Alluring’!

The sultry atmosphere, beautiful dance moves and the enchanting background vocals and instrumentals, combined with the amazingly. Vast vocal range of Jeon Woong, elevates the track into an unknown dynamic and catchy territory 😉

Listen to and download his track on:

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      4. Rocket Punch- ‘Bouncy’

Rocket Punch’s coming at you with a “Bouncy Bomb”!

The song hits so suddenly that it surprises you and sucks you into the track immediately, making you appreciate the vibrancy of the “girl crush concept” more!

Listen to and download their track on:

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      5. Moonbyul- ‘Eclipse’

Eclipsing all others with her power-packed release!

The intensity of the beats and the instrumentals like the aggressive trap beats, accompanied with Moonbyul’s power rap and alluring charisma, sets aside the track from the other releases by the rapper, making us see her in a completely different light than before 😉

Listen to and download her track on:

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Week 3 (16th-22nd)

 

 

      1. BTS – ‘ON’

Like always, BTS is just on a whole different level, in a whole new and different dimension!

The symbolic references in the music video that is sure to leave a trail of theories popping up on the internet, the ‘experimental yet basic at the same time’ beats used, native to a different continent altogether, the cut down of instruments to alleviate the feels of  Jeon Jungkook’s ethereal vocals at a point in the track and the meaningful and well conveyed lyrics of the track, are just some of the features that make this track such a masterpiece! 

Listen to and download their track on:

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      2. Dreamcatcher- ‘Scream’

The beauties are back and will have you screaming their lyrics even before the track ends 😉

The release the instrumental offers after a dope, suspenseful build up of the pre-chorus, the alluring fantastical concept of the whole music video and one of the best lyrical verses in terms of substance from Dreamcatcher until now, is what makes this track so ‘up their lane’ yet at the same time different from the rest.

Listen to and download their track on:

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      3. 3YE- ‘Queen’

Love the Girl Power Show of these rookie Queens!

The electronic distortions to the vocals at the start, the gorgeous visuals that scream “Girl Boss” and the intensity the track builds up is truly commendable and deserving of all the love these queens are sure to receive for a track this powerful! 

Listen to and download their track on:

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      4. IZ*ONE – ‘Fiesta’

If “Upbeat” was a track, this would be it!

The subtle vibrant scenes, the mellifluous vocals that make your heart warm and the catchy and chirpier chorus, IZ*ONE is back with their Fiesta!

Listen to and download their track on:

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      5. Nafla – ‘태워 (burn)’

The heartbroken vibes this track carries is something very “Real” and “Heart-touching”!

If you are used to seeing the Nafla that is the King of Fire of SMTM, this track will be the biggest shock of your life as the King does not just “sing” than rap but conveys such strong heartbroken feelings that you just can’t help but feel the burn as well.

Listen to and download his track on:

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Week 4 (23rd-29th)

 

 

      1. MCND- ‘Ice Age’

A song worthy of being called a “debut track”!

Starting off with a playful chant that has you in its grip by the second hook only, chanting along to the refrain, “come into ice hail” and a very hiphop like song structure and sometimes even beats, the debut song of MCND is a total bop!

Listen to and download their track on:

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       2. Younha- ‘Winter Flower (雪中梅)’ (Feat.RM)

To all the winter flowers in the world, ““I hope that you bloom.”

A real inspirational power-pop anthem that talks about struggles of degrading mental health and ends with the hope, “I hope that you bloom.”, Younha and RM of BTS have really done some commendable work on spreading the message across and providing comfort to all those suffering in the world with this beautiful and heartwarming masterpiece. The animation used is also a really great condiment to be added to the mix, enhancing the effect of the track as a whole.

Listen to and download their track on:

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     3. Changmo, Ash Island, Junggigo – ‘Pay Day’ (Prod. GRAY)

“Today is that day, pay. day. Leaving the days of hard work behind, for now Let’s bottoms UP!”

With the two Bition Boyz collaborating with the hottest producer of the industry, Gray and with the mellifluous Junggigo on the hook, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that ‘Pay Day’ was going to be a real show-stealer bop! 

This track is perfect for those late evenings when come back to the relaxation and comfort of your home after a long day of work 🙂

Listen to and download their track on:

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      4. Ravi – ‘Rockstar’ (Feat. Paloalto) (Prod. YUTH)

Here to rock your world with the struggles of what makes a real “Rockstar”!

The track featuring Paloalto is a real banger that does not have as much rock influences musically as it is indicative of it, spilling references to rock all over the track. 

The song which is part of Ravi’s first solo album shows his determination at facing the hurdles of attaining success and his coolness at the criticisms he faces on the way, making it a cool and inspiring track as well. 

Listen to and download to his track on:

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      5. VERIVERY – ‘With Us’ (ITAEWON CLASS OST Part.9)

One of those uplifting songs that make you smile without a reason 🙂

I love the hopeful and enlivening vibes that exudes from this beautifully harmonised track by Verivery. It lends such a warm appeal to the drama as an OST and as a well arranged and beautiful music release, to the group Verivery as well. 

Listen to and download their track on:

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      6. Gaeko – ‘Cold’ (Feat. Heize)

Who knew this duo would carry this transcendental a feel 😉

Heize sounds as heavenly as always and Gaeko also never disappoints, as he comes back with his eccentric but addictive rap style and vocals in this basic and a little laid-back instrumental track.The enthralling music video also complements the track perfectly.

Listen to and download their track on:

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     7. Chung Ha – ‘Everybody Has’

One of the best ballads to comfort people in such a crisis time!

It never fails to amaze me how versatile an artist Chung Ha as at times she comes at us with upbeat songs like Gotta Go and then there are times like this when she releases a heavenly ballad song. Deserving of all the attention and love Chung Ha gets, she is what we call a “real, soulful” artist, so hard to find nowadays.

Listen to and download her track on:

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      8. Astro- ‘One & Only’

A sweet, melodic thank-you gift  for their dear Aroha!

Written on the occasion of their 4th anniversary as a song dedicated to their fans, the Arohas that make them shine, this song has a very pleasant and uplifting feel to it, making even the non-fan listeners smile subconsciously 🙂

Listen to and download this sweet track on:

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So, were these tracks able to make you feel better and hope for a more beautiful future?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.