We’re back after almost a two-month long hiatus! How have you guys been?

Did you miss our weekly comeback guides? Fret not, we are now back with full force and an additional streaming guide for the fans of indie, hip-hop, RnB and more!

January passed by so quickly and it is already the last week of February! Time really flew this time! February began with a promising set of releases by SHINee, Monsta X I.M‘s first EP, Chung Ha‘s first studio album followed by a string of soothing singles and OSTs. February was indeed a month of love and heartbreak with a song for each occasion.

Please note: Some songs are not yet available on Spotify or iTunes.

Albums/Mini Albums:

CHUNG HA – Bicycle

GOTTA GO hitmaker Chung Ha is finally back with her full length album with Querencia. Bicycle is a funky RnB track accentuated with trap beats. Mirroring the singer’s energy and unhindered attitude. With unapologetic lyrics like “Get out of my way-ah! / I’ll show you how I like it” and a glitzy music video matching the song’s tempo, Chung Ha made a powerful comeback.

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Spotify 

iTunes

 

I.M (Monsta X) – God Damn

I.M is back with a set of raw and honest tracks in his debut EP ‘Duality’. The title track ‘God Damn’ speaks about the inner workings of a mind and the cry of help.  A trippy RnB track with equally trippy music video, I.M uses the genre to its full potential to deliver an addictive melody. With this EP, I.M showcased ‘duality’ of being a smooth rapper as well as a vocal. With each song different than the previous one, I.M’s Duality is a lyrical and musical treat.

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Spotify 

iTunes

 

Kwon Jin Ah – Good Bye

One can never go wrong when it comes to a ballad sung by Kwon Jin Ah. The singer returned with an EP The Way For Us and delivered a beautiful collection of one ballad song after another. The title track Good Bye is a mellow track accompanied with a soft melody of the piano that flows along with the emotions in the lyrics. Soft, minimal music heightens the emotions in this ballad about a sad parting.

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Spotify 

 

SHINee – Don’t Call Me

Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated comebacks of February, SHINee is back with their 7th Album Don’t Call Me. The music video of the title track Don’t Call Me is as eccentric as the song. The track is infused with hip-hop beats and bass. The phrase ‘Don’t Call Me’ is repeated over and over in the song that creates a diversion of sorts, but somehow holds the songs together. With a sprinkle of references to an actual phone call, the song is a shade apart from SHINee’s previous works.

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iTunes

 

Min Hae – You & Me

Park Min Hae brings a cheerful wave of feelings of love with You & Me. A peppy track punctuated with soft rock music, You & Me will make a good addition to your weekend playlist. Min Hae’s fresh vocals add a happy touch to the song.

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Spotify

 

 

Singles:

LUCY – Hero

Fans of anime will love this title track from LUCY’s latest single album Inside. Lyrics of Hero speak about being a hero of your own story and living in your own world. A fast paced track accompanied by the melody of a violin and electric guitar, Hero will give you a much needed energy boost.

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Spotify

 

BEIGE – GOODBYE DAY

A lyrical ballad punctuated with string instruments and a rising melody, Goodbye Day  is an ode to the memories shared and the love that has now withered. Posed as a string of questions, the lyrics paint the picture of finally coming to terms with a breakup.

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Spotify

 

SUNG HOON (Brown Eyed Soul) – I LOVE YOU

Sung Hoon of Brown Eyed Soul delivers an emotional rendition with I Love You. A slow dance number tinged with nostalgia and longing, I Love You will leave you feeling teary-eyed.

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Spotify

 

Lee Mingyu  – Mystery Suspense

A mid-tempo dance number, Mystery Suspense gives classic retro vibes. Accompanied by drums and electric guitar, the song is peppy and charming.

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Spotify

iTunes

 

Kang Daniel – Paranoia

Kang Daniel’s first single of 2021 is a dark themed track that touches upon the idea of fear and anxiety. Kang Daniel said in an interview that the listeners will get to meet a part of Kang Daniel’s persona with this track. Paranoia is a hauntingly beautiful track that speaks about struggling and living with one’s inner demons.

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Spotify

iTunes

 

GOT7 – Encore

A heartfelt tribute to the fans along with a promise of forever, GOT7 are back to greet their fans. Encore is everything an Aghase could ask for and more. After leaving JYP, GOT7 went their seperate ways to focus on solo activities. They came back with a lovely single to assure their fans that they are not going anywhere and are here to stay.

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Spotify

iTunes

 

KIM BUMSOO – Fixed On You

Kim Bum Soo’s soft vocals are full of emotion in his latest track Fixed on You. The highlight of the ballad is the soft instrumental of the piano that plays in the background, giving it a soft glow.

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Spotify

 

SOYOU x IZ*ONE – ZERO: ATTITUDE (Feat.pH-1)

In this collaboration with Pepsi, the hiphop track starring IZ*One, Soyou and pH-1 is an upbeat track that stays true to the K-Pop colours. The track goes beyond to just being a promotional track is a whole dance package in itself.

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Spotify

 

J.Don (N.Flying) – Clicker

Staying true to the N.Flying charm of quirky videos and catchy choruses, J.Don’s solo debut song Clicker is a groovy hip-hop song with funky 80s vibe. The phrase ‘Click Click Click Clicker’ will be stuck in your brain on a constant loop!

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Spotify

 

Narachan (MONT) – Beautiful Sunday

A hopeful song about getting out of the daily rut, Narachan’s Beautiful Sunday is like a breath of fresh air. Accompanied by funky instrumentals, the track makes you get up and get out. It is a must have on your weekend playlist!

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Spotify

iTunes

 

A.M (Limitless) – I still love you

Fans who have been missing LIMITLESS, rejoice! Because our very own A.M. has released a single I Still Love You.  A smooth hip hop track with reggae beats, the song is a must have on your road trip playlist.

 

Debut:

TRI.BE – Doom Doom Ta

TRI.BE’s debut song is catching up and fast! A funky dance number with a bizzare music video, TRI.BE’s debut track Doom Doom Ta is bound to leave your feet tapping. The chorus is catchy with repetitive rhythm. Despite a flurry of instruments and music, the vocals stand out in the song.

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Spotify 

iTunes

 

KINGDOM – Excalibur

Kingdom made their much anticipated debut with History of Kingdom Pt 1 Arthur. The song Excalibur is a concotion of EDM and rap with synth trap beats. The title of the song is named after King Arthur’s sword. Filled to the brim with mystical and fantasy elements, the music video for Excalibur is definitely a visual treat and leaves the fans with numerous fan theories!

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Spotify 

iTunes

CheongMyeong – Never Say Goodbye

A ballad about a lover’s cry to not seperate, Cheongmyeong’s Never Say Goodbye is a soulful rendition of the heartache and pain that one goes through in a strained relationship. Minimal music lilting with the lyrics, completes this honest farewell between lovers.

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Spotify 

iTunes

 

K-DRAMA OSTs:

GSoul – Stay(tempus)(Prod. GroovyRoom)(SISYPHUS: the myth OST)

Matching the theme of the drama, GSoul’s Stay is a quick paced track that feels like a rush of energy despite the emotional lyrics. With great dramas, come great OSTs and if Stay is anything to go by, then Sisyphus’s upcoming OSTs will be worth looking forward to!

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Spotify

iTunes

 

ZIA – I become love to you (River Where the Moon Rises OST Part.1)

When it comes to historical dramas, there has to be a ballad with mesmerizing lyrics. It is like an unwritten rule. I Become Love To You is one such track that will leave with a feeling of bliss. One of the most anticipated dramas of 2021, River Where the Moon Rises OST is something to look out for along with the intriguing storyline.

JEMMA – LUCA (LUCA OST Pt.2)

Something that feels straight out of  an action film, LUCA by Jemma is sung completely in English. The lyrics mirror the lead’s experiences in the drama. A medium paced rock song, LUCA  is that song you need when you need that extra energy boost during work or workout.

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Spotify

iTunes

 

MOTTE – Distance (Lovestruck in the City OST Pt.12)

Lovestruck in the City ended last week, but left the viewers with an aesthetic OST album. MOTTE’s Distance is a soft romance number that expresses the butterflies in the stomach one has when they are near to their loved ones.

 

CHIMMI – Did You Have To (Lovestruck in the City OST Pt.13)

A midi-electro number with early 2000s vibe, Did You Have To will get you grooving from the first second itself. The song beautifully captures the essence of the drama, leading it to satisfying conclusion.

 

Seo Eun Kwang (BTOB) – Why’d You Leave Me (Replay: The Moment OST Pt.5)

A sad love ballad that questions the lover’s actions, Why’d You Leave Me expresses the pain and hurt that one goes through in a love relationship. Seo Eun Kwang’s powerful vocals express the emotions behind the lyrics beautifully.

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Spotify 

iTunes

 

Miyeon ((G)-Idle) – Dreaming About You (Replay: The Moment OST Pt.6)

Miyeon sings an emotional ballad about complex feelings of love in her debut drama Replay: The Moment. A rich melody featuring a soft piano, drums and other string instruments, Dreaming About You is a subtle track.

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Spotify 

iTunes

 

Doyoung (NCT) – Night Air (Cafe Midnight OST Pt. 2)

Beautiful vocals of Doyoung greet the listeners with Night Air. Serving as the second OST of Doyoung’s debut drama Cafe Midnight, Night Air  is a sweet love ballad about a crush or maybe, even first love. The rising music compliments Doyoung’s voice smoothly in this track.

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iTunes

 

Pick your favourite of the week!

Written by

Nandini Iyengar

An aspiring translator and a writer!