This week saw a shower of soulful ballads, be it in the dramas OST or artist comebacks. With the sizzling hot solo debut of KAI of EXO and the highly anticipated debut of rookie group ENHYPEN, this week was a joyride! GOT7 gave a preview of their comeback album and they were back with a bang! Ahn Ye Eun’s Waltzย definitely stands apart for the modernized pansori singing style. The metaphors of dance, a famous detective, etc. have been beautifully used in the lyrics of several songs this week. Read ahead to know which songs are those! ๐Ÿ˜‰

P.S. I had some personal schedule to attend to, hence the delay in the CB guide! I hope you’ll understand ๐Ÿ™‚

Please note: Some songs may not be available on Spotify or iTunes India, yet.ย 

 

Albums/Mini-Albums:

 

  • Woo!Ah! – Bad Girl

Woo!Ah! is back with a funky pop song. This song tells the listeners to follow your heart and be a ‘bad girl’ is that’s what following your passion means. The music video is shiny and funky. It resonates with the lyrics which speak about being under scrutiny and being dictated by others.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • DICKPUNKS – Man on the Moon

Even though their name is a little *censorable* their songs are anything but that. DICKPUNKS are back with a jazzy new EP titledย Ordinary Days.ย The title trackย Man on the Moon is inspired by a movie of the same name. The retro jazzy track clubbed with a quirky music video is an interesting watch!

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • Oceanfromtheblue – Sherlock

Oceanfromtheblue takes the metaphor of the famous detective Sherlock to express his thoughts and feelings. He says that he feels like Sherlock because he is thinking and analyzing things so much and that they are affecting him in a bad way. The EP aptly titled ‘Luv-fi 2020′ย  features smooth lo-fi tracks which make a perfect addition to the weekend jam playlist.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • GOT7 – Last Piece

After a catchy pre-release trackย Breathe,ย GOT7 has made a powerful comeback with their latest albumย Breath of Love: Last Piece. This album which is largely self-produced showcases the unique talents of each member, which come together to create an addictive melody. The title track Last Pieceย resonates with the meaning and feeling of Breathe.ย Not only this, they have included some catchy choreography in this music video. Yes, I am looking at you – Yugyeom and BamBam.

With a mix of R&B, Ballads and hip hop tracks, GOT7 has once again proved their mettle. The group has already topped several charts on Indian and foreign iTunes. The ahgases have geared up even more to support their artists.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

iTunes

 

  • Gwangil Jo, Brown TIgger – Dead Track

 

Brown Tigger and Jo Gwangil are back with a funky hip hop track. The music video shot primarily in black and white suits the tone of the song. The rap/hip hop track is a change from the other ballad track releases of the week!

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

 

Singles:

 

  • Kim Hyun Chul – Remind Wedding (feat. Joo Hyunmi)

 

This song comes with an old-school charm. Veteran singer Kim Hyun Chul composed this beautiful track. Joo Hyun Mi’s seasoned vocals, add the tinge of sepia to this soothing song.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • BB – First time

 

BB’s lazy vocals are smooth and full of expression in this R&B track. The echoes in the song, create a reverb effect making the song a good listen for a mid-week unwind session.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • JUNNY – New Girl (ft. Kid Milli)

 

This retro track by Junny is a change in the scene after a dash of ballads earlier. The track is smooth, with rising violin and drum set in the background. The lyrics flow naturally with the tunes.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • Mellow Kitchen – Autumn Rainย 

 

This is not a song, but an instrumental track. Featuring only a saxophone and an acoustic guitar, the track, this track is minimal yet full of emotion. The highlight of the track is the saxophone and I am sure the music lovers will definitely add this to their playlists!

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • SailBoat – Love Was (ft. Zuka)

 

A fluid R&B track,ย Love Was is a song about a past love. The song is easy to the ears and will get you hooked instantly!

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • Lee Hae In – Santa Lullaby (We Used To Sing)

 

This peppy and uplifting track is perfect for your Christmas playlist!

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • Tamiz – You Are Dead To Me (ft. Taeb2)

Tamiz and Taeb2 sing a funky rap with hip hop beats. The music video is shot in a playground area and is minimalist at best.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • Lunchsong Project – 1. No Man Is An Island (ft. Yi Jin Ju)ย 

Another instrumental, featuring orchestral music! The track is full of emotions and also a great addition to your work focus playlist!

  • Lunchsong Project – 2.ย  Oneday Happiness Will Find You

 

Another song by Lunchsong Project, this track has meaningful lyrics along with melodious string instruments. The track is filled with hope that one day, happiness will definitely find you.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • Han Lee Jae – Knock Knock Knock

 

A music video with a sepia tone, scenes from the past times, and music matching the mood. This track is perfect for the old souls who like to listen to the yesteryear tracks. This song is a good, a jazzy break from the hip hop and rap songs.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • CN19 – Blank (ft. SAEM PRINCE)

 

CN19 is a rookie group from the SDQ music group. They have only released the audio for their debut track. The music video is expected soon. Blank is a trap rhythm-based hip hop song that gives out a message to the teens and young people to carve their own path.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • Sunye & Jo Kwon – First Page

First Page is a ballad that tells about first impressions and first meets. The soulful ballad, sung by Jo Kwon and Sunye is a soup for the soul.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • Oh Sae Bom – Understand

The above video is a short visualizer but fits the charm of the song perfectly. The smooth R&B track shines with Oh Sae Bom’s breathy vocals.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

iTunes

 

  • Suran – The Door (ft. Car, the garden)

This lo-fi trippy song by Suran is a treat to the ears. The music video is equally trippy, like the song. Suran’s vocals paired with Car, the garden’s vocals create a perfect jam for the weekend.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • Onestar – This Song

Lim Han Byeol, popularly known as Onestar is back with yet another powerful ballad. The sad emotions are heightened with his powerful high notes and impressive music.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • Gunho Jeon – Actually… I Miss You

The song is narrated from a man’s point of view. The earlier, female version was sung by Gyeongseo Ye Ji. The song is about parted lovers and how the man still misses his loved one. The song is like a warm consolation to the beautiful, past memories.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • 2F – Autumn Night

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  • Yoon Jung Shin – Over (๋‹ˆ๊ฐ€ ๋ญ๋ผ๊ณ )

Yoon Jung Shin’s seasoned vocals are here to give you the fluttery feeling of having a crush. The ballad beautifully expresses the feeling of being ‘lost’ or ‘unable to function’ because of thinking about the person we like.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • Baek Yeseul – Good Job

This track, and the music video is about thanking the people for carrying on with hope during these hard times of a pandemic. The music video shows people going about their daily life slowly, by following strict safety protocols. The artists, health workers, office goers are all shown in the video and they are thanked for their contributions.

 

  • Frisat – Fine

This funky song by Frisat has come after a long wait of one year and ten months. The song is a peppy track that tells the listeners to forget about the daily worries and to get lost in their own hideout. The song is a mood booster and the music video is fun to watch!

Now, who is going to their hideout after listening to this song?

 

  • PURPLE KISS – My Heart Skip A Beat (Debut Pre-release)

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • DPR LIVE – Jam & Butterfly (ft Crush, eaJ)

Using the metaphor of a sweet jam and a butterfly who is attracted to the sweetness, DPR Live, along with Crush and eaJ sing about getting attracted to someone. The song is an R&B track with lyrics as sweet as the title!

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Spotify

iTunes

 

  • Chungha – Dream of You (ft. R3HAB)

Chung Ha has collaborated with DJ R3HAB for this English language track. The track is a dance number with seductive lyrics and electro beats. Chunga Ha’s deep vocals and R3HAB’s addictive beats will get your feet tapping instantly!

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

iTunes

 

  • HwanHee – The Season I Loved You

Hwanhee is known for his powerful, emotional vocals. This song is nothing less of Hwanhee’s charm. The ballad is high on emotions and the orchestral music is a great addition that deepens the emotion of the song.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • CITI – Today

This R&bB track by CITI speaks about a lover who is asking for just one day to spend together. The music complements beautifully CITI’s soft vocals.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

  • sogumm – Encourage (ft. 10cm)

sogumm sings beautifully about encouraging your significant other during the times when they feel low. The song, featuring 10cm is about giving strength during hard times.

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Spotify

iTunes

 

  • Ahn YeEun – Waltz

The song has an old school vibe to it. Ahn Ye Eun sings in a slightly modernized pansori style. The lyrics reminiscence about a lost loved one. The music video gives flashbacks to the past, probably the late Joseon era. She says that she dances alone, in the moonlight, holding the memories dear to her. She dances with her memories of her loved one, hence the title ‘Waltz’.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

iTunes

 

Debut:

 

  • ENHYPEN – Given-Taken

One of the most anticipated debuts of 2020, ENHYPEN lives up to the expectation and hype with their debut mini-album BORDER: DAY ONE.ย The song is packed with powerful vocals and equally powerful rock music. The music video gives off fantasy and dystopian vibes.

If the EP title is any clue, ENHYPEN will make yet another dashing comeback with their next album.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

iTunes

 

  • KAI (EXO) – MMMH

EXO KAI’s solo debut is definitely one of the most anticipated solo debuts of 2020. With a buzz that was present long before the album announced, there were high expectations from this debut. KAI is known for his dancing prowess in EXO’s music videos. With his solo mini-album KAI, he also proved his singing prowess.

The title track MMMH ย is a smooth R&B track. The music video is filled with fantasy elements and nods to EXO’s theme of superpowers. KAI’s superpower is teleportation and it can be seen in the music video too.ย Fans have been speculating and making fan theories about various elements in the music video.

After listening to his album, especially the title track, I’m sure you’ll be humming to MMMH MMMH MMMHย all day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

iTunes

 

OSTs:

 

  • Kim Jae Hwan – Every Moment (Bunny Boys Webtoon OST)

In this webtoon OST, Kim Jae Hwan sings about a separation despite loving each other. The lyrics narrate the feeling of staying in your loved one’s memories and thoughts.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • Ji Eun – Everyday, Everynight (Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol OST)

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

iTunes

 

  • TXT – Your Light (Live On OST)

TXT lends their voice to a peppy romantic track from the teen dramaย Live On. The song is also about following your true passion and being true to yourself.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

iTunes

 

  • Kang Seung Yoon – Can You Hear Me (KAIROS OST)

Kang Seung Yoon sings a sad yet heartfelt song about lost love. The lyrics of this ballad speak about the desperation of a person who misses their loved one.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

iTunes

 

  • APRIL Chaewon – The End (Take Revenge OST)

APRIL Chaewon’s soulful vocals shine brightly in this ballad track from the new dramaย Take Revenge.

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Spotify

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  • Woody – You Are My Star (Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol OST)

Not to be confused with the Woody from Toy Story! HAHA

This peppy romantic number is soothing to the ears and well, a great addition to a dinner date playlist! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • Kassy – Love Me Like You Used To (Start Up OST)

Kassy is back with another tear-jerking ballad. Titled Love Me Like You Used To this OST from the dramaย Start Up is reminiscent of the love that has withered away, or has faced obstacles. The song expresses sadness and a call for reconciliation.

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Spotify

 

  • Suzy – My Dear Love (Start Up OST)

SUZY never fails to amaze the listeners when it comes to ballads. Her voice is pleasant and expresses the emotion of the song beautifully.

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Spotify

 

  • Hyolyn – Spell ( SWAG Movie OST)

Hyolyn’s breathy vocals matched with smooth, yet upbeat R&B music is a treat for the listeners! This track is the only movie OST on the list. The track features in the upcoming movie SWAGย which tells the story of an aspiring musician and his struggles to reach his goal.

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Spotify

 

  • EXID Solji – The Trace You Left (The Spies Who Loved Me OST)

Minimal instruments paired with Solji’s soulful vocals create a perfect melody for the listeners. This ballad is filled with nostalgia for the one who left.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • G-IDLE Miyeon – My Destiny (Tale Of The Nine Tailed OST)

Miyeon’s sings a wonderful melody for the drama Tale of the Nine Tailed. The lyrics of this ballad speak about reconciliations and coming back to the people and place where you belong. It is an emotional track that narrates the fruition of one’s struggles.

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Spotify

 

 

Which is your favourite pick of the week?

Written by

Nandini Iyengar

An aspiring translator and a writer!