Kpop Comeback April 2021

If you thought March was a barrage of dope releases, April seems to be catapulting bop after bop your way as the K-Pop industry sees the comeback of amazing groups like SEVENTEEN, SHINee, A.C.E. and mesmerizing solo artists like KANG DANIEL, Whee In, The 8 and JOY, etc.

 

Latest K-Pop Releases: 

From painting a heartwarming love story ( releases by The 8 and KYUHYUN) to cheery, reassuring tracks of SEVENTEEN, Great Guys, and Dongkiz, K-Pop comebacks of this second week of April 2021, seem to be gleaming with warmth and love.

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

 

1. SHINee – ‘Atlantis’

SHINee is back with a repackaged album version of ‘Don’t Call Me’ that features three new melodic tracks; ‘Atlantis’ being the title track. With an oceanic theme and concept laying the framework of the sparkling-water-like visuals, the sonics don’t seem to be far off in their immensity. Carrying the evergreen SHINee-Esque music style, ‘Atlantis’ offers its listeners a refreshing, splashing wave of funk-infused electro-pop and a delightful mix of ear-pleasing synths, elite vocals, and charming guitar riffs. It hence comes as no surprise that this bop song charted #1 on iTunes in India and many other countries, worldwide!

Listen to and download the track on:

iTunes

Spotify

 

2. Whee In- ‘water color’

The title track of MAMAMOO’s Whee In much-anticipated 1st solo mini-album, ‘Redd’, ‘water color’ left the listeners in pure congenial surprise as it defied the expected-ballad genre music (as hinted on by the ethereal aesthetics of the teasers) and actually walked a more vibrant, trendy sonical path. Decked in a luxurious blue tulle dress floating after her as she walked with a purpose through the now-subdued party scene, Whee In opens the track in the expected but still enchanting mellifluent vocal palette. However, as soon as we near the chorus, the vibes of the track smoothly transition to a much more colorful palette as we see Whee In flaunting a sporty cool-girl look and setting the groove for the rhythmic beats.

Listen to and download the track on:

Spotify

 

3. KANG DANIEL – ‘Antidote’

Continuing the never-ending fight against his nights’ darkest demons hinted on in his previous release, ‘Paranoia’, KANG DANIEL is back with an intimate track titled ‘Antidote’ from his 3rd Mini-Album ‘YELLOW’. Showing a battling escape from the oppressive chains, symbolized by the color yellow, and the mourning blues of suffering they bring with them, ‘Antidote’ features the sharp-as-a-knife yet melodic vocals of the soloist alongside a minimalistic house beat, flavored in places with infusions of alternative R&B, Rock and percussive guitar strumming. However, what really gets the listener on the edge of their seats is the final climax of the track as KANG DANIEL dances beneath an open cloudless sky, signifying inspiring healing from the miseries of the dark depths. 

Listen to and download the track on:

iTunes

Spotify

 

4. THE 8 – ‘Side By Side’

Following the solo releases of his SEVENTEEN members, THE 8 (birth name, Xu Minghao) released his 3rd solo single, ‘Side By Side’ which boasts of his bilingual roots and musicality. A romantic track about wooing your crush and trying to win their heart, ‘Side By Side’ brings out all the small, sweet moments that make being in love so heartwarming – not only through the rom-com visuals but through the upbeat sonics as well. Being the co-composer and co-lyricist for the track, The 8 cooks up a perfect blend of playful rhythmic guitar, Latino inspired jazzy piano melodies, percussion-driven choruses with a generous sprinkle of Reggae music.  

A bonus for all CARATs is the cameo appearance of SEVENTEEN’s Jun, DK, and Dino as supportive friends of the lover boy, The 8. 

Listen to and download the track on:

iTunes

Spotify

 

5. A.C.E – ‘Down (feat. Grey)’ 

Carrying the most satisfying and uplifting spring season warmth, A.C.E, pairs up with American EDM/Pop duo, Grey for the track ‘Down’ – the song title being the total opposite of what the track actually is! Shot in a quirky vertical format of social mediums, Instagram and TikTok, the pleasant all-English track carries simple mid-tempo instrumentation to complement the soft, breezy vocals and the expressive, clear-as-ice rapping of the members. It is surely a much-needed hug of genial cheer in these tense times that witness an upsurging wave of COVID-19 patients. 

Listen to and download the track on:

iTunes

Spotify

 

6. SEVENTEEN – ‘Not Alone’

As if the magnetic solo releases of the boy-group SEVENTEEN weren’t enough to light up CARATs’ lives worldwide, SEVENTEEN has released a new uplifting Japanese track called ‘Hitorijanai (Not Alone)’. Set in the current world situation of the pandemic, the sentimental assuring track talk of the shared feelings of the people right now as they battle against the virus and their own lonely thoughts – portrayed aptly by the various daily pandemic life scenes of the music video. With this inspiring message in place, SEVENTEEN utilizes the power of music to convey it to the deepest recesses of each of the listeners’ hearts and give a reassuring warm hug that says “You are not alone.”

Listen to and download the track on:

iTunes

Spotify

 

7. Great Guys – ‘Touch By Touch’

Coming back with a glimmering upbeat funk-pop track, Great Guys change the bleak atmosphere clothing 2021 to a beaming sunny, cloudless day. The bright poppy synths and anthem-like melody and chorus, paired with the ebullient vocals and visuals of the exuberant music video, make ‘Touch By Touch’ a satisfying and gladdening bop to listen to!

Listen to and download the track on:

iTunes

Spotify

 

8. MAJORS – ‘Rain on me’

A rookie girl group that debuted just last week in March 2021, MAJORS are back again with a new track titled ‘Rain on me’ to show what they can do. Merging the vibrant synths and the alluring saxophonic riffs with the heavy EDM bass-driven instrumentation, ‘Rain on me’ showcases the girls flaunting a magnetic mix of cool and pretty girl concepts in a wispy setting. The flawless reverberating high note during the last climax also proves the limitless potential that these artists possess and would refine, every comeback they make.

Listen to and download the track on:

Spotify

 

9. KYUHYUN – ‘Coffee’

Super Junior vocalist, KYUHYUN is back again with another sweet, emotive track ‘Coffee’ that makes us take a trip down memory lane, to our own school life crushes and romances. The music video features the sugary school-romance of K-Drama actors Gong Myung & Chae Soo Bin with ethereal shots of KYUHYUN melodically singing of the nostalgic good old memories of love that budded over a cup of coffee.

Listen to and download the track on:

iTunes

Spotify

 

9. LUCY, LEE SUHYUN – ‘LOVE ME LOVE YOU’

On a benevolent mission to advocate Animal Rights and promote the bond between humans and their pets, dog-lover band LUCY (who are named after a cute dog as well) and AKMU’s Lee Suhyun worked together with a non-profit organization, Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA). Featuring a heartwarming cute melody composed by LUCY’s Cho Wonsang (and supported by mellifluent vocals of Choi Sangyeop, Shin Gwangil, and LEE SUHYUN), along with a wholesome animated video celebrating this relationship between humans and animals, track ‘LOVE ME LOVE YOU’ expresses the wish to never see another pet abandoned and desolate through emotional lyrics by veteran lyricist, Kim Eana. 

Listen to the track exclusively on Youtube!

 

10. DONGKIZ – ‘Universe’

Another fresh, hardworking rookie group, DONGKIZ is back with their 4th Single Album ‘Youniverse’ and its cheer-inspiring title track, ‘Universe’. The track is like a pleasant breeze on a hot summer afternoon, with its whistle-infused jolly sonics and the percussive retro-inspired brass and synths. The accompanying music video that sees the smiley boys dancing their hearts out with great passion and vitality, also adds to the uplifting feel of the track. ‘Universe’ hence is another essential addition needed to your 2021 upbeat K-Pop playlist! 

Listen to and download the track on:

iTunes

Spotify

 

11. DAVICHI – ‘Just hug me’

A comeback track that proves their vocal prowess and sentimental lyrical sensibilities, the medium ballad ‘Just hug me’ by the veteran pop duo, DAVICHI is out to capture the listeners’ hearts and stir their souls with its poignant melodies. Supported by a music video that features Jo Woo-Ri and Lee Se-Han as ex-lovers who paint a bittersweet picture of their turbulent emotions after their break up until they finally find their way back to each other, ‘Just hug me’ with its honeyed emotional vocals also validates the chart-topping OST discography that the duo is revered for. 

Listen to and download the track on:

iTunes

Spotify

 

12. Kim Hee Jae – ‘Follow Me (Prod. by Young Tak)’

Making his debut with an intensely charming and seductive concept resonating through his song, ‘Follow Me’, Kim Hee Jae is sure to leave his listeners with a captivating first impression. Wanting to carve a new niche labeled as a ‘Trot Idol’, the soloist merges the trendy alluring Alternative R&B style with a wispy disco-trot and a euphonious violin melody to give the Korean traditional genre a delectable modern twist! 

The superior visuals, a dreamy cinematic setting, and the enchanting dance performance also add to this gorgeous production done by Young Tak and Ji Kwang-min for Kim Hee Jae’s debut.

Listen to and download the track on:

Spotify

 

13. JOY – ‘Why isn’t love always easy?’

Part of the original soundtrack album for the webtoon, ‘Romance 101’, Red Velvet’s JOY lends her mellifluent vocals again for a romantic OST titled ‘Why isn’t love always easy?’. Expressing the concerns troubling the main lead regarding love, JOY’s vocals accompanied by a sweet guitar strumming and gentle lo-fi beats set an apt mood for the series’ soft scenes. 

Listen to and download the track on:

Spotify

 

Let us know your favorites from this week’s releases in the comments below.