album cover for Humming Urban Stereo's “Dopamin 5-1” single

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Humming Urban Stereo Push Their Sound Further By Playing To Their Own Strengths On 'Stupid' Featuring Sugar Flow [AUDIO]

New Release 11.03.15 | 07:30PM EST

On Humming Urban Stereo's "Stupid," Lee and Sugar Flow don't attempt to make any seismic shifts in their sound as a band, but rather blend the best aspects of the synth-drenched electro funk they're famous for.

Solbi in the

Review: Solbi Keeps The Beat In Flux On Her Pulsing New Electro Track 'Wonderful As Always' [VIDEO]

New Release 11.02.15 | 06:04PM EST

There may be a thread holding the rhythm of "Wonderful As Always," the energized new single released Monday by Solbi, together, yet within that pulse the beat barely stops to catch its breath.

Korean arena rockers Nell

K-Pop Double Take: The Incredible Expanding Sound Of Nell's 'Star Shell' [VIDEO]

Reviews 11.04.15 | 03:15PM EST

On their Sept. 17 digital release "Star Shell," Nell walk in the arena-sized footsteps of U2, Muse and Arcade Fire and find themselves clearly up to the challenge.

album cover of Ugly Duck's

Review: Ugly Duck Blends A Classic Hip-Hop Beat With A Traditional Indigenous Sound On 'ASIA' [VIDEO]

New Release 10.30.15 | 03:06PM EDT

"ASIA," the new single released Tuesday by Ugly Duck, featuring Reddy, JJJ and DJ Scratch Nice.combines fractured, skeletal 808 drum machine programming with a Gamelan-esque melodic sensibility and some cut up samples. T

South Korean rapper The Quiett

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: The Quiett Leads With His Best Yet On 'Bentley' The Opening Track Of '1 Life 2 Live' [AUDIO]

New Release 10.29.15 | 08:28PM EDT

It's not that "Bentley," the first track on The Quiett's latest album "1 Life 2 Live," released on Oct. 15, is a throwback track, but the minimalist style is a clear homage to the early hip-hop production ethos.

cover of f(x)'s

Review: Creative Shades Of '80s Pop Make f(x)'s 'Traveler' Featuring Zico Of Block B The Standout Track On '4 Walls' [AUDIO]

New Release 10.27.15 | 04:27PM EDT

It's unfortunate that "Traveler," from the f(x) album "4 Walls" released on Tuesday will be a featured single with an accompanying music video. But it's a pity, as it is a standout track with international appeal.

IU in the

Review: IU Gets Personal On The Single 'Twenty-Three' From Her New Album 'Chat-Shire' [VIDEO]

New Release 10.27.15 | 02:01PM EDT

Though "Twenty-Three," the leadoff single from IU's "Chat-Shire" released on Friday, may sound like a catchy piece of upbeat pop, the lyrics provide an introspective perspective into what it's like to be a young adult.

Giriboy and Shin Jisu in the “Back And Forth 30min” video

K-Pop Double Take: Giriboy Tackles The Awkward Aspects Of Dating On 'Back And Forth 30min' Featuring Shin Jisu [VIDEO]

New Release 10.26.15 | 02:19PM EDT

On the single "Back And Forth 30min" from his album "Sexual Perceptions," released on March 17, Giriboy and vocalist Shin Jisu portray the challenging aspects of dating in a light-hearted way.

members of hip-hop crew ADV freestyle on the street in South Korea

Review: Hip-Hop Crew ADV Keep It Simple And Slay On "SRS 2015" Featuring JJK, Lupi, Olltii, Seo Chul Gu, DJ Kendrickx [AUDIO]

New Release 10.23.15 | 06:21PM EDT

On the single "SRS 2015," short for "Street Rep Shit 2015," members of the South Korean hip-hop crew ADV JJK, Lupi, Olltii and Seo Chul Gu team up to turn a blazingly simple beat by DJ Kendrickx into a beast.

Oh Hyuk and Code Kunst in the

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Code Kunst Leads Hyukoh Singer Oh Hyuk And Dok2 Down A Different Musical Path On 'Parachute' [AUDIO]

New Release 10.22.15 | 06:34PM EDT

With a running time of nearly five minutes, South Korean musician and producer Code Kunst is clearly not aiming for mainstream pop stardom with his single "Parachute," released on Wednesday.

Red Velvet

K-Pop Double Take: On 'Cool World' Red Velvet Turn The Lyn Collins Sample Used On Rap Classic 'It Takes Two' Into Another Gem [AUDIO]

New Release 10.20.15 | 04:35PM EDT

On "Cool World," from Red Velvet's "The Red," released on Sept. 9, the K-pop girl group use one of rap's most famous samples of all time, the Lyn Collins hit "Think (About It)," as used by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock.

album cover of f(x)'s

K-Pop Throwback: f(x) Rock Out With A Message On The Poignant 'Pretty Girl' From Their 2013 Album 'Pink Tape' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 10.15.15 | 06:37PM EDT

As much as anything in the f(x) catalog, "Pretty Girl" from the group's highly innovative 2013 album "Pink Tape" is also notable for the feminist message the group slips in between dance breaks.

album cover for Beenzino's

Review: Beenzino Explores A New Sound And Style On His Propulsive New Single 'Break' [AUDIO]

New Release 10.13.15 | 03:23PM EDT

With a beat that would be more at home in a Cramps song, "Break," released Friday by Beenzino, is not at all from you would expect from a hip-hop song, not even in the highly diverse landscape of Korean rap.

album cover of Lim Kim's

K-Pop Double Take: Why Lim Kim's Synth-Drenched 'Upgrader' Was The Overlooked High Point Of 'Simple Mind' [AUDIO]

Hidden Treasures 10.12.15 | 07:00PM EDT

As is clear on "Upgrader," the album cut from Kim's third EP "Simple Mind," released on April 27, whatever particular context the vocalist places herself, her own singing style stays pretty much the same.

Lovelyz in their signature schoolgirl uniforms

Review: Lovelyz Tickle Your Senses With Their Highly Infectious Single 'Ah-Choo' [VIDEO]

New Release 10.29.15 | 06:25PM EDT

All the hard work for Lovelyz's eight members since forming a year ago has clearly paid off, as their latest single "Ah-Choo," released on Oct. 1, reveals a mature well-constructed sound that is difficult not to like.


Album Review: Girls' Generation's TaeYeon Shows She Can Stand Alone On Impressive Debut Solo EP 'I' [AUDIO]

New Release 10.09.15 | 05:50PM EDT

Long considered the stalwart vocalist of K-pop's Girls' Generation, Kim TaeYeon made her formal debut as a soloist on Oct. 7 with a game-changing EP.

still from former CSJH The Grace singer Stephanie's music video for the song

K-Pop Double Take: Former CSJH The Grace Singer Stephanie Salutes The Classic 1960s Girl Group Sound On 'Prisoner' [VIDEO]

New Release 10.08.15 | 07:55PM EDT

Vocalist Stephanie formerly of CSJH The Grace pays tribute to the seminal '60s girl groups that paved the way for 50 years of performers on her single "Prisoner," released on August 11.

Korean indie newcomers Reasco

Korean Rock Recall: Reasco Relive The Best Of '90s Alternative Rock On 'In The Night' [VIDEO]

Hidden Treasures 10.08.15 | 08:28PM EDT

Reasco's 2014 single "In The Night" pays tribute to the classic 1990s indie rock sound pioneered by bands like Dinosaur Jr., Nirvana and Teenage Fanclub.

The indie rock tricksters of Pony.

K-Indie Spotlight: Pony Fool Your Ears To Make Their Single 'Waiting For The Day' An Unexpected Gem [VIDEO]

New Release 10.09.15 | 03:53PM EDT

When Korean band Pony released "Waiting for the Day" on Aug. 3, they introduced listeners to a sound that kept them on their toes.

Lil Boi of the group Geeks (left) and Basick in the

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Pick Up Your Pace With The Pounding Beat Of 'Call Me' From Lil Boi Of Geeks, Rapper Basick And Mamamoo's Hwasa [VIDEO]

New Release 10.07.15 | 03:34PM EDT

Lil Boy of Geeks and rapper Basick joined up with Mamamoo vocalist Hwasa on the new single "Call Me," released on Monday. The result is one of the most uniquely hard-hitting songs of the year so far.

MaseWonder (left) and PLZY in the

Review: MaseWonder Blesses Us With 1 Final Warm Weather Slow Jam On His New Single 'Summer Night' Featuring PLZY [VIDEO]

New Release 10.05.15 | 06:06PM EDT

There is a certain dreamlike nostalgia on the song "Summer Night" featuring PLZY, released Monday by South Korean rapper MaseWonder, that makes it for the perfect soundtrack for this time of the season.

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