Yultron and Jay Park are hardly strangers to each other. The former, an EDM artist and DJ, has worked with Park, a Korean hip-hop mogul, on the fan-favourite track “Forget About Tomorrow” back at the start of 2018, as well as on songs like “Bo$$” and “Thuggin 4 My Baby.” It was the clichéd match made in heave; a collaborative pairing that provided Park with an opportunity for his soulful, sleek vocals to be partnered with irresistible beats and huge, anthem-like production.
It has been a little over nine months since Crush released his single “Lay Your Head on Me.” The acoustically-driven, lyrically powerful track was full of rawness, refined vocals, and was interestingly written and performed entirely in English. It was a mark of the artist’s willingness to expand into new markets, and meant he had a sure-fire singalong for his US and European tours.
To call the route that Kwon Hyun-Bin has taken to get to where he is right now unconventional feels like an understatement. Originally beginning his career as a model back in 2015, the artist became well-known after appearing on Produce 101 Season 2, a show in which he placed 22nd. From there, he joined the six-member project group JBJ; and within seven months was a solo artist once again, due to the group’s disbandment.
It’s been a rapid-yet-deserved ascent to the top for the South-Korean Indie band HYUKOH. Since their debut in 2014 as part of a Hongdae music scene famous for underground, grassroots indie rock, the four-piece—Oh Hyuk (Vocal, Guitar), Im Dong-geon (Bass), Lee Inwoo (Drums), Lim Hyunjae (Guitar)—have honed and developed themselves as a band that has the potential to define a generation, and one that provides the youth of today with a voice, as well as with an outlet for their feelings to be understood. The relatability and candidness of the music is something that connects with many; a point proved firmly by the audience at the Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, this past Thursday (July 18).
On Sunday July 7, it had been exactly three years since NCT 127 promised to “wake up this world.” And, after a concert packed full of energy, raw talent and uncompromising craftsmanship at London’s SSE Arena, Wembley, any suggestions of delusions of grandeur have truly been cast aside. It was a night to remember and an evening that proved that the nine active members didn’t just wake the world up, but put it on notice.
Just under four weeks ago, Jay Park released The Road Less Traveled, his first studio album since 2016. It was an inconsistent-yet-intriguing offering; a record that offered up some staggering highs, but matched them with excruciating lows. Songs like “Feng Shui,” a lyrically humorous, vibrantly produced number provided ample amounts of enjoyment, and tracks like “Legacy” showcased Park’s ability to still strike a poignant note with his lyricism, as well as it shone a light on his versatile abilities as an artist. But, with “Ben Baller,” amongst others, lacking the depth that the Korean Hip-Hop staple has had a reputation for upholding, the album still felt like it was missing something.