Day6 have been one of the most consistent bands of the last few years. Now on their fifth Korean release since 2018’s Shoot Me: Youth Part 1, the quintet have always found innovative ways to keep their releases musically fresh and exciting, exploring anything from ‘80s tinged synth-pop to soaring pop-punk.
FR:EDEN is an artist who undoubtedly has potential. Still very much in his artistic infancy, the singer has managed to show off rapid improvement throughout each of his releases and, although he mightn’t believe it himself, has created an idiosyncratic style of blending distortion, emotion and melody together to form songs that never fail to be defined as memorable.
Just two weeks ago, oceanfromtheblue released take off. A departure from his usual, often love song-leaning stylings, this six-track offering documents the 28-year-old’s depression in a candid, no-punches-pulled manner. Centred around bidding farewell to his dark, melancholy mindset and welcoming in a more mature, positive version of himself, the EP sees the R&B artist weaves his powerful vocals alongside emotional sonics and unwavering melodies.
Although you may not quite heard of Mood. just yet, chances are you may have stumbled across a song or two of his. As a somewhat regular on Spotify playlists, his versatile music style complete with melodic approach - one that sees his songs attain a laidback but still inherently complex sound - has more than likely found its way into your ears over the last twelve months. Partly due to his complete control over body of work, the 27-year-old is now starting to find himself picking up momentum, and is someone who needs to be bookmarked as one to watch.
Since their debut in 2014, WINNER have been one of the most consistent outfits in K-Pop. Always managing to put their own spin on current trends and switch their style up when required, the foursome - Seungyoon, Seunghoon, Jinwoo and Mino - have more than earned their stars as artists capable of filling a place in the limelight that can often be fleeting in such a fiercely competitive industry.
It has been nearly two years since VILLAIN released Bank Robber, his sonically diverse, short-form release that seemed to almost guarantee imminent success. Although it was the artist’s first EP there was a tangible maturity weaved into each track, and a captivating sense of raw musicality evident throughout that simply cannot be trained.