Jay Park - Metronome

CEO of AOMGJay Park, has released his latest single Metronome. The single features joint AOMG CEO Simon Dominic and label artist GRAY

The track uses the theme of the metronome in all of its elements: Lyrics; design; music; narrative.

The base beats of the track are a back and forth like the ticking of a metronome, and the lyrics speak of a couple whom are always opposite and thus need a metronome to put them in sync.

The music video was directed by Jinuya, the same producer who worked with Jay on Joah and I Like 2 PartyThe mv visuals show opposites that create balance: Predators and prey; Business and pleasure; Smart and casual.
With one of the overlying concepts being ‘Gentleman’s attitude’ the looks in the mv create a wider image of a gentleman, a more modern image of what a gentleman could be.

There are also many visuals of  metronomes or metronome-like images. There is a double exposure of a metronome; light runs across the top of one scene as if ticking like a metronome; a series of pendulums creates a wave, each pendulum going back and forth; lights go on and off; a chandelier swings back and forth. 

The narrative between Jay and the model in the mv shows both their attraction and their opposition with intimate scenes and scenes of fighting. 

The woman is tied at times to portray how, although the two need to part to become more in sync, he desperately wants them to stay together and work.

Other opposites lie in the setting, the large windows and gates we see in many scenes have an Art Deco feel, GRAY’s throne also being elaborately designed. These setting items however are opposed by the dark and simple decor, and the destruction seen.

No one will fail to notice that once again Jay uses ‘international’ women in his music video. When asked by TASTEMakers why he does this, he replied that is an ‘international player’. Player can be taken in the most common sense, not forgetting Jay almost always uses women in his mvs, every time a different one. Though this can also be taken as Jay acknowledging his power as a ‘player’ in the international music scene.

The B-side to the track is unmistakably a Jay/Cha Cha creation. With themes reminiscent of those in WelcomeRide Me is another piece of ‘baby making music’ from the duo. Ride Me is however far more descriptive in its theme.

You can get the two tracks for £1.29 on iTunes, and they are well worth the small spend.

Anonymous asked:
Have you seen any Korean groups live? Who was best?

Yeah I have. 

  • BIGBANG
  • VIXX
  • 2NE1
  • Super Junior
  • Apollo 18
  • Galaxy Express
  • Goonamguayeoridingstella
  • Gate Flowers

Galaxy Express are by far the best group I have seen from South Korea, though if you want a Kpop answer - BIGBANG. 


Crush - Sometimes

Crush might be a producer and singer-songwriter you know, much like TROY’s BumkeyCrush is an R&B vocalist whom regularly makes appearances as a featured artist. However time has come for Crush to release his first official digital single.

Crush is the stage name of twenty one year old Shin Hyo Sub. His featurings to date include popular tracks such as Stay The Way You Are by Supreme TeamGary’s Shower Later; and Zion T’s Two Melodies for which he makes an mv appearance.

His first official digital single comes in the form of track Sometimes. 

The mv shows off his talents as Crush can be seen writing lyrics, composing, singing and even dancing.

Appearing alongside Crush in the mv are fellow members of the hip hop crew he is a part of, VV:D (pronounced VIVID), Zion.T whom is also signed to the same label as Crush, Amoeba Culture. Also featuring from VV:D are Gray and Loco, both signed by AOMG CEO Jay Parkthe artist to have taken on all three unsigned VV:D members, the third being Elo.

The quality of a solo track from Crush is not something that was ever doubted, when he decided to release was the main factor in question. Now he’s finally made the jump from featuring artist to fully fledged solo artist one can only hope there is more to come from Crush. 

(Source: lorewalsh.co.uk)


Billionaire - That Night

New male duo Billionaire have debuted with their track That Night. 

The R&B duo Billionaire formed in 2010 and consists of HooNia and Bumma. 

The mv for That Night may seem simplistic with its one room, plain walls, and simple sofa, but that is not without reason.

Billionaire raised the money to release That Night on their own, working part time jobs, their management only aiding with detailing and production.

Their debut was written, composed and arranged by member HooNia, and the pair even sought out choreographer DdongTae on the internet to personally ask for his help. 

The bold move from the duo seems to have paid off, with the rather unique debut story catching attention, the solidity of the track doesn’t hinder them either.

(Source: lorewalsh.co.uk)

sant0 replied to your video “Super Junior M - Swing 嘶吼 The Mandarin subunit of one of SMTown’s…”

Yeah it was kinda hard to understand or discern what they were singing in the original video and then they released the Korean version and then you could hear them better. LOL!

I agree about the Korean version! I think Swing sounds a much stronger song in Korean. 


M.I.B - CHISA’BOUNCE

Jungle Entertainment’s hip hop idol unit, M.I.B, have returned with a new track CHISA BOUNCE. 

M.I.B’s teaser for the track saw them limbering up their necks for some shoulder and head style choreography, a la Nod Along and Dash. The mv delivers exactly that.

The sound samples their previous track Dash otherwise known as Men In Black, and the mv also links back in many ways.

Firstly, as the teaser implied, there is choreography reminiscent of that for Dash, there is even a moment in which Kangnam, 5zic and Cream are suited in black, wearing shades, and appear to be doing the Dash choreography.

Cream is amongst a simplistic lab set up.

Sims can be seen being neuralized by Kangnam, 5zic and Cream as he sits, restrained, yet fighting, in a chair.

The striking difference between the two mvs however is that Dash has an extremely detailed setting for its narrative, where as CHISA’BOUNCE is bold and graphic. CHISA’BOUNCE, while lacking the original and weighty narrative that Dash does, is full of eye catching pops of colour.

You can find both CHISA’BOUNCE and Dash on the group’s second album, The Maginot Line. 


Super Junior M - Swing 嘶吼

The Mandarin subunit of one of SMTown’s Super JuniorSuper Junior M, have released their third mini album, SwingSwing is an upbeat and addictive pop song, as many of SJM’s lead songs are.

Befitting of its sound Swing is accompanied by an mv including with a pop of brilliant yellow.

As I have written about previously Super Junior M’s branding, with each release incorporates more than just that one moment in time for them. Their branding is a journey, developing their image as men. The last time we saw SJM, with Break Down, in they had brought an edge to the image of sophistication and elegance they had created for themselves.

With Swing we see a joining of the gentlemanly and edgier sides of SJM, as the wall art suggests, they work hard, but play harder.

One might question how hard they work: with Ryeowook escaping his reception duties by donning headphones; Kyuhyun unable to operate the photocopier; Donghae throwing his work at Sungmin; and Siwon sleeping at his desk.

Though from showing them in a work setting at least, we then get to see them play harder, with Siwon waking up as his sexy alter ego, though this is something much questioned, his moustache not to all fans’ taste.
Having all swapped their buttoned up work-suit attire, the group now combine the smart with casual, shedding their work responsibilities.

As we reach the end of the mv none of the members are even pretending to work anymore.

The heavy dance content shows off the trademark sound of the composers from The Kennel, and choreography features that remind of old SMTown performances such as Kangta’s The Best.

Though a catchy sound, and vibrant video the vocals in Swing have created a talking point. With Chinese lyrics written by Zhou Mi it seems he is one of the only members with the ability to sing them clearly and correctly, with many Mandarin speakers saying it is hard to understand most of the members.

Despite this, Swing is undoubtably a catchy track that encapsulates the spirit of Super Junior M. 

sant0 replied to your video “Lee Michelle - Without You Lee Michelle was one of the top 5 in Season…”

Do you know if the song is charting well over there or is it being neglected? o_O

It’s not making waves. I know it’s only just above 150 on Gaon, and hasn’t made too much of an impact on anything like MelOn or Olleh either.


Lee Michelle - Without You

Lee Michelle was one of the top 5 in Season 1 of K-Pop Star in 2011. Following the show she signed with YG Entertainment, training as part of the group Su:Pearls. It is thought the solo success of fellow member Lee Hi is the reason Su:Pearls were disbanded and Lee’s contracted nullified. 
Last year she signed with DIMA Entertainment, the agency linked to her place of education, the Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts.
On Friday Michelle released her debut single as a solo art, Without You.
Michelle, who is half Korean and half black, uses this as her subject for song and mv, featuring a young girl of the same ethnic background in her narrative.We watch the young girl walk along a small street, stopping to look at a piece of graffiti, much emphasis placed on the one person in the piece that is black.
Upon sensing she is being watched she runs from her invisible pursuers, locking herself out of harms way. It is in this rundown building that she draws across the walls in a large array of colours. The most notable image being a girl with a face in two different colours.
After completing her drawing the little girl goes on to put make up on her face, powder that is extremely pale in comparison to her complexion. This image is matched by Michelle, her too made up to look pale, to reflect her Korean heritage and hide her black genes.
The last scenes of the mv see the little girl throwing paint balloons at a wall-sized portrait of Michellein effect giving her multi-coloured skin, emulating the single cover-art.
Without You is about the discrimination faced by Michelle as an Afro-Asian in South Korea. This kind of discrimination isn’t uncommon even though the country has one of the higher populations of Afro-Asians across the continent following the American occupation of South Korea in the early fifties.Michelle’s musical commentary on her social struggles is not unlike Yoon Mirae’s. South Korea’s top female rapper, Yoon Mirae also known as  Tasha Reid, has never kept the discrimination she has suffered as a half Korean half black female secret. Both her and husband Tiger JK often speak about racism and the need for change in the country.
Michelle’s Without You is very reminiscent of Yoon Mirae’s musical commentary on her struggle, Black Happiness.
You won’t be disappointed listening to this track, it is strong and emotional, and a great debut from Michelle.

(Source: lorewalsh.co.uk)