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[MV & Album Review] VIXX LR – 'Whisper'
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[MV & Album Review] VIXX LR – 'Whisper'

It's been 2 years since their debut as a subunit, and finally Leo and Ravi of

VIXX LR are back with a new mini-album 'Whisper.' They've been working hard on it, producing and writing all the songs themselves. And you have the fruits of their labor available now.

"Whisper" is a fun hip-hop/RB track. It starts out soft, with Leo's smooth vocals. But it picks up when Ravi's sick raps start. It's not frantic, either, just refreshing. The song's pretty soothing overall, though I think I'd get bored if it was all raps or a straight pop tune. It's got that something that takes it to the next level.

[MV & Album Review] Dumbfoundead - 'Hyung/Foreigner'
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[MV & Album Review] Dumbfoundead - 'Hyung/Foreigner'

After making a name for himself in the American battle rap scene, releasing a handful of mixtapes and albums, and dabbling in Korean guest features, Dumbfoundead made his official Korean market debut this month with the 'Foreigner' mini album. 

Lead off by the bombastic "Hyung" single with accompaniment by Korean rap veterans, 'Foreigner' makes a statement and acts as a link between international music communities. DFD comes off a little bit angry, asserting himself with the same kind of vigor he showcased on his "It G Ma" remix guest verse. He continues to show dexterity with his lyrics, at one point rhyming "you're forever 21, never be a hyung" in a casual but effective way. The guest features elevate the song, with Dok2, Simon D and Tiger JK all taking turns behind the mic to boast and show their skills. In the song, Dumbfoundead tackles the respect thing in Korea about how younger males have to call older males hyung. He basically says that it doesn't matter if you're older, you only deserve the hyung title by earning respect.

[MV & Album Review] April - 'Mayday'
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[MV & Album Review] April - 'Mayday'

Following the release of 'Prelude' (complete with a new lineup), April is back at it again, this time with their second single album 'Mayday.' This disc has three songs, including the title track. They also dropped not one, but two MVs for you to enjoy!

"Lovesick" is very much what we've come to expect from April. It's cute, well-performed, and slick, but not particularly amazing. There's not much here that elevates this track from the many others like it out there. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad by any stretch of the imagination. But it's just there... and feels a bit more like filler. I do like the faux-orchestral synths though.  

VIXX take you behind the scenes of 'Shangri-La' photo shoot and MV
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VIXX take you behind the scenes of 'Shangri-La' photo shoot and MV

VIXXhave released behind-the-scenes footage of the photo shoot and music video for "Shangri-La"!

SEE ALSO: VIXX invite you to 'Shangri-La' dance practice

The idol group returned with a beautiful oriental concept for their 4th mini-album, and these bts clips give you a look at what went into the making of the album jacket and MV. The boys of VIXX look handsome and exotic rocking the fantasy look, which will be a treat for fans.

Check out the making-of videos above and below, and watch the "Shangri-La" MV if you missed it.

[MV & Album Review] Highlight - 'Calling You'
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[MV & Album Review] Highlight - 'Calling You'

On the heels of 'Can You Feel It?', the boys of Highlight follow up with a repackage 'Calling You.' It's got all your faves from the first album, plus two brand new tracks, "Calling You" and "Sleep Tight." Check out the original edition review of 'Can You Feel It?' here.

"CALLING YOU" is far from a real jam. It's more of a mid-tempo piece that reflects the pain of the singer. I think part of its strengths lies in the vocal work that marks it as particularly Highlight, from Junhyung's husky voice to Yoseob's high notes. The song itself really pops. I like the beat, this sort of double-timed rhythm that adds some flair to the whole piece.