Algorithm-based recommendations on Youtube tend to be fairly stale: they depend on culling videos of similar topics and music of similar genres, based on what you have previously clicked and liked. This is a snore. Why push things people already have a sense of, when you could be sharing serendipitously random novelties? And so for June’s Unsung Artists segment, I present the strange, the forgotten, and the unknown – a mixed sampler of songs to encourage listeners to venture beyond the boundaries of their regular K-pop diet.
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Unsung Artists is back for another installment! Honestly, this segment scared me when I first signed up. I am so set in my likes and dislikes that trying out new groups is not an experience I go for often. However, with the list of artists we didnt get to cover, there was so much to choose from I didnt know where to start! Luckily, the whole experience was totally worth it as I have some new jams to add into my rotation. Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I present to you the May edition of Unsung Artists.
Summer is always a busy a time: people go on vacations, there are several holidays, and most importantly, its the busiest comeback season of the year. While so far weve been graced by a number of summer jams, its easy to have overlooked a few songs while the market was saturated. In the hopes of bringing just a little extra attention to the following videos, I bring you the July edition of Unsung Artists:
As the Seoulbeats resident Baby, I had to include Yamazaki for several reasons beyond my obvious fandom. The visuals on this video are crazy, though they are admittedly similar to DPRs Eung Freestyle. Im not well versed in Japanese imagery and so I was hoping someone would review it and go in depth about it. One other visual note I enjoy are the cameos from Yongguks friends, including his sisters beau Charu and labelmate Sleepy of Untouchable.
August brought us hits that spurred wave after wave of discussions. From SNSD’s comeback with “All Night” and “Holiday,” to Jackson’s “Papillon,” the past month has closed off summer with a good mix of melodies. However, it seems that many impressive debuts were left out of discussion on Seoulbeats. Right before we head out into the breeziness of fall, here are some August releases that deserve our attention:
With their pink dresses and polka-dotted aesthetics, this lovely group might come off as too girly for many. Even the title of the song, “WooChuChu,” might make some cringe. For those familiar with K-pop girl groups, they are working with a typical concept – the sweet girl type. I was initially put off by it, but my advice for everyone is to throw that first impression out of the window.
Pedestrians wait at a traffic light in Daejeon on Wednesday. /Yonhap