Ok-pop’s title tracks would possibly achieve most of listeners’ consideration, however many album tracks are price equal highlight. I name these “buried treasures.”
Past this, Ok-pop’s albums ship 1000’s of extra tracks that accept a extra restricted viewers. It’s these songs that may turn into part of my “battle of the b-sides” characteristic.
On this characteristic, I’ll be placing on my A&R hat and taking a pay attention to 5 randomly-selected Ok-pop b-sides. I’ll write a mini evaluation for every, together with a Bias Record ranking, and rank them from least to most favourite. The winner will be part of a particular Bias Record B-side playlist. Consider it like my very own little company, hand-selecting songs I’d prefer to pitch to my nonexistent artists!
You’ll be able to try all rounds of my Battle of the B-sides right here!
Winner – Wind (Yoon solo) (2019)
Songs with “wind” or “breeze” or “hurricane” of their title often attraction to me. The idea lends itself to brisk propulsion – one thing I’ve at all times loved in pop music. Up till its refrain, it seems like Yoon’s Wind will observe swimsuit. However as a lot as I really like his voice, I’m not a fan of the drastic tempo/power shifts that drive this monitor. The refrain is a significant bummer and sort of tanks the entire music. I feel there’s a technique to do this sort of beat drop/decelerate successfully, however these programmed hi-hats are simply grating.
Youngjae (GOT7) – Crema (2022)
Ok-pop is affected by this model of mid-tempo r&b b-side. It takes a really sturdy melody or efficiency to perk my ears and every part about Crema feels predictable and secure. Youngjae has a pleasant voice and I benefit from the synth strings that sweep by way of the instrumental. However, the melodies are forgettable and the entire presentation has a coffeehouse drowsiness that floats in a single ear and out the opposite.
BTS – Two! Three! (2016)
Showing late of their Wings album, Two! Three! brings emotional heft to an album already filled with it. I just like the old-school manufacturing on this music – particularly the snare drums and soulful riff that drives the beat. The 2-part refrain can be a standout, providing a wide range of melodic buildings that preserve the monitor compelling. You’ll be able to really feel the eagerness within the efficiency, particularly as we transfer right into a dynamic bridge and last, chorused hook.
Rocket Punch – Do One thing (2019)
We’re positively in mid-tempo territory this spherical! Oddly, Do One thing seems like a continuation of the BTS music. Nevertheless, this can be a a lot glossier pop sound. Rocket Punch’s efficiency is toned down as the easy groove reigns supreme. The refrain is catchy, if a bit repetitive. General, I respect the nods to 90’s r&b and there’s a fantastic breakdown through the bridge that factors towards a extra attention-grabbing manufacturing if the monitor had upped its ambition a bit.
H.O.T – Do Or Die (1999)
Talking of 90’s music, we’re going again to the supply with H.O.T! Do Or Die lays out its intent instantly. The manufacturing is straightforward however efficient, melding a catchy synth-line with head-nodding percussion. Pictures of vocal concord carry additional texture as we head towards the refrain. And, an energy-switching dance break is positioned within the excellent spot – including curiosity with out detracting from the general momentum. H.O.T recorded a lot stronger materials than this, however no different music on this battle has a stronger groove.
Fifth: Winner – Wind (Yoon solo)
Fourth: Youngjae (GOT7) – Crema
Third: Rocket Punch – Do One thing
Second: BTS – Two! Three!
First: H.O.T – Do Or Die
Congratulations to H.O.T’s Do Or Die – the fifty-third winner of my Battle of the B-sides!
Readers, what do you suppose? Did you uncover any hidden gems? Go away your personal rating within the feedback!
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