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Seung Park Seung Park Sep 12, 2019 at 15:00.

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Lipstick

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Lipstick
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

Five years after Orange Caramel’s last release, the quirkiest and weirdest idol group of them all still reigns supreme, in my mind, as some of the best that K-Pop ever had to offer.

This trio, an offshoot of the...

Seung Park Seung Park Sep 11, 2019 at 16:00. 1 comments

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Workaholic

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Workaholic
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Nothing says “summer is over” more than the prospect of heading back into your dull, dreary workplace for the week. If Bolbbalgan Puberty’s latest is any indication, we’re in for a truly soul-sucking...

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Seung Park Seung Park Sep 03, 2019.

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: The Only

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: The Only
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

With all the hullabaloo surrounding Red Velvet’s Umpah Umpah , let’s not forget that band member Irene recently featured in a solo release, too, and it’s also a banger.

The Only, which credits Raiden—who debuted...

Seung Park Seung Park Aug 28, 2019.

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: City Girl City Boy

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: City Girl City Boy
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

A lot—a lot—of indie bands have passed through this column. I’ve never become quite so quickly enamored with any of them as I have fallen headfirst into The Night Of Seokyo.

The Night Of Seokyo is a four-member...

Seung Park Seung Park Aug 23, 2019. 1 comments

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Peppermint Chocolate

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Peppermint Chocolate
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As I freshened up my familiarity with MAMAMOO’s discography while writing the column for Yes I Am several days ago, I stumbled upon 2014's Peppermint Chocolate, one of their pre-debut songs, sung in...

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Seung Park Seung Park Aug 22, 2019.

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: The Ocean Of Yours

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: The Ocean Of Yours
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

We’ve barreled through a few straight days’ worth of mainstream K-Pop idol music, which means it’s time to take things down a few notches. Back to Korean indie we go.

This song is subtitled The Song Good For...

Seung Park Seung Park Aug 21, 2019. 10 comments

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Umpah Umpah

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Umpah Umpah
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

With Umpah Umpah, Red Velvet has completely redeemed themselves, in my eyes, for the underwhelming and monotonous Zimzalabim.

No, more than that: Umpah Umpah deserves a spot in the highest echelons of Red Velvet’s...

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Seung Park Seung Park Aug 16, 2019.

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Bangkok

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Bangkok
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

Oh, will you look at that: I spend the majority of a column bemoaning the loss of Sistar’s summer songs, and bam, one of its former members comes out with a bangin’ summer song.

Soyou has built up quite the solo...

Seung Park Seung Park Aug 15, 2019.

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Yes I Am

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Yes I Am
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

If there’s one thing I’ve learned to count on with MAMAMOO, it’s that they will always keep things interesting in K-Pop land.

This four-member girl group has always marched to the beat of their own drum since...

Seung Park Seung Park Aug 14, 2019. 2 comments

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Tiki-Taka

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Tiki-Taka
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

This year’s neverending summer seems, well, neverending. Maybe that’s why Weki Meki is releasing the season’s best warm-weather bop in the middle of August.

I haven’t been very impressed with this year’s roster of...

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Seung Park Seung Park Aug 09, 2019.

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Fantasy

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Fantasy
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

Pink Fantasy’s latest song, Fantasy, gives me some serious Dreamcatcher-esque , anime-opening vibes. Which is to say: I love it.

This eight-member girl group debuted in 2018 with Iriwa, which was composed and...

Seung Park Seung Park Aug 08, 2019.

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Cherries Jubiles

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Cherries Jubiles
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

Yukika first popped up on my radar as the artist behind the lovely, city pop-esque throwback Neon . Cherries Jubiles may sound a bit more pedestrian at first, but stick around; there’s a payoff.

The payoff being,...

Seung Park Seung Park Aug 06, 2019.

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Hit

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Hit
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

Seventeen’s latest, Hit, is a powerful, thumping, anthem-esque banger of a song that deserves a spot on many a workout playlist and gym soundtrack.

The chants at 2:35 are especially motivational, and it doesn’t...

Seung Park Seung Park Aug 01, 2019. 1 comments

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Happiness

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Happiness
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

This week marks the fifth anniversary of one of my favorite contemporary K-Pop groups, Red Velvet. They arrived on the scene with Happiness in 2014. (Where does the time go?)

Red Velvet’s debut wasn’t the...

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Seung Park Seung Park Jul 26, 2019.

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: I Am Not Alone

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: I Am Not Alone
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

SoRi’s I Am Not Alone is a breath of raw, fresh, emotional air in a K-Pop landscape that often seems suffocated by expectations.

Too much in K-Pop, choreography is shackled by rules and guidelines, bound by the...

Seung Park Seung Park Jul 23, 2019. 3 comments

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: You And I

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: You And I
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

If there was an award for “Song That Would Be Perfect For An Anime Opening”, Dreamcatcher’s You And I would be an immediate contender.

Dreamcatcher is one of those groups that are currently treading water in that...

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Seung Park Seung Park Jul 18, 2019. 2 comments

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Shower

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Shower
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

It’s always a fun, if slightly down-the-rabbit-hole-esque time whenever the irreverent rock duo Norazo releases a new song. Shower is no different.

Shower is basically more of the same thing that Norazo has been...

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Seung Park Seung Park Jul 17, 2019. 1 comments

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Fan

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Fan
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

Growing up as a Korean-American in the Los Angeles suburbs, I was naturally surrounded by karaoke culture. Epik High’s seminal 2007 hit Fan is one of those songs imprinted upon my memories, thanks to that heady...

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Seung Park Seung Park Jul 12, 2019.

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Shining Road

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Shining Road
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

Shining Road, from the long-running indie band Sultan Of The Disco, is a retro powerhouse. The video game-reminiscent music video is just an added bonus.

Sultan Of The Disco is a five-member band which debuted in...

Seung Park Seung Park Jul 11, 2019. 1 comments

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: I'm So Pretty

K-Pop Pick Of The Day: I'm So Pretty
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

I imagine I’m So Pretty came about when someone asked, “how much brass can you fit into a song?” and the producers took that question as a personal challenge. Not that I’m complaining.

NATURE is a nine-member...

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