Knee Jerk Reaction: “Beam Beam” by Jeon Soyeon

(G)I-DLE’s leader and resident composer Jeon Soyeon is the latest female idol to make her solo debut. Well, she’s dropped a few digital singles before… but this is the first time she’s had an official fully-promoted solo release with a mini-album and everything. Plus she’s the first (G)I-DLE member to get one, so it’s allContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Beam Beam” by Jeon Soyeon”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “All Your Fault” by Yugyeom

Yugyeom’s move to AOMG wasn’t that all surprising to me when the news came out. I remember the early days of GOT7 when he would talk about being heavily influenced by Chris Brown hip hop and R&B, so it seemed like a natural progression for him as an artist all these years later. I thoughtContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “All Your Fault” by Yugyeom”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Ribbon” by BamBam

When it comes to GOT7, I’ve found 2021 to be a somewhat bittersweet experience so far. I’m genuinely happy the members are all pursuing their own paths, and I truly believe they’ll keep making music together… but it’s still not the same as regularly getting two comebacks a year. Thankfully, now a lot of themContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Ribbon” by BamBam”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Vanilla” by LIGHTSUM

There’s been a lot of anticipation for the debut of Cube’s latest girl group LIGHTSUM – especially because it includes Produce 48 contestant Han Chowon, who we now know should definitely have been in IZ*ONE before she was cut by producers in the vote manipulation scandal. And there are some other familiar faces, too: NayoungContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Vanilla” by LIGHTSUM”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Lock Down” by EPEX

C9 Entertainment has debuted another boy group! EPEX, a name which seems to be a blend of the words “eight” and “apex,” has arrived on the scene with their powerful first song “Lock Down.” (Though according to the Hangul, it’s pronounced “ee-pex” rather than “apex.”) I must say that I’m slightly questioning C9 Entertainment’s choiceContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Lock Down” by EPEX”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Hello” by Joy

I was absolutely delighted to hear that Joy would be the next Red Velvet member to get a solo album. I wasn’t expecting that at all, so it was a wonderful and welcome surprise. Her solo debut is a little unique in that her album is actually all remakes of songs, specifically Korean tracks fromContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Hello” by Joy”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “GRATATA” by HOT ISSUE

Though I constantly say I’m not looking to pick up any more K-pop groups, I’ve been curious about HOT ISSUE’s debut. So far this year, I’ve written twice as many posts for male artists as I have for female artists. Therefore, I’m genuinely excited to see another girl group arrive on the scene. I’ll admit,Continue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “GRATATA” by HOT ISSUE”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Like Water” by Wendy

We Red Velvet fans have been waiting for Wendy’s solo debut for a long time, and it’s finally here! It’s an extra special moment for her, since this effectively serves as her definitive return to the music industry after her terrible accident at the end of 2019. (While she did a few activities and recordedContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Like Water” by Wendy”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Killa” by MIRAE

MIRAE, the latest boy group from DSP Media, is the third rookie to debut this week. I literally know nothing about them except that one of the members is Son Dongpyo, who famously competed on Produce X 101 and was part of the short-lived X1. Plus there’s one other member was also on Produce XContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Killa” by MIRAE”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Ponzoña” by PURPLE KISS

FINALLY, I get to write about a girl group again! Nothing against boy groups, but I feel like I’ve been covering so many of them lately. And I normally listen to an even mix of both, so I’ve been feeling rather out of balance for a while. Thankfully, PURPLE KISS has provided me with somethingContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Ponzoña” by PURPLE KISS”