Samuel Seo : Ego Expand (100%)

Samuel Seo : Ego Expand (100%)

What Samuel Seo offers is an evolution of the hip-hop-and-R&B fusion found in the Korean music scene. Along with peers like Giriboy, he brings melodicism and a more pensive attitude towards Korean hip-hop, relying on a combination of vocal lines and rapping,...
Dabda : Island of Each

Dabda : Island of Each

When I first listened to Dabda, a trio from Seoul, I was reminded of certain melodic math rock bands that I’d heard in the past. With Island of Each, Dabda have made an immediately engrossing EP with rhythmic complexity and carefully worked-in dissonance that...
Yksi : NeverEnding Tales

Yksi : NeverEnding Tales

Yksi, a band I would describe as having predominantly folk and rock influences, threads their album NeverEnding Tales with a fascinating combination of lyricism and visceral emotional pain. Indeed, one thorough listen of this work can have a marked effect on...
Jannabi (잔나비) : Monkey Hotel

Jannabi (잔나비) : Monkey Hotel

Even the most miserable wretch wouldn’t be able to resist the infectiously cheerful Monkey Hotel. This sunny album from Jannabi, well-crafted and endlessly inviting, is a whirlwind of ear-catching melodies. While some of Jannabi’s previous releases adhered...